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Happy New Year

To the UHEW Membership,

2020 has been quite an unprecedented year as the Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected us Canadians but the whole globe. As we are at the end of this year, we should not focus on the difficulties, hardship and sorrow 2020 has brought but on the triumphs and those who made them possible.
I wish to personally thank all our members who, through this pandemic,
continuously provided services and protection to our Country, its citizens and its environment. Our UHEW membership was on the frontlines, keeping us safe!

Even though we do not know what 2021 will bring, this New Year means new dreams and new achievements. Let us all embrace 2021 with much needed hopes and happiness.

On behalf of the UHEW National Council and Staff, I want you to know that we are tirelessly working on ensuring the health and safety for all our members!

I want to wish you, your family and dear ones a very Happy and Safe New Year.

In solidarity,
Shimen Fayad
National President

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PSAC members ratify new agreements with Treasury Board and CRA

A majority of PSAC members in the Program and Administrative (PA)Technical Services (TC)Education and Library Science (EB), and PSAC-UTE (Canada Revenue Agency) bargaining units have voted in favour of their respective tentative agreements. The four units represent nearly 110,000 federal public service workers who have gone above and beyond to support Canadians during this pandemic.

The new collective agreements for the PA, TC and EB groups cover the 2018-2021 period, while the new PSAC-UTE collective agreement covers the 2016-2021 period. All agreements provide for fair wages, no concessions and improved working conditions.

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Phoenix Agreement

  • PSAC wanted the same agreement for everyone, regardless of salary. Hence the financial agreement. PIPSC was given days of leave, however if those are converted into salary, it represents a large difference between positions and levels (ex. between an AS-04 and a CR-03).
  • The money will come from the Treasury Board (TB), which is very rare. Normally, TB does not release additional money to departments as a result of tentative agreements.
  • This agreement will not be ratified by the members, contrary to the collective agreements. It was the PSAC NBoD that voted in favour of this agreement (it was a unanimous vote)
  • Breakdown of cost: Of the total $2500 – $1500 is direct payment for Phoenix. $1000 is related to the delay in the application of the 2014-2018 collective agreement (which was also the result of Phoenix)
  • Will the $2500 be taxable or not? Both the PSAC and the TB are of the opinion that this amount will not be taxable. The wording of the agreement was formulated to reflect this. (The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will still have to decide. They required the full text of the agreement before confirming whether, in their opinion, it is taxable.)
  • This agreement is 2X better( in terms of salary) than agreements reached by other unions.
  • Will PIPSC claim this amount for their members as part of the Trailer Clause? This is out of PSAC’s hands, however they do not consider the trailer clause to apply to this agreement.
  • Will this financial agreement consider in future years? As the Phoenix system will still be in use for 2-3 years, it is possible that a similar agreement could be negotiated in the future if issued related to the system continue to affect members.
  • Pensioners and Phoenix: who will take care of making the payment? As the financial payment will be made by TB to the departments, it will be the department who makes the payment (and not the pension center)

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PSAC secures improved Phoenix damages settlement

PSAC has reached an equitable settlement for 140,000 federal public service workers for compensation due to Phoenix damages.

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A mental health reminder

A relapse, a sudden series of attacks, a string of awful days (or whatever your step back may be), does not decrease your value.

Take your time, do some self-care, even if it’s just being proud that you got through another day. Reflect on the progress you’ve made.

You are strong: One step back is nothing when you look at the journey you’ve already made.

You aren’t alone.

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