PSAC members ratify new agreements with Treasury Board



    OTTAWA, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the Public Service Alliance of
Canada working for Treasury Board have accepted new collective agreements that
contain no concessions for four bargaining units representing more than
100,000 workers.

    
    With these agreements, PSAC achieved some significant breakthroughs:

    - The establishment of national rates of pay for members of the
      Operational Services (SV) group. This concludes a 41-year battle to
      remove regional rates of pay for trades people in the federal public
      service.
    - Occupational group and classification review that we anticipate will
      result in the development of new classification standards to better
      reflect the kinds of work our members perform for the Program and
      Administration Services (PA), Operational Services (SV), Technical
      Services (TC), Border Services (FB), and Education and Library Science
      (EB) bargaining units. The review work will begin with the PA group
      within six months following the signing of the new collective
      agreement.
    - Members in the Border Services (FB) group have also won an agreement
      that reflects the nature of the professional services they provide and
      compensates them accordingly.
    - The agreements also contain language that requires the government to
      review the use of contractors and consultants in order to avoid layoffs
      through strengthened workforce adjustment appendix provisions.
    

    The four-year collective agreements, which expire in 2011, provide for
across-the-board annual wage increases of 2.3 per cent for the first year from
2007 to 2008 and 1.5 per cent for each of the remaining three years.
    "Our union is proud of achieving these agreements which contain some
significant gains and no concessions," says PSAC national president John
Gordon. "We were able to make these breakthroughs because of the 18 months of
hard work put in by our bargaining teams and the collective actions of our
members, especially under a challenging bargaining environment."
    The Technical Services (TC) group was unable to conclude a tentative
agreement and is proceeding to arbitration, with full support of the PSAC.
    "A clear majority of our members have voted to accept the tentative
agreements," says Gordon. "We see this as a vote of confidence for the
bargaining teams and the union. We will now be focusing our attention on
ensuring that the occupational group and classification review reflects the
workplace and needs of our members."




For further information:

For further information: To arrange media interviews: Alain Cossette,
PSAC Communications, (613) 293-9210


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