PSAC members ratify new agreement with Parks Canada

    OTTAWA, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the Public Service Alliance of
Canada working for Parks Canada have voted in favour of a new collective
agreement that contain no concessions.
    The union achieved some significant breakthroughs with the new agreement,

    - The establishment of a national rate of pay for members who are in the
      General Labour and Trades (GL) and General Services (GS)
      classifications.  This was a high priority bargaining demand for the
      union and the victory concludes a 41-year battle to remove regional
      rates of pay for trades people in the federal public service.
    - The agreement 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 agreement, which expires on August 4, 2011,
provides 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
    "It was a long and difficult round of negotiations for our negotiating
team and our members - in a less than ideal economic environment," says PSAC
regional executive vice-president for Atlantic Jeannie Baldwin. "But our union
members' 18 months of hard work, perseverance and strong solidarity paid off
with better working conditions, not just for today's members, but for future
generations of Parks workers."
    "A clear majority of our members have voted to accept the tentative
agreement," says PSAC national president John Gordon. "We see this as a vote
of confidence for the bargaining team and the union."

For further information:

For further information: To arrange for media interviews: Joselito
Calugay, PSAC Communications, (613) 560-4235 or (613) 293-9324 (cell)

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