We have some exciting news to share regarding the recent Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) agreement. The new agreement includes numerous changes and updates that will greatly benefit PSAC members and the wider Canadian community. In this article, we will explore the details of this agreement and what it means for PSAC and its members.
“In this tentative agreement, PSAC has secured a fair contract for members that exceed the employer’s original offer before the launch of strike action, and provides wage increases above the recommendations of the Public Interest Commission as well as those negotiated by other federal bargaining agents,” said a PSAC statement issued around 1:30 a.m. “It also provides significant new protections around remote work for PSAC members.”
Overview of the PSAC Agreement
The PSAC agreement is a collective agreement that covers over 140,000 workers in the federal public service, including various departments and agencies. The new agreement was signed after extensive negotiations between PSAC and the Treasury Board of Canada. The agreement includes updates and changes to a variety of areas, including pay, leave, job security, and more.
Pay Increases and Wage Adjustments
One of the most significant changes included in the new PSAC agreement is the pay increase and wage adjustment for PSAC members. The agreement includes a 2.8% pay increase in 2021, a 2.2% increase in 2022, and a 1.5% increase in 2023. Additionally, there are wage adjustments that will benefit workers in various classifications, including corrections, enforcement, and more.
Leave and Time Off
The new PSAC agreement also includes updates to leave and time off policies. The agreement includes a new caregiver leave of up to 42 weeks, which will benefit PSAC members who are caring for a family member with a significant medical condition. There are also updates to parental leave, which now includes a 5-day paid leave for non-birth parents and an additional 5-week leave for birth mothers who have a stillbirth or miscarriage.
Job Security and Benefits
The PSAC agreement also includes updates and changes to job security and benefits. The agreement includes new provisions that will benefit term workers, including a new job security clause and new layoff and recall provisions. There are also updates to benefits, including an increase in the dental care plan maximum and updates to the long-term disability plan.
In conclusion, the new PSAC agreement includes numerous updates and changes that will benefit PSAC members and the wider Canadian community. The agreement includes pay increases, updates to leave and time off policies, job security provisions, and benefits updates. These changes represent a significant step forward for PSAC members and demonstrate the importance of collective bargaining and negotiation in the Canadian public service.