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February 2011

Changes to Family Related Leave

 



April 2010

CAS Pay Problems

We have been experiencing problems with the transmission of our transaction files from the CAS system to the Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC) system. Effectively this means that transactions which were to go to PWGSC on March 30, 2010 and on March 31, 2010 for update to the regular pay dated April 14, 2010 have not updated as they were supposed to. This will now result in compensation having to review all actions processed for these periods to ensure that payments or recoveries were processed correctly. As a result, there may also be a delay in supplementary payments (including maternity/parental allowance). Please be assured that we are working to resolve this problem and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.









“Harper to Roll Back UTE Members' Wages”

On November 27, 2008, the Harper government tabled an Economic Statement that personally attacked every UTE/PSAC member who works at the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Conservatives needlessly attacked public service workers and their unions by: threatening fixed economic wage increases, taking away the right to strike, rolling back negotiated collective agreements and stating that pay equity belongs at the bargaining table versus under the purview of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, shows Mr. Harper’s true arrogance.

The principal of fair collective bargaining is also another issue for our members. This proposed rollback will reduce your wage increase of 2.5% in November 2009 to 1.5%, and at this point in time we are unsure of any further ramifications.

Your Union is lobbying Members of Parliament this week in Ottawa but we need your help. The members must also contact their MPs to state clearly that the contract fairly negotiated in November 2007 was done in good faith and has nothing to do with the economic crisis facing Canadians. Contact your local reps for further information and on how to contact your MP. 

The savings from this rollback are so minimal that the effect will never be noticed. The arrogance of Harper and the Conservatives is nothing more than a slap in the face to CRA employees and their Unions.

DO NOT let this happen, contact your MP now before the vote in Parliament on December 8, 2008! Also please refer to the UTE web site www.ute-sei.org for correspondence already sent out by the UTE National President to Prime Minister Harper and Revenue Minister Blackburn. There is also information on the PSAC web site www.psac-afpc.com and the Canadian Labour Congress web site www.clc-ctc.ca.






March 26, 2008

Pre-Retirement Leave

Article 53.01 PSAC Collective Agreement

 

The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the implementation of article 53.01, dealing with Pre-Retirement Leave, found in the recently ratified PSAC Collective Agreement.

 

According to the “Agreement between the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and the Public Service Alliance of Canada – Program Delivery and Administrative Services” (expired October 31, 2007), article 53.01 stated,                       

Effective on the date of signing of this collective agreement,

 the Employer will provide five (5) days of paid leave per year, up to a
 maximum of twenty-five (25) days, to employees fifty-five (55) years
 old and over with a minimum of thirty (30) years of service.”

 

Effective November 1, 2007, the language of article 53.01 was changed to clarify its application, gone is the age specific qualification of fifty-five (55) years of age and a minimum of thirty (30) years of service.  It now states:           

"Effective on the date of signing of this collective agreement,
 the Employer will provide five (5) days of paid leave per year, up to a  
 maximum of twenty-five (25) days, to employees who have the  
 combination of age and years of service to qualify for an immediate
 
annuity without penalty under the Public Service Superannuation Act."  


This change in language now extends eligibility to employees who “qualify for an immediate annuity without penalty under the Public Service Superannuation Act.”  This would be employees who;

- Are age 55 or more AND have 30 years or more of pensionable service, both the age 
  requirement and the years of pensionable service must be met in order to qualify.

-
 Are age 60 or more with at least 2 years of pensionable service.

Once an employee qualifies for an immediate annuity they are entitled to five (5) days pre-retirement leave. These employees will receive an additional five (5) days of leave on their anniversary date, which is the later of their next birth date or the date they attain an additional year of unreduced pensionable service.  

However, for those employees who met both criteria of sixty (60) years of age or more and two (2) years of service on or prior to November 1, 2007, their anniversary date will be November 1 (provided they attain an additional year of unreduced pensionable service). 

For those employees who meet both these criteria after November 1, 2007, their anniversary date will be the date on which both criteria are met.  For example, an employee who attains 2 years of service on November 15, 2007, and turns sixty on December 5, 2007, their anniversary date will be December 5 (provided they attain an additional year of unreduced pensionable service).

Please note that the pre-retirement leave is not subject to the mandatory liquidation provision set forth in the collective agreements and, therefore, can be carried forward from year to year.

 

If you have any questions regarding this bulletin please contact Corporate Compensation.  

 

Original signed by 

 

Karen Butcher
Director
Compensation Division
Workplace Relations and Compensation Directorate
Human Resources Branch


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December 3, 2007

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November 30, 2007

PSAC members ratify new pact with Canada Revenue Agency

OTTAWA – A strong majority of Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members have voted in favour of accepting a tentative agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency.  The settlement had been negotiated before the expiry date of the old agreement, a remarkable achievement in the federal public sector.

While we achieved an agreement in record time, we did not sacrifice important demands in the process,” says PSAC national president John Gordon.  “Significant gains were made in wages, job security for term workers and improved benefits for part-time workers.

According to Betty Bannon, national president of the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) component of the PSAC, members have been impressed with the speed of the negotiations.  “We achieved a goal the union set when the Agency was first formed, to eventually be able to negotiate a new agreement before the old one had expired.

This agreement sees the conversion of former classifications in the bargaining unit to a new Agency classification standard.  While the amounts will vary by individual, the average increase as a result of the conversion is 1.67%.  After the salaries are converted to the new standard effective November 1, the workers will also receive an economic increase of 2.5%.  Further wage increases during the life of the contract are 2.5% effective November 1, 2008 and 2.5% effective November 1, 2009.

Over 400 term workers will immediately see a change in their status as a result of a change in the Agency’s term employment policy.
Effective November 1, 2007 term workers who have accumulated five years of service, without a break of 30 days or more anytime during the accumulation of this service, will automatically become indeterminate.

Part-time workers will now enjoy enhanced benefits including improved overtime provisions.  Overall, there are also improvements to personal and bereavement leaves and some improvement in vacation leave.  

PSAC served notice to bargain and exchanged bargaining demands with the CRA at the beginning of July.  The union was able to reach a tentative agreement by conducting intensive negotiations over a total period of just under 20 days.

PSAC represents 26,000 workers at CRA.  The new agreement, which will expire on October 31, 2010, is being signed on December 3.

For information:
John Gordon, PSAC national president, 613-558-4975
Betty Bannon, UTE national president, 613-226-5956


October 26, 2007

PSAC bargains new agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency in record time

OTTAWA – The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has achieved an historic milestone in its bargaining history.  The union has negotiated a tentative agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) before the expiry date of the current contract.

Negotiating a new contract before the old one has expired is virtually unheard of in the federal public sector,” says PSAC National President John Gordon.  “In this case, both negotiating teams were focused on reaching a new agreement and we have achieved this in record time.”

The union served notice to bargain and exchanged bargaining demands with the CRA at the beginning of July.  Intense negotiations took place over a two-week period in September and resumed in mid-October.

"Our negotiating team is making a unanimous recommendation of acceptance to our members,” says Gordon.  “The speed of these negotiations did not affect our ability to achieve important gains.

During this round of bargaining, the parties were negotiating the conversion to a new Agency classification standard.  While the amounts will vary by individual, the average increase as a result of the conversion is 1.67%.  After the salaries are converted to the new standard effective November 1, the workers will also receive an economic increase of 2.5%.  Further wage increases during the life of the contract are 2.5% effective November 1, 2008 and 2.5% effective November 1, 2009.

The union was also successful in negotiating changes to the Agency’s policy on term workers.  Effective November 1, 2007 term workers who have accumulated five years of service, without a break of 30 days or more anytime during the accumulation of this service, will automatically become indeterminate.  This will have an immediate impact on over 400 workers.

The tentative agreement also provides enhanced benefits for part-time workers including improved overtime provisions, as well as overall gains in personal and bereavement leaves and some improvement in vacation leave.  

According to Betty Bannon, national president of the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) component of the PSAC, the union wanted to set a new standard for bargaining.  “From the beginning, our goal has been to avoid having a long gap between the expiry of one agreement and the conclusion of a new one and this time we’ve done it.

The union will be conducting a ratification vote among the 26,000 PSAC members at the Agency during the month of November.  If ratified, the new agreement will expire on October 31, 2010.

For information:
John Gordon, PSAC national president, 613-558-4975
Betty Bannon, UTE national president, 613-226-5956


2007 ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

DATE Wednesday, October 24, 2007    
  TIME:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Meeting starts at 5:30 pm. 
PLACE:  Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall & Convention Centre
35 Brunel Road    Mississauga, ON    L4Z 3E8  

(Located one block north from the TSO on Hwy 10 - south of Britannia Rd).
GUEST SPEAKER: Betty Bannon - National President, Union of Taxation Employees.
A buffet dinner will also be served.
In order to determine attendance for the AGM and dinner,
please contact anyone on the Executive Council.

2007 Toronto West AGM Photos


October 18, 2006 - AGM

President Rita Hinchliffe presented her annual report.  (To view her report, please click on the President's Report link).  Treasurer Ken Yetman presented the financial statements and budget for next year.  All reports were well received by the members and were passed as appropriate. 

Guest speaker Jerry Dee, Regional VP, UTE spoke poignantly on the needs of members being met if they are in need of any accommodation from the employer to continue to work or to return to work; that they have the right to this accommodation and if they have any doubts or difficulty to contact their union rep. 

Guest speaker, the National President of UTE, Betty Bannon spoke to the national interests of the union and the impact that recent actions of the "Canada Government" have had on the members across Canada.  She spoke also to the next round of bargaining and when it will commence and to the process of preparing demands.  In closing, she indicated with spirit to the members that she was not planning on retiring (note to CRA Commissioner!).

Broadly, the meeting was well received, the turnout high, and the participation level was also positive and spirited.  The buffet meal (drinks before and during the meeting, salads, veggies, chicken breasts, with desert) was very good judging by the refills and the lack of complaints, and next years' meeting will likely be at the same location: this is
an event members should not miss!