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Economy, Politics

Ontario government employees holding information pickets across province

Unionized government employees are continuing to hold information pickets across Canada’s most populous province of Ontario to fight what they call the “government’s refusal to bargain a fair collective agreement”. “After years of austerity, [Ontario] Premier Kathleen Wynne is demanding »

Economy, Politics, Society

Province of Alberta prepares to fine public sector strikers, or anyone suggesting a strike

Two laws limiting union rights that are about to come into effect in the western Canadian province of Alberta have sparked demonstrations and opposition party condemnation. Introduced by the ruling Progressive Conservative party of Premier Alison Redford, Bill 46 will »

Economy, Politics

Treasury Board explains new performance review of public sector employees

This past Monday a public sector union leader voiced concern and surprise that the Canadian government was implementing a new mandatory performance review of public sector employees. Robyn Benson, the president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which »

Economy, Politics

Public sector union president wary of goals of “new” performance evaluations

When Robyn Benson heard about a new federal government performance review of public sector employees she was surprised. As president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which represents 180,000 federal employees, Benson knows that performance evaluations have always »

Economy, Politics

Public sector union tries out humour with ‘Harper says’ web site

One of Canada’s largest unions wants Canadians to have their say about the policies of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) wants them to have fun at the same time. The union, one of »