PSAC threatens strike ‘practice run’ to pressure Trudeau on wage boost
By Emily HawsFeb. 6, 2019
'We’ll do what’s necessary to come up with a good solution,' says newly minted Treasury Board President Jane Philpott. If talks drag on, PSAC says it could use the upcoming federal election as another way to press the Liberal government.
PSAC national president Chris Aylward says the union would target areas such as the National Capital Region if it decides to take action against the Trudeau government in the 2019 election. About 40,000 of its 140,000 federal members live in the NCR, where the ridings are almost all Liberal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The largest federal public sector union is considering holding a large demonstration to amp up the pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to give his negotiators the ability to offer a larger wage boost to 90,000 of its members.
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On top of $301.8-billion in planned spending in the 2019-10 main estimates—combining $299.6-billion in budgetary spending and $2.2-billion in non-budgetary expenses—is another $51.2-billion in statutory expenses.
‘Imagine losing your job, getting fired, but you’re fired by basically your entire riding and your whole life has been serving these people, and there’s just a lot wrapped up in it:’ Tory House leader Candice Bergen.