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As union members face COVID-19 pandemic ‘head on,’ PSAC calls for feds to return to bargaining table

By Mike Lapointe      

Treasury Board spokesperson Martin Potvin says the government's goal is to take 'constructive steps to keep meeting and to prepare for negotiations when they resume.'

PSAC national president Chris Aylward, left, and Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos, right. Mr. Aylward says there are thousands of public servants 'stepping up to the plate to get the job done, and some are doing completely new jobs wherever there has been a need to support the government’s relief efforts.' The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

With union members “facing the pandemic head on” at our borders, in federal penitentiaries, and by processing millions of financial support claims under tight timelines, the head of Canada’s largest federal public service union is calling for the federal government to return to the bargaining table to reach an elusive contract settlement for more than 140,000 federal public service workers as the COVID-19 crisis rumbles on.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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