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Public servants, feds inch closer to contracts with tentative agreements before election

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The Public Service Alliance of Canada remains at an impasse with the federal government however, with national president Chris Aylward saying they won’t take an ‘inferior’ deal just to get it done before the election.
News|By Emily Haws
When processes are 'standardized, the collective input into a payroll system becomes a lot simpler,' says Robert Conlin, SAP Canada's vice-president of the public sector.
News|By Emily Haws
Meanwhile, PSAC declared a second bargaining impasse for four groups representing 90,000 of its members, and is once again heading down the strike route.
News|By Emily Haws
The program, which was originally conceived in the United Kingdom, is meant to boost diversity in the STEM research ranks. Canada's program will be broader, incorporating both colleges and universities, tracking a variety of equity groups, and including all disciplines, rather than just STEM.
Opinion
This legislation seems to be just another colonial approach to change the system without adequate consultation or inclusion of Indigenous interests, writes Stephen Buffalo, a member of Alberta’s Samson Cree Nation.
In normal circumstances, beating Trump in 2020 would be a laugher. But again, in normal circumstances, he wouldn’t be … you know.
Opinion|Bob Masterson
Canada needs to capitalize on the opportunity to follow Europe’s example and ensure we’re not bringing any unintended repercussions on businesses and job creators.
Treat the public like a bunch of dazzled rubes, avoid annoying demands for consultation and advance information, personal grudges are as good a basis for public policy as anything else, and other lessons from year one.
Civil Circles
News|By Emily Haws
Originally meant to streamline pay, Phoenix has left public servants overpaid, underpaid, and not paid at all since February 2016—and so far, the government has spent over $1.2-billion trying to fix it.
News|By Emily Haws
Marta Morgan moves from heading Immigration to Foreign Affairs, while Gina Wilson, believed to be the highest-ranking female Indigenous federal public servant, is the new deputy minister of public safety.
News|By Emily Haws
Since the Liberals took power in 2015, the public service has grown from 257,034 to 273,571 people in 2018, with the biggest boost coming between 2017 and 2018.
News|By Emily Haws
Some employees have no designated desks, leaving little space for personal belongings or accessibility accommodations, say critics. But the government says the change is meant to design workspaces around client department needs and allow for flexibility.
Feature|By Emily Haws
The government’s new artificial intelligence directive is welcome, says tech CEO Wallace Trenholm, but there needs to be a bigger focus on how data is collected and used.
Incoming PCO clerk Ian Shugart’s resume means he will have an easy transition, say public service observers, with no impact on the bureaucracy's election transition work.
The government’s procurement process is too prescriptive, says ITAC’s Andre Leduc, making tech equipment out of date by the time it arrives.
News|By Emily Haws
Current PCO clerk Michael Wernick, who has been wrapped up in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, announced March 18 he would be retiring from the public service ahead of the 2019 election.
News|By Emily Haws
Meanwhile, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers filed for binding arbitration March 11 in hopes of striking its own pre-election deal.
News|By Emily Haws
Amid allegations of partisanship against Michael Wernick, Prof. Donald Savoie says he could stay as DM to the PM and secretary to cabinet, but another bureaucrat may be better suited as the public service head.
Feature|By Emily Haws
The Feb. 21 response to a House Public Accounts Committee report highlighting deputy minister turnover lacks deliverables and specifics, says Conservative Pat Kelly, but NDP and Liberal MPs say they're generally impressed by the government's response.
News|By Emily Haws
Union members have ‘had it,’ says PSAC president Chris Aylward, as damages talks set to continue on March 8.
News|By Emily Haws
Ex-parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, who used to work under Michael Wernick, says that 'when you look at just the facts, Michael didn’t sound partisan' to him.
Feature|By Emily Haws
The Federal Black Employee Caucus has already met with PCO clerk Michael Wernick and PSPC deputy minister Bill Matthews, and wants interest to turn into action.
Feature|By Emily Haws
‘His position requires him to challenge everything—he was not hired to surf on the status quo,’ says Shared Services VP Sarah Paquet.
Feature|By Emily Haws
Many low-level public servants don't understand how the government works more broadly, says co-author Alex Marland.
News|By Emily Haws
The Peace Tower flag was lowered to half mast in Mr. Ferguson's honour at the request of the prime minister, said PCO clerk Michael Wernick.
News|By Emily Haws
Ferguson, 60, died of cancer on Feb. 2. His death is 'taking a toll' on the 575-person office he led, says his deputy.
News|By Emily Haws
'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.
News|By Emily Haws
As the three-year pay system anniversary looms, only about one-third of HR data comes in on time, says the PSPC head in a letter to her ministerial colleagues.
News|By Emily Haws
The plan to change the heating system from steam to low-temperature hot water will save $750-million over 40 years, says Public Services and Procurement Canada.
News|By Emily Haws
Recommendations on the winning bid for a new pay system are expected to come in spring, but it 'certainly' won't be ready by the end of 2019, says a pay team official.
Feature|By Emily Haws
When then-Treasury Board president Scott Brison got an upset text from PSAC national president Chris Aylward late last year, he immediately picked up the phone and called.
News|By Emily Haws
All three crash victims were bureaucrats: Judy Booth worked for the National Capital Commission, Bruce Thomlinson worked for the Canada Border Services Agency, and Anja Van Beek worked for the Treasury Board Secretariat.

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