PSAC signs tentative contracts for 95,000 members

5.3% wage increase over three years and severance pay changes affecting mainly program and administrative staff.

Ottawa (6 Oct. 2010) - The federal government has reached tentative agreements with 95,000 public employees represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

The proposed settlements with the Treasury Board cover three of five PSAC bargaining units. They include members of the program and administrative services group, the education and library science group and the operational services group.

The proposed agreements include a 5.3% wage increase over the next three years and changes to severance pay. If ratified the agreements will replace contracts set to expire in 2011.

PSAC agreed to enter early negotiations with the government in a bid to provide security to its members at a time of economic uncertainty.

No settlement was reached for two other groups - border services and technical services. Those negotiations will resume in February 2011.

"We are confident that we got a fair deal for many of our members which will lead to permanent improvements to working conditions," PSAC's national president John Gordon said in a statement. "We are nevertheless very disappointed with Treasury Board for their unwillingness to address important issues for border and technical services."

PSAC represents more than 172,000 members across Canada.

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