Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons on Oct. 4, 2016. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)The campaign is scheduled to launch Monday and the print ads are addressed to Trudeau with "you said you'd be different" emblazoned across the top and the words, "make good on your word" at the bottom.
Contract talks dragging onContract talks with PSAC have dragged on for more than two years, with negotiators returning to the bargaining table late last month for the first time in nearly three months. Treasury Board of Canada, which bargains on behalf of the government, signalled in June that it was not prepared to back away from proposed changes to sick leave for about 90,000 workers.
Treasury Board's plan would see the existing bank, which has about 15 million days of unused sick leave, abolished. The union said it has proposed contract language that would result in fairer treatment for workers when changes are made to the delivery of government services. It has also asked for wage increases totalling nine per cent over three years. Earlier this year the government had offered 0.5 per cent wage increases in each of three years, pay hikes it has already promised its executives.
"It has been a year since the election. The tone has changed, but it's now time for action."
— PSAC president Robyn Benson
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