Dear USJE members:
As always, I want to thank you for your efforts and your sacrifice throughout this nation-wide PSAC strike.
Whether you are on the picket line or at the office as an essential worker, we know these are not easy days. As we conclude the 9th day of the strike, it is my hope that a fair and equitable agreement will be reached at the bargaining table as soon as possible.
However, progress has been very slow and that is why, as we announced yesterday, USJE’s National Executive voted to approve top-up pay which is being paid directly to USJE members who are on the strike line and are eligible for strike pay from the PSAC.
These monies will be taken from USJE’s national reserves and will be paid in addition to the regular strike pay you may be receiving from PSAC, and/or your local. USJE’s National top up pay is being offered to all eligible members, even if you are receiving supplementary funds from your local.
The monies for USJE’s special top up pay are being drawn from its national reserves for a total allocation of $2,000,000.
We know that for many of USJE’s members, a national strike is disruptive and financially stressful. USJE’s National Executive has taken the decision to provide additional top up pay in recognition of the length of the strike and the reality that many urgently need the funds to pay their bills and get through this difficult time.
PSAC’s fight for fair wages that keep up with the cost of inflation is being watched closely by many other workers in the public and private sectors. By securing a better deal, we help millions of other Canadians who are in the same boat and can’t afford to slip backwards as the cost of living continues to increase.
While Treasury Board President Mona Fortier is saying she has little more to offer, we know that the actions of all PSAC’s members, including those of USJE’s, are putting enormous pressure on the federal government to bargain in good faith towards a settlement that is fair and reasonable.
Given the volume of inquiries being directed at PSAC, we understand that response times are slow. If you are waiting to hear from PSAC, you can always reach out to your USJE Regional Vice President who may be able to assist. Please keep in mind that USJE RVPs are spending their days on picket lines across Canada, some of them travelling long distances between sites to show support and be available to all their members.
Thank you again for your dedication to the union movement and support during this time.
USJE is here with you every step of the way!