Media Advisory: PSAC members organizing a “study-in” of Bill C-59 at Peter MacKay’s office

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PSAC members organizing a “study-in” of Bill C-59 at Peter MacKay’s office

ANTIGONISH, NS – Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) who are currently gathered in Antigonish, NS for their Atlantic School will be organizing a “study-in” of division 20 of Bill C-59, the Budget Implementation Act, in front of Peter MacKay’s office.

“We are organizing this event to remind the Honourable Peter MacKay that collective bargaining is a Charter protected right.  We will also be reminding him that we have the right to vote and he can be guaranteed that we will be exercising that right on October 19, 2015!” said Jeannie Baldwin, Regional Executive Vice-President of PSAC-Atlantic.

EVENT: “Study-in” of division 20 of Bill C-59 in front of Peter MacKay’s office

DATE: Friday, May 29, 2015

TIME: 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

PLACE: Office of the Honourable Peter MacKay, 219 Main Street, No 303, Antigonish, NS

Background facts:

•          The Bill authorizes Treasury Board to modify collective agreements to remove sick leave and impose a short and long term disability plan outside of collective agreements

•          The Bill will circumvent the Public Service Labour Relations Act as well as ongoing negotiations.

•          The Supreme Court established the right to collective bargaining as a Charter right.

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Mark Rogers, Regional Representative, PSAC, (cell) 902.476.4449