“Everything is connected. They want to infringe on the rights of veterans and they want to infringe on workers` rights. And all of this leads to more unfair care, more unfair decisions when it comes to benefits, and worse health care. “I am pleased that PA employees, many of whom have supported important services to Canadians during the pandemic, have reached a new preliminary agreement and that all employees represented by PSAC are receiving compensation for the burden the Phoenix pay system had on their lives. This is proof of our commitment to reaching fair and equitable agreements taking into account the current economic and fiscal environment. At the same time, the government also reached a preliminary agreement with the PSAC to compensate employees for damages caused by Phoenix`s wage system and the late transposition of the 2014 collective agreements. If approved, this compensation agreement will apply to the 140,000 VIP members who will be paid through Phoenix`s compensation system. According to Weidman, union communication is essential to ensure the health and safety of the veterans they serve, as AFGE has often informed its organization of problems or changes in the system affecting the veterans they represent: the three-year interim agreement applies to nearly 84,000 federal employees represented and unpresented in the Program and Administrative (PA) Services Group. The provisional agreement would provide for overall economic and group increases of 6.64 percent over three years, ending in July 2021, with the smallest increase last year, in line with the current economic environment. New provisions on nursing leave, extended parental leave and up to 10 days of domestic violence leave are also included in the provisional agreement. Please note that this new rate change applies to all employees who currently pay Veterans Union contributions`Employees Component and who are covered by a collective agreement between the Board of Directors of Canada and the PSAC. But a va spokesman told the Federal Times that the changes they want to implement are aimed at improving care: “Whether by condemning the MISSION Act or working to repeal the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, afGE has consistently fought for the status quo and opposed making VA work better for veterans and their families. It is not surprising that AFGE has taken the same approach by refusing to accept reasonable improvements to its collective agreement. Va`s collective bargaining proposals aim to put Veterans first and foremost what we do and we look forward to working with AFGE to achieve this goal. But some of VA`s bargaining positions are not directly derived from the Trump administration`s guidelines, although they have been used in collective bargaining at several agencies. Collective bargaining between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees has stalled for more than a year, and the COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled parts of the country and increased workload and danger to health professionals, has only exacerbated differences between agency management and unions over the better administration of federal personnel.
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