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The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada > News & Events > Communications Magazine > Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring 2010 > Members in Atlantic Canada
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Members in Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada

From left to right: George McGuire, Marilyn Best, Lily Abbass (Associate Regional Director General, DFO), Lucille Shears and Barry McCallum (Regional Director, Science, DFO).

In February 2010, Gary Corbett visited PIPSC members in St. John’s, Newfoundland to discuss their concerns about potential changes to their pensions on the eve of the federal Budget which was tabled on March 4th, and to outline the Institute’s ongoing efforts to protect their acquired rights in this regard.

Atlantic Region stewards, like their colleagues throughout the country, had been asked to actively circulate the workplace petition co-sponsored by PIPSC and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) in support of public service pensions. It was exciting to witness the high level of understanding and cooperation between the local stewards from both bargaining agents, who share representational duties for the staff located in these offices. This mirrored the excellent coordination of efforts displayed by public sector labour unions in the weeks preceding the unveiling of the Budget – PIPSC and PSAC being key players in putting together the common front of labour movement representatives that squared off against advocates of cutbacks to government spending, such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and the C.D. Howe Institute.

President Corbett also attended the St. John’s Branch AGM, where he continued to receive feedback from members on a number of topics, most notably pensions.

While conducting site visits in the Environment Canada (EC), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) offices located in St. John’s, President Corbett took the opportunity to discuss staffing and other workplace issues with senior CRA and DFO officials there. Our stewards commented on the excellent working relationship they enjoy with these managers.

Science and technology are topics that appeal to a broad cross-section of our country’s population, but most Canadians are unaware of the work that goes on “in the background” at all levels of government to support innovative research in these fields.