Feb 7 2018 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — Global Affairs Canada employees at the Lester B. Pearson Building were sent home twice in January after problems with the building’s heating system, a problem the union says employees have been grappling with for more than a year. The temperatures were too low on Jan. 8 and Jan. 15 for employees to work, the government […]
Jan 17 2018 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — Members of Parliament are growing increasingly frustrated with what some see as a lack of government support to their constituency offices to help residents affected by the error-ridden Phoenix pay system, and the opposition Conservatives say Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough has yet to follow through on a commitment to boost resources.
Jan 10 2018 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — Imagine someone gives you $30, but you only see $20 of it because of extenuating circumstances. Then they want $30 back, leaving you with $10 less than you started with. On a much larger scale this is what public service employees are experiencing as a result of the troubled Phoenix pay system, which has left […]
Dec 15 2017 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — A new Phoenix pay system update shows there remain 54,000 open cases related to collective agreements yet to be processed, signalling the lingering backlog will probably continue for several months. There were 335,000 cases beyond normal workload reported as of Nov. 29, meaning a total of 589,000 open cases are waiting to be processed, according […]
Nov 22 2017 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — The Phoenix pay system mess could prove to be a problem for the Liberals at the ballot box in 2019, says opposition MPs and union representatives, as the auditor general confirmed Tuesday it would take years to solve. According to auditor general Michael Ferguson’s report, the government’s $540-million earmarked to fix Phoenix will not be […]
Nov 8 2017 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — The House of Commons is not looking to opt out of the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system, the Speaker’s office says, despite some MPs and their staff reporting problems. “There have been a few issues with pay but the House administration does not have a record of the total amounts related to underpayment or overpayments resulting […]
Nov 1 2017 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — Two of the largest federal public service unions are set to file complaints this week against the government for missing deadlines to implement new collective agreements affecting up to 130,000 workers. The Professional Institute of the Public Service and the Public Service Alliance of Canada are going to the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and […]
Oct 11 2017 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — With NAFTA renegotiations on the horizon, Members of Parliament took more than three times the number of trips to Washington and New York from April 1 to June 30 than the same period the year prior. In the first quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal year, which runs April 1 to Mar. 31, MPs used 16.5 […]
Oct 4 2017 — Emily Haws — Hill Times — The prime minister quietly shuffled his cabinet committee membership last month in the wake of August’s cabinet shuffle, adding in new ministers and moving up Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos into chair positions.