Sisters, Brothers and Friends,
The Executive Council of the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) held a special meeting today (Sunday) to discuss the top-up of strike pay for our UTE members who have been participating in the strike.
We are pleased to announce that members who are on strike and receiving strike pay from the PSAC will receive a top up of $50 per day from UTE, effective Monday, April 24, 2023. Having said this, it will be necessary to closely monitor these additional payments and to ensure that these top-ups will not deplete the financial resources available to the union to continue to deliver services to its members in other matters.
Pursuant to UTE By-Laws and Regulations, resolutions become effective upon passage of the resolution. Accordingly, this top-up will not be paid retroactively.
We have made arrangements with the PSAC that they will issue this top-up on our behalf and invoice us for the cost. Members will not have to do anything extra to receive this top-up.
This action was taken in order to provide you with additional financial support during the strike and to send a very strong message to Treasury Board and the Canada Revenue Agency that UTE is fully committed to supporting the efforts of its members in achieving a fair and reasonable collective agreement.
A further message will be issued imminently to provide you with an update on the current status of negotiations. Please ensure that you visit our UTE website at www.ute-sei.org and our social media feeds.
In closing, I want to thank you again for your activism and collectivity in supporting your bargaining team.
Together we will prevail!
Union of Taxation Employees