Thousands of PSAC members worked tirelessly following the launch of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) on April 6 to process over 3.8 million applications in the first five days. Deposits for the benefit, which total $2,000 per month for four months, started arriving in laid-off workers’ bank accounts within as little as two days.
Due to COVID-19, PSAC has agreed with the employer to make some temporary amendments to the Public Service Health Care Plan, which will assist members in accessing the services that they need.
These changes include:
- Extension of the Emergency Benefit while travelling to 60 days from 40
The following changes will be made up until April 24, 2020:
Hello Sisters and Brothers,
Federal public service employees are stepping forward to help deliver the new benefits like the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) that Canadians are counting on in these very difficult times.
Among those, more than 7,000 employees working at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) have volunteered to help.
Agreement Between UTE and CRA
Pursuant to clause 34.05(b)(i) of the Collective Agreement between the Canada Revenue Agency and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, in light of the circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 crisis, the parties agree to extend the period for employees to submit their annual leave requests for the summer period on or before June 30, 2020. Further, the parties agree that the employer will respond to such requests for annual leave within 15 working days after having received such requests.
We understand that these are extraordinary circumstances for everyone and that this is a difficult time for many of you and your families. We also recognize that many of you are performing critical functions while also supporting your colleagues as a health and safety committee member (HSC) or representative (HSR).
DATE: March 24, 2020 TIME: 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Conference call
Many people are struggling with their mental health during this difficult time. If you are overwhelmed, under significant stress, or having any mental health difficulties, here are some resources to assist you.
Last week PSAC asked the government for clarification on the use of the term “critical services” and how it relates to exceptions to telework.
In response the government re-issued directives to department heads today that included this clarification: