CSE Training, Info Sessions & Vote 2021

Negotiations At An Impasse

Following the issuance of the Public Interest Commission's (PIC) non-binding recommendations in June 2020, the parties resumed negotiation in the fall but were unable to reach agreement on several key outstanding issues.

The union bargaining team reached impasse in negotiations with CSE and Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) in late October. One of the key issues in dispute between the parties is over the application of general economic increases to the Market Allowance (MA) portion of your pensionable income. The Employer’s position means that members receiving MA would lose the benefit of applying 6.48% on the MA portion of their pay during the life of this collective agreement and into the future. This would be a significant loss for many of our members who are currently in receipt of the MA.

Over a period of 10 days in November 2020, your union bargaining team consulted the membership through a number of online membership webinars and determined that our only remaining step is to conduct a strike vote.

Strike votes for more than 2500 Communications Security Establishment (CSE) members will begin on February 11th and continue until February 24th 2021.

PSAC members at CSE have been negotiating since February 2019 and participated in Public Interest Commission (PIC) hearings following the breakdown in negotiations last year. In its final report, the PIC supported the union's position on wage increases. The parties last held a bargaining session on November 9th, 2020 but were unable to reach an agreement.

One of the key outstanding issues between the parties is the application of general economic increases on market allowance (MA) before rolling it into salary.

While the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has finally agreed to a long-standing request by the PSAC to integrate the Market Allowance (MA) into salary, the employer continues to insist on a formula that would result in a significant monetary loss to our members. Market Allowance has always been considered pensionable income and, as such, has always benefited from the application of general economic increases. PSAC members are seeking a fair collective agreement that recognizes the importance of our members’ work.


Requirements for strike training...

  • Registration to attend one of the courses of your choosing.
  • Member In Good Standing status per the PSAC Consitution.
  • Prepared to consider possibily volunteering should a strike be held.

Requirements for voting...

  • Attendence at an Information Session per the PSAC Constitution for eligibility / ability to cast your ballot for the strike vote
  • Voting Personal Identification Number (Voting PIN) from InteliVote (IV) consisting of 8-digits to cast your ballot

Requirements for registering for an info session...

  • PSAC Member ID Number consisting of 5-6 digit to join the session
  • Personal email address to join the session
  • Your full name to confirm your identification

Registration for info sessions...

Where to cast your ballot to vote...

  • InteliVote PSAC Online & Telephone Coordinates will be provided to you at the end of the infomation session you attend.

4 steps to cast your vote...

Step 1 - Register for and attend an Information Session

Step 2 - Retrieve Your InteliVote Personal Identification Number (IV Voting PIN) 

Step 3 - Vote online or by telephone


For more details on the process, view our Steps of the Vote Process page.

Frequently Asked Questions...

For more answers, view our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Still have questions?

Take a look at our Steps of Vote Process and Frequently Asked Questions pages for additional information. If your questions are not answered by that page or the information above please do not hesitate to contact us at by completing this online NCR Voting Enquiry form, contacting the voter help line at ncr-vote@psac-afpc.com or 613-714-4829.

We are best able to answer your enquiries expeditiously if you provide us with all the details on the form. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience as we are experiencing higher than normal enquiry volumes from members of multiple units across Canada.