Social Media and PIPSC Members

What does my union do for me? Who can assist me? Is my boss respecting my rights?

Not so long ago, the only way to get help and information was to directly contact a steward or your union.
Thanks to the Internet, you have been able to access controlled information over the past few years. You can get specific answers to your questions by e-mail or by telephone.

So what is the benefit of social media?

Through social platforms like Facebook, you can obtain information on your union, negotiations, activities or the union's directions. You can read this information at your own pace and whenever convenient. You can ask questions and get answers. But the real strength of this media is its "social" aspect; everyone can voice an opinion, share experiences, contribute to discussions and help resolve problems. Social media has both its pros and cons:

  • - If you have a question, just ask and you'll get an answer—guaranteed.
  • - You’ll likely get several answers from various participants. You may uncover some interesting facts!
  • - If you or a co-worker needs further clarification, just ask and we’ll be happy to help.
  • - Are you knowledgeable in a particular area? Provide answers to other people’s questions, or publish an article, your article!
  • - Sometimes we get carried away emotionally, but it’s fun and perfectly acceptable.


Social media is a global village within everyone's grasp. It gives us a window into different workplaces and allows us to learn about other people’s experiences. Through everyone’s contributions, we can grow, and together we can improve our working conditions, our union and our society.

I invite you to join us online and to participate. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the discussions. Here are a few worthwhile Facebook pages, but these are not the only ones:

 CS Group Official’s Facebook Page:


PIPSC Official Facebook Page:


Focus group for CS Group members :


Focus groupe on Work Force Adjustment:









by Stéphane Aubry

Newsletter - Act now for our future !

20130318 rtellierWhen thinking about our future, do we ask ourselves if we're prepared to take action to defend it?

There’s no hiding the fact that we need change.

Are politicians changing our country?

They’ve withdrawn Canada from the Kyoto protocol and our commitments to environmental protection, attacked the public service and its unions, and taken away 19,200 jobs. Everything was decided so fast, with very little debate and no democratic process.

Is Stephen Harper changing Canada? Yes, more than ever!

Read more: Newsletter - Act now for our future !

Newsletter - Shared Services Canada Report - Winter2013

20130318 sscOn November 15, 2011 by Order in Council, approximately 750 employees were transferred from six Separate Employers to Shared Services Canada within the Core Public Administration [CPA]- including Canada Revenue Agency, Parks Canada, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Financial Transactions & Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, National Research Council, and Canada Food Inspection Agency.

As a result of the signing of the CS Collective Agreement on Dec. 14, 2012, these employees officially became part of the CS Group in the core public service, eligible for membership with the Institute and subject to the terms and conditions of the new collective agreement.

Read more: Newsletter - Shared Services Canada Report - Winter2013

Notice of 2013 CS Group AGM

The 2013 CS AGM will be held in the NCR at the Lac Leamy Hilton on Saturday, August 24, 2013 starting at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. The AGM is your forum to provide direction to your Executive. There will be a CS Networking Event on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 - time and place to be announced. Please note that all regular and retired members can attend the CS AGM even if they are not delegates. Only delegates will be reimbursed for their expenses. If you are interested in being a delegate to the AGM, please complete the online application form, which must be received by May 23rd, 2013 - 5:00 pm, Ottawa time:

20130318 agmCS AGM/AGA du groupe CS
Catherine Gagnon
PIPSC National Office/Bureau national de l’Institut
250, chemin Tremblay Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J8
Fax/Télécopieur : 613-228-9048 or/ou 1-800-465-7477
Email/Courriel: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CS By-laws

6.1.5 Any member of the Group in good standing shall be entitled to attend and speak at any General Meeting of the Group.
6.1.6 Only Delegates to a General Meeting of the Group shall be entitled to make or second motions or resolutions, and to vote.
6.1.7 Delegates to a General Meeting of the Group shall be apportioned according to the following:
a) Every member of the Group Executive shall be a delegate to any General Meeting of the Group.
b) The Group shall be entitled to one (1) delegate for each two hundred (200) of its members, rounded to the nearest two hundred (200) based on its national membership as of December 31 immediately prior to the notice of the meeting.

Online CS Delegate Application Form
*All applicants will be notified by email after decisions have been made on the selection of delegates.
If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Gagnon at the following email address:
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Newsletter - President's message - September 2012

Dear colleagues, l.carriere

I hope you had a great summer and took time to recharge and enjoy it. As for me, it seems like there’s always matters that need to be address but rest assure that I did take some vacation and really enjoyed it. So now I’m ready to tackle what’s ahead of us. As you know our bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with Treasury Board and your national executive decided to put it out for a vote to our membership. I am aware of discussions that took place on Facebook regarding the ratification date and I did explain over a number of times why it was this way so I’m not doing this again.

Your National Organizing Committee steering committee is putting in place a number of events to meet with our members and explain what is in this tentative agreement so people are fully aware when it’s time to vote. These events will take place in different forms; lunch & learns, sub-group AGMs, Facebook, the Group’s website, webinars, teleconferences, etc…Make sure you attend one of those events in order to ask questions and to get the information needed. All the events dates will be posted on our website, (under calendar).

Another subject of importance for us at his time is to deal with all our affected members that received letters from their Department or Agency in regard to WFA that is taking place. So far we are aware of about 1200 CSs and we know that more waves are coming up this fall. Quite a few stewards received the training across the country to address the first response.

On the last note, an election will be held this fall for positions on the Board of Directors at the Institute. Let’s show our union that the CS Group is aware and concerned about the direction we’re heading and elect the right people that will be our representative at that level.

Yours truly,

Luc Carrière
CS Group President

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