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The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is a labor union that represents federal government employees. One of its largest components, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), has recently negotiated a new collective agreement for its members in the Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP) group.

The agreement, which covers approximately 1,400 employees, was ratified in August 2021 and will be in effect until June 30, 2024. It includes several important provisions, including salary increases, improvements to job security, and enhancements to work-life balance.

One of the most significant changes in the new agreement is a retroactive pay increase of 2% for the period of June 22, 2018, to June 21, 2021. In addition, employees will receive salary increases of 1.5% in each of the next two years.

The agreement also includes measures to improve job security for SP group members. Specifically, the agreement increases the number of employees who can be appointed to regular positions, and provides enhanced job protection for employees who are declared surplus.

Lastly, the new agreement includes several measures designed to improve work-life balance for SP group members. These include an increase in annual leave entitlements, provisions for flexible work arrangements, and improvements to the maternity and parental leave provisions.

Overall, the new collective agreement negotiated by PIPSC for its members in the SP group represents a significant achievement for the union and its members. By securing salary increases, improving job security, and enhancing work-life balance, the agreement provides tangible benefits to employees and helps to ensure that they are able to continue to provide high-quality services to Canadians.