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Since UCCO-SACC-CSN began negotiating with the Treasury Board of Canada to renew its collective agreement, time has passed us by.

Our collective agreement expired 1,096 days ago

On May 31, 2010, Kim Jong-il, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Layton, Ted Kennedy, Steve Jobs, Hugo Chavez and Osama Bin Laden were all still alive.

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant appeared to be a safe source of energy. Sendai still existed.

Thirty-six months ago, Barack Obama was barely a year into his first term as President of the United States.

Benedict was still Pope.

People knew who Michael Ignatieff was.

Before we started negotiating a new collective agreement with the federal government 156 weeks ago,

Canada’s NDP had never formed the official opposition.

Stephan Harper still led a minority government.

Treasury Board President Tony Clement wasn’t known for spending millions of border security funds on a gazebo in his own riding.

The Los Angeles Kings had never won the Stanley Cup.

More than 1,096 days ago, only South African soccer fans could tell you what sound a vuvuzela made.

British Petroleum was not known for its oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Decades-long dictatorships ruled Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Bashar al-Asaad was unchallenged in Syria.

More than 26,304 hours ago, when we started to work for a fair and decent labour contract, we didn’t know we would end up bargaining for three years and still not have a deal.

We hope another year won’t pass before that happens.

The world is changing. At Treasury Board, unfortunately, it seems as if time stands still. Isn’t it time to finish what we started, before history passes us by?

We deserve a good contract. Let’s finish the job.

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