PSAC has posted a short video clip on its web site where John Gordon, PSAC President, explains the reasoning behind PSACs decision to go to the table early with Treasury Board and to negotiate severance issues with the Treasury Board. Here is the clip
Its interesting to listen to Gordon on severance, he attempts to sell the deal to members by saying that its money in your pocket now which is pensionable, whereas at the end of your career under the old agreement it is not pensionable. This kind of glosses over the fact that this is a major concession on the part of PSAC. PSAC's Q&As on the severance question are much more detailed and provide their members with much better information to make informed decisions. See them here.