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David became an active member of the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE), a component of PSAC, while working with the Department of National Defence at the Lincoln and Well Regiment in 2006. He was a union steward and has since held the positions of vice-president and president of his UNDE local. As a civilian member of the Regiment, he has provided LGBTQ2+ orientation for all new recruits in the hopes of fostering understanding of the issues facing the community.

Unionizing the university sector, fighting precarious work 

PSAC has a long history of organizing in Canada’s universities and now counts over 30,000 members from this sector in its ranks. Recently, the union also filed for certification of additional workers at McGill University and the University of Saskatchewan, where PSAC locals already exist. 

For at least two decades, Canadian universities have increasingly turned to short-term contracts for their academic and support staff. This has led to chronically low wages, no pensions and few, if any, benefits for many workers in the sector. 

Working together, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and its component union, the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), have produced a video to highlight the negative outcomes of the full-scale privatization of critical public infrastructure.

SAC encourages members to participate in NPSW events and use them as an opportunity to send a clear signal to government that it has failed its own employees. 

With the federal election quickly approaching this fall, there is no better time to send the government a message: 

According to Chief Commissioner Marion Buller, there must be a “paradigm shift” to decolonize Canadian society and all Indigenous communities must be resourced and funded sufficiently to bring social and economic security to all. The report makes a distinction between the unique experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Metis, as well as Indigenous 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) people.

The report concludes that "these abuses and violations have resulted in the denial of safety, security, and human dignity."

In addition to the new law, the federal government recently released its Federal Public Service Accessibility Strategy, which aims to improve access and remove barriers for workers with disabilities in the public service.

PSAC supported the Bill and provided its input at committee hearings in both the House of Commons and Senate, making recommendations to make the law stronger. PSAC also provided input into the government’s new Strategy for the federal public service.

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