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The Ontario Federation of Labour will hold its Biennial Convention, under the banner “Power ON” from November 20th to 24th, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

As we commemorate Women’s history month this October, PSAC remembers the women of the labour movement who have fought tirelessly to improve the lives of women and all workers.

For generations, labour activists have organized in their unions and communities for employment equity, maternity leave, child care, equal pay and equal pay for work of equal value, an end to racism and harassment, accessible workplaces – and so much more.

In 1980, when fifty thousand federal clerks took their demand for fair wages into the street, PSAC women were at the forefront of the action. It became one of the largest strikes in Canadian history and fully three quarters of the workers were women.

A newly released consultant’s report validates concerns that were raised by PSAC in the lead up to the launch of the Phoenix pay system. The report, prepared for the government by Goss Gilroy Inc., says that “decisions were made despite the warnings issued by the union representatives.”

“The report clearly states that the former Conservative government made a huge mistake by eliminating the jobs of existing compensation advisors,” says Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “They had no evidence supporting their decision to lay off so many people.”

The Labour College of Canada has been restructured and is launching its new program in January 2018. If you are a committed PSAC activist who wants to deepen your learning of the labour movement in Canada, develop your leadership skills, and connect with activists from other unions across the country, then you should apply to attend the Canadian Labour Congress-sponsored Labour College of Canada Certificate Program at www.labourcollege.ca  

PSAC will soon begin the process to negotiate improvements to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP).  As we prepare for these negotiations, we want to hear from you to better understand what changes you’d like to see.  Please fill out this survey to tell us what’s most important to you. 

PSAC and other unions representing federal public service workers are working together to ensure that the government pays damages to its employees for the ongoing Phoenix fiasco.

“We have met with the representatives of the other unions and we all agree that we need to have a common front on this,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “It has been 18 months and this mess still isn’t fixed; meanwhile, many of our members are struggling to make ends meet. This is unacceptable.”