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The violence continues

Trans, two-spirit and non-binary people continue to face disproportionate rates of violence and discrimination. Recent studies show that:

  • Over two-thirds (70%) of trans youth in Canada have experienced sexual harassment
  • More than 1 in 3 (36%) trans youth report being physically threatened or injured in the past year
  • Sixty-five percent of trans people have experienced domestic violence
  • For racialized and indigenous trans people violence and discrimination is even worse: globally, 84% of trans people who were murdered in 2017 were racialized

Correcting Membership Dues

PSAC has a long-established system to determine the correct dues for each of its members. Every month, the union sends the government a file that lists changes, adjustments and corrections to dues amounts to be implemented by the pay system.

The Phoenix pay system has been unable to process this file since March 2016, resulting in the inaccurate collection of membership dues for the majority of our members. This has affected thousands of workers, and particularly those that have undergone significant changes like being promoted, changing positions, going on parental leave, or retiring.

For several weeks, PSAC has been reaching out to members to inform them of the upcoming changes to their paycheques. Letters are being mailed or emailed to members with details about their specific dues’ situation. PSAC has also answered thousands of online inquiries about individual membership dues cases.

Through its website, Canadian Heritage is asking people to submit their ideas and experiences so that the government’s anti-racism work can reflect these experiences. PSAC encourages all of its members, particularly racialized members, to participate in this important consultation.

You can learn more and participate in the survey by visiting the consultation website: Join the conversation: Anti-racism engagement.

The deadline for participation is December 9, 2018.


Diverse sectors were represented, including gaming, University workers, municipal government workers, Indigenous and community organizations, research and development workers and security and law enforcement. Members of DCLS discussed creative bargaining and mobilization strategies that they have successfully used to win better wages, working conditions and benefits. Activists shared ideas for change and improvement in how PSAC represents members of DCLs.

PSAC and UPCE vehemently oppose any company’s attempt to win a labour dispute by preying on workers when they are most vulnerable. Canada Post’s decision to not only deny its employees access to disability benefits, but to deny them of sick leave benefits while they are ill, injured, or disabled, is callous.

Following PSAC-CIU’s legal challenge, the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLRB) recently issued a decision affirming that the Employer needed to pay all members in accordance with the provisions of this new allowance for the month of June 2013. This decision makes it consistent with the sick leave and annual leave provisions. This victory will see over 1 million dollars givenback to the Border Services members affected and sets a precedent for any future allowances negotiated with similar language.