We are approaching the end of what has been both a successful and challenging year for our union. I want to congratulate all 20,000 PSAC members in the Atlantic for your courage, your activism and your resilience. And here’s why.2013 saw continued efforts by the federal government to single out the public sector by cutting jobs and slashing services that the Canadian public relies on. And we all know, it didn’t stop there. The first Budget of 2013 contained clear signs of attacks to come, in particular on sick leave, compensation and union security.