The Public Services Alliance of Canada (PSAC) works to improve its members’ quality of life by advocating for fair treatment and respect in their workplaces. We do this by achieving employment security, fair pay, better benefits and safer and healthier working conditions.

Many of our union’s 170,000 members across Canada work for the federal government or its agencies, however, an increasing number the union’s membership work in places like women’s shelters, universities, security agencies and casinos.

By working together, the PSAC and our members have won many victories. Halifax Stanfield International Airport commissionaires worked with the union to force the employer to pay half-a-million dollars in back overtime and holiday pay. At the Memorial University of Newfoundland the union negotiated guaranteed Teaching, Graduate or Research Assistantships for the course of a graduate students’ studies and protection from discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression for per-course instructors. In Esgenoopetitg (Burnt Church) First Nation the union took the employer to court and won the reinstatement of numerous unjustly fired employees.

PSAC fights to protect and enhance laws that defend workers’ rights. We seek to hold governments accountable for maintaining strong public services. We also advocate for social justice, for an inclusive and compassionate society, an end all forms of discrimination and for economic equality. Being part of a union is about lifting everyone up.

To find out how to join the union and negotiate better working conditions, pay and benefits, contact:
Alex Bailey, Atlantic Organizer
Phone: 506.962.5433
**All emails and conversations will be kept strictly confidential.**

The PSAC’s membership is growing! Workers who have recently joined the PSAC in the Atlantic Region are below.

Union of School Business Employees of New Brunswick (USBE)
Post-Doctoral Fellows at Dalhousie University

Steps to Join the Union

Thanks for your interest in joining the PSAC! Here is a step-by-step guide for becoming part of the union.

Contact us. We’ll discuss starting a union at your workplace and the improvements having a union can bring to your workplace.

Once all your questions are answered and you’ve decided to pursue joining the PSAC, you will work with PSAC staff person to develop a plan – including getting others involved and having them sign union membership cards.

Once a majority of your co-workers have signed membership cards, PSAC will ask the appropriate labour board – federal or provincial – for the right to represent you – to be the bargaining agent for you and your coworkers.

Once certified, we will work with you to set up a local. This means adopting bylaws that explain how decisions are made and choosing a team who will negotiate a collective agreement with your employer. Then we will start bargaining a first agreement.

For the first time you will have a role to play in determining your pay, benefits and working conditions.
Interested? Contact:

Alex Bailey, Atlantic Organizer
Phone: 506.962.5433
**All emails and conversations will be kept strictly confidential.**

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