Daryl Bean

Darryl Bean, PSAC President from 1985 to 2000

On July 21, 1985, Daryl Bean was elected PSAC National President, the first of five terms in the position. He retired in 2000.

Daryl’s union activism began in the 1960s as a shop steward and chairperson of his Local’s grievance committee. He was elected Local President in 1965, National Vice-President of the Union of Public Works Employees (UPWE) in 1972 and UPWE (now Government Services Union) National President in 1975. He continued working in the federal public service as a maintenance superintendent in Ottawa until his election as PSAC’s Second Executive Vice-President in 1982.

As President, Daryl filed the pay equity complaint against the federal government that led to a $3.2 billion settlement. In 1991, he led the largest national strike in Canada’s history against the federal government.

May 12, 2014