IDRC workers join PSAC

On November 26the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) certified the Public Service Alliance of Canada to represent 245 employees of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

IDRC is a crown corporation whose mandate is to support knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world. Employees there are very committed to their work and the organization.

“By unionizing, the employees are sending a clear signal that they want to be treated fairly and respectfully,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.

“We are proud to join PSAC and already planning our next steps,” added Paul Viveiros, from the transition committee of the new local.

 ‘‘We are thrilled employees at IDRC are joining the PSAC family. We look forward to helping them get their first collective agreement,” concluded Larry Rousseau, REVP for NCR.

The IDRC`s campaign organizing committee expressed gratitude for the support provided by PSAC organizers, deeming it an essential part of their success.  The new local looks forward to the continued backing of the PSAC to achieve a more balanced relationship with the employer.

PSAC the union of choice

  • Workers agreed a union would represent them more effectively than the non-certified employee association they had in the past.
  • After considering different options, they concluded PSAC was the best fit given the PSAC’s experience with crown corporations and commitment to organizing and bargaining for new groups.
  • The large, diverse, and determined campaign committee was instrumental to the success of the union drive.

PSAC wins overwhelming support

  • The PSAC filed an application to represent all the employees of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on October 28.
  • Even though a majority of employees had signed union cards wanting to be unionized with the PSAC, the CIRB ordered a vote as now required because of the Harper government’s changes to labour law.
  • Of the ballots cast, 77% voted to unionize with PSAC.

PSAC has helped organize 40,000 members to join the PSAC in the last 15 years in a variety of sectors across the country.


December 4, 2015