Labour Day - A message from your National President

On this labour day, on behalf of our union’s 180,000 members, I send solidarity to our PSAC sisters and brothers on strike at the Winnipeg Airport. These workers have been out on the picket line since July 24, fighting back against contracting out.

I remind all members to respect the picket line at the Winnipeg airport – friends don’t let friends cross picket lines. Please visit our website to find out how else you can support these PSAC members.

Over a year and a half after its launch, the Phoenix pay system continues to plague federal public service workers. PSAC’s priority remains doing everything in our power to get our members paid correctly and on time. Sadly, there is no single solution to the problem that is Phoenix. We understand that this is both frustrating and unsatisfactory. However, we continue to push the government to take steps to both fix Phoenix and to better mitigate the problems until we get there.

Most recently, PSAC was able to negotiate new measures to attract and retain compensation advisors. Rebuilding the compensation expertise lost when the last government eliminated hundreds of compensation advisor positions is crucial to fixing this mess.  

Finally, this labour day, Canada’s labour movement is kicking off a campaign called Pharmacare: A Plan for Everyone.

Canada’s unions have fought hard to win health insurance coverage for our members. But we’re not stopping there. We know that too many Canadians can’t afford to fill their prescriptions. No one should have to choose between paying for groceries or paying for the medication they need. An annual investment of $1 billion by the federal government will mean Canadians save $7.3 billion a year on prescription drugs.

I encourage all PSAC members to visit the campaign website at

Sign the petition. Share it on social media with your friends, family, and coworkers. So we can finally win universal prescription drug coverage for all Canadian workers, no matter where they live, where they work, or how much they make.

In solidarity,

Robyn Benson

September 1, 2017