PSAC Policies

The Public Service Alliance of Canada has developed numerous policy statements on issues of concern to our members. These policies provide direction to our union in bargaining, in our internal operation and in matters relating to our role in the Canadian labour movement. 

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is committed to ensuring that all our members are well informed of their rights, benefits and duties as union members. In addition, the Alliance, in promoting employment equity with its own staff, seeks to ensure that all employees of PSAC have all the tools to do their work with proficiency. In order to ensure full access to union information, members and staff with sensory, learning and other disabilities may require "alternate formats" (braille, large print, cassettes, captioned or signed videos) in place of conventional print and video.
The purpose of this policy is to establish a framework for the union to respond to and address barriers for members with disabilities in order to enable them to fully participate in their union.
The Family Care Policy (FCP) helps members cover additional fees incurred as a direct result of attending an authorized PSAC activity.
This policy guides PSAC’s practices concerning the collection, use, disclosure, and protection of personal information. PSAC is committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, accuracy, and security of members’ personal information it collects, uses, and retains in the course of fulfilling its legitimate purposes as a certified bargaining agent.
(Excerpt from the Policy adopted by NBoD January 1997)
Development of the 'micro-chip' has resulted in many new computer applications. The impact is being felt in the office as new office equipment based on the technology becomes cost efficient. Whether or not the technology is used in the best interest of workers will depend on how and why it is introduced. It is imperative that the Alliance be involved in the decisions regarding its introduction and be prepared to meet the challenges it presents. To this end, the Alliance shall:
Introduction - The Changing Workplace The Public Service Alliance of Canada strives for the best protection and working conditions for members that it represents. In doing so, the Alliance is cognizant of the accelerating changes to work patterns and has strived, through collective bargaining and other forums, to achieve flexibility for workers. The Alliance has negotiated flexible work patterns including compressed work arrangements, variable hours of work, and terms and conditions surrounding part-time work.
Basic objectives of the policy of the Alliance on training will be to: ensure that training programs in the public service are based not only in recognition of Employer's needs, but also in recognition of the worker's needs, and that these should be revised on an annual basis; and ascertain that more emphasis is given to training programs for workers in lower-paid groups in the public service. Towards these goals, the Alliance will continue its efforts to establish training programs in the following areas:
In 1980, fifty thousand federal clerks took their demand for fair wages into the streets. This was one of the largest strike actions ever launched in Canada. What was perhaps more remarkable at the time was that fully three quarters of the clerks were women. We came from every Component of the Alliance. We were older women, younger women, francophones, anglophones, lesbians, women with disabilities, aboriginal women and women of colour. Women of all races and backgrounds struggling collectively for the first time for recognition of the worth of our work.