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March 25, 2015
The International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers “the opportunity to honour and to remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system”. The day also raises awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today. This year’s theme is “Women and Slavery”, which aims to:
September 25, 2014
In the 1980s, PSAC pushed Treasury Board to provide space for workplace child care centres in the federal public service.  In 1986, the House of Commons Special Committee on Child Care recommended that the government “consider the establishment of a significant number of new child care centres in appropriate federal buildings over the next few years”.  It took time for the government to agree but after pressure by the union, Treasury Board signed a letter of agreement in 1989 that lead to the adoption of the official Workplace Daycare Policy two years later. 
September 25, 2014
PSAC bargained a travel insurance policy that recognized same-sex spouses in 1992. This was one of the union’s first victories at the bargaining table for GLBT members.
September 25, 2014
Over the years, PSAC has bargained significant improvements in the lives of working women. We have negotiated collective agreement provisions that support women’s responsibilities for child rearing and families.  We have bargained strong language against discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
September 25, 2014
In the late 1970s, women made up just over three-quarters of the almost 47,000 workers in the federal government’s Clerical and Regulatory (CR) bargaining unit.  
September 25, 2014
In 1986 PSAC negotiated a Master Agreement with Treasury Board that included a no discrimination clause, as well as a clause prohibiting sexual harassment. This was a major breakthrough because sexual harassment had not yet been recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada as a form of discrimination. Current collective agreements between the PSAC and Treasury Board include clauses on sexual harassment, no discrimination, and health and safety. Variations of these prohibitions exist in virtually all PSAC collective agreements.
June 25, 2014
PSAC is a proud ally in the struggle for the advancement of the human rights of gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Canada. Eradicating homophobia and transphobia in the workplace and bargaining and lobbying for the full protection of our GLBT members’ human rights are ongoing priorities for the PSAC. The current, concerted attacks on unions undermine the struggle for human rights. Together, we can work to fend off such attacks by championing the many victories we’ve gained for our members.
May 5, 2014
Quebec’s universal seven dollar a day child care program more than pays for itself, according to a recent study by one of Quebec’s top economists.
May 5, 2014
For many families, child care is the second highest expense after housing. The average cost per child is $30 to $80 a day, or over $1,000 a month.  That’s challenging enough – yet there are also families who can’t access quality, regulated childcare. Wait lists are notoriously long. That’s because there are only enough regulated spaces for about 19 percent of children aged 0 to 12 years. Yet almost 70 percent of mothers with children under the age of five years are working. We are ALL Affected by the lack of affordable, quality child care. Let’s Rethink Child Care!
March 19, 2014
March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark this important day, PSAC is distributing a poster and backgrounder to our members in all regions.

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