La Fraternité des constables du contrôle routier du Québec (FCCRQ), representing Quebec highway patrol officers, recently voted in favour of affiliating with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).
The FCCRQ represents 300 members, making PSAC the largest Canadian union representing public safety workers with more than 13,000 members – from Border Services Officers and firefighters to park wardens, fishery officers, First Nations police and Coast Guard patrols.
“The FCCRQ needed a helping hand to promote several important issues with the government,” said Éric Labonté, president of the FCCRQ. “PSAC has already demonstrated they can achieve important gains for their members which stems from an expertise in our field.”
Whether working in patrol vehicles or in road network control areas, FCCRQ members enforce highway traffic laws, provincial regulations and the Criminal Code. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of road users and for reporting any irregularities found on the network. Their control, surveillance and prevention work is essential in safeguarding Québec's road network.
Yvon Barrière, PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for Québec, said he is proud to welcome the Québec highway patrol officers into the PSAC fold. “We’ll work seamlessly with FCCRQ leaders to improve their working conditions and advance their longstanding demands at the bargaining table,” he said.
PSAC has become a leader in the public safety sector. The union has a long track record of securing important victories for peace officers in several sectors, including significant wage increases, armed positions and improved working conditions for Border Services Officers across Canada.