Social Justice Fund : Success at the bargaining table

Our success in negotiating the Fund at the bargaining table is growing. To date, we have achieved the Social Justice Fund with over 93 bargaining units from coast to coast to coast. These bargaining units range in size from hamlet councils and housing authorities in the North to a national employer like Canada Post.

Member led contribution agreements

1.     Canada Employment and Immigration Union

2.     Union of Health and Environment Workers

3.     Salvation Army Yellowknife

4.     Saint John Airport Inc.

5.     WCSS of NWT & Nunavut

6.     Workers of the Government of Northwest Territories

Joint Employee/Employer contributions

7.     Hamlet of Pond Inlet

8.     Hamlet of Whale Cove (Hamlet Council)

9.     Hay River Housing Authority

10.  Sodexo MS Canada Ltd. (15 Wing Moose Jaw)

11.  Union of Canadian Transportation Employees

12.  Workers of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation

Employer funded

13.  Aklavik Housing Authority 

14.  Aramark Canada Ltd.

15.  Arviat Housing Association 

16.  Atlantic Pilotage Authority

17.  Baker Lake Housing Association 

18.  Blue Water Bridge Canada

19.  Brandon University 

20.  Cambridge Bay Housing Association 

21.  Canada Post Corporation

22.  Canadian Corps of Commissionaires - Ottawa Division 

23.  Charlottetown Airport Authority

24.  Chesterfield Inlet Housing Association 

25.  Chrysalis House Association

26.  Churchill Marine Tank Farm / UCTE local  

27.  City of Yellowknife

28.  Commissionaires Nova Scotia – Halifax Regional Municipality 

29.  Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority

30.  Deline Housing Association 

31.  Esganoôpetij (Burnt Church) First Nation Government 

32.  Eskasoni School Board

33.  Evergreen Forestry Management Limited 

34.  EXFO

35.  Fort Resolution Housing Authority 

36.  Fort Simpson Housing Authority 

37.  Fort Smith Housing Authority 

38.  FPInnovations – Société Forintek

39.  Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation  

40.  GDI Services Canada, Petawawa 

41.  Georgian Downs OLG

42.  Government of Nunavut

43.  Great Lakes Pilotage Authority Ltd.

44.  Hall Beach Housing Authority 

45.  Hamlet of Baker Lake 

46.  Hamlet of Cambridge Bay

47.  Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet 

48.  Hamlet of Clyde River 

49.  Hamlet of Coral Harbour

50.  Hamlet of Fort Providence

51.  Hamlet of Fort Resolution

52.  Hamlet of Gjoa Haven 

53.  Hamlet of Pangnirtung 

54.  Hamlet of Rankin 

55.  Hamlet of Resolute Bay

56.  Hamlet of Taloyoak

57.  Hay River Health and Social Services Authority

58.  Inuvik Housing Authority 

59.  JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport Authority 

60.  Kikitak Housing Association 

61.  Koprash Inc. Hastings County

62.  Kugluktuk Housing Association

63.  Many Rivers Counselling & Support Services Society 

64.  Marine Atlantic

65.  Municipality of Hall Beach

66.  Municipality of Sanikiluaq last paid in March 

67.  Nakwaye Ku Child Care Society 

68.  North Bay Jack Garland Airport 

69.  Northern Safety Network Yukon 

70.  Nuna Contracting Limited.

71.  OLG Slots at Woodbine 

72.  Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport

73.  Pangnirtung Housing Association

74.  Prince George Airport Authority 

75.  PRO-TEC Fire Services 

76.  Quilliq Energy Corp 

77.  Rankin Inlet Housing Association

78.  Repulse Bay Housing Association

79.  SeedChange

80.  Serco Canada Inc 

81.  Skookum Jim Friendship Centre

82.  St. Thomas University Student Union, Fredericton 

83.  Swissport Canada Fuel Services Inc

84.  Tasiurqtit Housing Association –

85.  Town of Hay River

86.  Town of Moosonee 

87.  Town of Watson Lake 

88.  Tuktoyaktuk Housing Association 

89.  University of Ontario Institute of Technology TAs and Ras

90.  Village of Fort Simpson

91.  Wequedong Lodge of Thunder Bay 

92.  Yarmouth International Airport 

93.  Yukon Legislative Assembly Office

The methods of contributing to the Social Justice Fund vary, depending on the nature of the bargaining unit. Some groups have agreed to the original demand of one cent per hour per employee, whereas other employers have agreed to give lump sum donations, either annually or once over the life of the collective agreement, depending on the size of the operation and duration of the collective agreement. In some cases, we have employees also matching the employer contribution to the SJF, to double the impact.

In November 2016, the Nunavut Employees Union signed a new collective agreement with the Nunavut Government that included a Memorandum of Understanding that the Employer shall contribute one cent (1¢) per regular hour worked to the PSAC Social Justice Fund to be used in the territory of Nunavut.

In April 2009, members of the Union of Northern Workers who work for the Government of the Northwest Territories negotiated a voluntary contribution to the SJF of two cents per member per hour worked, when the employer refused to contribute to the SJF.  This generous contribution from UNW members makes up a significant portion of the SJF budget dedicated to anti-poverty programs in Canada, as well as the defense of labour and human rights around the world.  A year earlier in 2008, the workers of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation became the first group of PSAC members to support the SJF independently of their employer.

The International Postal Communications Fund negotiated between the Union of Postal Communications Employees, PSAC and Canada Post Corporation provides funding for literacy programs that help to tackle poverty in Canada and around the Globe. It was first negotiated on April 6, 2005.     

Three components have taken some important steps to find ways to support the Social Justice Fund and express their solidarity with workers in Canada and the global south:  The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees, the Canada Employment and Immigration Union and the Union of Environment Workers passed resolutions to contribute to the SJF, based on their number of employees and hours worked.

No matter the size of the contribution or how it is made, members have felt strongly about the need to contribute; to make a positive change in society, whether it is locally, nationally or internationally.

The Social Justice Fund remains a priority bargaining demand in all sets of negotiations. While we continue to seek sustained funding from larger employers, every contribution is valued. The more the members and employers across the country see the value of the work done by the Fund, the greater our chances of success at the bargaining table.

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September 2, 2020