Vote for a brighter future

PSAC members deserve a government that will support them at work and in their personal lives. This fall’s election is a critical opportunity to make sure this happens. Members should support local candidates that will commit to the following: 

  • Fair contracts. Approximately 140,000 PSAC members have been bargaining for new collective agreements with the federal government to improve their working conditions. Negotiations for most started more than a year ago and, in the meantime, members have been working without contracts. It’s time for a fair resolution to these talks. 

  • A just settlement on Phoenix. More than three and a half years after the launch of the Phoenix pay system, PSAC members in the federal government continue to be underpaid, overpaid and not paid at all. They should be compensated adequately and equitably for enduring this ordeal. 

  • Action on the climate crisis. Bold and urgent action is needed to protect the planet by building a new, sustainable economy that is not dependent on fossil fuels. All initiatives must be accompanied by ‘just transition’ measures to protect workers, their families and their communities. 

  • New and expanded public social programs. Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, Canada hasn’t launched or undertaken a major expansion of a national social program in several decades. It’s time for that to change through investments in: 

  • Universal pharmacare. Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. The current health care system must be expanded to include a universal pharmacare plan. No one should have to decide between buying groceries and getting the medicine they need. 

  • Affordable child care. Parents in Canada continue to face exorbitant bills and long waitlists for child care. Making affordable, high-quality, inclusive and culturally appropriate child care available to all—including parents who work non-standard hours and those who live in rural communities—will grow the economy, promote gender equality, increase women’s labour force participation and enhance children’s well-being. 

  • Retirement security. The public pension system is due for a massive expansion to ensure all workers can retire with financial security. Moreover, new laws are needed to ensure that employee pensions are safe in situations where companies declare bankruptcy.  

  • Decent jobs. The privatization and contracting out of public sector jobs needs must be stopped and accompanied with a full-scale economic strategy to end precarious work and create good, secure and long-term employment for young workers. 

  • Reconciliation with Indigenous communities. The path to reconciliation must include funds for implementing recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as well as urgent action on clean water in First Nations communities.  

  • Protecting rights. The trend towards increasingly volatile public discourse against some members of society must be reversed. The federal government must double-down on protecting the rights of women, racialized Canadians, those with disabilities and the LGBTQ2+ community. 

A brighter future for Canada is well within reach. On October 21, support the candidate that commits to support you and your community. 

September 6, 2019