More than 500 delegates charted a path forward for the union at PSAC’s National Triennial Convention, which was held virtually from May 27 to June 3.
Delegates re-elected Chris Aylward to a second term as national president, and elected Sharon DeSousa as national executive vice-president (NEVP). Alex Silas, regional executive vice-president of the PSAC National Capital Region, was elected alternate national executive vice-president.
“We are now stronger and more united than ever, and we will need every ounce of that collective resolve as we fight for fair contracts for workers across the country,” said PSAC National President Chris Aylward. “We simply cannot let workers fall further behind as the cost of living continues to soar.”
A progressive budget with increased line items for important union work, such as bargaining, organizing, human rights and mobilization was passed. Delegates debated and passed resolutions on inclusion and diversity, human rights, addressing systemic racism and sexual harassment, and training on Indigenous issues for members. Delegates also passed a resolution to fully fund a national triennial young workers’ conference and launch a campaign calling on the federal government to adopt 10 days of paid leave for survivors of domestic violence.
“Delegates at convention made it loud and clear. They want a union that will fight for more equitable and inclusive workplaces," said PSAC National Executive Vice-President Sharon DeSousa. "This budget will help realize the vision we have for our members and our union."