PSAC will hold Trudeau’s new government to account

A message from PSAC National President Chris Aylward

Canadians took to the polls on Monday and re-elected Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to lead the country through our pandemic recovery.

I want to thank you – our members – for supporting our election work, talking to your family and friends about the issues that matter most, and taking the time to vote.

Thousands of PSAC members signed PSAC’s pledge and told us they planned to vote for candidates that put workers first. 

I want you to know I take this pledge to heart, and that our work does not end on election day. 

Our job as a union is to ensure that Prime Minister Trudeau and his government follow through on their election promises and support workers and their families. 

In bargaining, we will do everything in our power to improve your collective agreements and your working lives. There are so many important issues we need to address: fair wages, remote work, work-life balance, classification and gender pay gaps, contracting out, and systemic racism and harassment in the workplace. 

We will mobilize, and we will show the government the collective strength of our union. 

Together, we will push forward for a fair deal at the bargaining table that recognizes the value of your work and the changing nature of our post-pandemic workplaces.

We’ll also continue to fight for the issues you told us mattered most this election – a just pandemic recovery, improving our healthcare system, universal child care, public services and the climate emergency.

You also raised the importance of reconciliation with Indigenous people, anti-racism, and gender equity initiatives across Canada.

There is so much work to be done – and it will not be easy.

During the pandemic, we, and millions of other Canadians, saw the importance of strong and effective public services that can quickly respond to the crisis. 

We will fight any attempts to privatize or cut the public services that will be key to our recovery. 

This election, Prime Minister Trudeau was given another chance to build a better future for all Canadians. Our union – over 215,000 members strong – will hold his government to account at the bargaining table, in the workplace and in our communities. 

September 24, 2021