The Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC) is one of Canada
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’s largest national labour union
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s, with members in every province and territory. In fact, it is the biggest union in the Canadian Federal Public Sector. PSAC members also work abroad in embassies
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While many of PSAC’s 160,000 members work for the federal government, crown corporations or agencies as immigration officers, fisheries officers, food inspectors, customs officers, national defence civilian employees, and the like, an increasing number of PSAC members work in the private sector
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: in women’s shelters, universities, security agencies and casino
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s. In Northern Canada, the PSAC represents most unionized workers employed by the governments of the Yukon
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Nunavut is the largest and newest federal territory of Canada; it was separated officially from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999, via the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act, though the actual boundaries had been established in 1993...
and the Northwest Territories
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and some municipalities.
PSAC’s National President is John Gordon; he was elected in May 2006 after Nycole Turmel
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, who had held the Presidency since 2000, retired. Prior to being elected President, Gordon was the National Executive Vice-President.
PSAC's Ottawa headquarters building
The Public Service Alliance of Canada Building is a modernist elliptical office building in Ottawa, Ontario, constructed in 1968 as the national headquarters for the Public Service Alliance of Canada...
, designed in 1968 by Paul Schoeler, is a notable example of modernist architecture in Ottawa.
- Agriculture Union (AU/PSAC)
- Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU/PSAC)
- Customs and Immigration Union (CIU/PSAC)
- Government Services Union (GSU/PSAC)
- National Component (NC/PSAC)
- Nunavut Employees Union (NEU/PSAC)
- National Health & Welfare Union (NHWU/PSAC)
- Natural Resources Union (NRU/PSAC)
- Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE/PSAC)
- Union of Environment Workers (UEW/PSAC)
- Union of National Defence Employees
One of the largest components of the Public Service Alliance of Canada is the Union of National Defence Employees.They represent more than 14,000 civilian employees working in the Department of National Defence...
- Union of Northern Workers (UNW/PSAC)
- Union of Postal Communications Employees (UPCE/PSAC)
- Union of Solicitor General Employees (USGE/PSAC)
- Union of Taxation Employees (UTE/PSAC)
- Union of Veterans' Affairs Employees (UVAE/PSAC)
- Yukon Employees Union (YEU/PSAC)