CEIU was a loud NO for a dues increase at the PSAC Convention held April 30th to May 4th.
Our delegates stood at the microphones numerous times stating that PSAC must find a way to live within its’ means and that especially in these times our members’ pockets were not a bottomless source of revenue.
Throughout convention, we wore black armbands denouncing the supplemental pension plan previously passed by the NBoD. Lively debate took place on a number of issues entailed in the budget. After a vote on a dues levy substantially increasing dues, each of the CEIU delegates went to the microphones in solidarity to be recorded against. Eventually the budget did pass but was opposed by CEIU.
CEIU cannot and will not stop our members from expressing their outrage to the newly elected PSAC National President and the PSAC National Board of Directors. The members need to be heard and every member has the right to let PSAC know how they feel.
Having said that, as a Union, we need to move forward and continue building a successful fight back campaign against the attacks imposed by the Harper Government on public service workers and the social safety net that the Canadian public relies on.
CEIU will fight for our members and our message will be heard by both the government and the general Canadian public. We will ensure that the PSAC leadership pushes all of its members in the same direction – pushing to ensure that the Harper Government is held to account for its attack against our members and the wellbeing of Canadian citizens.
I believe that we as a Union can fight this government; however, we need our members’ support. Union leadership at all levels cannot do it alone. Solidarity is needed now more than ever.
Let’s stand together and fight for our rights, our jobs and our citizens.