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Success at the Bargaining Table

Our success in negotiating the Social Justice Fund at the bargaining table is growing. To date, more than 90 bargaining units are contributing to the SJF across Canada. These bargaining units range in size from hamlet councils and housing authorities in the North to a national employer like Canada Post. In some cases, members have successfully renegotiated the SJF with their employer and continue to support this important PSAC initiative.

Member led contribution agreements

  1. Canada Employment and Immigration Union
  2. Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
  3. Union of Environment Workers
  4. WCSS of NWT & Nunavut
  5. Workers of the Government of Northwest Territories

Joint Employee/Employer contributions:

  1. Clyde River Housing Association
  2. Hamlet of Pond Inlet
  3. Hamlet of Whale Cove (Hamlet Council)
  4. Hay River Housing Authority
  5. Workers of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation
  6. Union of Canadian Transportation Employees

Employer funded:

  1. Aklavik Housing Authority
  2. Anishinabek Police Governing Authority
  3. Arviat Housing Association
  4. Atlantic Pilotage Authority
  1. Baker Lake Housing Association
  2. Blue Water Bridge Canada
  3. Brandon University
  1. Cambridge Bay Housing Association
  2. Canada Post Corporation
  3. Canadian Corps of Commissionaires - Ottawa Division
  4. Candu Energy Inc.
  5. Charlottetown Airport Authority
  6. Chesterfield Inlet Housing Association
  7. Chrysalis Transition House
  8. City of Yellowknife
  9. Commissionaires Nova Scotia – Halifax Regional Municipality
  1. Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority
  2. Deline Housing Association
  3. Deninoo Community Council
  1. Esganoôpetij (Burnt Church) First Nation Government
  2. Eskasoni School Board
  3. EXFO
  4. Evergreen Forestry Management Limited
  1. Fort Providence Housing Association
  2. FPInnovations – Société Forintek
  3. Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation
  4. Georgian Downs Limited
  5. Global Ground Fuel Services Inc.
  6. Great Lakes Pilotage Authority Ltd.
  7. Hall Beach Housing Authority
  8. Hamlet of Baker Lake
  9. Hamlet of Cambridge Bay
  10. Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet
  11. Hamlet of Coral Harbour
  12. Hamlet of Fort Resolution
  13. Hamlet of Gjoa Haven
  14. Hamlet of Pangnirtung
  15. Hamlet of Rankin Inlet
  16. Hamlet of Resolute Bay
  17. Hamlet of Taloyoak
  18. Hay River Health and Social Services Authority
  19. Hudson Bay Port Company
  20. JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport Authority
  21. Kikitak Housing Association
  22. Koprash Inv. Inc.
  23. Kugluktuk Housing Association
  24. Many Rivers Counselling &Support Services Society
  25. Marine Atlantic
  26. Municipality of Clyde River
  27. Municipality of Hall Beach
  28. Nakwaye Ku Child Care Society
  29. NDP Party Caucus in the Yukon
  30. North Bay Jack Garland Airport
  31. Northern Safety Network Yukon
  32. Nuna Contracting Limited
  33. Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport
  34. OLG Slots at Woodbine
  35. Pangnirtung Housing Association
  36. Prince George Airport
  37. PRO-TEC Fire Services
  38. Queen’s University at Kingston
  39. Quilliq Energy Corp
  40. Rankin Inlet Housing Association
  41. Repulse Bay Housing Association
  42. Serco Canada Inc. - NEW
  43. Sodexo Canada Limited (at Ekati Mine)
  44. St. Thomas University Student Union, Fredericton
  45. Tasiurqtit Housing Association
  46. Town of Hay River
  47. Town of Moosonee
  48. Town of Watson Lake
  49. Tuktoyaktuk Housing Association
  50. Unitarian Service Committee
  51. University of Ontario Institute of Technology TAs and RAs
  52. University of Ontario Institute of Technology Sessional Lecturers
  53. Village of Fort Simpson
  54. Wequedong Lodge of Thunder Bay
  55. Yarmouth International Airport
  56. Yukon Arts Centre Corporation

NB. There are three additional bargaining units where the employer has requested their contribution remain anonymous and not be promoted in any way. These units are therefore not included in the above list.

The methods of contributing to the Social Justice Fund vary, depending on the nature of the bargaining unit. Some employers have agreed to the original demand of one cent per hour per employee, whereas other employers have agreed to give lump-sum donations, either annually or once over the life of the collective agreement, depending on the size of the operation and duration of the collective agreement. In some cases, we have employees also matching the employer contribution to the SJF to double the impact.

We now have members making direct contributions to the SJF. In 2008, the workers of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation became the first group of PSAC members to support the SJF independently of their employer.

In April, 2009, members at the Government of the Northwest Territories negotiated a contribution to the SJF of two cents per member per hour. Two Components, the Canada Employment and Immigration Union and the Union of Environment Workers, passed resolutions to contribute one cent per member per hour to the SJF as a symbol of their solidarity with public sector workers in other countries who are working to defend quality public services. Also, the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees and the AEU Unit XI agreed to contribute to the SJF five cents per hour for all hours worked by the employees, including overtime. 

No matter the size of the contribution or how it is made, members have felt strongly about the need to contribute to make a positive change in society, whether locally, nationally or internationally.

The SJF remains a priority bargaining demand in all of our sets of negotiations. While we continue to seek sustained funding from larger employers, every contribution is valued. The more the members and employers across the country see the value of the work done by the SJF the greater our chances of success at the bargaining table. 

Bargaining Tools

The SJF is developing a series of bargaining tools to be tailored for our negotiations with employers across the country. The goal is to provide negotiators and bargaining teams with ready access to a wide variety of materials to press the SJF demand at the bargaining table. An updated power point presentation already exists and is available on the SJF website.
   The PSAC Social Justice Fund: We’re Making a Difference (PowerPoint)
   The PSAC Social Justice Fund: We’re Making a Difference (PDF)