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PIPSC Proudly Celebrates 90 Years of Serving the Public Good

February 6, 2010 marks the 90th anniversary of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). This is, indeed, a momentous occasion.

As is its mandate today, the Institute was founded in 1920 to protect the interests of public service professionals. At the time, workers’ rights could be counted on the fingers of one hand and even talking about organizing a union could get you arrested, or worse. Today, having successfully overcome numerous social, economic and political obstacles, we have grown to become the largest multi-professional union in the country, with over 57,000 members across Canada spanning some 42 knowledge-based Groups and some 27 different government departments and agencies governed under 6 different legal frameworks.

Our sustained growth is a tremendous achievement in itself and something to be very proud of. Pay equity victories, better maternity, paternity and adoption leave, enhanced career development packages, substantial gains in health benefits and agreements on workforce adjustment are just some of our accomplishments over the past nine decades.

As we move towards our centennial, I wish to remind you that our combined efforts and those of the members who came before us have created the society that we enjoy today and the society that our children will inherit. As we face, united, the challenges of future issues such as public service pensions and bargaining rights, it is our wish that we remain as resolved and as firm as ever, and that we take great pride in who we are:

“Public Service Professionals Serving Canadians”

In Solidarity,

Gary Corbett
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Publish Date: 05-FEB-2010 02:13 PM