Strike Alert: PSAC Strike, “Workers Can’t Wait”

This passed Friday, April 21, 2023 Members and Executives of Local Lodge 1722 and 99 stood strong in the snow and wind with the PSAC Workers on Strike, at a Calgary picket line.

The energy on the line when hundreds of AFL affiliated Unions showed up in support felt amazing. Workers supporting workers, as it should be, because WORKERS CAN’T WAIT! The Federal Government should be negotiating with workers, as these workers are the ones who keep them running!

Two groups covered by the union remain on strike: one includes approximately 120,000 employees who fall under the Treasury Board, making up several government departments and agencies, and the other is a smaller tax group of more than 35,000 workers at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). – Source

In light of our support for striking PSAC members, we’ve issued a letter of support that you can see here (or scroll down passed the photos): – IAMAW Canadian GVP David Chartrand)
We urge all our members and their families to support these workers in their fight; show them the Machinists are ready to stand united. You can participate in an area near you, by finding a location following this link to:…


Below Message from Dave Chartrand, GVP of IAMAW Canada  – IAMAW Supports PSAC Workers on Strike!

To All Our PSAC Striking Union Siblings,

The “Fighting Machinists” of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) stand in solidarity, and strong support as you fight for your rights and livelihoods. The decision to strike is never taken lightly, but when pushed to the brink, it is a last resort, and know that the IAMAW stands alongside you offering our support in any way that helps.

The IAMAW represents thousands of workers across North America in multiple sectors, and over the last two years, several of our own locals were on out on picket lines as you are. We know firsthand the hardships and bitter struggles to fight for what workers deserve. We know all of the strategies employers use to push unions to the brink during a strike. It is unacceptable that the federal government has allowed its employees, those who ensure public services and goods are available to us, to work without a contract for two years. Two years, that have for the most part, been the most trying period our country has seen.

It is shameful that employers, those in the public and private sector, expect workers to ride out the inflation crisis, or worse yet, pay for the inflation crisis, which isn’t ours to solve. While profits and revenues rose for many employers, workers have continuously fallen behind for decades. While we’re told to ride out the inflation crisis, our employers are reaping profits as a result of the work we do. Rather than doing the right thing, they use every excuse possible and strategy available to agitate workers. Asking for a fair deal and fair compensation is not unreasonable, ignoring needs of workers who provide us with some of the country’s most critical services is. Workers can’t and shouldn’t wait, and we add our voice to yours in carrying that message.

This is why your fight matters; because it’s a scenario that plays out too often, and because the government must be held accountable to set a fair bar for all workers. Your fight is our fight, and you have our support getting a fair deal. United and in solidarity we will show them the labour movement is strong and will not back down.

We have your back, in both support and voice.


In solidarity,

David Chartrand
General Vice-President
IAMAW Canada

Updated: 24 April, 2023 — 9:41 pm