Connective Workers Unionize with YEU/PSAC

PSAC and the Yukon Employees’ Union are pleased to announce that the workers of Connective Support Society at worksites in the Yukon have chosen to join the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and the certification has been approved by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.

The organization’s work includes providing transitional and supportive housing, community outreach programs and support to people with complex needs who often face multiple barriers.

The new Bargaining Unit will be about 80 workers strong and will include workers from the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter, the Supervised Housing and Reintegration Program (SHARP), the Housing First 16-unit building and Whitehorse Residential Support. Connective (formerly the John Howard Society Pacific) assumed operation of the SHARP facility in May of 2020.

YEU President Steve Geick commented “employers who welcome the presence of a union in the workplace are few and far between – it has been a pleasure working with this team. Yukon Employees’ Union and the Public Service Alliance of Canada look forward to working together with Connective staff in the Territory to build a strong first Collective Agreement.”

“We are proud to welcome the Connective Support Society to PSAC North. Workers in these positions provide crucial support to members of the community,” says PSAC North Regional Executive Vice President Lorraine Rousseau. “This work is meaningful, and we are happy to support the efforts of workers to negotiate a fair first collective agreement.”

For Information, contact:

Steve Geick, President Yukon Employees’ Union Office: 867-667-2331 Cell: 867-335-2631

Lorraine Rousseau
Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC North