Union conference to discuss current climate of racial discrimination

    MONTREAL, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Racialized delegates of the Public
Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) from across the country will have an
opportunity to examine issues that have a direct impact on their communities
such as the current backlash and debate on the issue of reasonable
accommodation, racial profiling and security, and the cut-backs of public
services. These issues are also workshop topics at the union's National
Conference for Racially Visible Members.
    With the theme "Be the Change: Create a Better World," the three-day
conference aims to strengthen solidarity and to empower, politicize and
mobilize members to take on leadership and action to ensure their union,
workplaces and communities are free of racism.

    Speakers at the conference are:

    - John Gordon, PSAC National President;

    - Yasmina Chouakri, Quebec Women's Federation;

    - Fo Niemi, Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations;

    - Hassan Yussuff, Secretary Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress.

    The media will have access to plenary discussions at the conference.
Details of the 2008 National Conference for Racially Visible Members are as

    Date:        March 7 to March 9, 2008

    Location:    Hyatt Regency Hotel
                 1255 Jeanne-Mance
                 Montreal, Quebec

    The PSAC, with its 160,000 members, is one of the largest unions in
Canada. Although the majority of its members work in the federal public
service, the PSAC also represents workers in several sectors of activity in
three territorial governments, government agencies, crown corporations,
para-public institutions and private sector organizations.

For further information:

For further information: Joselito Calugay, PSAC communications officer,
(613) 293-9324 (cell)

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