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Young Workers Caucus

Young workers, like all workers, want to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect!

In 2002 the PSAC BC Regional Council embarked on a journey to look at the needs of young workers in the region through the Solidarity Campaign for Young Workers. This involved contacting, educating and organizing young workers under thirty, regardless of their employment status. This goals of this campaign, which led to the creation of the Young Workers Caucus were to:

  • identify young workers' issues and rights in the workplace
  • build and strengthen the relationship and involvement of young workers with the PSAC
  • build understanding of our common issues as workers, regardless of age or employment status.

Get involved today! Contact the PSAC BC Regional Council Young Workers Coordinator YangE [at] psac-afpc [dot] com (subject: Young%20Workers%20Caucus) (Erica Yang) or PSAC Regional Rep urrutim [at] psac [dot] com (Monica Urrutia).

Erica Yang is the  Youth Coordinator on the PSAC-BC Regional Council

Erica Yang, BC Regional Council Young Workers Coordinator

Erica originally came from Taipei Taiwan about 14 years ago, and she has made Canada her home since. She is a full-time Citizen Service Officer with the Service Canada Multilingual Extension Services based at New Westminster. Her union activism started when she was studying at UBC and working as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the UBC Mathematics Department.  The TA strike hit the campus.  She took on being one of the union reps for the math department, and she, too, walked the picketlne in the cold Vancouver winter weather.

Erica became active with PSAC in 2008. Since then, she has participated at different levels, including working for PSAC as the BC Youth Outreach Worker in 2010. In past and most recent years she has volunteered with: The Heart&Stroke Fundation BC&Yukon, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Landmark Education in Vancouver. Her friends often see Erica as a dreamer, an idealist, and a person crazy enough to actually pursue those dreams.  Most days she shares that she is really that unreasonable.  Please feel welcome to e-mail her with your youth related queries or input at yangp [at] psac-afpc [dot] com. She would love to hear from you, especially if you can think out side of the box.

Daphne Ho is the Alternate BC RC Young Workers Coordinator

Daphne Ho, Alternate BC Regional Council Young Workers CoordinatorHi, my name is Daphne Ho and I am your newly elected Alternate Youth Coordinator for the BC Regional Council. I am 24 years old and am currently employed with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. I attended SFU and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Social and Environmental Geography and a minor in social justice. I have been actively involved with the PSAC since 2008. I actively attend community events and take courses with the PSAC and CLC in regards to the young workers movement. I believe that it is importat that we build a strong front within our locals, our components, PSAC and our labour affiliates. Now for something a little more light hearted, I enjoy long walks on the beach and strolls under the star light. Haha! I only kid. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions!

Eric Bouffard was the 2nd Alternate BC RC Young Workers Coordinator until January 2013 - Eric transferred to a job with the federal government in Atlantic Canada, we wish him all the best and thank him for all his work on behalf of the Young Workers Caucus in BC.

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BC Regional Council meeting minutes and documents - January 2014

Mar 14, 2014 •

Here are the minutes of the BC Regional Council meeting held January 17,18,19 2014 in Vancouver, and supplemental documents.

BC Mainland Young Workers Caucus AGM Rescheduled

Feb 18, 2014 •

Due to unforeseen circumstance, the BC Mainland Young Workers Caucus AGM scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday, Feb. 19th will be rescheduled to Wednesday, March 26th, at 5:30pm. Location is still at the PSAC Vancouver Regional Office. More details to follow.

BC Regional Council meeting minutes - September and November 2013

Jan 24, 2014 •

Here are the minutes of the BC Regional Council meeting held September 20,21,22 2013 in Vancouver, and a conference call held November 7 2013.

Call for Nominations – Delegates to PSAC BC Regional Convention from Equity Seeking Groups and Young Worker Caucus

Dec 3, 2013 •

To:     PSAC members who have self-ID as being in an equity-seeking group, PSAC members thirty years of age and younger.

Per section 9 of the PSAC BC Regional Bylaws, we will be holding an election for delegates to represent equity-seeking groups (Members with a Disability, Aboriginal, Racially Visible, and GLBT) and Young Workers at the upcoming PSAC BC Regional Convention.

Section 9

BC Regional Council meeting minutes and Coordinators reports - September 2013

Nov 25, 2013 •

Here are the Regional Council reports and teleconference call minutes presented at the September 2013 Regional Council meeting.

Building Our Young Worker Committees – Mobilizing and Planning session, December 7 & 8 2013 in Vancouver

Nov 6, 2013 •

We are happy to announce that PSAC-BC Region will be holding a Young Workers education/planning session for our members 30 years of age or younger Saturday, December 7, 2013 (12:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.) to Sunday, December 8, 2013 (9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) at the PSAC Vancouver Regional Office. We encourage PSAC Young Workers from across BC to apply.

Next Up 2013/2014 applications are open!

Aug 7, 2013 •

Next Up is a leadership program for young adults committed to social and environmental justice.

Young Workers Have Their Say

Jun 17, 2013 •

The PSAC-BC Young Worker Caucus conducted an on-line survey of young workers with various questions including the importance of sick leave, thoughts on union dues, support of a provincial-wide childcare campaign and more - and young workers definitely had something to say.

We've shared the results with our Young Worker Committee members and look forward to hearing what they think and what they're planning next.

Camp Jubilee - BC Fed Young Workers School

May 29, 2013 •

It's not too late to apply!

PSAC BC Young Workers - we need to hear from you!

May 27, 2013 •

Our Young Workers Caucus is growing in BC, and our two newly created Young Workers Committees want to ensure they are planning events, actions, and campaigns that are important to you.Take a few short minutes to fill out this survey and tell us what you think - and for that you could win some cool PSAC swag items - winners will be contacted by June 14, 2013 and given a choice of items to choose from.

BC Regional Council meeting minutes and Coordinators reports - April 2013

May 9, 2013 •

Here are the Regional Council reports presented at the April 2013 Regional Council meeting.

Recruitment and Mobilization Toolkit - a Step by Step Guide for PSAC Committees and Area Councils

Apr 29, 2013 •

PSAC members are the foundation of our union. Everything our union is able to achieve depends on the strength and vitality of members and on their active participation.

This five page step-by-step guide booklet is designed to help your Area Council, Womens, Young Workers or Human Rights Committee significantly increase member participation so that you grow and thrive. Most important of all, these are simple tools to ensure that you are always in the process of developing more activists.

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