The Labour Committee of the Victoria United Way organized a breakfast earlier today at Our Place Society, a group that works with Victoria's homeless. The breakfast was sponsored by a variety of unions, including the PSAC's Victoria Area Council. Cheers to Brett Foord, VP for PSAC/UNDE Local 20169, Bob Jackson, REVP, and Component RVP's Nic Humphreys and Jack Gale for helping cook and for sending in a few photos.
The CLC Convention is being held from May 5-9, 2014 at the Palais des congrès in Montréal. As in previous years, the PSAC will be fully funding up to ten delegates to represent PSAC’s five equity groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, racially visible peoples, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBT communities.
PSAC members in BC are actively involved with the work of Metro Vancouver Alliance, a broad based alliance of community groups, labour, faith and educational institutions, all working together for the common good.
MVA was founded in 2009 and is comprised of almost 40 affiliated organizations, representing 200,000 people in the Greater Vancouver area. Members of MVA come from all walks of life: union locals, faith congregations, youth groups, neighborhood houses, co-ops, academic departments and community non-profits.
Bill C-21, also known as the Red Tape Reductions Act was introduced into Parliament recently. The Act seeks to reduce regulatory compliance on businesses by requiring the government to remove one regulation for every new one added.
Instead of strengthening protections, this Act is clearly moving in the opposite direction.
Consultations started on Bill C-21 a few years ago through the partisan "Red Tape Reduction Commission," composed of Conservative members of Parliament, business executives and lobbyists.
Our veterans deserve better! We just got another batch of postcards that call on Stephen Harper to re-open VAC offices. Would you like to distribute some in your community or worksite? BraggP [at] psac [dot] com (Drop us a line).
PSAC’s Treasury Board Bargaining conference closed on a determined note Sunday, as more than 300 union members committed to defending workplace rights and benefits in the next round of bargaining. Only days after the government introduced a federal budget calling for even more cuts to crucial programs, participants pledged to stand up for public sector workers and the services they provide.
This year’s federal budget is yet another missed opportunity for Canadians. After several years of eviscerating the public services that Canadians count on, this government continues to promote shortsighted policies that further erode public services and scapegoat federal government workers and retirees.
Canadians need this year’s federal budget to plan for the future and reinvest in services people need.
“For years now this government’s cuts have undermined our members’ ability to do their jobs and that’s meant fewer services for people like veterans, seniors and the unemployed,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson.
Benson says the cuts have also undermined federal government workers’ ability to do important work like regulating and enforcing environmental protection, protecting food safety and keeping roads, railways and air travel safe.
In a recent letter, MP Mark Strahl notes that the government has made investments in new funding for benefits for veterans and their families, but what he doesn’t point out is that any new funding the government has committed is spread over many years.