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Seasons Greetings and Solidarity!

December 17, 2014 • Regional Executive Vice-President

Season's greetings Sisters and Brothers,

In what I hope will become a new holiday tradition, PSAC BC has made a donation to Protein for People - a non-profit society started by unions and the United Way who donate tens of thousands of cans of BC salmon to food banks throughout the province every year.

Call for nominations – PSAC BC Solidarity Excellence Award

December 16, 2014 • BC Regional Council, Regional Executive Vice-President, Stewards

Do you know a PSAC activist who deserves recognition for their work in the union?

The B.C. Regional Council Honours & Awards Committeeis proud to put out a call for nominations for PSAC BC’s 2015 Solidarity Excellence Awards. The award will recognize members of the BC Region who have rendered service of the greatest distinction and of singular excellence in any field of endeavour, benefiting the PSAC or its members.

Vanessa Miller - Young Worker's Regional Council Coordinator Report from the BC Federation of Labour Convention

December 15, 2014 • Political Action, BC Regional Council, Young Workers Caucus

I attended the BC Fed Convention from November 24 – 28 2014. This was a very interesting convention in many ways. From a young worker perspective it was interesting to participate in the mock convention prior to the start of the convention. This provided an understanding of the convention procedures, especially relating to the resolutions as we were not to be voting on the recommendation of the committee as we do within the PSAC but on the resolution itself.

As a part of the Young Worker Committee, I was able to participate in our caucus meeting on November 26 in the morning. We discussed our resolutions that would be coming forward that day and there was debate amongst the group as to the resolution moving forward on the age definition of the young workers. When we sat as a committee to present our report, it was clear that the floor appeared divided on the issue with key unions supporting either side.

PSAC equity activists, women and young workers: participate in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Bargaining Conference

December 10, 2014 • Human Rights, Young Workers Caucus, Womens Issues, Young Workers

This is a call out to PSAC equity activists (Aboriginal Peoples, Racialized Workers, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trans Members, and Members with Disabilities), Regional Women's Committee (RWC) members, and Young worker activists (30 or younger) to participate in the upcoming Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) National Bargaining Conference.

The CFIA National Bargaining Conference will take place January 26-28, 2015 at the Marriott Residence Inn, Ottawa.

Activist challenge! Young Workers Social Media Action - DECEMBER 9th 2014

December 9, 2014 • Young Workers Caucus, Young Workers

** via the CLC Young Worker's Committee **

The CLC young workers committee have decided to take action to increase young people's engagement during the next federal elections. The first step is a social media action on the 9th of December 2014. Here's what to do ...

PSAC BC Young Worker Activists Gather in Vancouver

December 8, 2014 • Young Workers Caucus, Young Workers
Representatives from PSAC BC's two Young Worker Committees gathered in Vancouver on the last weekend of November to network, get some training on mobilization and recruitment, and to create a strategic plan for young workers in the Region.
The group also heard from A/REVP Jamey Mills, who got his start as a union activist as the Young Worker's Coordinator on the BC Regional Council, and from George Christou, the co-chair of the Vancouver & District Labour Council's Young Worker Committee, and participated in the BC Federation of Labour's 2014 Young Workers M

Victoria memorial pays tribute to victims of 1989 Montreal Massacre

December 8, 2014 • Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues A permanent reminder of the tragic events of Dec. 6, 1989, was unveiled Saturday at Holland Point Park, and the brother of one of the victims was there to see it, thanks to the efforts of PSAC's Victoria Regional Women's Committee.

Negotiations with CRA continue

December 8, 2014 • Bargaining

This week our bargaining team met with the Agency to continue negotiations for a new collective agreement.

Over the course of the four days, the parties engaged in exploratory talks on the key outstanding issues such as duration, wages, severance pay, hours of work and job security.

No agreement was reached, but in the spirit of good faith negotiations, the parties agreed to return to the bargaining table the first week of February. 

We'll be sure to provide updates as things progress.

Media Advisory - End Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigil, December 6th, Holland Park, Surrey

December 5, 2014 • Area Councils, Metro, News, Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

Vancouver - The British Columbia Federation of Labour and the Public Service Alliance of Canada are sponsoring a candlelight vigil at Holland Park in Surrey on December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.
This year, December 6th marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.

Media Advisory - End Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigil, December 6th, Holland Park, Victoria

December 5, 2014 • News, Vancouver Island, Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

Victoria - The Public Service Alliance of Canada Victoria Regional Women’s Committee is sponsoring a candlelight vigil at Holland Park in Victoria on December 6th, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

This year, December 6th marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.  The Public Service Alliance of Canada Victoria Regional Women’s Committee and the City of Victoria will unveil a permanent memorial to their memory.

PSAC BC Regional Newsletter for December 2014

December 3, 2014 • Bargaining, Political Action, Workplace problem solving

CRA bargaining: Public Interest Commission (PIC) releases recommendations

November 28, 2014 • Bargaining

On November 26, 2014, the PSAC received the Public Interest Commission (PIC) recommendations concerning our contract dispute with CRA.

The PIC recommendations are non-binding. It is intended to guide the parties in negotiations and help provide an avenue for the parties to make progress towards an agreement. A copy of the PIC recommendations can be found below.

Labour Survey Reveals Domestic Violence is Widespread and Following People to Work

November 28, 2014 • Health and Safety, Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

(Ottawa) Domestic violence is following people to work, has a significant impact on performance, and is in some cases resulting in job loss, according to survey results released by the labour movement and Western University today.

Federal court allows PSAC judicial review application on workplace harassment

November 28, 2014 • Health and Safety

The Federal Court has allowed the PSAC’s judicial review application in a case involving workplace harassment.

Abel Akon, a PSAC member and employee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), alleged that his employer engaged in favoritism and that he was harassed, humiliated, belittled and treated with disrespect by his supervisor.  Subsequently, Akon filed a complaint under Regulation 20 of the Canada Labour Code.

Power of Youth Leadership Awards: Call for nominations

November 21, 2014 • Young Workers Caucus, Young Workers

About the awards

The Power of Youth Leadership Awards recognize and celebrate young progressive leaders in BC who are driving change towards a more socially, economically and environmentally just society. The awards are open to progressive young leaders who are active in BC and are 32 and under as of December 31, 2013.

PSAC pushes for transparency and healthy workplaces in negotiations with Treasury Board

November 21, 2014 • Bargaining

PSAC spent the week of November 18 in negotiations with Treasury Board, seeking to improve workplace conditions on behalf of more than 100,000 of our members. In doing so, we put forward proposals that would both protect workers strengthen public services for all Canadians.

What would childcare look like if the government really cared?

November 14, 2014 • Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

What could childcare look like in 2020, if our federal and provincial governments actually invested in a universal and affordable system?

PSAC fights for healthier workplaces in negotiations with government

November 13, 2014 • Bargaining

Our union is in the midst of negotiations with the federal government on behalf of 100,000 members that work for Treasury Board. PSAC is putting forward concrete proposals that will make federal workplaces healthier. Because healthy workplaces mean better services for all Canadians.

Changes to ‘right to refuse unsafe work’ in the federal sector take effect

November 6, 2014 • Health and Safety

The new definition of ‘danger’ and other harmful changes to Canada Labour Code rules on health and safety brought about in Bill C-4 came into effect Oct. 31, 2014.

Public Service Alliance of Canada BC Region Endorses Irene Lanzinger for BC Fed President

November 5, 2014 • BC Regional Council, Regional Executive Vice-President

The Public Service Alliance of Canada’s B.C. Regional Council voted earlier this week to endorse Irene Lanzinger in her bid to become the first woman to lead the BC Federation of Labour.

A Great Opportunity - Request for Young Worker Facilitators from the BC Fed

November 3, 2014 • Political Action, Young Workers

The BC Federation of Labour is currently seeking young worker facilitators from all over the province to facilitate the Labour Education Program delivered by the Employee Action & Rights Network (EARN). This program brings young union members into classrooms to talk about Employment Standards, unions, and the role unions play in society.  

Nav Canada Ratification Vote Meeting - November 13

November 3, 2014 • Bargaining, Metro

The PSAC/Nav Canada bargaining team reached a tentative agreement on October 27th and a ratification vote has been scheduled for PSAC/UCTE Local 20222 members.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
  • Hours: 1100-1300
  • Location: Room 1156C - 7421 135th Street, Surrey

Bargaining Team Member, Michelle Webster and UCTE RVP-Pacific, Dave Clark, will be on hand to answer any questions.

Health and Safety / Bill C-4 One Day Course

November 3, 2014 • Health and Safety, East Fraser Valley, Metro, North BC, Southern Interior, Vancouver Island, Education program

Are you a Health and Safety rep or member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee in your workplace on behalf of your PSAC local who has already taken a previous Health and Safety CLC Part II course?

REVP Bob Jackson on Bargining Solidarity & Political Action - Oct 31 in Vancouver

November 3, 2014 • Bargaining, Political Action, Regional Roundup, Regional Executive Vice-President

Bob addresses PSAC members at Harbour Centre in Vancouver - view on youtube.

Government’s new tax measures are unfair and won’t help families with child care needs

November 3, 2014 • Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

The Conservative government’s income splitting and other tax proposals would do nothing to help the vast majority of Canadian families and would remove more than $4.6 billion a year from government revenue that could be used to fund a universal child care system.

The government announced today that it would allow the higher-earning parent of children up to 18 years of age to transfer as much as $50,000 of income to the lower-earning spouse for tax purposes.

Civic elections in BC are November 15th - Your Vote Matters!

October 30, 2014 • Political Action, Regional Executive Vice-President

A message to PSAC members in BC from Bob Jackson: Your vote matters!

BC’s municipal elections coming up on November 15th offer a chance for local residents to determine the future of their communities. As we have done in the past, the Public Service Alliance of Canada BC Region is participating in the Municipalities Matter campaign which is coordinated by the Canadian Labour Congress and affiliated Unions.

CCPA report: less wage discrimination in the public sector for women, aboriginals and visible minorities

October 30, 2014 • Bargaining, Human Rights

A new study published by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) entitled Narrowing the Gap: The difference that public sector wages make reports that when comparing similar occupations, the differences in wages between the public and the private sectors are negligible.

Support healthy workplaces!

October 28, 2014 • Bargaining, Health and Safety

No one should face a choice between going to work sick or losing pay. Sign the pledge today!

Budget bill makes problematic change to Employment Insurance

October 24, 2014 • Political Action

The federal government introduced a budget implementation bill yesterday that makes a problematic change to the funding of Employment Insurance.

This change was included as part of a nearly 500-page Budget Implementation Act – an example of the Harper government’s record of making sweeping legal changes with little time for proper debate.

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