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Celebrate Black History Month - Viola Desmond

January 26, 2015 • Human Rights

The PSAC BC Racially Visible Caucus and the Union of National Employees BC and Yukon invite you to Celebrate Black History Month with a series of posters, facts, and bookmarks that commemorate our heritage. Here is the second of a series of informative posters members can print and display at their worksites.

Viola Desmond’s experience helped to galvanize public opinion locally and internationally, and to raise awareness about the reality of Canadian segregation.

SSO: Federal Court issues decision

January 23, 2015 • Bargaining

We have been in dispute with SSO concerning a new Collective Agreement since bargaining began in February, 2012. There have been petition drives, picketing of SSO offices, a rally at Stats Can headquarters in Ottawa, complaints filed with the Labour Board, and arbitration hearings. When SSO challenged our ability to have certain seniority-based proposals dealt with in arbitration, we took SSO before the Labour Board and ultimately to court.

Treasury Board Bargaining Update: PSAC calls on the government to take action on mental health and child care during negotiations

January 21, 2015 • Bargaining

Our PA, TC, SV, EB, and FB teams spent the week in negotiations with Treasury Board, seeking significant improvements to the mental health provisions in our collective agreements as well improved child care options for public service workers. These proposals were tabled during negotiations with Treasury Board on Tuesday January 13.

Celebrate Black History Month - Black History Month in Canada was introduced in 1995 following a motion by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, Jean Augustine.

January 19, 2015 • Human Rights

The PSAC BC Racially Visible Caucus and the Union of National Employees BC and Yukon invite you to Celebrate Black History Month with a series of posters, facts, and bookmarks that commemorate our heritage. Here is the first of a series of informative posters members can print and display at their worksites.

Black History Month in Canada was introduced in 1995 following a motion by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, Jean Augustine.

PSAC BC endorses the Fight for $15 Campaign and encourages members to get involved

January 16, 2015 • Political Action, Area Councils, Regional Executive Vice-President

On behalf of the 17,500 PSAC members that live and work in BC, it gives me great pleasure to endorse the Fight for $15 Minimum Wage Campaign that is being coordinated by the BC Federation of Labour.

An increase to the minimum wage will help reduce poverty and inequality in our province - one of the richest in Canada - and will have a positive impact on the economy.

Online Learning for Young Workers: Taking Charge of Change

January 14, 2015 • Young Workers Caucus, Young Workers

Taking Charge of Change (TCC) is an intensive eight-week activist training program for young workers and youth activists (age 30 and under) who want to lead, build and organize for change. This program takes place in a participatory online learning environment.

This program will help you:

Audio: Robyn Benson on CFRA News Talk Radio, January 8 2015

January 14, 2015 • Bargaining, Political Action

Robyn Benson, PSAC National President, talks to Rick Gibbons on CFRA Radio in Ottawa about the ongoing negotiations with the federal government, sick leave, the upcoming election, and year ahead for federal public sector workers.

PSAC calls on the government to take action on mental health and child care during negotiations

January 14, 2015 • Bargaining

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is seeking significant improvements to the mental health provisions in their collective agreements as well improved child care options for public service workers.

The union tabled these proposals during negotiations with Treasury Board on Tuesday January 1

Personalized news, collective agreement and contract information for members

January 13, 2015 • Bargaining, Human Rights, Political Action, Workplace problem solving

PSAC members can log in to the website to get news about their employer, their collective agreement, and contact information for their region, component or local.

We launched our improved member information dashboard in December.

Video: We keep Canadians safe

January 12, 2015 • Bargaining, Health and Safety

As Canadians, when we go to work every day, ride the train, fly in a plane, or enjoy our natural environment, how do we know we are safe and secure?

Seasons Greetings and Regional Office closure information

December 20, 2014 • Regional Executive Vice-President

The staff in the BC Region wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!

Please note that the Vancouver and Victoria Regional Offices will be closed from December 25th through January 1st. In case of emergency, please call (604) 430-5631 or 1 (800) 663-1655 and leave a message in the general delivery voicemail box - we will be checking regularly for messages.

PSAC Publications and Resources

December 18, 2014 • Health and Safety, Political Action, Workplace problem solving, Area Councils, Human Rights Committees, Education program, Grievances, Womens Issues, Young Workers

PSAC produces a wide variety of toolkits, booklets and resource guides for activists and Locals. We have collected them here as a resource for members.

If you would like a printed copy of any of these materials, contact your regional office or PSAC Representative.

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 • East Fraser Valley, Metro, North BC, Southern Interior, Vancouver Island, 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.

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