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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.

Parliamentary Budget Officer reports major problems with government's EI policies

October 21, 2014 •

Recently, the Parliamentary budget officer released a report on the government’s handling of the Employment Insurance program.

This PBO analysis confirms what the PSAC has been saying for several months: legislative changes to EI are hurting workers and economies in many communities in Canada.

PSAC BC Regional Newsletter for October 2014

October 21, 2014 • Bargaining, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Political Action

PSAC Calendars

October 14, 2014 •

It's that time of year again! PSAC calendars are available - contact your Local Executive or your PSAC Regional Office if you would like some for your worksite.

PSAC/UTE Members take action in support of a fair contract

October 14, 2014 • Bargaining
Compensation, duration and new protections argued before Public Interest Commission

Aboriginal members take the lead

October 10, 2014 • Human Rights, National Aboriginal Peoples' Circle

Tanna Pirie-Wilson spends a lot of time thinking about the impact of government cuts on Aboriginal communities in Canada. As a member of PSAC’s National Aboriginal People’s Circle (NAPC), she hears from First Nations organizations that have seen their budgets cut and from Aboriginal union members whose jobs are at risk

Letters to BC Senators re: Bills C-377 and C-525

October 6, 2014 •

The fall session of the Senate has returned with renewed debate on Bill C-377 and Bill C-525. REVP Bob Jackson has written a letter to five Senators from British Columbia, outlining the problems inherent in the legislation, and calling on Senators to allow both bills to proceed to full committee hearings and study.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada BC Region stands by our assessment of t Bill C-377 as creating unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that would be expensive for government to administer and would intrude on individual privacy.

Letter to the Editor - Kelowna Daily Courier

October 1, 2014 • Bargaining, Regional Executive Vice-President

REVP Bob Jackson's response to a recent editorial in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

2014 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

September 29, 2014 • Human Rights, Regional Executive Vice-President

To: All PSAC BC Locals

2014 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

The 2014 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) kickoff is just around the corner.

BC Regional Council meeting minutes and Coordinators reports - September 2014

September 24, 2014 • Health and Safety, Human Rights, Political Action, Area Councils, Council Reports, Human Rights Committees, REVP Reports, BC Regional Council, Regional Executive Vice-President, Young Workers Caucus, Womens Issues, Young Workers

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

BC Mainland Young Workers Committee meeting & film night

September 23, 2014 • Metro, Young Workers Caucus, Young Workers

To: PSAC Young Worker's Caucus

The next meeting of the PSAC BC Mainland Young Worker Committee is happening on October 21 at 6 pm but we promise it will be short. We can promise this because at 6:30 pm we'll be viewing the film "Miss Representation".

Treasury Board bargaining teams reject attacks on sick leave, promote public services

September 16, 2014 • Bargaining

Our union spent the week of September 9th in negotiations with Treasury Board. We were united in our mission to improve working conditions and reject attacks on crucial benefits such as sick leave.

The government wants you to work while sick. We say no way.

September 11, 2014 • Sick leave

The federal government tabled its “go-to-work-sick” proposal for the federal public service yesterday. Its plan would gut your sick leave provisions.
If implemented, workers will be forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay for basic necessities.

Next Up youth leadership program

September 10, 2014 • Young Workers Caucus, Young Workers

To: BC Young Workers Caucus
Forwarded on behalf of Vanessa Miller, BC Regional Council Young Worker Coordinator

Public sector unions tell Premier Clark “we stand in solidarity with teachers”

September 9, 2014 • Political Action

Vancouver – BC public sector unions are sending a message to the Premier that they stand in solidarity with BC teachers and are urging her to accept the proposal for binding arbitration.

“The Premier is attempting to use other settlements in the public sector to create a divide among workers in the province,” said Jim Sinclair, President of the B.C. Federation of Labour.

Convention call - 17th National Triennial Convention of the PSAC

September 9, 2014 •

From: National Board of Directors of the Public Service Alliance of Canada 

Attention: All Components, Directly Chartered Locals, Area Councils and Equity Representatives of the PSAC

The Seventeenth National Triennial Convention of the Public Service Alliance of Canada will be held at the Québec City Convention Centre in Québec City, Québec beginning Sunday, April 26 and concluding Friday, May 1, 2015.

PSAC history in pictures - events and gains over the years

September 9, 2014 • Bargaining, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Political Action, Regional Executive Vice-President, Pay equity

Over the last few weeks we've been posting some of events and gains PSAC has made over the years at our regional facebook page. Check it out! note: no Facebook account needed.

PSAC BC Regional Newsletter for September 2014

September 5, 2014 • Bargaining, Health and Safety, Political Action
Public Service Alliance of Canada - BC Region

PSAC BC Regional Newsletter for September 2014

Support teachers and public education!

September 2, 2014 • Political Action

The BCFED, with the BCTF, is organizing a series of solidarity rallies around the province over the first week of September. These rallies will give teachers, parents and supporters a chance to demonstrate their support for teachers and send a message to government to negotiate a fair deal for teachers and better supports for kids. They will be supported by the local teachers’ associations and the local labour council.

Standing Together, Standing Strong: Report of the 6th B.C. Regional Triennial Convention

September 2, 2014 • Political Action, BC Regional Council, Regional Executive Vice-President

The report of the 6th B.C. Regional Triennial Convention, including resolutions, financial statements, election results, and more is now available, download it below as .pdf.

Here's the table of contents ...

DAY 1: Friday, April 25, 2014

Labour Day

September 1, 2014 •

Jerry Dias (President, UNIFOR), Robyn Benson (National President, PSAC), Paul Moist (President, CUPE)

PBO report confirms that government is making reckless cuts

August 29, 2014 • Political Action

The Parliamentary Budget Officer released a report on August 14 that confirms PSAC’s assertion that the government is making reckless cuts to public services.

According to the report, the Harper government has made cuts to programs without evaluating the impact of those cuts. Despite the federal government’s insistence that spending reductions would target inefficiencies, the PBO asserts that “performance did not have a strong influence on program termination.”

Bob Jackson's Labour Day message - Celebrate, then roll up your sleeves

August 28, 2014 • Bargaining, Political Action, East Fraser Valley, Metro, North BC, Regional Roundup, Southern Interior, Vancouver Island, Regional Executive Vice-President

The New Union Development Program (UDP)

August 27, 2014 • Education program

The PSAC’s Union Development Program (UDP) has been one of the most comprehensive union leadership training programs in Canada for more than 35 years. 

Building on our rich history, the New UDP will provide an advanced learning opportunity for emerging leaders to develop the necessary analysis and skills to identify and support union priorities, and to expand our pool of skilled activists who can inspire others.

Are you passionate about standing up for unions and workers’ rights?

National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle Advanced Course

July 31, 2014 • Human Rights, Education program, National Aboriginal Peoples' Circle

Are you an Aboriginal, Inuit or Métis PSAC member who would like to learn more about your union?  

If yes, we invite you to apply for the PSAC BC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle (NAPC) course.

Local Affiliation to the BC Federation of Labour & the BC Federation of Labour Convention - Nov. 24-28, 2014

July 29, 2014 • Political Action, East Fraser Valley, Metro, North BC, Southern Interior, Vancouver Island, Regional Executive Vice-President

In advance of the upcoming BC Federation of Labour Convention this November, the REVP-B.C. Office is encouraging all locals who have not already affiliated to the BC Federation of Labour to do so. There is no cost for a Local to affiliate as monthly dues are paid by the PSAC nationally.

The process for affiliating a Local to the BC Federation of Labour is as follows:

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