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