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CFIA Tentative Agreement 2014 Information Sessions - BC

April 24, 2014 • Bargaining, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland, Northern BC, Southern BC, Vancouver Island

We are holding 2 in-person and 3 online meetings for CFIA members in BC. All CFIA bargaining and ratification information is here at the national website.

In-person sessions:

Report of the Regional Executive VP to the PSAC BC Regional Convention

April 17, 2014 • Regional Executive Vice-President

It’s a privilege to submit the report of the Regional Executive Vice-President to the delegates, observers and guests of the 6th PSAC B.C. Regional Triennial Convention and to the membership of the Public Service Alliance of Canada in the B.C. Region.

This report highlights some of the Region’s accomplishments and much of the hard work conducted by the members in the B.C. Region over the last three years.

Download the report here - note it is a ~11MB .pdf file.

Video: Take a stand for sick leave

April 16, 2014 • Bargaining, Health and Safety, Political Action

May 1: Standing Together For Public Services, Standing Together For Fairness

April 9, 2014 • Bargaining, Human Rights, Political Action, Area Councils, Fraser Valley, Human Rights Committees, Lower Mainland, Northern BC, Retirees, Southern BC, Vancouver Island, BC Regional Council, Regional Executive Vice-President, Regional Womens Committees, Stewards

On May 1st PSAC members across BC will congregate outside of their worksites and hold signs that say "Standing Together for Public Services, Standing Together for Fairness”.

It’s time to send a message to the government: We are united, ready and committed to defending our collective agreements, public services, and our working conditions.

Why? Because we know this government is determined to try to take away as many of our negotiated benefits as possible.  That’s the example they’re setting. 

United Way Workplace Giving Campaigns – once again a success thanks to our hard work.

April 8, 2014 • Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland, Northern BC, Regional Roundup, Southern BC, Vancouver Island, Regional Executive Vice-President

I’d like to congratulate all the PSAC members in British Columbia for making the United Way workplace giving campaigns, once again, a success. Thank you to those of who worked hard on the campaigns and to those of you who donated to a very worthy cause.

PSAC scholarship program now accepting applications

April 4, 2014 •

PSAC is now accepting applications for the 17 scholarships it offers to PSAC members and their children.

Applicants must submit either an 800 word essay, a video, infographic or audio recording to answer a question about issues related to PSAC's soon-to-begin round of bargaining.

Compensation advisors win policy grievance on WFA

April 3, 2014 • Workplace problem solving, Workforce Adjustment

Members working as compensation and benefits advisors at what was formerly the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) have recently won a policy gr

PSAC BC calling - Members' Telephone Town Hall on Collective Bargaining and Sick Leave

April 1, 2014 • Bargaining, Political Action

How do the Conservative government's plans for sick leave affect you? How does this impact our bargaining? How can we work together to keep our negotiated benefits?

PSAC BC will be hosting a live and interactive Telephone Town Hall on bargaining and sick leave Monday April 7th at 7PM Pacific Time.

6th B.C. Regional Triennial Convention - Resolutions and Agenda

March 31, 2014 •

We have just posted the By-Laws, General, and Finance Resolutions Committee reports and associated resoutions along with the Regional Convention agenda.

Visit the Regional Convention section of the website to download them.

Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women

March 31, 2014 • Political Action, Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

The Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) offers an intensive week of learning within a supportive environment in which union women can develop their skills as workers, activists and leaders.  Hosted by the British Columbia Federation of Labour, the Institute will be held at the University of Victoria (UVIC).

PSAC Collective Bargaining 2014: we’re ready

March 31, 2014 • Bargaining

Collective bargaining is a democratic right in Canada, affirmed by the Supreme Court. But government amendments to labour laws threaten to set back labour rights by 30 years.

In this context, PSAC bargaining team members have arrived in Ottawa to prioritize bargaining demands and ensure that our members achieve a fair collective agreement and that public services are protected.

Standing Together For Sick Leave - Standing Together For Public Services

March 28, 2014 • Bargaining, Political Action

Together, we can save sick leave. The Conservative government wants to strip away sick leave rights and is thinking of contracting out the management of the sick leave system. We say that unless this government wants to talk about improving what we already have, we aren’t interested.

How the Conservatives expanded the temporary worker pipeline

March 28, 2014 • Health and Safety, Human Rights, Political Action

For decades, Canada has relied on migrant workers to help develop the economy. Many come through the government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This program was intended to fill very specific jobs on a short term basis—jobs that required workers and skills that did not exist in the country.  But since 2006, the Harper government has made it much easier for employers of all kinds to use migrant workers. It’s like they’ve built a pipeline that can be easily tapped into. 

PSAC launches court action against Bill C-4

March 27, 2014 • Bargaining

The PSAC has taken the first step in its legal challenge against Bill C-4, the legislation that has gutted the collective bargaining rights of federal public service workers.

On March 24, 2014 the union filed its constitutional challenge to Bill C-4 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The challenge focuses on the following key areas:

Tentative agreement on changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan

March 26, 2014 • Bargaining, Retirees

We have come to a tentative agreement with Treasury Board on changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). Discussions were held under threat by the Government to introduce legislation to make changes to the Plan.

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2014 • Human Rights

large_mar-21-web-logo.jpgOn March 21, 1960, 69 black demonstrators were killed and 180 were wounded by armed white South African police in the Sharpeville Township. More than 700 shots were fired at black demonstrators who were peacefully protesting the country’s discriminatory laws.

URGENT – Rally Tomorrow (Friday) at Noon at Canada Place

March 20, 2014 • Bargaining, Political Action, Lower Mainland

Re: Strike at Port of Vancouver

As you will have heard, the Provincial government is threatening to force striking truckers (members of Unifor) back to work through the implementation of legislation.  Working with Unifor we are organizing a rally to oppose the governments’ action.  Please encourage as many members, staff and supporters to participate in this rally.

New rules for workplace “desk drops”

March 18, 2014 • Bargaining, Workplace problem solving

We encourage you to communicate with your members in person and by using home email addresses. Unfortunately, the long-standing practice of dropping union flyers on people’s desks at work has become trickier.

PSAC Locals Celebrate IWD

March 17, 2014 • Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

Cheers to PSAC Locals in BC who celebrated International Womens Day in their worksites. PSAC/CEIU Local 20974 - Immigration Refugee Board, Vancouver - hosted an IWD event over lunch: they talked to members about some of the gains PSAC has made for women over the years, and had some great discussions. PSAC/CEIU Local 20949 - Service Canada, Burnaby - held a celebration over lunch.

Do you have photos of your Local's IWD event? BraggP [at] psac-afpc [dot] com (Send them to us)!

BC Regional Council meeting minutes and documents - January 2014

March 14, 2014 • Health and Safety, Human Rights, Political Action, Council Reports, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland, Northern BC, Southern BC, Vancouver Island, REVP Reports, Regional Executive Vice-President, Regional Womens Committees, Young Workers Caucus, Womens Issues, Young Workers

Here are the minutes of the BC Regional Council meeting held January 17,18,19 2014 in Vancouver, and supplemental documents.

Boycott National Public Service Week 2014

March 14, 2014 • Bargaining, Regional Executive Vice-President

Please see the attached notice from PSAC National President Robyn Benson regarding National Public Service Week activities in June. At the February 2014 meeting of the National Board of Directors, we once again called for a boycott of NPSW.

Given that, I respectfully ask that PSAC members in BC not participate in employer sponsored activities in your workplace and that you encourage other members to do the same.

International Women's Day - A message from the REVP and A/REVP

March 7, 2014 • Regional Roundup, Regional Executive Vice-President, Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

On the eve of International Women’s Day, we’d like to thank you all, sisters and brothers, for the work you’ve done over the past year to advance women’s issues. These are issues that are important not just to women, but to all of us.

Unions and the United Way: Making our communities better!

March 5, 2014 • Political Action, Vancouver Island

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.

International Women's Day: Stop the attacks on women’s right to full employment and decent work

March 5, 2014 • Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

The Harper government has been slashing jobs and lowering working standards in the public sector for several years: 20,000 jobs lost in just three years in the Public Service. And now, at least 6,000 postal worker jobs will be eliminated.

Women’s hard won gains are being rolled-back

  • Pay equity in public service was basically abolished in 2009

CLC Convention 2014 – Selection of PSAC Equity Delegates - Application for consideration

March 5, 2014 • Human Rights, Political Action

Dear PSAC Equity members:

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 Celebrates International Women's Day - Resources from the Vancouver Regional Women's Committee

March 5, 2014 • Lower Mainland, Regional Womens Committees, Womens Issues

The Vancouver Regional Women’s Committee has compiled some fantastic information to help PSAC Locals host events for International Women’s Day, check out the links below.

Events in Vancouver

  • Friday, March 7th: Vancouver & District Labour Council hosts an IWD event – see the poster for more information


PSAC BC and Metro Vancouver Alliance: Finding common ground and working for the common good.

February 27, 2014 • Political Action, Area Councils

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.

CFIA tentative agreement: what happens next

February 26, 2014 • Bargaining

After two years of negotiations, long hours at the bargaining table on February 5 and 6 finally resulted in a tentative agreement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Bill C-21 - The Red Tape Reduction Act: fewer regulations, fewer inspections

February 25, 2014 • Health and Safety, Political Action

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.

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