PSAC members who are in the SV, PA and EB bargaining units: It is time to vote.

PSAC has reached tentative agreements with Treasury Board covering three bargaining units: SV, PA and EB. These agreements will only take effect if they are ratified. Every PSAC member covered by these agreements has a right to cast a vote in the ratification process.

Ratification meetings (including information sessions) will take place across the country from October 20th to November 30th. The PSAC’s internal rules state that members must make an informed choice, which means participating in an information session prior to the vote.

Read more for list of the ratification meetings scheduled to date, links to the ratification kits, and answers to some frequently asked questions.

Ratification Vote Dates/Locations in BC

updated Oct 26 – added vote meeting in Nanoose, Nov 23
updated Oct 25 – vote in Vancouver, Oct 28, extended to 18:00
updated Oct 22 – Kelowna vote meeting on Nov 22 extended to 18:00
updated Oct 21 – Surrey vote meeting on Nov 22 time changed to 11:00 – 19:30
updated Oct 19 – UBC Robson Square meeting on Nov 25, time changed to 10:30 – 17:00

Date Location City Speaker(s)*
Oct 20
11:30 – 18:00
Bedford Regency Hotel, 1140 Government Street Victoria MA, RS
Oct 27
11:00 – 18:00
Inn at the Quay, 900 Quayside Dr West New Westminster MA
Oct 27
9:00 – 16:00
Victoria RO, 210 – 1497 Admirals Road View Royal RS
Oct 28
9:30 – 13:00
Ukranian Church, 154 E 10th Ave. Vancouver City MA
Oct 28
14:30 – 18:00
Jewish Community Centre, 950 W 41st Ave. Vancouver City MA
Nov 1
15:00 – 17:30
Port Moody Legion, 2513 Clarke Street Port Moody MA, KS
Nov 2
11:00 – 18:00
Sheraton Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy. Richmond MA, KS
Nov 3
10:30 – 18:00
Met Hotel, 645 Howe Street Downtown Vancouver MA, KS, MD
Nov 8
14:30 – 19:00
Coast Prince Rupert, 118-6th Street Prince Rupert KS, MD
Nov 9
11:00 – 13:00
BCGEU Hall, 102-4710 Lazelle Street Terrace KS
Nov 9
11:30 – 18:00
Bedford Regency Hotel, 1140 Government Street Victoria MD
Nov 10
10:30 – 17:00
Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia Street Downtown Vancouver MA, KS, MD
Nov 15
11:30 – 17:00
Esquimalt Legion, 622 Admirals Road Esquimalt RS, LM
Nov 15
11:30 – 17:30
BCGEU Hall, 1070-4th Ave. Prince George KS
Nov 16
11:30 – 17:00
Esquimalt Legion, 622 Admirals Road Esquimalt RS, LM
Nov 16
11:30 – 19:00
Coast Hotel, 2020 Sumas Way Abbotsford MA, KS, RS
Nov 17
11:30 – 13:30
JDF Recreation Centre, 1767 Island Highway Colwood LM
Nov 17
10:30 – 17:15
YWCA, 535 Hornby Street Downtown Vancouver MA, RS
Nov 18
11:30 – 19:00
Agassiz Agricultural Centre, 6800 Pioneer Ave. Agassiz KS, RS
Nov 18
11:30 – 13:30 and 15:30 – 18:30
Best Western Westerly, 1590 Cliffe Ave. Courtenay LM
Nov 19
15:00 – 19:00
Best Western, 32281 Lougheed Hwy. Mission KS, MD
Nov 19
11:30 – 13:30 and 15:30 – 17:00
Airport Travelodge, 2280 Beacon Ave. Sidney RS, LM
Nov 22
11:00 – 19:30
Compass Point Inn, 9850 King George Hwy. Surrey KS
Nov 22
11:30 – 18:00
Coast Capri, 1171 Harvey Ave. Kelowna MA
Nov 23
11:30 – 13:30 and 15:30 – 18:30
Coast Discovery Inn, 975 Shoppers Row Campbell River RS (am only)
Nov 23
15:00 – 18:00
Penticton Lakeside Hotel, 21 Lakeshore Dr. Penticton MA
Nov 23
16:30 – 18:30
St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Road Nanoose RS
Nov 24
11:30 – 13:30 and 15:30 – 18:30
Coast Bastion Inn, 11 Bastion Street Nanaimo MA, RS
Nov 24
11:30 – 17:00
Hotel 540, 540 Victoria Street Kamloops KS
Nov 25
10:30 – 17:00
UBC Robson Square, 500 Robson Street Downtown Vancouver MA, KS, MD
Nov 25
9:00 – 16:00
Victoria RO, 210 – 1497 Admirals Road View Royal RS
Nov 26
8:00 – 18:00
Vancouver RO, 200 5238 Joyce Street Vancouver Staff
Nov 26
9:00 – 16:00
Victoria RO, 210 – 1497 Admirals Road View Royal Staff

* Speakers

  • MA – Megan Adam, PA Group Bargaining Team Member
  • MD – Melvin Dureen, SV Group Bargaining Team Member
  • LM – Liam McCarthy, PSAC Negotiator, SV Group
  • RS – Randy Sanderson, SV Group Bargaining Team Member
  • KS –  Kay Sinclair, Regional Executive Vice-President, BC

Still not sure where or when to vote?

If you are not sure of where to vote, please contact your local union representative. Or, if you cannot reach a local union representative, contact the PSAC regional office closest to you.

If you work more than 50 kilometers from the closest ratification meeting location, you are entitled to a mail ballot. Contact the PSAC regional office closest to you for more information.

You must be a PSAC member in good standing

Remember you must be a PSAC member to vote. Membership applications are available from your local and will also be available at the ratification meetings.

How do I know if I am covered by the SV, PA or EB agreements?

You are covered by the SV, PA or EB agreement, if you are employed by the federal government’s Treasury Board and you pay union dues to the PSAC, and your job falls in one of the following categories:

PA Group (Program and Administration Services, formerly known as Table 1)

301 Administrative Services AS
305 Information Services IS
308 Programme Administration PM
310 Welfare Programmes WP
501 Communications CM
502 Data Processing DA
503 Clerical and Regulatory CR
504 Office Equipment OE
505 Secretarial, Stenographic and Typing ST

SV Group (Operational Services, formerly known as Table 2)

602 & 652 Firefighters (S & NS) FR
603 & 653 General Labour & Trades (S & NS) GLT
604 & 654 General Services (S & NS) GS
605 & 655 Heating, Power & Stationary (S & NS) HP
606 & 656 Hospital Services (S & NS) HS
607 & 657 Lightkeepers (S & NS) LI
612 & 662 Ships’ Crews (S & NS) SC
659 Printing Operations (S) PR

EB Group (Education and Library Science, formerly known as Table 5)

209 Education ED
215 Library Science LS
414 Educational Support EU

How can I find out what was negotiated?

If you attend a ratification meeting, you will receive a ratification kit with all the proposed changes to the collective agreements. The ratification kits are also posted at the PSAC national web site.

What can I expect if I attend a ratification meeting?

You will be asked to identify yourself when you arrive at the meeting. Only PSAC members are allowed to participate in ratification vote meetings. The changes to the collective agreement will be explained and you will hear from a bargaining team member and/or elected union officer. You will have an opportunity to get your questions answered. You will then be asked to cast your ballot.

Who will know how I voted?

The vote is by secret ballot. The ballots cast at each meeting are counted by the PSAC Regional Office. The results from each region are compiled by the PSAC National Office. The results of the vote for each of the three bargaining units will be completed and announced on December 1, 2010.

Can I ask someone else to cast my vote for me?

There is no proxy voting and only members in good standing can vote. The PSAC Constitution, Section 4, Subsection 2 will provide you the various definitions regarding member in good standing.

What personal documentation should I bring to the ratification vote meeting?

No documentation is required; however, if you have a PSAC ID, bring it along to speed up the registration process.

What are the minimum votes needed to have the tentative agreements ratified?

For an agreement to be ratified, 50 per cent plus 1 of bargaining unit members who vote must vote in favour.

What happens if a tentative agreement is rejected?

If a tentative agreement is not ratified, the regular bargaining process for that group will resume. This means that bargaining conferences will be held, a bargaining team will be elected, and negotiations will start again from the beginning at some point after the PSAC gives notice to bargain, prior to the expiry of the current collective agreement.

For more detailed information on the regular bargaining process, and also on the ratification process, consult Regulation 15 of the PSAC Constitution and Regulations.

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