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Come and join the Human Rights Committee of the PSAC for a film showing of:   “Looking for Dawn” 

When:  Tuesday, April 5, 2011,  anytime after 5:00 p.m. and film will start at 6:00 p.m.

Where: 3rd floor boardroom of the PSAC, 300- 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC

(Two blocks south of the Joyce Street Skytrain station.  Buzz 300) 

This is a 73 minute long National Film Board of Canada film about the estimated 500 Aboriginal Women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years.

 No cost, no tickets required, and we provide popcorn, drinks, and comfy chairs. Just come and bring your friends.

For further information or any questions, please contact Regina Brennan
 by phone at: 604-430-5631 or e-mail: brennar@psac.com

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 5:30 p.m, PSAC Vancouver Regional Office 200-5238 Joyce St. Vancouver, B.C.

 Agenda:        

       2011 Action Plan and Budget

       Election of Co-Chairs

       Election of delegate and alternate to BC Region Convention

      International Women’s Day

Please RSVP to: Jennifer Ho at e-mail: jyfho@shaw.ca or Marie Lygo at e-mail: sharonmarielygo@gmail.com

and cc: savoric@psac.com.  A light meal will be served.

PSAC Mainland BC Human Rights Committee Meeting

  • Monday, February 7,  2011, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
  • 200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, B.C. (Buzz 200 to enter)

Agenda:

  1. Election of Delegate and Observer to the BC Regional Convention

If you would like to join the meeting by conference call, please contact Regina Brennan by February 4 via e-mail: brennar@psac.com or by phone at: 604-430-5631 or toll-free at:    1-800-663-1655 for conference call-in codes. Download copy of HRC poster at Mainland HRC poster_Feb7_final

Public Service Alliance of CanadaVancouver Regional Office

#200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9 Ph: 604-430-5631 or toll-free: 1-800-663-1655

Website: http://wp.psacbc.com/

PSAC Mainland BC Human Rights Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
  • 200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, B.C. (Buzz 200 to enter)

Agenda:

  1. Regional Convention, to discuss planning and setting dates for electing our delegates.
  2. Celebrate the Season

If you would like to join the meeting by conference call, please contact Regina Brennan by Jan 4 via e-mail: brennar@psac.com or by phone at: 604-430-5631 or toll-free at:    1-800-663-1655 for conference call-in codes. Download copy of poster at HRC poster_Jan. 5_final

Public Service Alliance of CanadaVancouver Regional Office

#200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9 Ph: 604-430-5631 or toll-free: 1-800-663-1655

Website: http://wp.psacbc.com/

 

In attendance – Jamey Mills (President), Sharon Tieman (Treasurer), Fe De Castro, Angela Duhamel, Deanna Wilson, Teri Lee and Monica Urrutia (PSAC resource)

Meeting started at 5:45 pm

-Jamey spoke about the Labor Day Annual event – September 6, 2010, last year it was held at Trout Lake Park but is not being held there as it is booked already. We will participate again and Jamey to let us know where it will be held. Volunteers to work at our table are Deanna Wilson, Sharon Tieman, Jamey Mills and possibly Fe De Castro. Jamey will send out an email to all the members of the area council to give details for a short meeting in early August to set up the schedule for volunteers and should have more information on location. We will have the same games this year as they went over well last year.

– Stephen Von Sychowski from the BC Federation Young Workers attended our meeting to speak to us about a new campaign they were launching – Action & Rights Network. The website they have created for this is earnbc.ca.

-Monica spoke about the Red Tent Campaign. A motion was made by Jamey Mills and seconded by Sharon Tieman to buy 2 tents at a cost of $100.00 per tent. The $200.00 will be taken out of political action funds- Carried.

-Labor Day organizing, Jamey Mills moved to donate $130.00 out of donations to the BC Fed (organizers of the Labor Day event) and Teri Lee seconded- Carried.

– Jamey spoke about the PSAC Winter School coming up in November, 2010 and encouraged all to apply. Jamey also spoke about the new PSAC campaign – Workplace Watch.

Next meeting – early August 2010, Jamey will arrange and let everyone know.

Our last minutes were not available so Jamey will get them out to all of the members via email to have passed.

Round table – Taxation-lots of retirements and no new hires; Public Works-hiring new employees; Canada Post-also lots of retirements, huge downsizing as many are being offered incentives to leave; Canadian Heritage, as well not staffing positions as employees retire; Food Inspection there is a huge backlog of grievances, lots of H&S issues, hiring new inspectors and moving to a 7 day work week.

Meeting ended at 7:08 pm

Submitted by Sharon Tieman July 7, 2010

Attending: Jamey Mills, Megan Adam, Sharon Tieman, Allen Schofield, Fe De Castro, Cindy Zhou, James Painter, Monica Urrutia

  • Agenda Adopted

 

  • Minutes from previous meeting referred back with additions

 

  • Bill C-10, some planning/discussion about possibility of doing an event around Pay Equity restrictions. Peter Julian? David Eby? Action Committee struck: Allan, Jamey, Megan, Sam. Goal – have a C-10 forum between April-June

 

  • Haiti Donation
    • Donation appeal re: Haiti relief fund
    • Motion – $100 – Jamey/Sharon to SJF for Haiti initiative
    • Carried unanimously
  • Pensions          
    • PSAC campaign – Monica
    • March 2nd forum
    • Can we do something after the Olympics to get more members out?
  • Plan 2010
    • April-May C-10 Forum
    • May 1st – VDLC activities
    • June – Bargaining Forum
    • Labour Day – Sept 6th
    • September BBQ – invite all partners
    • October AGM
    • Executive meet to plan bargaining forum – March, Exec Meeting?

 

  • Affiliate Reports
    • UPCE 20101 – Like the pension campaign. Bad employer issues, no more banked sick leave – duty to accommodate not being met in many instances.
    • GSU 20008 – Olympics, hours of work issues. JLP in Jan. Tom Gallagher will be retiring.
    • CIU 20938 – Allan Scofield – peer-run ergonomic assessments fightback in the workplace. Bill – PWGSC working on standing offers re: erg assessment.
    • UEW 20147 – Classification & Salmon Inquiry major issues in workplace.
    • VDLC – UNITE HERE activities upcoming. Build a Better BC Coalition.
    • AGR – Surplus/layoff of 12, Western Import Service Centre centralized. CFIA moving to 7-day workweek in microbiology labs. H&S concerns. Low morale.
    • UTE 20027 – won group classification grievance. Pension plantgate. Olympics – transfer of employees to other worksites. H&S – 1st time CRA didn’t lose a day in 2009. 400 new members throughout BC due to HST.

Attending: Jamey Mills, Deanna Wilson, Sharon Tieman, Cecilia Parsons, Allen Schofield, Marie Lygo, Bill Pleming, Paul Croes, Rhonda Johns, Monica Urrutia, Terri Lee, Jack Seto, Megan Adam

 Agenda Adopted (Megan/Rhonda)

  • Minutes Adopted (Megan/Jamey)
  • Presidents Report:
    • Elections recap/federal, provincial, municipal
    • Taxation and Bill C-10
    • $10 now campaign
    • Area Council involvement in May 1st
  • Financial Statement (Sharon/Rhonda)
    • Amended to move $100 from donations to political action budget (Paul C/Megan)
  • Proposed Budget (Sharon/Rhonda)
    • Request from Megan Adam for $300 to Local 20147 for VDLC affiliation dues 2009/10 year. (Megan/Terri)
  • Affiliate reports heard from: UTE 20027, UPCE 20101, UPCE 20095, CIU 20040, CEIU 20938, UVAE 20045, AGR 20044, GSU 20008, UEW 20147
  • UTE 20027 – Bill C-10, planning practical actions. Black Monday plantgate (Nov 2nd). Local split/call center moved, new local being formed.
  • UPCE 20101 – 6-week strike, lost sick leave as of Jan 2010 – rough year for local. Mgmt still holding strike against employees. Losing members through retirement – still in court over pay equity.
  • UPCE 20095 – Puralator – Collective agreement, conciliation, settled without a strike, haven’t received retro pay yet.
  • CIU 20040 – Chang in classification PM-FB which worked for most employees – though mgmt positions all went up by a greater increment. Arming initiative issues.
  • CEIU 20938 – Diversity committee organized joint union-mgmt anti-bullying day – wearing pink – issues in workplace re: bullying by manager. Contact Alan Schofield for more information on workplace wear pink day. Had manager removed from supervisory position. Had PRIDE event in workplace on transgender issues – standing room only.
  • UVAE 20045 – Lots going on last year – large enough group in a single location to have its own local. Had books seized due to errant treasurer. Went to both conventions. Down to 63 members – high turnout at meetings.
  • AGR 20044 – Listeriosis outbreak/review/inquiry – in favour of union – more inspectors/employees added. Some people going to provinces.
  • GSU 20008 – Continued downsizing due to privatization. Administrative instead of operational – change over of membership transfer into different unions. Classification issues, outdated work descriptions. Divestiture program under review. Management of Graving Dock under review etc. Dept very involved in Olympics. Most grievances ever in unit. Management going for the bottomline.
  • UEW 20147 – Olympics in the workplace, resolving transportation concerns. Increase in Medical Harassment, grievances.

 Elections:

    • President: Jamey Mills (Megan/Paul) – acclaimed
    • Vice President: Allan Schofield (Paul/Jamey) – acclaimed
    • 2nd Vice President: Rhonda Johns (Jamey/Sharon) – acclaimed
    • Secretary: Megan Adam (Jack/Marie) – acclaimed
    • Treasurer: Sharon Tieman (Marie/Rhonda) – acclaimed
    • Members at Large (3): Paul Croes, Terri Lee, Marie Lygo

 Final note: Jack Seto is retiring and the Area Council would like to do something for him at a future meeting.




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