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Vancouver Area Council Meeting Minutes 27 April 11

In Attendance: Jamey Mills (President) UTE 20027, Sharon Tieman (Treasurer) UPCE 20101, Cheryl Oenema (Secretary) UNDE 21008, Tracy Shudo CEIU 20949, Cindy Zhou GSU 20008, Terri Lee AGR 20044, Fe De Casto GSU 20008, Rhonda Johns UPCE 20095

Guests: Joanne Hay UPCE 20095 – Kelowna, Marion McLarty NAT 20150
Staff Rep: Monica Urrutia
Regrets: Sam Weise

continue reading below, or download the minutes as .pdf

Marie Lygo has stepped down as secretary so an interim election was held to elect a new secretary. Cheryl Oenema is the new secretary of the VAC.

Guest speaker: Joey Hartman, President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC). Joey is the first female president of the VDLC. Members are encouraged to get their locals to affiliate to the VDLC, there are currently 3 locals that are affiliated. The cost is $0.35 per member per month. This cost can be split if the local has members in area of other district labour councils. For more information you can email Joey at . You do not need to be a delegate to attend meetings or to participate in the various committees, such as, the Women’s Committee, the Youth Committee, International Affairs and the Standing Strike Support Committee. For more info check out the VDLC website and sign up for the email list to get updated on upcoming events.

Affiliate Reports:

• CEIU 20949 – Day of Mourning buttons to be distributed to co workers. Sending four delegates to the BC Regional Convention.

• GSU 20008 –Union management meeting, one of the biggest issues is staffing, looking for more transparency in hiring practices. Going towards competency based, inventory of skills staffing practices, had some positive and negative feedback. Transfer of Compensation workers to NB. The employer is holding a diversity learning event. National Day of Mourning will be handing out pins in front of the office. Held a boat cruise for members and will be doing another cruise. Lunch and learns to discuss the changes to the collective agreement

• AGR 20044 – General meeting, summer social event, National Council meeting. AGR members to be in phase 1 of the transfer of compensation workers to NB. CFIA bargaining conference to be held in May, there will be 24 equity seeking seats available. French language teachers are being laid off and the jobs are being contracted out. CFIA policy changes which will result in less inspections. Looking to get some media attention in response to the CBC feature, Country of Origin. Sending two delegates to the BC Regional Convention. Bob Jackson is running for REVP.

• NAT 20150 (Newly created local) – Plans to affiliate. Department of Indian Affairs has a unique hiring target of 50% aboriginal staff, currently around 35%. Union management meeting, no longer allowed to post aboriginal only jobs to the public. Creation of the Aboriginal Declaration form as opposed to self ID to prove aboriginal status.

• UPCE 20101 & 20095 – Laying off of contact centre employees moved to July from September. Closing of the Ottawa contact centre in October, and contracting out of these jobs. Membership has been decreased by 1/3. Convention to be held in September. Sending one delegate to the BC Regional Convention. Has a member working in the PSAC office in organizing. Waiting to see what happens 25 May in regards to the CUPW strike, they will support as needed. Purolator employees may be asked to do Canada Post work.

• UTE 20027 – Got an automatic defibrillator in the office building along with training. There were renovations to the main floor of the building, further reducing the client service area open to the public. Staffing issues a big concern. Low morale amongst staff and an outside consultant, being hired, the biggest issues are staffing and harassment. UTE convention in Montreal in July, President Betty Bannon is retiring. Sending five delegates and two observers to the BC Regional Convention.

Discussed some of the resolutions from the BC Regional Convention. Looks like the resolutions submitted by the VAC are in concurrence with the resolutions committees.

Upcoming Events:
• National Day of Mourning 28 Apr 11. Rally at Hastings Park @ 8:00 am.
• May Day Rally and Parade 1 May 11 to celebrate the International Day of the Worker, 1:00 pm at Clark Park @ 13th and Commercial to McSpadden Park.
• NDP Rally 30 Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm in Burnaby 4088 First Ave at Gilmour, 1St Ave Film Studios.

Fair Taxation Conference – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Being held at the Maritime Centre on 27-28 May 11.
Motion – The VAC will provide funding for $75.00 for Cindy Zhou to attend the fair taxation conference. M/S/C Jamey, Rhonda

WCB Regulation rollback and petition, in regards to safety for night time workers. Monica to forward email from the BC Fed, please distribute widely.

Summer Event (June or July). Talk of organizing a fun event for the VAC and others, such as a Vancouver Canadians Game and buffet BBQ. Jamey and Monica to find out more info.

CLC Conference: The Regional Council is helping to fund council members to attend the CLC convention.

Motion: Move that the VAC provides $200.00 in funding to assist the BC Regional Council in sending delegates to the CLC Convention taking place in Vancouver. M/S/C Jamey, Sharon

Motion: Move to donate $50.00 to the BC Regional Convention host committee for the express purpose of donating to a basket for the basket raffle fund raising. M/S/C Jamey, Rhonda

There will be an executive meeting or conference call in July to discuss the Labour Day Event.

Round Table:
• 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Conference, 30 Sept – 2 Oct 11. Application and Resolutions deadline is 13 May 11.
• Get out and Vote!!

via CEIU Local 20901

CEIU Local 20901 is proud to host our first Pride in Public Service Pub Night.

CEIU 20901 (Library Square) is happy to invite all LGBT staff and friends to the first Vancouver LGBT Public Service Pub Night – We hope to make it a regular monthly event, where we can all come together and show pride inside and outside of our workplaces, network, and (most of all) have fun.

  • What: Pub Night
  • Where: The Fountainhead Pub* @ 1025 Davie Street, Vancouver (near the corner of Davie & Burrard, across from Celebrities & next to the community garden)
  • When: Fri Mar 18/11 from 5:00-9:00
  • Why: To support Pride in the workplace, meet Public Service LGBT staff, a chance to network with others from various Unions & dept’s; and most of all, to have fun!!!

More details in the poster – please download and post!



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:

The Education Committee of the PSAC BC Regional council invite you to the launch of George Lakey’s new book – “Facilitating Group Learning: Strategies For Success With Adult Learners”. George is a popular educator whose tools and methods continue to be extensively used in PSAC education materials and by other unions and community groups.

  • People’s Co-op Book Store, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Wednesday March 9, 7PM
  • Download a poster here (.pdf)

As an activist and facilitator, George Lakey has worked over the years with Canadian activist groups, NGOS, and labour unions, from Nova Scotia to B.C. Lakey was smuggled across the border to the Burmese jungle to teach in a “jungle university” located in a guerrilla encampment, led the training for coal miners in their successful strike against Pittston Coal Company in Appalachia, and led peacekeeper training in South Africa for the African National Congress during the lead-up to the revolutionary elections of 1991 that ended apartheid. His work in leading over 1500 workshops on five continents is reflected in his new book. Lakey co-founded Training for Change in Philadelphia, which in two decades has led training in over 20 countries. In his new book he presents the core principles and proven techniques of direct education. Unlike other books on group facilitation, Lakey emphasizes critical issues related to diversity, as well as authenticity and emotions.

PSAC members under 30!

Come meet other young members at our Young Worker Film Night on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm. This event will be held at the Vancouver Regional Office, on the 3rd floor, #300-5238 Joyce Street, in Vancouver. We’ll probably eat and chat first, then watch Capitalism: A Love Story, created by Michael Moore.

Enjoy a light dinner and hang out with other young workers and members of the PSAC BC region. Let us know if you’re planning on coming so we’ll make sure there are enough eats for all!

CLC Leadership Assemblies on Pensions

  • Location: Burnaby Firefighter’s Hall, 6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
  • Date: March 1, 2011
  • Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM
  • Location: Ambrosia Theatre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria
  • Date: March 3, 2011
  • Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM

Meetings like these, organized by the Canadian Labour Congress, will be taking place across the country. The aim is to bring together union stewards and activists to develop a strategy to pressure the Harper Conservative Government to protect defined benefit pensions and improve public pensions such as CPP in the lead up to the provincial/federal Finance Ministers’ meeting.

The Conservatives have backtracked on initial comments in support of improving CPP and instead now plan to bring in a voluntary defined contribution plan to which employers would not contribute. Business groups such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business continue to attack defined benefit pension plans including the Public Service Superannuation Plan.

It is vital we build on the momentum created last year and continue to pressure the Government to protect and improve pensions for all people in Canada. In recognition of the importance of PSAC participation at these Assemblies on Pensions we have a special one-time offer(!) – Stewards or Local Executive members who attend will receive one of the new PSAC Steward bags/kits via mail.

Please attend these very important meetings being sponsored by the CLC. We will develop a strategy on how to get the Conservative government to protect pensions and expand CPP leading up to the provincial/federal finance ministers’ meeting.

  • DATE: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
  • TIME: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Burnaby Firefighter’s Hall, 6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby, BC
  • DATE: Thursday, March 3, 2011
  • TIME: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Ambrosia Theatre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC

For more information please contact Iris Taylor at the CLC Pacific Regional office at 604-430-6766 or via email at

Download a poster (pdf):

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.


 -      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: or Marie Lygo at e-mail:

and cc:  A light meal will be served.

Vancouver Area Council AGM Minutes

  • Date: Oct 27, 2010
  • Chair: Jamey Mills, President 2010
  • Minutes: Marie Lygo

Locals Represented and Present: GSU-20008, UTE-20027, UPCE-20101, UPCE 20095, UVAE- 20045, CEIU- 20938, CEIU 20949, AGR-20044, UEW 20147
Guest locals: NHU-20031, NAT-20088, UNDE 21008

Regional Representative PSAC – Monica Urrutia

Attendees: Cindy Zhou, Marie Lygo, Sharon Tieman, Cheryl Oenema, Allen Schofield, Deanna Wilson, Jamey Mills, Fe De Castro, Marie Carter, Terri Lee, Sam Weise, Rhonda Johns, Megan Adam.

Continue reading below, or download the Vancouver Area Council AGM, Oct 27 2010 meeting minutes

1. Agenda m/s/c – Marie Lygo, Sharon Tieman, UNANIMOUSLY ACCEPTED. Meeting called to order at 5:35 pm.

2. President’s report: see attached (pdf) m/s/c Sam Weise, Allen Schofield. Moved and carried.

3. Treasurer’ report: (available at RO)

  • Presentation of the Finance Report for 2010 was made by Sharon Tieman:
  • Questions of clarification came from the floor and president regarding procedures and terminologies, conversation ensued. MOTION to ACCEPT REPORT: made by Rhonda Johns and Allen Schofield, Moved and Carried unanimously.
  • Proposed Budget changes: $20 Under Income – Investment Income line item was added for $20; Under Expenses – Conventions, Conferences & Education was changed to $600 and District Labour Council affiliation dues was changed to $850 – m/s/c as amended (Sharon/Rhonda)
  • Treasurer and President expected a net loss of approximately $650.00. No further questions or motions.

4. Affiliates Reports:

  • Allen Schofield CEIU-20938 – Human Rights and Race Relations Resolution focus resulted in GBLT added as equity group under the EE Act . Recognition of Faith Nolan as speaker and singer, whom addressed his membership and was very motivational and entertaining. Successful advances for Term Casual Employees- of which his department has a lot from the YMCA and Co-op Students. There is now a mentor ship program under way and better Employment Equity agreed upon procedures and standards. Doing position review via their local to keep a close eye on the term employees and they have a speaker scheduled regarding the questions regarding the new contract.
  • Terri Lee from AGR-20044 – Attended the PSAC National Women’s Conference dealt with pay equity issues and abolishment of CIO is in it’s 2nd reading. Pensions was at the fore front with ON NET LOBBYING, Child care was the other major subject of discussion at the conference. The conference had great speakers, including lobbying specialists, PSAC reps in all three areas and MP’s assistants and “Wanna – B’s”for future political positions. The Liberal Assistant to the MP was there for the region, the new contract was sent for ratification while the conference was on, so 1 hour allotted to discuss FB and PA. Also in attendance was Patty Ducharme, Robyn Benson and Maria Fitzpatrick. At same time the OHS conference was going on across the street, so there was a great deal of intermingling to discuss mutual issues after hours.
  • Jamey Mills UTE-20027 – Lost Treasurer to HR, interim election to replace. One of the big projects was signing up Rands, most are terms. We’re getting ready and well prepared for Collective Bargaining and a Strike Structure in place, now may not be necessary but yet to be seen. PST employees (approx 900) coming from the province due to commencement of HST and this will effect many locals. PIPSC may receive the majority but 45 auditors and 45 collection EE’s will be absorbed slowly over next few months. The Provincial Workers are only guaranteed 2 years of employment.
  • Sharon Tieman UPCE-Van Local 20101- this is their 1st year of no sick leave allotment and family leave. They now have only short term disability. Although those who have claimed have received it quickly, but families and workers are feeling the pinch in their wages due to these contractual changes. There local has lost most all of it’s executive staff due to buy outs and disability. *They have filed a Human Rights Complaint. As well CUPW is into bargaining now. They are losing 30% of membership due to burn out, and then Contract Centres and contracting out in 2011 will see the loss of approximately 300 members.
  • Sam Weise CEIU-20949, which includes Citizens Services, OAS, EI and Passport intake. Cuts to terms (sunset clause) and indeterminate hired. This may be last of term employees, as there is move a foot to centralise services even more. Employer is now saying that employees have to work at specific locations yet files are virtual? State as well, that clerical audits must move downtown. TB policies on Values and ethics being sighted.
  • Rhonda Johns UPCE-20095- Purolator, They have a new president, and therefore lots of memos and notes. They have eliminated some higher end jobs and they are combining jobs with the post office re upper positions and duties.
  • Marie Lygo UVAE-20045- VAC, They have contracted out all payment functions to Blue Cross and cut back our authority. They are not replacing EE’s and so far have relied on attrition. We have been advised, no guarantee of employment at VAC for more than 3 to 5 years. It of course is not running as planned, and we are inundated with backlog. New local president, Jas Nagra as I stepped down in July 2010. I have asked the new executive to come to Area Council, I attending UDP levels 1,2,3 and those local building skills worked as our new executive has 2 people under 30. I am co chair of VWC – PSAC and local’s OHS until Jas ready to take over.
  • Megan Adam, UEW-20147, was on the bargaining committee, for FB and PA groups with Treasury Board. She took the time to explain why they decided it was prudent to accept the severance cut part of the contract and equally as important to have the membership vote. Questions ensued after her bargaining report. Then went on to report they were expecting to absorb approximately 60 provincial EE’s and they are running an open competion. The commission has applied many changes and there will be a coming enquiry regarding the missing sockeye salmon in the Fraser River. It appears that John Cummings is scape goating DFO and the public Service Members. There will be some reclassifications into PIPSC and PMs to other bargaining units. Some Officer positions now down grading as AS2 to AS1.
  • Fe De Castro, GSU-20008, their local is going to have their AGM in November 2010. Last two experienced executive Jack Seto and Rob Terres have retired and they need some young blood in their executive and in leadership positions. Bill Plemming is looking for volunteers. Getting very negative feed back re the loss of severance in the contract. They have a very high number of terms, they are working on a plan of action for sunset plan. They have had a Finance reclass and a new manager asking for upgrading. Pay modernization at the call centre and the retirement agreement have people very upset
  • Deanna Wilson, NAT-20008 – Heritage Canada National has now been split from INAC. Internal service review being done, in both Finance and Communications. National Health and Welfare NEQ is very upset about the severance issue.
  • Marie Carter, NHU-20031: She has had an excellent orientation from PSAC business agent and has more training to come. Some of the issues are terms, casuals and sunset issues primarily.
  • Agriculture AGR-20044: Food Safety Action plan in the works and taking a lot of energy and attention, Hired indeterminate. There is an important food lobby in respect to imported foods. They have a very bad manager presently and the area manager from Calgary is blind to the problems and not taking action. Agreed the Cda Compensation advisors are not being back filled. Each person is doing about 5 peoples’ work and people are having trouble coping. She is going to first human rights conference. It has taken 6 – 8 years to pass act, hoping it will go through at conference. Reminded the attendees, about Garry Fraser – PSAC Regional Representative has work force watch at e mail for all of you “”.

5. Bargaining

  • More discussing and questions for Megan Adam: the Macro – severance, wages and term benefits. Selected 5 major demands. Successful re renewal of JLP, occupation group structures, budgeting in individual departments and by contracting on time it will not be so devastating to individual department budgets as freeze doesn’t come off until 2013. To prevent lay off’s it was agreed and Bubble Financing would then be avoided . They tried hard re the severance but were unsuccessful. Employer was adamant. They got improvement s to False reporting, pay increases and avoided some job deportation. However 1200 jobs were lost to private contracting or provincial government at HRDC effecting the CEIU membership. The union realised that considering the hostile bargaining and financial atmosphere at present, we did better than expected and some strides for term casual employee made re sick leave and benefits. PA’s agreed but FB walked away due to special demands. Now bargaining agreement for SV,PA EB.

6. Elections:

  • Monica Urrutia, PSAC Regional Representative took over presiding over the meeting:
  • President: Jamey Mills was nominated by Marie Lygo and 2nded by Megan Adam. He agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation as no other nominations from the floor.
  • 1st VP Allen Schofield nominated by Jamey Mills and 2nded by Sharon Tieman. He agreed to run and no other nominations from the floor. Voted in by Acclamation.
  • 2nd VP- Sam Weise nominated by Jamey Mills and 2nded by Marie Lygo. She agreed to stand. No other nominations from the floor. Voted in by Acclamation.
  • Secretary S.Marie Lygo, nominated by Sam Weise and 2nded by Rhonda Johns, no other nominations from the floor. She agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation.
  • Treasurer, Sharon Tieman nominated by Sam Weiss and 2nded by Marie Lygo, she agreed to stand. No other nominations from the floor. Voted in by Acclamation.
  • 3 Members at Large: Nominated Teri Lee by Sam Weise, and 2nded by Jamey Mills. Agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation.
    Nominated Rhonda Johns, Nominated by Sharon Tieman, and 2nded by Marie Lygo. Agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation.
    Nominated Fe De Castro by Megan Adam, and 2nded by Sam Weiss=e, she agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation.

Monica turned the chair back over to Jamey Mills, newly re-elected President of Vancouver Area Council. This will be his second term.

Subject open for discussion per Jamey re events the Area Council Members have on their radar and wish to participate and support.:

  • Bill – C10
  • Gender identity as a Human Right
  • Bullying in the work place
  • April 28, NH day of mourning
  • Presentation of JLP by Karla Backer
  • Women’s Committee

Some Aims and interests:

  • Metro Vancouver Alliance. Affiliate is George Harasle
  • Maintain the Labour Centre at Triumph and Victoria
  • Public Forum with New Zealand
  • Studies on coalitions
  • Continuing Events we already support

Put to floor to form an Ad hoc Committee to get some things underway:

Volunteer members are Sam Weise, Allen Schofield, Jamey Mills and Marie Lygo

  • Submission to social justice funds and world social forum and summit of the Americas
  • Make Poverty History and campaigns about the working poor to get the message back out there and not let it die in this current economy.
  • Jane Doe legal aid.
  • The Women’s Regional Committee for PSAC
  • And any local worth calls that catch our attention we wish to lend our support to.
  • Will E-mail Kay Sinclair re 1 delegate needs to be in by November 14, 2010
  • Next Meeting is Jan 12, 2011
  • Ad hoc committee will meet the 3rd week of January 2011, either 13,14,15

Some more Retirement Allowance discussion (1.92) lost the first year of the contract. Perks, UPCE, CUPW, APOC, CPAA, and sick leave improvements. Jamey ended conversation as meeting was running over. Follow up on all subjects will ensue.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm and Monica swore in the new Area Council Executive.

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)


  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: 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


The PSAC BC Winter/Spring weekend course schedule for Vancouver, Abbotsford, and the Island has been announced! All courses start at 9AM and end at 4:30PM, unless otherwise noted, and are scent free events.

Here are the course descriptions and the online application form. Apply today!

Upcoming courses in the Lower Mainland - click on the location for a map
Course Date Location Facilitator
Talking Union Basics Feb. 19-20
Vancouver RO TBA
Understanding and Interpreting the Collective Agreement March 12
application deadline: Feb 25
Vancouver RO TBA
Local Officers Seminar March 13
application deadline: Feb 25
Vancouver RO TBA
If People Counted: Economics Through a Union Lens Apr. 30-May 1
application deadline: April 8
Vancouver RO TBA
Grievance Handling May 28-29
application deadline: May 6
Vancouver RO TBA
Health and Safety: Canada Labour Code Pt II June 11
application deadline: May 20
Vancouver RO TBA
Duty to Accommodate June 12
application deadline: May 20
Vancouver RO TBA
Upcoming courses in the East Fraser Valley - click on the location for a map
Course Date Location Facilitator
Talking Union Basics Jan. 29-30 Ramada Abbotsford Janelle Ho-Shing
Grievance Handling March 5-6
application deadline: Feb 11
Ramada Abbotsford Janelle Ho-Shing
Upcoming courses on Vancouver Island - click on the location for a map
Course Date Location Facilitator
Talking Union Basics January 28,29 Victoria RO Dave Jackson
Convention Procedures/Preparedness February 5 Victoria RO Dave Jackson
Talking Union Basics February 18,19 Nanaimo Dave Jackson
Grievance Handling March 12,13 Courtenay Dave Jackson
Grievance Handling April 15,16 Victoria RO Dave Jackson
Duty to Accommodate May 28 Victoria RO Dave Jackson
H&S / Duty to Accommodate July 9,10 Ucluelet Dave Jackson

Vancouver Area Council – January 12

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2011, dinner at 5 pm, meeting to start at 5:30 pm sharp.
  • Vancouver Regional Office, Suite 200 – 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver.
  • Agenda items so far are:
    • Regional Convention delegate and alternate elections
    • Regional Convention resolution proposals
  • If you or your Local/Branch has a resolution that you want the Area Council to consider for submission, please email it in advance of the meeting.

Please RSVP by January 7, 2011 as dinner will be served and we wish to ensure we have enough for all who plan to attend.

Fraser Valley Area Council Annual General Meeting – January 18

  • Tuesday January 18, 2011, 5pm to 7pm
  • ABC Country Restaurant 32080 Marshall Road Abbotsford (at the Best Western)
  • Agenda
    • Election of Executive
    • Election of Delegate to BC PSAC Convention
    • Resolutions to BC PSAC Convention
  • Guest: David Murray, Federal NDP Candidate for Abbotsford

Dinner is provided.

BRUSH (Health & Safety) Committee meeting – January 19

  • At this meeting and in accordance with subsection 9(8) and Regulation 1 of the BC Regional By-Laws, the BRUSH committee will be electing a delegate to the 2011 BC Regional Convention.
  • For more information, contact James Little

Victoria Area Council Annual General Meeting – February 1

  • Tuesday, February 1, 2011 5:30pm
  • PSAC Victoria Regional Office, 210-1497 Admirals Road, Victoria
  • Agenda
    • Election of Delegate to BC Regional Convention

Please RSVP to Rosemary by e-mail no later than January 31, 2011 as food will be served.

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee Meeting – February 8

  • The VIHRC will be holding a meeting on February 8, 2011.  During this meeting the Committee will be electing a delegate and an alternate to PSAC BC Regional Triennial Convention scheduled for May 13-15, 2011 in Vancouver.
  • Regulation 1 states that any active member in good standing of the Human Rights Committee is eligible to seek delegate status and to vote in the delegate selection. Eligible candidates who are unable to attend the delegate selection meeting may seek the delegate seat by submitting a written statement, duly moved and seconded, of their intent to do so.

Look forward to seeing you there!

West Fraser Valley Area Council meeting – Feb 28th

  • Monday, February 28, 2011 5:30pm
  • Location: TBA
  • Agenda
    • Election of Delegate to BC Regional Convention

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)


  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: 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



On December 6th  – the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada – the PSAC Regional Women’s Committees in Vancouver and Victoria organized candlelight vigils in their communities. They commemorated the 14 women who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989, reflected on violence against women, and gathered donations for local women’s organizations. Here are some photos …

The Vancouver Area Council’s next meeting is Wednesday, January 12, 2011, dinner at 5 pm, meeting to start at 5:30 pm sharp. It will be held at the Vancouver Regional Office, Suite 200 – 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver.

Agenda items so far are:

  • Regional Convention delegate and alternate elections
  • Regional Convention resolution proposals

*If you or your Local/Branch has a resolution that you want the Area Council to consider for submission, please email it in advance of the meeting.

You may send requests for additional agenda items in advance. Please RSVP by January 7, 2011 as dinner will be served and we wish to ensure we have enough for all who plan to attend.

CC Candles by flickr user Alesa Dam

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

On December 6th PSAC Regional Women’s Committees in Vancouver and Victoria are sponsoring candlelight vigils in their communities. They will commemorate the women whose lives ended in Montreal, reflect on violence against women, and gather donations for local women’s organizations.

December 6th – End Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigils

There will be a donation collection at both events – please bring: new towels, journals, new pajamas, slippers, new socks, jackets, hats, mittens, etc. for donation to local women’s organizations. Spread the word! Download a poster: Surrey | Victoria.

The WFVAC AGM will be held on Tuesday November 23, 2010 @ 5:30 pm Knight & Day restaurant located at 9677 King George BLVD.

The agenda:

  • Approval of agenda
  • Approval of previous minutes
  • Finance report
  • Political action<
  • Food
  • Next meeting
  • Adjournment

Via email – To: PSAC-BC Youth Caucus, From Monica Urrutia, PSAC Vancouver RO

Here is an upcoming young worker event in case you are in town. For those of you who were at the New Steward: A Young Worker Focus course at the Union School, you will remember Stephen as one of the panel speakers and he discussed the fun event that is raising funds for those attending the World Festival of Youth and Students.

Vancouver & District Labour Council’s Young Workers’ Committee invites you to party with the Young Workers at the Railway Club!

  • Wednesday, Dec 1, 8 pm to 12 midnight
  • The Railway Club 579 Dunsmuir at Seymour
  • Just a short walk from the BC Fed Convention
  • Tickets Only $15 – only 150 available!
  • Live Music: Billy the Kid & Gas Town Royals

All proceeds to benefit the Young Workers’ Delegation to the 2010 World Festival of Youth & Students in South Africa. For tickets, contact the VDLC. Spread the word! Download a poster (pdf).

November is Labour Film Month in BC and across Canada, and the Vancouver Regional Womens Committee is sponsoring a showing of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival “Festival In A Box” – a series of short documentary films from around the world. There are 10 films in all, each between 5 and 20 minutes long, on themes such as workers, health and safety, and social justice.

For the full program and more information visit

  • Thursday November 25th, 5:30PM
  • PSAC Vancouver RO, 2nd Floor Boardroom
  • 200 – 5238 Joyce Street

All PSAC members welcome – please forward to anyone who may be interested. RSVP to 604 430 5631 so we know how much popcorn to make!

Victoria Area Council Meeting

  • October 25, 2010, 5:30PM
  • PSAC Regional Office, 210-1497 Admirals Road, Victoria
  • Proposed Agenda
    • Treasurer’s report
    • Treasury Board Bargaining Guest Speakers:
      • Megan Adam – PA Member Negotiator
      • Randy Sanderson – SV Member Negotiator

Please RSVP to Rosemary no later than noon on October 22, 2010, snacks will be served – download the poster here (pdf)

Annual General Meeting – Victoria Regional Women’s Committee

  • October 26, 2010, 5:30PM
  • PSAC Boardroom, 210-1497 Admirals Rd., Victoria, BC
  • Tentative Agenda
    • Elections:
      • Chair (s)
      • Treasurer
      • Secretary
  • Report from the National Women’s Conference
  • Planning for December 6th
  • Review and approval of June 21st meeting minutes

Please R.S.V.P by email to either Rosemary or Virginia as snacks will be provided – download a poster here (pdf)

Vancouver Area Council Annual General Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 – dinner at 5PM, meeting at 5:30PM
  • PSAC Vancouver Regional Office (Suite 200 – 5238 Joyce Street).
  • Agenda to follow, but this AGM does include an election of officers.

Please RSVP by October 22nd as an excellent Indian dinner will be offered, with vegetarian and meat options.

Fraser Valley Area Council General Meeting

  • Thursday November 4, 2010, 5PM to 7PM
  • Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way Abbotsford
  • Agenda
    • TB Tentative Agreement updates
    • PSAC BC Regional Convention
    • Come and meet Bargaining Team members!

All PSAC members are welcome to attend this meeting. Download a poster here (pdf)

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