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The Vancouver Area Council will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at the PSAC Vancouver Regional Office (Suite 200 – 5238 Joyce Street).

Please note dinner will start at 5 pm, the meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 pm.  Please RSVP by October 22nd as an excellent Indian dinner will be offered, with vegetarian and meat options.

Agenda to follow, but this AGM does include an election of officers.

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

-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.


    • 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.

Join the BC Human Rights Committee on September 15th at 6PM for a screening and discussion of the film Made In L.A.

  • Wednesday September 15th, 6PM
  • PSAC Vancouver RO 2nd floor boardroom
  • #200 – 5238 Joyce Street

Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary (70 min) that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21. In intimate observational style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience.

Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.

There will be popcorn and light snacks – please RSVP to 604 430 5631 or via email to Regina Brennan. Download a poster (.pdf)

PSAC members marched with Pride in Vancouver on Sunday August 1st.  This year, the Multi-Union Pride entry, which won the prize for “Captivating Community Cluster”, took inspiration from Vancouver Pride’s “educate, liberate and celebrate” theme. MUP educated last year, liberated this year, and next year they’ll celebrate!

PSAC BC also hosted a Think Public booth at the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach. PSAC members and the public stopped by to play “Spot The Public Service” and learn about the work PSAC members do. We also gathered over 300 signatures on our long form census petition.

Read more for some photos …


Join us for the evening to listen to a keynote address from David Foster, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance

The BlueGreen Alliance is a national (USA), strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.

Date: Friday, September 10

Time: 7:00 -10:00pm

Space is LIMITED – Register Now to ensure your seat.The event is Free, but you must pre-register at

This event is part of the Green Jobs Conference, which is sponsored/hosted in part by the Union of Environment Workers/PSAC, along with many other Unions and environmental groups. Download a poster (.pdf)

Labour Day is just around the corner … here are some events scheduled for Monday, September 6, 2010. PSAC members and staff will be at all three events – stop by the PSAC booth or table and say hi!

  • Vancouver Labour Day Picnic – a celebration of Solidarity
  • Sept 6th – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Central Park, Burnaby, BC (map)
  • Families welcome! Come join us for food, music and games for kids.
  • Download a pdf copy of poster.
  • 22nd Annual Victoria Labour Day Picnic – hosted by the Victoria Labour Council
  • Sept 6th  – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Irving Park, Victoria, BC (corner of Menzies & Michigan – map)
  • Kids games – Clowns – Refreshments – Fun for the whole family!
  • Volunteers and Donations are Welcome! Contact the Victoria Labour Council
  • Download the poster as .pdf.
  • 1st Annual Fraser Valley Labour Day Picnic – hosted by the Fraser Valley Labour Council
  • Sept 6th – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Mill Lake Park, 2310 Emerson St. Mill Lake, Abbotsford, (Bevan Road Entrance – map)
  • East Meets West! Join members of the PSAC East and West Fraser Valley Area Councils and other Unions for entertainment, food, information booths, kids events and solidarity!
  • Contact: Fraser Valley Labour Council, phone: 604 314-9867
  • Download a poster as PDF: Labour Day Picnic Fraser Valley

Is there a Labour Day event happening in your community? Email Patrick and we’ll add it to the list!

Photo day at! Thanks to Amal Rana and Aly Kanani (President, CEIU 20901) for this report and photos from the Union Pride Celebration at Library Square in downtown Vancouver.

On Thursday, July 29th, CEIU Local 20901 held their 1st annual Union Pride Celebration at Library Square. Everyone was invited to celebrate the LGBT community. The event was also a celebration of culture and diversity. A number of people came out to mingle, enjoy wonderful food and conversation, fabulous decorations and great music. Congratulations to the local executive for such a successful event! We look forward to next year!

Cheers to Garry Fraser and Jennifer Ho (NAT 20088) for these photos and report from the PSAC Think Public booth at Surrey Fusion Festival, July 17 and 18!

PSAC BC set up a Think Public Booth at the Surrey Fusion Festival on July 17th and 18th. Many members volunteered to help promote Public Services and encourage the public to sign a petit…ion to the House of Commons urging them to reverse the decision to eliminate the mandatory long form Canada Census questionnaire.

The event was a celebration of community diversity in the second largest city in BC, Surrey. We had many good discussions with the public on why Public Services are critical for Canada. Many people played our game of spot the Public Service and were given a Think Public prize.


Upcoming: NAT 20150 inaugural AGM


  • 5:00 PM, JULY 13, 2010
  • Leylum, 2nd Floor, 1138 Melville Street


  1. Call to Order by the Chairperson
  2. Guest Speakers
  3. Approval of By-Laws
  4. Nomination and Election of Officers
  5. Adjournment

Refreshments will be served.

Download the meeting notice and proposed local bylaws (pdf).

Election of Interim Executive

Tuesday, June 8th 2010
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

YWCA 535 Hornby St.
Vancouver, B.C.

(MacMillan Bloedel room)

Lunch and refreshments to be provided.

Contact Information for conference dial in:

1-866-797-9098 followed by the number 16 25 704 (followed by the pound sign)#.

Please note: While members may participate via conference call from various locations, voting stations will be located at the Hornby location, the Kamloops and Kelowna offices only.

Election of Interim Executive

As was conveyed to those members present at the AGM in March this interim executive would work with the National President to rebuild the structure of local 20031 and present our recommendations for membership approval at the 2010 AGM in November.

The main areas of focus are to be:

  • To prepare a financial report for 2010 and a budget for 2011 for adoption
  • To present officer reports for adoption
  • To review and recommend possible and /or necessary changes to local by-laws
  • To establish a communication and meeting structure that would be more responsive to the current needs of the membership.

In solidarity,

Tony Tilley
National Health Union

With the assistance of PSAC Regional Representative Garry Fraser, members in ridings throughout the Lower Mainland have been meeting with their MPs over the last couple of months to discuss the Public Service Pension Plan, retirement security, and the impact of the budget on jobs and services to the public. Here is a brief report on what some of the MPs had to say.

  • Don Davies, Vancouver Kingsway, is very supportive of Public Service Pension Plan and improvements to the CPP and the OAP and committed to bring the issue up with the NDP caucus.
  • Bill Siksay, Burnaby-Douglas, is also very supportive, and Will support any action to stop the government from changing the plan. He also supports improvements to CPP and OAP and committed to bring the issue up with his caucus.
  • John Cummins, Delta-Richmond East, suprised PSAC members by stating that the employer should not be “changing a pension plan in the middle of the game. The pension plan is a condition of employment and employees invest accordingly for retirement”. John was somewhat supportive of improvements to the CPP and will bring the issue to the Conservative caucus.
  • Ed Fast, Abbotsford, laughed at the petition. This is not the kind of support PSAC members would like to see, but were expecting.
  • Chuck Strahl, Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, holds similar views as John Cummins and is supportive to the extent that the terms and conditions of the plan should not be changed. He noted that all the major unions had been involved in consultation in regards to the budget and were assured that the pension was not on the table. He stated he will bring our concerns to Stockwell Day, head of the Treasury Board, and is supportive of improvements to the CPP and OAP.
  • Mark Warawa, Langley, was reluctant to sit down and have a discussion but did so. He stated that constituents should send him a letter detailing their concerns and he would take it the minister responsible and get back to them. We informed him that Veterans Affairs are scheduled to close the Surrey Office – veterans in the area will now either have to drive into Vancouver or do their business over the phone – and he seemed concerned with this as his father was a veteran.
  • Peter Julian, Burnaby-New Westminster, said his party is very supportive of improvements to CPP and OAP and have been working to that end. He noted that there are too many corporate tax breaks in Canada and if the corporations paid their fair share we could much better care for Canadians. PSAC members also spoke to him about the budget and its impact on services and programs. A member from the parole office in New Westminister noted she is seeing the evidence of cuts now, and gave as an example the declining frequency of monitoring parolees for substance abuse. Peter was interested in our Workplace Watch campaign and asked to be kept up to date on it’s progress.

Are you interested in joining a group of PSAC members and meeting with your MP? Contact Patrick Bragg in the Vancouver Regional office. Our lobbying and Workplace Watch campaigns are ongoing – stay tuned for more reports.

Vancouver Human Rights Committee Meeting

  • Monday, May 17, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
  • PSAC Vancouver Regional Office – 200-2538 Joyce St.
  • Agenda items: National Aboriginal Day

Download a poster

Vancouver Regional Women’s Committee meeting

  • Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 5:45 p.m.
  • PSAC Vancouver Regional Office 200-5238 Joyce St. Vancouver, B.C.
  • Agenda: Regional Women’s Conference
  • Please RSVP to: Jennifer Ho or Marie Lygo

Download a poster

PSAC BC is proud to be a DOXA Documentary Film Festival Community Partner! William Karel’s latest film “1929” – an analysis of the economic and financial mechanisms that lead to the crash of Wall Street and then to the Great Depression of the 1930’s – is showing Sunday, May 9th at Pacific Cinémathèque. Visit for more information.

Federal Health & Safety Committee Training – delivered by the BC Federation of Labour Health & Safety Centre

  • Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street
  • June 1 & 2, 2010 – 8:30 am–4:30 pm
  • Course Cost: $150.00 for 2 days

This two-day course aims to prepare workers in the Federal jurisdiction to play an active and confident role on their workplace Joint OH&S Committees.

Participants will discuss and develop strategies to improve working conditions through the Joint Committee structure. They will review relevant legislation, principles of control along with processes and strategies for inspections and investigations. The legal requirements for the development and implementation of hazard prevention programs in workplaces under Federal jurisdiction is also reviewed.

To register or for more information contact the BC Fed Health and Safety Centre toll free at 1-888-223-5669, 604-430-1421 in Vancouver, or visit

Rally to protest gov­ern­ment fund­ing cuts and express your con­cern at the direc­tion our province is head­ing. Join with oth­ers who believe we can build a bet­ter BC.

  • Sat­ur­day, April 10, 2010 at noon
  • Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, north side – Georgia and Howe

Stand up to the cuts. Stand up for kids, arts, seniors and your community! Visit for more information.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada and Servisair Inc. formerly GlobeGround Fuel Services will resume negotiations with the assistance of a conciliation officer from Tuesday March 2 to Friday March 5, 2010.

The parties were able to exchange proposals in December and met again in January and were able to reach agreement on a number of issues. The employer applied for conciliation in January despite the number of outstanding issues. Full copy of bargaining proposals can be found at

The bargaining unit has approximately seventy-three members who provide fueling and fueling related services at the Vancouver International Airport.

For further information, please contact VP Labour Relations – Jason Salchert at 604.999.4961


  • Tuesday March 2nd between 11AM and 3PM (briefings will be staggered on the 1/2 hour)
  • Welch 1 & 2 Rooms, YWCA, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Come to a lunch and learn meeting, Tuesday March 2nd, between 11AM and 3PM (briefings will be staggered on the 1/2 hour) to find out what you can do to safeguard pensions for federal government workers and all Canadians.

Please RSVP to the Vancouver RO at (604) 430-5631 as pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Spread the word! Download a poster (pdf).

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