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Campbell River & District Area Council Meeting

  • When: April 20, 2011
  • Where: CUPE office, 496-10th Street (Corner of 10th & Fitzgerald) Courtenay BC
  • Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m.
  • Meeting: 7:00 p.m.

Agenda:

  • “CLC Better Choice Campaign” training
  • Finances (Budget)
  • Tom’s Report
  • Component Reports
  • Members Concerns

For further information contact Tom Hopkins – President

Victoria Regional Women’s Committee AGM – January 24th

  • Date: January 24, 2011, 5:30 PM
  • Location: PSAC Boardroom 210-1497 Admirals Rd Victoria, BC
  • Agenda
    • Review & approval of Nov 9th minutes
    • Review & Debrief from Dec 6th
    • Election of RWC Delegate to BC Regional Triennial Convention May 13-15, 2011
    • Budget for 2011
    • Set up 2011 Meeting Dates
    • Set up group to talk to MP re: Childcare/Pensions
    • Planning for March 8th event

Please R.S.V.P by email to either Rosemary or Virginia January 21st as various snack food will be provided. Note: the building door is locked by 5:30. Please use the intercom on the very far right of the door. Thanks.

Campbell River & District Area Council Annual General Meeting – Jan 27

  • Date: Thursday , Jan 27, 2011 – meet & greet @ 6:30, meeting @ 7PM
  • Location: Banners Restaurant, Shoppers Row, Campbell River
  • Agenda
    • Executive Elections
    • Finances (Budget)
    • Labour Council Report
    • Womens Committee
    • Members Concerns

For further information contact Tom Hopkins – President: ph: 250-283-7171 email: tom.hopkins@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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
WINTER/SPRING 2011
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 Island Human Rights Committee – Notification of Regular Meeting

  • Open to: All PSAC Members on Vancouver Island
  • Date/Time: November 23, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: PSAC Victoria Regional Office, 210-1497 Admirals Road
  • Teleconference: Please call 250-953-1050 or 1-866-953-1050 for ‘call in’ coordinates, no later than November 22 at 12:00 noon.

Come out or Telephone in & See what your newly formed Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee (VIHRC) has been doing for you!

New members and allies are always welcomed to observe or join VIHRC! VIHRC is particularly keen in welcoming any member from 4 equity groups:

  • Aboriginals;
  • Access (Persons with Disabilities which also includes invisible disorders such as ADHD, Brain injury, OCD etc.);
  • Pride (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgendered, Transsexual etc.);
  • Racially Visible

Regular meeting atmosphere is casual. Please contact 250-953-1050 or email PSAC Victoria Regional Office at mackenr@psac.com for more info. Download a poster (pdf).

In the spirit of the season the Campbell River & District Area Council is conducting a food drive to help the less fortunate in the Campbell River and Comox areas. Area Council members are asking PSAC members to contribute non-perishable food items. Collection boxes have been set-up at many PSAC workplaces in the area and the Area Council will pick up and deliver donations to local area food banks during the week of Dec.15.

The Campbell River and District Area Council is a coalition of Public Service Alliance of Canada Unions. Our Members include:

  • Canada Employment and Immigration Union Local 20912
  • Canada Employment and Immigration Union Local 20963
  • Canadian Border Services Local 20042
  • BC Lightkeepers UCTE Local 20232
  • Union of Environment Workers (Fisheries) Local 20147

Our goals are:

  • To improve the welfare of our members through better communication amongst unions
  • To build better communities through service to the Public

Thank you and have a happy holiday season!

For further information contact: Tom Hopkins at 250-283-7171 or Mike Ballard at 250-850-5714

Campbell River & District Area Council Meeting Banner’s Restaurant Meeting Room, Campbell River June 3, 2010 7:05pm – 9:00pm

Attendance: Mike Ballard, Dave Jackson, Deb Clemenson, Tom Hopkins, Sharon VanderDonck

Tom Hopkins called the meeting to order at 7:05pm

Welcome and Introductions

Approval of the Agenda

  • MOTION: To approve the June 3, 2010 Agenda – Sharon VanderDonck moved and 2nd by Tom Hopkins. Carried

Minutes of March 24, 2010

  • MOTION: To approve the March 24, 2010 Minutes – Sharon VanderDonck moved and 2nd by Tom Hopkins.  Carried

Financial Report

  • MOTION: To approve the Financial Report – Tom Hopkins moved and 2nd by Mike Ballard. Carried
  • Sharon VanderDonck will email affiliation dues breakdown to Dave Jackson.

Committee Reports:

  • Woman’s Committee – BC Regional Woman’s Conference is being held June 12, 2010 and 61 women will be attending this conference.
  • Political Action – Add Mike Ballard to the Political Action Committee. Mike Ballard suggested that Tom Hopkins contact Claire Trevena re: HST
  • Convention Committee – It was suggested that Tom, Deb & Sharon work on Convention Resolutions and have them ready for the PSACBC Convention in May 2011.
  • Education Committee – Discussion took place regarding the different Education Programs coming up such as the July 10 Health & Safety PSAC – CLC Part II Canada Labour Code Workplace Inspections etc. The PSACBC website has all of these programs and members are encouraged to attend the different programs. PSAC 2010 Union School Nov 5-7 in Vancouver at the Hilton in Burnaby.
  • Labour Council Report – Comox nursing care and cutting nursing positions is in the works and all should check out the Healthcare website to learn more.
    Tom spoke regarding the de-staffing of Lighthouses and said that the Labour Council will be writing a Letter of support and stating how this will be a detriment to many boaters and local citizens who depend on the lighthouse keepers for their safety
  • Miners Memorial Day – It was discussed that Tom Hopkins, Deb Clemenson and Mike Ballard attend the Miners Memorial Day Celebration in Cumberland June 18 – 19 and represent the CR & District Area Council
  • BBQ Planning – It was discussed that a BBQ take place at Sharon’s home in Campbell River for Members and their families to attend. A tentative date of late August early September has been decided and Tom will look at the tides and email the dates and times out to all that plan on attending. The CR & District Area Council will sponsor the BBQ.
  • Pension Campaign – ongoing and Dave Jackson submitted a sheet on Workplace Watch Report Back Form and also suggested to take a look at the PSAC website for more information regarding the different Pension concerns.

Special Guests:

Dave Jackson spoke regarding the information and Bargaining sheet along with the Program Demands booklet which are on the PSAC website.

Mike Ballard spoke regarding his recent visit to Bolivia to look at mine sites and meet with the woman and families that reside at these mine sites. Different resources help with the supplies at the mine site. An outfit from Germany supplied homes and the PSAC Social Justice Program funded health and nutrition, daycare for preschool aged children. Families residing in this mine site Village are living in extreme poverty and they seem to still have the sense of a happy tight knit community. They grow their own food and live off of the land as much as possible. The PSAC Social Justice Program became involved to help increase a healthier and longer lifestyle, these mines are run from very corrupt associations. Garbage over the edge becomes road material, they raise pigs at these sites, and dogs have ribs sticking out of them. It was a very valuable experience to see how fortunate people living in Canada are as opposed to the Bolivia experience. The second half of the journey was on Climate change and the Bolivian Government hosted it. Presidents from Nicaragua and Brazil were in attendance. Indigenous people coming together to show that we all belong to Earth and that Earth does not belong to us. Some of the workshops had 3200 people attend and it was a real eye opener however much more work is needed to be done.

Area Council Promotion – More members need to attend and hopefully with the BBQ etc this will happen. Perhaps an area council conference may be useful to attract more members to attend and become involved with the CR & District area Council meetings.

Adjourn

MOTION: To adjourn at 9:00pm – Moved by Sharon VanderDonck. Carried

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee June 22, 2010 Meeting Minutes

Minutes released unofficially: June 24, 2010
Minutes adopted officially: September 9, 2010

Meeting Called to Order at 6:37 pm.

Continue reading below or download the VIHRC meeting minutes (pdf).

Attendance

Boardroom: Michael Doerfler, Laura Gracie, Glen Hendry, Robert Mitchell, Pamela Grant, Maddalena Maher, Ariel Parks, Paul Jones, Wendy Bruce and PSAC Rep: Rosemary MacKenzie.

Teleconference: Tracy Shudo

Translators: Mary Butterfield and Mary Warner

Regrets: Anita Hoffman, Cindy Little, Mandi Schubert, Ryan Dowell, Virginia Vaillancourt, Mark McCavour.

Old Business for review:

Review / Adopt April 22nd Minutes & Post to PSAC BC website—-Clarification was made in reference to the term ‘Local’ when requesting Access Funding, Local refers to each individual Local whereas Access funding is from the Regional Access Fund from the Regional REVP.

Vote Carried

Treasurer report presented—We currently have a balance of $1350.00.

New Business:

2010 National ‘Access’ Conference Feedback – 5 ‘Conference Reps’

Our five members attending the National Access Conference enjoyed the various seminars and workshops that were made available to those in attendance. Our members felt that this conference was much more positive than previously attended conferences and they came back feeling inspired, empowered and rejuvenated.

It was a great opportunity to meet other members who are like minded as well as a great networking opportunity with members from all across Canada. The workshops were very informative.

In one workshop members were asked to take 5 concrete actions to change something in their lives, the actions could be personal, work life, union or whatever else members chose.

2 workshops were offered during the conference, one was on Duty to Accommodate and the second one was on mental health exploring the myths and negative labels given to those who are suffering mental disorders and the way they are treated not only by society as a whole, but also by the medical profession itself.

Congratulations to all our members who attended this conference.

Round table introductions were made at this time as we had 3 new members in attendance. The committee would like to welcome all 3 new members, Glen Hendry, UNDE, who came all the way down from Comox to attend this meeting, Pamela Grant and Ariel Parks both of 2 CEIU Locals in Victoria. Welcome to all 3 new members.

Access Conference feedback continued, the Committee would like to congratulate Paul Jones on being voted into the position of EOC (Equal Opportunities Committee) National Male Rep.

Tracy would like to remind everyone that under Duty to Accommodate there are Regional Reps who can help locals deal with issues under this umbrella. Also, funding for Duty to Accommodate is not paid from the individual office budget but from National Government funding specifically for this purpose. Employers cannot say that they cannot afford to accommodate an individual under Duty to Accommodate.

Pride 2010 Funding Request (Follow up) – Paul

Paul updated the committee on the monies spent on the float for the 2010 Pride float. The GLBT (Gays, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered) Committee has a yearly budget of $1250.00 per year of which $1000.00 has been spent for the cost of the float for the parade this year, as well as some give away items along the route. Some of the cost of this float has also been paid for from donations from Locals and other committees and organizations.
Paul has asked if the VIHRC would also like to contribute to the cost of the float as this is a great way to promote our Committee.

Motion made by Laura and seconded by Pamela for the Committee to donate $250.00 for the purpose of the Pride 2010 Event/Float costs.

Carried

Update on Banner Style & Costing – Mark

The info was provided via e-mail. Mark has received 5 different costings for the banner. It was decided that Robert and Mark would work on this together and table a report for the Committee’s consideration. Pamela also will look into the possibility of finding a sponsor to cover the cost of the banner. It was also suggested that perhaps we could request funding from Kay (REVP) National Funding.

Summer BBQ fundraising for CMHR – Robert

BBQ date to follow, perhaps we could send out invitations to bring people into our committee and/or to promote knowledge of our Committee. As this year is the year that the CMHR (Canadian Museum of Human Rights) opens in Winnipeg perhaps we could do a small fund raising event to make a donation to this museum. Tracy advised that the Regional Human Rights Committee may be interested in helping fund a donation for a cobblestone for the museum.

RDSP Info – Maddalena

RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) Maddalena spoke of the various obstacles many people face in trying to get this benefit. Many general practitioners and other persons in the medical field are not willing to sign the medical forms needed in order to qualify for this benefit through Revenue Canada.

One of the biggest obstacles is the terminology used by Revenue Canada, many practitioners feel that patients may not meet the Revenue Canada definitions in order to qualify for this benefit.

Robert advised that the criteria that must be met has changed dramatically in the last two years and those who may not have qualified previously may now meet the criteria. This funding through bonds or grants can provide thousands of dollars to persons who are given this designation.

Maddalena reports that the Bank of Montreal appears to be the only financial institution that is well versed on the implications of this benefit. Maddalena will provide a more detailed description of these benefits through an e-mail to all members.

Networking with other HRCs, Locals/Components – Michael

Michael had originally decided to table this item until the next meeting, however as the next meeting (September 9, 2010) will be dealing with our first AGM (Annual General Meeting) he has now decided to table this item to the next second available meeting which would be on November 23, 2010.

Honorariums for VIHRC Caucus – Wendy

Discussion ensued regarding this issue and it was felt that this Committee is all volunteer and that most of the paper, pens, inks and other office supplies needed are covered by the PSAC BC Regional office and that there was no need to put in place an honorarium for the Caucus members. Any out of pocket expenses would be reimbursed by the Committee.

Website hosting for VIHRC resources? – Michael

Michael presented a PowerPoint slide show of a possible website (free hosting) to be used on the www (world wide web), please see below.

There may be other possibility of adding a link to the BC PSAC site, however the content on this 2nd website would have to be very general.

Michael applauded Robert on creating a sample of the webpage that was shown to the committee via PowerPoint Slideshow.

Two options ensured… either using one free website or PSAC BC to host a couple of webpages.

Committee agreed that we should take advantage of both options.

Robert mentioned that Michael has also started a facebook group page for VIHRC however some members appear to be uncomfortable using this medium at this time.

Robert also commends Michael on the VIHRC facebook group he has created.

For the free website, Pamela suggested moving the contact information to the top of the page as opposed to the bottom of the page.

VIHRC AGM on September 9, 2010 — All

The following is the proposed items that will be conducted during this meeting.

Elections of the following positions:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Recording Secretary
  • Technical Advisor
  • Members & Media Relations Officer

Also to be discussed and decided on is constitutional items, future direction of our Committee and the adoption of the 2011 Meeting Dates.

Michael reminded our Committee members that our year follows the school year (September to August) as opposed to the Calendar year (January to December) or the Government year (April to March).

New Businesses (Continued)

Discussion took place regarding the cost of our two translators, needed for our Deaf members.

Wendy advised that she had spoken with Kay regarding this issue, at the Access Conference, and the cost to our Committee, Kay advised that the cost of this would be covered by the Regional Office from their Access funds. Tracy also indicated that this is correct.

Wendy to submit the receipts for the cost of the previous two meetings that we have already paid for. Not sure at this time exactly how this payment will be made for future meetings, it could be paid out in one lump sum or it may be paid after each meeting’s receipts are submitted to our Regional office.

More to follow on this once the payment plan has been decided on.

Pamela suggested that the minutes from the previous meetings be sent out prior to the current meeting so that members could read them and be ready to vote on them quickly at the beginning of the meeting. She has also suggested that time limits be given for each agenda item to ensure the meeting proceeds in a timely manner.

Meeting adjourned at 8:18 pm.

Next Meeting (Annual General Meeting) is on September 9, 2010 and starts 6:30 p.m. at the PSAC office.

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Human Rights Committee

June 22, 2010 Meeting Minutes

Minutes released unofficially: June 24, 2010

Minutes adopted officially: September 9, 2010

Meeting Called to Order at 6:37 pm.

Attendance

Boardroom: Michael Doerfler, Laura Gracie, Glen Hendry, Robert Mitchell, Pamela Grant, Maddalena Maher, Ariel Parks, Paul Jones, Wendy Bruce and PSAC Rep: Rosemary MacKenzie.

Teleconference: Tracy Shudo

Translators: Mary Butterfield and Mary Warner

Regrets: Anita Hoffman, Cindy Little, Mandi Schubert, Ryan Dowell, Virginia Vaillancourt, Mark McCavour.

Old Business for review:

Review / Adopt April 22nd Minutes & Post to PSAC BC website—-Clarification was made in reference to the term ‘Local’ when requesting Access Funding, Local refers to each individual Local whereas Access funding is from the Regional Access Fund from the Regional REVP.

Vote Carried

Treasurer report presented—We currently have a balance of $1350.00.

New Business:

2010 National ‘Access’ Conference Feedback – 5 ‘Conference Reps’

Our five members attending the National Access Conference enjoyed the various seminars and workshops that were made available to those in attendance. Our members felt that this conference was much more positive than previously attended conferences and they came back feeling inspired, empowered and rejuvenated.

It was a great opportunity to meet other members who are like minded as well as a great networking opportunity with members from all across Canada. The workshops were very informative.

In one workshop members were asked to take 5 concrete actions to change something in their lives, the actions could be personal, work life, union or whatever else members chose.

2 workshops were offered during the conference, one was on Duty to Accommodate and the second one was on mental health exploring the myths and negative labels given to those who are suffering mental disorders and the way they are treated not only by society as a whole, but also by the medical profession itself.

Congratulations to all our members who attended this conference.

Round table introductions were made at this time as we had 3 new members in attendance. The committee would like to welcome all 3 new members, Glen Hendry, UNDE, who came all the way down from Comox to attend this meeting, Pamela Grant and Ariel Parks both of 2 CEIU Locals in Victoria. Welcome to all 3 new members.

Access Conference feedback continued, the Committee would like to congratulate Paul Jones on being voted into the position of EOC (Equal Opportunities Committee) National Male Rep.

Tracy would like to remind everyone that under Duty to Accommodate there are Regional Reps who can help locals deal with issues under this umbrella. Also, funding for Duty to Accommodate is not paid from the individual office budget but from National Government funding specifically for this purpose. Employers cannot say that they cannot afford to accommodate an individual under Duty to Accommodate.

Pride 2010 Funding Request (Follow up) – Paul

Paul updated the committee on the monies spent on the float for the 2010 Pride float. The GLBT (Gays, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered) Committee has a yearly budget of $1250.00 per year of which $1000.00 has been spent for the cost of the float for the parade this year, as well as some give away items along the route. Some of the cost of this float has also been paid for from donations from Locals and other committees and organizations.

Paul has asked if the VIHRC would also like to contribute to the cost of the float as this is a great way to promote our Committee.

Motion made by Laura and seconded by Pamela for the Committee to donate $250.00 for the purpose of the Pride 2010 Event/Float costs.

Carried

Update on Banner Style & Costing – Mark

The info was provided via e-mail. Mark has received 5 different costings for the banner. It was decided that Robert and Mark would work on this together and table a report for the Committee’s consideration. Pamela also will look into the possibility of finding a sponsor to cover the cost of the banner. It was also suggested that perhaps we could request funding from Kay (REVP) National Funding.

Summer BBQ fundraising for CMHR – Robert

BBQ date to follow, perhaps we could send out invitations to bring people into our committee and/or to promote knowledge of our Committee. As this year is the year that the CMHR (Canadian Museum of Human Rights) opens in Winnipeg perhaps we could do a small fund raising event to make a donation to this museum. Tracy advised that the Regional Human Rights Committee may be interested in helping fund a donation for a cobblestone for the museum.

RDSP Info – Maddalena

RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) Maddalena spoke of the various obstacles many people face in trying to get this benefit. Many general practitioners and other persons in the medical field are not willing to sign the medical forms needed in order to qualify for this benefit through Revenue Canada.

One of the biggest obstacles is the terminology used by Revenue Canada, many practitioners feel that patients may not meet the Revenue Canada definitions in order to qualify for this benefit.

Robert advised that the criteria that must be met has changed dramatically in the last two years and those who may not have qualified previously may now meet the criteria. This funding through bonds or grants can provide thousands of dollars to persons who are given this designation.

Maddalena reports that the Bank of Montreal appears to be the only financial institution that is well versed on the implications of this benefit. Maddalena will provide a more detailed description of these benefits through an e-mail to all members.

Networking with other HRCs, Locals/Components – Michael

Michael had originally decided to table this item until the next meeting, however as the next meeting (September 9, 2010) will be dealing with our first AGM (Annual General Meeting) he has now decided to table this item to the next second available meeting which would be on November 23, 2010.

Honorariums for VIHRC Caucus – Wendy

Discussion ensued regarding this issue and it was felt that this Committee is all volunteer and that most of the paper, pens, inks and other office supplies needed are covered by the PSAC BC Regional office and that there was no need to put in place an honorarium for the Caucus members. Any out of pocket expenses would be reimbursed by the Committee.

Website hosting for VIHRC resources? – Michael

Michael presented a PowerPoint slide show of a possible website (free hosting) to be used on the www (world wide web), please see below.

There may be other possibility of adding a link to the BC PSAC site, however the content on this 2nd website would have to be very general.

Michael applauded Robert on creating a sample of the webpage that was shown to the committee via PowerPoint Slideshow.

Two options ensured… either using one free website or PSAC BC to host a couple of webpages.

Committee agreed that we should take advantage of both options.

Robert mentioned that Michael has also started a facebook group page for VIHRC however some members appear to be uncomfortable using this medium at this time.

Robert also commends Michael on the VIHRC facebook group he has created.

For the free website, Pamela suggested moving the contact information to the top of the page as opposed to the bottom of the page.

VIHRC AGM on September 9, 2010 — All

The following is the proposed items that will be conducted during this meeting.

Elections of the following positions:

Chair

Vice Chair

Treasurer

Recording Secretary

Technical Advisor

Members & Media Relations Officer

Also to be discussed and decided on is constitutional items, future direction of our Committee and the adoption of the 2011 Meeting Dates.

Michael reminded our Committee members that our year follows the school year (September to August) as opposed to the Calendar year (January to December) or the Government year (April to March).

New Businesses (Continued)

Discussion took place regarding the cost of our two translators, needed for our Deaf members.

Wendy advised that she had spoken with Kay regarding this issue, at the Access Conference, and the cost to our Committee, Kay advised that the cost of this would be covered by the Regional Office from their Access funds. Tracy also indicated that this is correct.

Wendy to submit the receipts for the cost of the previous two meetings that we have already paid for. Not sure at this time exactly how this payment will be made for future meetings, it could be paid out in one lump sum or it may be paid after each meeting’s receipts are submitted to our Regional office.

More to follow on this once the payment plan has been decided on.

Pamela suggested that the minutes from the previous meetings be sent out prior to the current meeting so that members could read them and be ready to vote on them quickly at the beginning of the meeting. She has also suggested that time limits be given for each agenda item to ensure the meeting proceeds in a timely manner.

Meeting adjourned at 8:18 pm.

Next Meeting (Annual General Meeting) is on September 9, 2010 and starts 6:30 p.m. at the PSAC office.

PSAC-BC Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee

April 22, 2010 @ 6:30 PM
PSAC Victoria Regional Office, 210-1497 Admirals Road

Meeting Agenda

  • Old Business for review:
    • Review Last Meeting’s Minutes in general
  • New Business:
    1. Follow up with Treasury & VIHRC Financial details
    2. Pride 2010 Funding Request (Follow up)
    3. National GLBT Convention Resolution re: “Pride” term
    4. Progress/Vote on VIHRC Logo Designs
    5. Update on Banner Style & Costing
    6. Duty to Accommodate
    7. Amendments to TOR ?
    8. Clarification on committee positions’ roles
    9. National Access Conference in Ottawa
    10. Website hosting for VIHRC resources?

For more information, contact the PSAC Victoria Office.

CR & District Area Council Meeting

  • When: Wednesday March 24, 2010, 7PM
  • Where: Fisheries & Oceans Board Room, 150-1260 Shoppers Row, Campbell River
  • Agenda:
    • Budget
    • Pension Campaign
    • By-laws
    • Public Service Spending Freeze

For further information email Tom Hopkins – President or call 250-283-7171

Here are a few photos of the inaugural CR & D Area Council meeting, held on February 20th

Untitled-1The Inaugural Meeting of The Campbell River & District Area Council

  • When: Saturday, February 20, 2010
  • Where: Campbell River Labour Centre, 830 14th Ave., Campbell River, B.C.
  • Meet and Greet: 10-10:30 a.m., Meeting: 10:30 a.m.

A collective of workers is more successful than an individual at fighting for gains in the workplace. A collective voice of many locals and components in solidarity is more powerful than one advocating for the workers and human rights in Canada and the world.

Area Councils are cross-Component organizations recognized in the PSAC Constitution. Area Council members can also raise the profile of the union in the community and build links with other Labour groups.

What is the benefit of having an Area Council? Area Councils can …

  • attend PSAC Conventions with full voice and vote.
  • attend BC Regional Conventions with full voice and vote.
  • submit resolutions to PSAC and BC Regional Conventions.
  • get together at Area Council meetings with members from different locals and compare notes, problem solve and share best practices about workplace issues that may be the same or similar.
  • raise the profile of the union in the community.
  • attend District Labour Council meetings and speak on behalf of the PSAC in your community to encourage support for our issues.
  • coordinate the circulation of petitions and postcards campaigns on demands such as pay equity, protection of pensions, and job security so members in your community are able to participate in national campaigns.
  • be a forum for your representative on the Regional Council where she or he can seek your input on regional union policy and report to you about decisions made on your behalf.

Please forward this invitation to your members in Campbell River, Courtenay and the North Island and encourage your members to attend.

Hope to see you there.

Tom Hopkins, Vice-President Local 20147 UEW, Sharon Vanderdonck, Vice President Local 20963, CEIU, Steve Bergh, President Local 20232, UCTE

For further information email Tom Hopkins or  call him at 250-283-717

PSAC VICTORIA AREA COUNCIL

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

MINUTES – September 15, 2009

PSAC Victoria Regional Office

Members Present:

Virginia Vaillancourt – UVAE 20030, Cindy Little – UTE 20028, Ian Wiggs – UNDE 21008, John Vogt – UNDE 21003, Ken Waldron – UNDE 21013, Paul Jones – UNDE 21008, Jim Sidel – DL 05120500, G. Goodmanson– UEW 20169, Peter Neelands – NRU 20088, Nick Humphreys – UEW 20169, Scott Parker – UTE 20028, April Evans – UVAE 20030, Betty Gunville – CIU 20042, Robert Nyst – UNDE 21008, Jim Sidel – DCL 05120500, Pete Wills – UEW 20076, Wayne Little – UTE 20028

PSAC Victoria RO Staff Present:

James Little – PSAC Rep

Guests:

Regrets: Dave Jackson – PSAC Regional Rep, Noelle Arnold – AGR 20064, Bernadette Israel – GSU 20001, Anita Hoffman – CEIU 20975

Read the rest of the minutes here or download a PDF of Victoria Area Council AGM minutes.

ITEM

DISCUSSION

ACTION

1. Call to order Chairperson Sister Little called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm
2. Introductions Roundtable introductions of members
3. Proposed Agenda No amendments

m/s/c  W. Little/N. Humphreys

4. Adoption of Minutes from Jan 15, 2009 General Meeting minutes June 16, 2009.

m/s/c W. Little/V. Vaillancourt

5. Victoria District Labour Council Affiliation Dues Received motion to reimburse UEW 20076 1/3 of the dues to affiliate to the Victoria District Labour Council. UEW has approx. 70 members which equals approx. $80.00/year. They will be going to the meeting on September 16th or the meeting in October. The local will be affiliating on a yearly basis and will submit a request yearly for reimbursement. UEW 20169 is already affiliated to the Victoria District Labour Council.

When you affiliate that is when your dues would be due the following year.

m/s/c N. Humphreys/K. Waldron

6. Annual Reports

a) Financial Report

July 8, 2008 – August 31, 2009

Spelling errors will be corrected on Financial Statement.

Discussion ensued re accountability.

Motion to have the Victoria Area Council accept the audited Financial Statement and the incoming Treasurer prepare a detailed statement for the next Victoria Area Council – General Meeting,

m/s/c K. Waldron/ P. Jones

Motion to have the Budget reflect the amount of monies past (back 3 years) and present that came in from PSAC for the affiliation to the Victoria District Labour Council.

m/s/c N. Humphreys/W. Little

7. Report on Labour Day Picnic Deferred to next General Meeting as the Victoria District Labour Council will be meeting September 16th to debrief on the picnic. There was lots of photos taken.

Kay Sinclair REVP PSAC BC donated $200.00 to the Victoria District Labour Council for the Victoria Labour Day Picnic on behalf of PSAC BC.

The Victoria Area Council will not be donating the $100.00 that was previously voted on at the June 16, 2009 General Meeting as PSAC BC donated funds this year.

8. Lightkeepers Petition There are 4 light stations being targeted on the island. Government bureaucrats are attempting to remove the services of Lightkeepers from the Canadian people. They are working quickly to implement a plan to de-staff the remaining 27 staffed lightstations on the west coat and the remaining 9 on the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. UCTE & PSAC are adamant that LightKeepers be kept on.

The Petition is available on PSAC BC website.

Please see the open letter to Canadian Citizens from Lighthouse Keepers attached with these minutes. Please circulate widely.

9. Election of Executive Nominations

President – Cindy Little

m/ K. Waldron

s/ S.Parker

Acclamation

Vice-President – Ian Wiggs

m/ R. Nyst

s/ K. Waldron

Acclamation

Secretary  – Virginia Vaillancourt

m/ N. Humphreys

s/ P. Neelands

Acclamation

Treasurer – K. Waldron

m/ J. Sidel

s/ P. Jones

Acclamation

10. Leave 699 Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) is moving forward on the Policy Suite Renewal, and on April 1, 2009. Treasury Board issued a new Policy on Terms and Conditions of Employment.

The new policy replaces more than 20 previous human resource policies and clarifies Deputy Heads’ responsibilities and accountabilities with respect to the application and administration of all terms and conditions of employment within their organization. The policy also provides performance expectations, sets out clearer monitoring and reporting requirements and describes consequences for not meeting policy requirements. The policy and its first three directives will help to ensure the consistent, fair and equitable application and administration of terms and conditions of employment for employees across all departments and agencies of the core public administration.

In addition, effective immediately, the following important changes will be implemented:

1. Time off for medical and dental appointments now only refers to routine and periodic check-ups. All other appointments related to a particular complaint must now be charged to sick leave credits. Similarly, ongoing treatment programs should also be charged to sick leave credits. In the past, under the Leave With Pay Policy, employees were granted up to 3.75 hours paid leave for medical and dental appointments in the case of routine, periodic check-ups or an appointment related to a particular complaint.

Routine and periodic check-ups include:

*     annual physical exams and related appointments such as mammogram tests, x-rays, blood work, etc.;

*     annual eye exams;

*     dental exams and cleanings.

Sick leave situations include:

*     appointments regarding particular complaints such as a sore back, cough, flu symptoms, etc.;

*      appointments related to the treatment of a particular condition such as allergies or chiropractic ailments.

2. Employees in an excluded PM-06 position are now subject to the provisions of the PA collective agreement. As a result, they are no longer eligible for management leave. They are, however, entitled to applicable overtime, travel time, stand-by pay, etc.

For more information about the policy, please visit the Treasury Board Secretariat  <http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?section=text&id=15771> Web site or contact your local Director of HR Operations.

11. Banner REVP will be purchasing new banner for the Victoria Area Council.
12. Next Meeting The next meeting is tentatively booked for October 27th, 2009 at 5:00pm. Confirmation of the meeting date will be sent out.
1. Adjournment Motion to adjourn meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm

m/s/c

Sister Cindy Little                                                        Virginia Vaillancourt

President                                                                         Recording Secretary

Annonuncing the VIHRC logo creation contest! Enter your logo today …

Come up with a creative logo that best describes the VIHRC in a visual way.  This logo could be used on all VIHRC promotions, posters and correspondences internally or externally either in workplaces or outside of workplaces.

Why a logo?  It is confirmed that a logo creates the familiarity of what an organization is all about or a product you are getting.  For example, when you see a logo for hockey team, Vancouver Canucks.  It hits home for you (if you are a local fan).  So you know what you are getting or have a sense of ‘belonging’ to.  Other example is a product such as Coke.  When you see Coke, you know what it will taste like… you know what it is about and it perhaps makes you feel good when you see the logo of Coke.  Let’s do that with the VIHRC logo.  Let’s make people who belong to any of designated groups i.e. Persons with Disabilities feel like they belong to VIHRC and that VIHRC represents them!

Any PSAC-BC member can participate in the logo contest.  Bonus points will be awarded if the member is from a local that is affiliated with the VIHRC.

Please submit entries electronically by November 2nd, 2009 to the PSAC Victoria Regional Office: mackenr@psac-afpc.com or jacksod@psac-afpc.com . Call (250) 953-1050 or  1-866-953-1050 for more information.

Please note that the TUB course scheduled for March 27,28 in Courtenay has been postponed until the Fall. The Victoria office will be contacting members who have applied for the course with more details.

PSAC members at in Vancouver, Campbell River, and Surrey spent Canada Day reminding Canadians of the value of quality public services. At Canada Place members of the Vancouver Area Council distributed leaflets, bandanas, and fans. In Surrey members distributed over 2000 “public services are cool” fans & 200 bandanas, while members in Campbell River set up a booth at their local Canada Day celebration, and spoke with the public. Here are some photos …

BC member negotiators prepare to head back to the table
Your bargaining teams are getting the message! Some member negotiators at the PSAC-BC Regional Convention this weekend received these signs of overwhelming support from members. Over forty “I Support my Bargaining Team” signs were gathered from over twenty cities from across B.C.!
PSAC members in BC show their support for their TB member negotiators:

commiss logoNegotiations between the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Corps of Commissionaires (Corps) for a third collective agreement get underway Monday February 12th in Victoria. The parties have agreed to meet February 12-15, 2007 and if required they have also set aside March 20-22, 2007.

Dave Jackson, PSAC Regional Representative, will be the spokesperson for the union with Dave Eden handling that role for the employer. There are approximately 275 Commissionaires in the PSAC bargaining unit who perform services on behalf of the Corps. They are employed at various worksites in Victoria and on Vancouver Island as well as in the Yukon.

The services of a third party were required in order to achieve a negotiated settlement during the last round of bargaining.

James Little, reporting from CFB Comox … updated Feb 9: Thanks to Mark Miller (UNDE 21016) for some more photos.

PSAC members employed at IMP Group Limited set up information lines at the gates of CFB Comox in the early mornings of Feb. 6th and 7th. These members were informing their co-workers of the lack of progress five months of negotiations have achieved. The PSAC has recently asked the federal government to appoint a conciliation officer in an effort to speed up the bargaining process.IMP plantgate

Each morning we set up the information lines at 06:30 hrs and the member participation was outstanding. The Commissionaires, the Military Police and members of the military with their loaded guns, greeted us each morning. Turns out the military was also conducting an identification search at the same time as our plant gate. This actually turned out to be a benefit for our members as the military was slowing traffic making it easier for us to distribute the over 400 flyers each day.

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The preliminary education schedule for spring 2007 has been posted on the education page. We have scheduled courses for Vancouver & the Island. The schedules for the Fraser Valley, North and Okanagan will be posted soon.

The 2007 education schedule

Minutes April 25, 2006

In Attendance:

  • Bruce Clark A/C President CEIU 20947
  • Darlene Stevens A/C Secretary CEIU 20947
  • Christine Walker CEIU 20947
  • Cindy Little SVIDAC President UTE 20028
  • Dave Jackson PSAC RUO
  • Gord Miller A/C Treasurer UEW 20090
  • Nicole Gibson USGE 20074
  • Chas Thompson light keepers 20232
  • Gail Jewsbury A/C Vice Pres UEW 20090
  • Elizabeth McCormick GSU 20001
  • Paul Ring GSU 20001

Regrets:

  • Kathy Spencer CEIU 20947
  • Michael Bob CEIU 20947

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March 22, 2006 – CVIAC meeting

Present

  • Gail Jewsbury Vice President – UEW
  • Gordon Miller – treasurer – UEW
  • Darlene Stevens – secretary – CEIU
  • Kathy Spencer – delegate – CEIU
  • Dave Jackson – staff – PSAC RUO
  • Mandi Schubert – guest – NHWU
  • John Kraeker -UNDE
  • Lise Edwards – delegate -NAT– via conference call

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