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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!

Victoria Regional Women’s Committee General Meeting January 24, 2011

In Attendance: Cindy Little, Jeanette Lum, Brenda Esplen, Astrid Stoker, Kay Ahmadi, Giselle Henry, Virginia Vaillancourt, Rosemary MacKenzie (PSAC Staff)

Meeting called to order at 5:35pm

Introductions – The Committee welcomes Astrid to the meeting.

Continue reading below, or download the RWC Victoria January 24 2011 minutes (pdf)

The Committee reviewed and approved the November 9, 2010 meeting minutes. (m) Kay (s) Cindy Carried

Debrief on December 6th Candle Light Vigil

Discussion was had regarding the Candle Light Vigil, what went well, suggestions for changes, reviewed donations received and reviewed event costs. There is one expense to be submitted which will be added to the event costs and shared with the committee at the following meeting.

  • point out Info Table
  • great pictures
  • men saying name and laying rose & candle had a great impact
  • hot paws were a great addition
  • need to ensure we have 3 tables for next year
  • work on getting the word out further, committee members to talk about the event at their locals’, in their community, with friends/family; each committee member to bring 2 people with them to event
  • everyone did a great job in working together to put on another successful event
  • speakers were great, opening by Aboriginal Elder was enjoyed by all, Aboriginal mourning song was very touching – look at having again at 2011 event
  • it was nice having the sound system to use, reduced event costs
  • logistics of parking
  • symbolism of shoes had an impact though took quite a while to set up and arrange – may be easier to do up posters to commemorate the aboriginal women who have gone missing/murdered but still collect shoes to donate to Women’s Organizations
  • have chairs at 2011 event for people to sit if needed
  • the gentleman from William Head Institute who made the Dec 6th poster frames for the committee was in prison for killing his wife
  • have family members/women who have suffered from violence/abuse come to speak/share their stories
  • thank you letters are being worked on and will be sent to the donators/speakers
  • Helping Spirit Lodge received 100 pairs of the donated shoes and the Victoria Transition House received 200 pairs of the donated shoes. A total of 488 pairs of shoes were donated

Media coverage for the event included: CFAX 1070 interview day of event; Times Colonist interview day prior to event; A Channel News attended event; 100.3 TheQ advertised event on their morning program. The event was posted on BC PSAC Website, UVAE Local Website, sent out to all Locals on Vancouver Island and was put on Facebook Events.

BC Triennial Convention Delegate Elections

Committee Members interested in going to the BC Regional Triennial Convention May 13 – 15, 2011, as the Victoria RWC Delegate are: Kay, Brenda, Giselle

  • Elections run by Rosemary and Rosemary and Jim Little counted the votes.
  • 1st election was held. Brenda and Giselle received the most votes, and as per the BC ByLaws Kay was removed from the election process.
  • Motion to destroy ballots made by Virginia. Seconded by Brenda. Carried unanimously.
  • 2nd election was held. Brenda is the Victoria RWC Delegate and Giselle is the Alternate.
  • Motion to destroy ballots made by Cindy. Seconded by Kay. Carried unanimously.

The committee will be covering the registration cost of the BC Triennial Convention for the Victoria RWC Delegate as well as loss of salary for the Friday, which is not covered.

Victoria RWC Budget 2011

  • Meetings $400.00
  • Donations $200.00
  • Events $500.00
  • SWAG $200.00
  • Conferences $300.00
  • Total $1600.00

2011 Meeting Dates

  • February 15th, 2011
  • March 8, 2011 – IWD Event 6pm – 8:30pm
  • May 30, 2011
  • September 13, 2011
  • October 26, 2011 Annual General Meeting – Elections
  • November 14, 2011
  • December 6, 2011 – Candle Light Vigil Event

Meeting with MP’s re Childcare and Pensions

  • Giselle, Kay, Virginia and Brenda are interested in meeting with Local MP’s to discuss Child Care and Pensions.
  • Virginia will coordinate with PSAC to arrange a meeting.

March 8th Event – 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

  • Ideas for March 8th
  • pampering night (massage, nails, etc) – Giselle knows a couple of estheticians, Virginia will also check with a couple
  • movie night (Kay has video which she has used at her Local’s Women Committee)
  • comedian
  • The March 8th event will run from 6-8:30 pm. The Committee will be putting on a Pamper Movie Night; which will include information on notable women in history. Virginia will send out event poster.

Meeting adjourned at 7:10pm

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.


It’s time to come out and Celebrate being a Woman!  The Victoria Regional Women’s Committee would like to invite all PSAC Women to join us in Celebrating being a Woman. Come share stories of the Women who have inspired you, relax and enjoy some snacks from around the nation.

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 6:00 – 8:30pm
  • PSAC Victoria Regional Office #210 – 1497 Admirals Road, Victoria
  • RSVP to: or by March 4th, 2010

Event brought to you by the Victoria Regional Women’s Committee of the BC Public Service Alliance of Canada. Download the poster (.pdf).

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):

Ongoing civilian job cuts through attrition at CFB Esquimalt are leaving trouble in their wake, says a union leader.

“If you keep peeling the onion, eventually you’re going to end up with nothing,” said Mark Miller, B.C. vice-president of the Union of National Defence Employees, which represents about 1,200 of the 2,000 civilians employed at CFB Esquimalt.

“All that’s going to be left will be the tears,” he said.

As civilian employees retire, their jobs – from trades to labourers to administration – are being filled with casual and short-term contract workers until military officials decide whether to keep those positions, Miller said.

Continue reading at The Victoria News website.

Prince George Regional Womens Committee meeting

  • Date: Sat, Feb 26th, 2011
  • Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Place: Grandma’s Inn, 901 Central Street West, Prince George, BC

Tentative Agenda:

  • IWD Plans & Labour Council Breakfast March 5, 2011
  • Financial Report 2010/11
  • Election of RWC Delegate to BC PSAC Triennial Convention
  • CLC Convention May 2011 in Vancouver
  • Round Table & new PSAC rep for Womens’ Portfolio

Along with many other unions and community organizations, PSAC BC is a supporter and endorser of the Living Wage for Families Campaign. Here are some updates and news items from the campaign

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee Notification of Regular Meeting

  • Open to: All PSAC Members on Vancouver Island
  • Date/Time: February 8, 2011 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 February 7 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 the PSAC Victoria Regional Office for more info. Spread the word! Download the poster here (.pdf)

Bikeshop, Kelowna

In Attendance: Susan Yaciw UTE 20003, Martha Johnson UVAE 20035, Kelly Megyesi CEIU 20915, Annette Hale USGE 20153, Roberta Gourlie CEIU 20915, Darrell-Lee McKenzie AGR 20043, Linda Woods NAT 20140,
Joy Harrison APSAR, Regina Brennan PSAC Reg’l Rep

The meeting was called to order at 4:30pm with Kelly Megyesi in the chair.

Minutes: Minutes from June 26, 2010 were reviewed and accepted m/s/c

Treasurer’s Report: m/s/c
Kelly to email to Martha for inclusion in minutes

Old Business:
1) Kelly – Road trip
Discussion: wherever possible we must try to anticipate costs and budget for them
Reimbursement to Kelly of $119.24 costs incurred as result of road trip.
Motioned: Kelly, Seconded: Martha No objections: Motion Carried

Standing Items:
Discussion: upcoming events covered in Area Council Meeting
** Need for young workers
Some Day International
Kelly motioned that the Women’s Committee donate $100.00; Seconded by Darrel-Lee; no
objections: motion carried
Web link:
Promotional Pens – provider ended up having to pay for pens & has offered to committee for
purchase at ½ price (approximately $0.60 each)
Susan motioned to purchase; Seconded by Annette; No objections: motion carried.
Have a Clue – concept – propose set up 1 day program (ie – mini conference) for women on
May 1st & our Committee Host Penticton & Vernon Areas. Location – possibly Naramata.
− Minimal charge per person to include meals
− possible avenues for funding from PSAC to be explored
Adjourned at 6.30 pm

Bikeshop, Kelowna

In Attendance: Susan Yaciw UTE 20003, Martha Johnson UVAE 20035, Kelly Megyesi CEIU 20915, Annette Hale USGE 20153,Roberta Gourlie CEIU 20915, Darrell-Lee McKenzie AGR 20043, Linda Woods NAT 20140,
Joy Harrison APSAR,Regina Brennan PSAC Reg’l Rep

The meeting was called to order at 4:30pm with Susan Yaciw in the chair.

Minutes: Minutes from June 26, 2010 were reviewed and accepted m/s/c

Treasurer’s Report:
-UVAE 20035 Dues cheque received
Kelly to contact Kelowna CEIU re: outstanding dues
Roberta to follow up with Penticton CEIU

Old Business:
1) Kootenay Road Trip went well and high number of attendees were helpful
2) Regina completed report & will forward for attachment w/ minutes
3) Darrell-Lee and Martha commented on face to face meeting with Stockwell Day.
Written reports to follow with minutes.
Reports to be forwarded to Alex Atamanenko

Standing Items:
1) Regional Council Update:
– BC Fed Convention November 29 – December 3/10
– Regional Convention call-out: November 2010
– PSAC National Women’s Conference – October 21 – 24 – Ottawa
Darrell-Lee motioned to sponser observer to National Women’s Conference to max of $500.00
Roberta seconded. Motion carried
– The BC Regional Convention is May 13 – 15, 2011 in Vancouver
– Roberta and Susan – BC Reg’l elections to follow
Patrick will be having banners made for each Area Council featuring new logo & colours

2) Regional Office Update:
– Catherine Kirkwood – ½ time administration
– Patrick – FT communications
– Seth Sazant – transfer from Ottawa – negotiator for next year
– Erica Yang – new youth rep
** anyone needing business cards please ask Regina

3) Education:
Union School November 5 – 7 – application deadline Oct 4/10
September 25 & 26 – DTA – Penticton
Adjourned at 5.25pm

Summerland Research Station, Summerland

In Attendance: Susan Yaciw UTE 20003, Joy Harrison APSAR, Kelly Megyesi (phone) CEIU 20915, Annette Hale USGE 20153, Roberta Gourlie CEIU 20915, Carolyn McGillivray CIU 20045, Darrell-Lee McKenzie AGR 20043, Martha Johnson UVA 20035, Gaby Villecourt USGE 20153 Grace MacIver NHU 20031, Andrea Johnson USGE 20153

The meeting was called to order at 11:15a.m. with Kelly Megyesi in the chair via teleconference.

Minutes: Minutes from September 14, 2009 were reviewed. m/s/c

Roberta distributed copies of Kelly’s report for year ending December 31, 2009, year-end
financial statement, transaction breakdown, bank statement ending December 31, 2009,
and a 2010 budget.

Treasurer’s Report:
– The year-end financial statement was reviewed. $2108.00 balance.
– Donations were lower last year than year previous due to anticipated funding for
observer attendance at PSAC Convention. Observer became delegate so $600
funding returned.
Motion: Kelly moved, Susan seconded THAT 2009 Treasurer’s Report be
accepted as distributed. Carried
Motion: Darrell-Lee moved, Susan seconded THAT 2010 Budget be
accepted as distributed. Carried.

Old Business:
1) Andrée Coté Event:
– Andrée unable to attend meeting so event cancelled as previously notified via emails.
New Business:
1) International Women’s Day:
– Suggestions requested by Kelly regarding IWD activities and/or recognition.
Unanimous agreement to use Gaby’s logo that was on the sticky notes last year,
on a different product this year.
Motion : Roberta Gourlie moved, Susan Yaciw seconded THAT up to $500
be budgeted for creation and purchase of promotional item endorsed
with Gaby’s logo. Carried
Action: Kelly will check into items such as safety carabineer or other item and
send e-mail with options to vote on.
2) BC Regional Women’s Conference:
– Conference being held in June 2010.
– Kelly on organizing committee and Annette Hale volunteered to help when able,
including participating in up-coming conference call.
3) Elections:
Elections were held for all positions with the following results:
Chair – Kelly Megyesi acclaimed.
Vice-Chair – Maria-Luiza Romano acclaimed.
Secretary – Roberta Gourlie acclaimed (assistance later in year from others
depending upon results of formation of South Okanagan Area Council)
Treasurer – Kelly Megyesi acclaimed.
Round Table:
Kelly suggested the Okanagan establish a PSAC Human Rights Committee. Support from
remaining members present to support and pursue this option.
Action: Kelly will obtain further information on what’s involved in establishing
a local committee and sent out via e-mail.
Next Meeting: TBA
Adjourned at 11:50 a.m. m/s/c

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.

The Okanagan Area Council and Okanagan Women’s Committee will be meeting January 21st at 4:30pm in Kelowna. Please email or if you are interested in attending or for more information.

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:

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


Milestones Restaurant, Kelowna

In Attendance: Susan Yaciw, UTE 20003, Martha Johnson, UVAE 20035, Kelly Megyesi, CEIU 20915, Annette Hale, USGE 20153, Roberta Gourlie, CEIU 20915, Darrell-Lee McKenzie, AGR 20043, Linda Woods, NAT 20140, Joy Harrison, AGR 20027, Maria-Luiza Romano, AGR 20027, Regina Brennan, PSAC Reg’l Rep

The meeting was called to order at 11:35a.m. with Susan Yaciw in the chair.

Minutes: Minutes from Apr 12, 2010 were reviewed with responses (in red) that came in after meeting.                        m/s/c

Treasurer’s Report:

– Financial year to date statement distributed and reviewed                                        m/s/c

– Dues for 2010 ($1 per local Okanagan member), for those locals not yet paid, are now overdue.  Please forward cheques payable to OAC, and mail to:

Darrell-Lee McKenzie
#5 – 799 Creekside
Penticton, BC, V2Z 1C5

Old Business:

1) Formation of South Okanagan Area Council

It is being decided that this will not be pursued currently.  Maybe in future after Martha is more familiar with the operation of an Area Council.  Her local has voted to affiliate with the Okanagan Area Council.  The OAC may attend functions in the South or North Okanagan in conjunction with their meetings.

2) Workplace Watch:

Regina advises that Garry Fraser is leading PSACs Workplace Watch campaign and is looking for reports regarding differences in services such as EI wait times, appeals, personal stories.  If any, advise Regina by e-mail, who pass on to Garry.

Standing Items:

1) Regional Council Update:

– Susan Yaciw attended Leadership Phase II earlier this month.  She reports that it was good but a little repetitive with UDP content.

– The BC Regional Convention is May 13 – 15, 2011 in Vancouver.

2) Regional Office Update:

– Hetty Alcuitas was successful for Vancouver Regional Office Secretary competition.  She was working part-time and will now be full-time.  Katherine Kirkwood has been hired to fill part-time position.

– Joanna Schultz starting maternity leave June 25.  Luc Guevremont will be A/Reg’l Coordinator during Joanne’s leave.

– Garry Fraser successful in 6 mo term Regional Rep Competition and has been given the Political Action Project.

3) Education:

The following courses were held since our last meeting:

– UICA/Grievance Handling course schedule in Apr in Vernon was cancelled, only 3 registrants.

– Duty to Accommodate in Penticton Sept 25/26.

– Stewards training in Fall in Kamloops?

– Union School, November 5 to 7.

4) Labour Council Meetings:

– Next North Okanagan District meetings are Sept 8, 2010 in Kelowna at 7 pm and Oct 6, 2010 in Vernon.  Website for North Okanagan Labour Council:

– Next South Okanagan District meeting is Sept 7, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of each month.

New Business:

1) Kootenays Field Trip:

Discussion surrounding a road trip to worksites in the Kootenays.  A tentative date as been established for Aug 12 to 17 with a “Meet and Greet” in Nelson on the evening of the 13th.  Regina, Roberta, and Susan will definitely participate as part of their regional roles but anyone else wishing to come along, e-mail Susan.

Round Table:

Linda Woods – August 25th house concert with Rabble Berries

– Sept 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.  There will be a walk in Kelowna from the Sails to Island Stage.

Joy Harrison – attended APSAR meeting in May.  There is a rumour that the “magic 85” for retirements may become “90”, changing the minimum retirement age from 55 to 60.

Darrell-Lee   –  Letter from S. Okanagan Labour Council was read, thanking the Area Council for our May Day booth contribution.

Next Meeting:  September 10 in Kelowna in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day.

Adjourned at 12:25pm

Download a PDF copy of: June 26 OAC minutes

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

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