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Okanagan Area Council meeting – May 13

continue reading below, or download the minutes as .pdf

In attendance: Darrell-Lee McKenzie, Annette Hale, Kelly Megyesi, Susan Yaciw, Joy Harrison, Roberta Gourlie, Kareen Stanich, Linda Woods, Martha Johnson, & guests speakers Kay Sinclair, & Bob Jackson.

Once again the Okanagan Committee took advantage of being together at the PSAC Convention in Vancouver. Dinner was canceled, as all council members were too busy with campaign and caucus work. Meeting was held upstairs at the Four Seasons in Kareen’s suite. It was felt that a more private location would work better for the all-candidates meetings.

Convention
A review of the first day of convention and the meetings leading up to convention took place. Susan Yaciw and Roberta Gourlie are on regional board committees for convention.

Special thanks you to Joy for both speaking at the convention on APSAR and for organizing the basket donated on behalf of the Okanagan Area Council. It was an amazing basket!!

Currently there are two regional representatives for the Okanagan/Kootenay’s area. It was felt that having one rep in the Okanagan and one in the Kootenay’s would be better from participation standpoint. Susan will be running again and Roberta will step down and run as alternate. Roberta has found someone to run that resides in the Kootenay area.

Bob Jackson and Kay Sinclair were invited separately to talk to the area council. Council members asked questions of each candidate and there were good discussions. Voting for the representative will be the following day.

May Day: The participation in the Penticton Labour Council May Day for the second year was a success. Thank you to everyone on the council that contributed. Each year it gets better and we are already looking forward to next year. (Letter of thanks received after the meeting is attached)

Upcoming Events/Actions: Susan talked about wanting to be involved in more political actions and the council seemed game. This will be an on-going topic for discussion at upcoming meetings.

Reg 15A: Kelly & Martha were invited to participate in a forum on voting early Friday morning. This was last minute so input was solicited from as many people as possible. If anyone would like more information on this subject please contact either participant.

Next Meeting TBA

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee Notification of Regular Meeting

  • Open to: All PSAC Members on Vancouver Island
  • Date/Time: June 21, 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 June 20 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.

PSAC VICTORIA AREA COUNCIL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES – May 3, 2011 – PSAC Victoria Regional Office

Members Present:

  • Ken Waldron – UNDE 21013
  • Nick Humphreys UEW 20169
  • Ian Wiggs – UNDE 21008
  • Mark Miller UNDE 21016
  • Steve Portlock – UNDE 21010
  • Graham Goodmanson UEW 20169
  • Paul Jones – UNDE 21008
  • Pete Wills – UEW 20076
  • Jim Sidel – DCL 20500
  • Scott Parker – UTE 20028
  • Cindy Little – UTE 20028
  • Bert Farwell – UCTE 20220
  • Virginia Vaillancourt UVAE 20030
  • David Ramahlo UNDE 21011
  • Peter Neelands NRU 20088
  • Marcelo Lazaro UNDE 21016
  • Ernest Hooker UCTE 20220
  • Lance Jesson UNDE 21016

PSAC Victoria RO Staff Present:

  • Dave Jackson – PSAC Rep
  • James Little – PSAC Victoria

Download the May 3 Victoria Area Council meeting minutes (pdf) or continue reading below.

1. Call to order Chairperson Sister Little called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm

2. Introductions Roundtable introductions of members and guest

3. Adoption of Previous Minutes Meeting minutes – m/s/c Steve Portlock/Dave Ramalho

4. Financial Statement Financial Statement Presented by Treasurer Waldron – m/s/c Waldron/Sidel

5. Federal Election Debrief

  • Roundtable discussion
  • Impact of majority, jobs, severance, mobilizing
  • Local’s members calling members worked well and probably changed the result in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca

6. Discussion of Resolutions for BC Regional Conventions

  • 11 delegates from Area Council
  • Resolution Committee members explained rationale for priority and concurrence/non-concurrence on submitted resolutions.
  • Convention Committee Representatives from Area Council
    • Paul Jones- General
    • Virginia Vaillancourt- By-Laws
    • Finance- Cindy Little, Nick Humphreys, Peter Neelands

7. Host Committee

  • Virginia Vaillancourt reported on the BC Regional Convention Host Committee. The Area Council was asked to consider a $100 Basket donation for the raffle. Proceeds to go to Terrace Unemployment Charity. m/s/c Jones/Sidel Vancouver Island theme with Portlock/Ramalho to help buy.

8. Notes

  • Add Bert Farwell to mailing list

9 Adjournment

  • Motion to adjourn meeting. Meeting adjourned at 18:50 Little/Sidel m/s/c

Victoria Regional Women’s Committee General Meeting February 15, 2011

In Attendance: Cindy Little, Brenda Esplen, Kay Ahmadi, Leanne Hughes, Virginia Vaillancourt,

Regrets: Giselle Henry, Dyan Day, Jeanette Lum, Rosemary MacKenzie (PSAC Staff)

Meeting called to order at 5:35pm

Reviewed and approved minutes of January 24, 2011. m- Kay/s-Cindy/c – unanimously

Discussed March 8th IWD 100th Anniversary Event plans

  • menu
  • movie(s)
  • room set up
  • seating/lighting

Update on MP Lobbying on Childcare and Pensions

  • Virginia has contacted Garry Fraser PSAC Rep and he is working on setting up lobbying meetings with Local MP’s for Brenda, Kay, Giselle and Virginia. More info will be sent to the 4 members interested in lobbying MP’s.
  • Discussed Petition in Support of CBSA members in the Vancouver Recourse Division. Members in attendance at the meeting tonight signed the petition and Virginia will forward to PSAC Vancouver RO
  • a copy of the petition is at the end of the minutes for members to be able to print off and obtain signatures.

Discussed Status of Women website & material available on line at: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/index-eng.html

Discussed Resolution to the BC Triennial Convention on the Long Gun Registry

  • Whereas the Conservative Government have already tried to scrap the Gun Registry under Bill C-391; and
  • Whereas PSAC, CLC and like-minded partners were successful in defeating Bill C-391; and
  • Whereas the Conservative Government have vowed to abolish the gun registry resulting in the loss of over 200 PSAC members jobs
  • Be it Resolved that the PSAC demand that the Conservative Government withdraw any and all actions related to the abolishment of the gun registry; and
  • Be it Further Resolved that the PSAC lobby all Federal Parties to keep the gun registry in place; and
  • Be it Further Resolved that the PSAC continue to work with the CLC and other like-minded partners on the gun registry campaign

Motion to send Resolution to BC PSAC Triennial Convention m – Kay/s – Cindy /c – unanimously/

Meeting adjourned at 6:16pm

Petition below:

PETITION IN SUPPORT OF OUR MEMBERS

TO: The Honourable Vic Toews

We, the undersigned members and friends of the Vancouver & District Branch of the Customs & Immigration Union strongly request that our members in the Vancouver Recourse Division of CBSA be allowed to remain working in that location. Due to a flawed Strategic Review initiative by the CBSA, the employer is intent on closing this Division to the detriment of the Canadian importing public. We ask that you revoke such decision and allow the employees in Recourse Division in Vancouver to continue providing professional service to Canadians.

NAME ADDRESS SIGNATURE

Return petitions to:
CIU 20040 c/o PSAC Vancouver RO
200-5238 Joyce Street
Vancouver BC V5R 6C9

Postal workers in Victoria took their turn in country-wide rotating strike actions yesterday. Members of the South Island Area Council were there to support and encourage their CUPW sisters and brothers, and members of the North Central Area Council joined delegates at the BC Federation of Labour Regional Conference in Prince George at a rally last weekend.

Check out the photos here and read about what you can do to ensure that Canada Post remains an accessible, quality public service.

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee – February 8, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Minutes prepared by: VIHRC Recording Secretary Laura Gracie

  • Released Unofficially: February 14, 2011
  • Adopted Officially: April 14, 2011

Meeting Called to Order at 6:35 p.m.

Download the 2011-02-08 VIHRC Meeting Minutes (pdf) or continue reading below.

Attendance

  • Boardroom: Michael Doerfler, Daniel Girard, Laura Gracie, Mark McCavour, Jacqueline Cordova, Virginia Vaillancourt & PSAC Rep: James Little.
  • Teleconference: Tracy Shudo & Robert Mitchell
  • Translators: Mary Butterfield, Mary Warner & Trish MacAuley (student trainee)
  • Regrets: Paul Jones, Eve d’Anjou, Ryan Dowell, Glen Hendry, Cindy Little, Mandi Schubert, Sayed Subzwari, Levan Turner, Anita Hoffman, Nick Humphreys, Maddalena Maher, Sonia Manak, Veronica Mann & Lindsay Nowotny

Roundtable Introduction:

  • At this time we proceeded with a round of introduction of the members that were presented.

Old Business for review:

  • E-mail minutes from our November 23, 2010 reviewed. Hearing no amendments being needed and the motion was made to adopt the minutes by Michael Doerfler
  • Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to accept the previous minutes. Seconded: Mark McCavour. Carried: Unanimously

New Business

Treasurer’s Report:

  • This was presented by Michael. Michael advised everyone that the reason for the two month delay in reconciling is because the bank statements are received approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the month end. So that is why the current accounting is showing a two month delay. January statement will not be out until about the 3rd week in February.
  • Correction was made regarding the total revenue amount which was listed under the revenue section as being Equity Shares – Credit Interest as being $.09 and PSACBC Donation for VIHRC Banner as being $168.00 for a total of $168.09, however in the Total Revenue section it is shown as being $168.00, correction was made to reflect the cent value of $.09 for a total revenue amount of $168.09.
  • Tracy inquired as to why this report was given, was it due to being calendar year end report. It was explained to Tracy that this report is only an update and is given at each meeting to let all the members know what has been spent by VIHRC in the last month. It was also noted that the only time this is given is when there has been changes affecting our finances.
  • Robert inquired as to the monies collected for our fundraising efforts for the Human Rights Museum and if it was included in the $996.39 balance forward from the chequing account.
  • Michael stated that he believed this to be so and also stated that as he had just taken over from Wendy Bruce that he was not completely sure.
  • Mark McCavour stated that the money we collected for this fundraiser was kept separated from the VIHRC Finances.
  • Robert requested that the previous statements be gone through to see if there is any mention of donations being made to the Museum already is that he was under the impression that the money would be held onto until all the fundraising had been completed and that one payment would be made to the HR Museum. Michael found the December treasurers report where it was noted that a $222.44 donation earned for the HR Museum from fundraising in July and on the November treasurers report it was noted that another $52.10 was earned from the Labour Day Picnic. Michael noted that there was a total of donation owed to the HR Museum in the amount of $274.54 to be sent via cheque to the HR Museum.
  • Michael noted that donation monies requested was paid out to the following:
    • PSAC Meet & Greet held in December 2010 for $100.00
    • Women’s Candlelight Vigil in December 2010 for $100.00

Women’s Candlelight Vigil:

  • Women’s Candlelight Vigil held at the Legislative grounds in Victoria was a huge success. The event included the Mayor from Victoria as well as several MLAs. The purpose of this vigil was to bring to the forefront the plight of more than 500 aboriginal women who have either gone missing or have been murdered. Late request for donations of shoes for this event meant a lot of last minute details that evolved for this event. The request for donations of shoes for this event was a huge success and looking at the pictures of all the shoes made a very strong impression. The shoes that had been donated this year were split up between the Victoria Transition House and the Aboriginal Native Centre in Vancouver. Next year this vigil will again request donations of shoes in the hopes that it will bring in more than 500 pairs of shoes.
  • Tracy requested that the information be put onto the PSAC website as she was not aware of the donation of shoes. Virginia mentioned that a poster had been made up for the PSAC website, but due to the lateness of the request for shoes not everyone may have had a chance to see it.
  • Virginia Vaillancourt did a fantastic job in her duty as Grand Marshall for this event. Well Done Virginia!!!!

PSAC Meet & Greet:

  • This event was very successful. Michael encouraged people to attend this year’s event if they have not done so. It’s a great way to network with other committees or members.

PSAC Human Rights National Network (HRNN):

  • This was launched out on January 15, 2011 by Michael Doerfler and currently has 10 members coast to coast. The purpose of this network is to unite every single union member across Canada who is involved in Human Rights at the Local, Regional or National level. This system will allow members to have discussions online. The current system is very restrictive in trying to locate members. For example if one wanted to contact a member from another region they would have to go onto the PSAC site, go to the Region that the other member was at and hopefully be able to find the HR officer. With this network that step would be eliminated and the other member would be much easier to locate. Within this network two positions from an organization would be members of the National Network. These members would in turn report back to their members with any relevant information. Currently the HRNN is currently in operation via e-mail distribution list much like what we use for our own committee list. Once more members join, PSAC will be contacted and a request will be made to set up a web site through them. If you build it they will come!!!!
  • A question was asked regarding the involvement of the PSAC at this level. James explained that due to the logistics of having this network going National that the BC PSAC Regional Communication Officer, Patrick Bragg, should be contacted sooner rather than later to offer guidance and assistance regarding system authorizations that may be needed in order to link this network both regionally and nationally. The current goal is to get between 50 and 100 members prior to seeking the use of the PSAC network. James reminded everyone that Terms of References will have to be completed as well as a clear purpose of goals and functions. He also advised that care and caution must be taken to ensure that there are no groups that are excluded from this network, once it is fully up and running.
  • Tracy asked about whether if CEIU component level is involved within the network, currently the CEIU Vice President of Human Rights is involved with this network. Michael explained that this is in the early stages and they will be visiting this issue as they become more known.
  • Well done Michael and thank you for your efforts in getting this network up and running!!!!!!

VIHRC AGM (2011) Date Change:

  • The date for our AGM in September had to be changed to the following date due to conventions being run at the same time. Please note the new date for our VIHRC Annual AGM will be Thursday, September 8, 2011.

VIHRC Delegate/Alternate to BC Regional Triennial Convention:

  • Michael passed out an e-mail from Kay Sinclair advising of the procedures and requirements for voting of VIHRC delegate and VIHRC alternate to this convention.
  • Nominations for delegate were:
    • Nominee: Michael Doerfler
      Nominated: Robert Mitchell
      Seconded: Tracy Shudo
  • Michael Doerfler for Delegate has won by acclamation.
  • Nominations for alternate were:
    • Nominee: Robert Mitchell
      Nominated: Tracy Shudo
      Seconded: Laura Gracie
    • Nominee: Mark McCavour
      Nominated: Virginia Vaillancourt
      Seconded: Michael Doerfler
  • Mark McCavour respectfully declined; Robert Mitchell will be the alternate delegate.
  • VIHRC Delegate/Alternate Issues:
  • Motion: To pay the $100.00 registration fee on behalf of Michael as well as the lost wages for the Friday as this is not being covered by PSAC was made by Virginia Vaillancourt. Seconded: Tracy Shudo. Carried: Unanimously
  • Discussion ensued; Michael preferred to change his flex day to accommodate this day. Virginia pointed out that the flex day is an earned day and that Michael should be able to have this day of rest. Michael countered that this was his personal choice and that he didn’t want to have VIHRC to pay his lost wages for that day when he could switch his flex day. A friendly amendment was made to change the wording of the motion from Michael to delegate.
  • James requested that the minutes reflect that the motion was changed to state the delegate to the convention and not Michael. This was so that in the unforeseen event that Michael would not be able to go to convention the VIHRC would not be responsible for paying his lost wages.
  • Robert expressed congratulations to Mark McCavour on his receiving the prestigious Spirit Award. Well Done and Congratulations!!!

Meeting Adjourned at 7:34 PM.

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the PSAC Office in Admirals Walk

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.

100TH ANNIVERSARY of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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: mackenr@psac.com or uvaevictoria@shaw.ca 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 itaylor@clc-ct.ca.

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.

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)

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 Area Council – January 12

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

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

Fraser Valley Area Council Annual General Meeting – January 18

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

Dinner is provided.

BRUSH (Health & Safety) Committee meeting – January 19

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

Victoria Area Council Annual General Meeting – February 1

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

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

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee Meeting – February 8

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

Look forward to seeing you there!

West Fraser Valley Area Council meeting – Feb 28th

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

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

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee – September 9, 2010 AGM Minutes

Minutes prepared by VIHRC Recording Secretary Laura Gracie

  • Released Unofficially: September 12, 2010
  • Adopted Officially: November 29, 2010 (E-Meeting)

Attendance

  • Boardroom: Michael Doerfler, Paul Jones, Sonia Manak, Laura Gracie, Mark McCavour, Virginia Vaillancourt, Robert Mitchell, Wendy Bruce, Tracy Shudo and PSAC Rep: Dave Jackson.
  • Teleconference: None.
  • Guest: Rene Doerfler
  • Translators: Mary Butterfield and Mary Warner
  • Regrets: Anita Hoffman, Cindy Little, Mandi Schubert, Ryan Dowell, Pamela Grant, Levan Turner, Glen Hendry, Sayed Subzwari, Nick Humphries and Maddalena Maher.

Continue reading below, or download the Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee – September 9, 2010 AGM Minutes as .pdf

‘Pre-Meeting’ Happenings:

Socialization: Committee had a social function with food platters, drinks and a little bit of entertainment with door prizes from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Unveiling of Banner:Prior to the start of meeting; VIHRC was shown the committee’s new banner for their use which would be used at parades and info sessions etc. This introduction was done to accommodate Brother Mark McCavour who had to leave early.

All were impressed with the banner. The banner, however; was not the nylon material which was originally planned but vinyl material was used instead. The material, however; did allow the design to be ‘much more’ sharper than which the nylon material would have allowed. After much discussion, a motion was then put on the floor as follows:

Motion: To accept the banner as provided at the cost of $200.00 by Michael Doerfler. Seconded: Tracy Shudo. Carried: Unanimously

The committee would like to really thank both Mark McCavour and Robert Mitchell for the amount of time and their effort of making this banner to become a reality for our committee. Many, many Thanks.

Meeting Called to Order by Acting Chairperson at 6:30 p.m.

Acting Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Michael Doerfler gave a brief history of how our committee was started.

  • The spearhead of this committee was Mandi Schubert and how she had started to work towards establishing this committee in 2004. However the timing was not right and the proposal of creating this committee was put on the back burner.
  • Later in 2007, Mandi Schubert was instrumental in getting key people in place to once again bring this committee to the starting point. The committee then became an ad hoc committee in 2008. In 2009, VIHRC became a duly constituted committee. Beyond this point, there was no turning back.
  • It is with Mandi Schubert’s perseverance and determination to get this committee up and running that we have come into being.
  • This committee would really like to thank Mandi Schubert for seeing the need for this committee and all the countless of hours plus incredible efforts on her part over the years to make this a reality for Vancouver Island. Thank you Mandi Schubert!

Roundtable Introduction

  • At this time we proceeded with a round of introduction of the members that were present.

Old Business for review

  • Reviewed / Adopted June 22nd Minutes & ready to post to PSAC BC website
  • Motion: To adopt previous meeting’s minutes by Wendy Bruce. Seconded: Laura Gracie. Carried: Unanimously

VIHRC Caucus Election:

The committee proceeded with their first inaugural elections ever with PSAC Staff Member Dave Jackson presiding over this historical process and the swearing in of new caucus members.

The newly elected members of this caucus are:

  • Chairperson:Michael Doerfler – Elected by acclamation from acting position. Michael Doerfler is one of VIHRC’s founding members. He comes from Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU) Local 20975 (Canada Pension Plan Office). Michael Doerfler also currently holds the ad-hoc position of Human Rights Officer within this Local too.
  • Co-Chairperson:Robert Mitchell – Elected into new position. Robert Mitchell currently holds the position of shop steward within the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) Local 20028 (Canada Revenue Agency).
  • Treasurer:Wendy Bruce – Elected by acclamation from acting position. Wendy Bruce works with Michael Doerfler at CEIU Local 20975 at Service Canada. She has been involved at the Local level since 2007; holding the position of Local treasurer for almost two years until 2009. Wendy Bruce became interested in the Human Rights Committee along with Mark McCavour and Michael Doerfler where all of them are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Wendy Bruce is interested in helping others and learning more about Human Rights.
  • Recording Secretary:Laura Gracie – Elected by acclamation from acting position. Laura Gracie comes from CEIU Local 20975 and has been very active at the Local level holding various positions within the Local including President, Secretary, Shop Steward, Local Bargaining Rep, Local Strike Captain and currently holds the position of Local Condolence Rep.
  • Technical Communications:Robert Mitchell – Elected by acclamation from acting position – see above bio.
  • Member & Media Relations Officer:Paul Jones – Elected into new position. Paul Jones holds several positions within the Union umbrella. He currently holds the position of PSAC-EOC National Rep for Persons With Disabilities (PWD), he is also a member of the PSAC BC Regional Council holding the position of Pride Coordinator and is also a Local Steward too.
  • Congratulations to all of them!

VIHRC 2011 Meeting Dates

  • This was the first business item for 2010-2011 committee on deciding which days in 2011 to hold our meetings.
  • The committee discussed at length whether to adopt current format of four meetings plus an AGM each year or a new proposal to add one more meeting in October therefore a five meetings plus an AGM format.
  • Discussion ensured and the issue was made to clarify that AGM is actually a meeting too and that PSAC constitution requires the committee to meet at minimum 4 times a year. The committee already currently meets that requirement by holding five meetings including AGM per year.
  • The committee has agreed to stay with the current format. A new ‘Tuesday then Thursday’ back and forth approach throughout 2011 was also proposed as that might help some members to be able to attend the meetings.
  • The proposed dates are as below:
    • Tuesday February 8, 2011
    • Thursday April 14, 2011
    • Tuesday June 21, 2011
    • Thursday September 15, 2011 AGM (Tentative)
    • Tuesday November 22, 2011
  • These dates are pending on availability of PSAC boardroom and interpreters.
  • Motion: To adopt proposed 2011 meeting dates as above by Wendy Bruce. Seconded: Michael Doerfler. Carried: Unanimously

Update on 2011 Dates

  • Late additional comment by PSAC Staff Rosemary MacKenzie on Thursday September 23: AGM date (Sept 15, 2011) may be a conflicting date for some CEIU members who may decide to go to a CEIU conference in the following days ahead. It was determined to stay course on this date for now and the date may be adjusted to a week earlier on Sept 8, 2011.

Committee’s Appreciation

  • The committee would also like to thank Tracy Shudo for coming from Mainland BC Human Rights Committee (Vancouver) for our first AGM and for supplying all of the fantastic door prizes too.

Conclusion of Meeting

  • Motion: To adjourn the meeting by Wendy Bruce. Seconded: Tracy Shudo. Carried: Unanimously

Meeting Adjourned: 7:23 p.m.

  • Thanks to everyone who attended this historical meeting.

Socialization

  • The evening proceeded with the continuation of our social event to 8:00 p.m.

Next Meeting: November 23, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

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).

CC Candles by flickr user Alesa Dam

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

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

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

December 6th – End Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigils

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

Victoria Area Council Meeting

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

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

Annual General Meeting – Victoria Regional Women’s Committee

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

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


Vancouver Area Council Annual General Meeting

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

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

Fraser Valley Area Council General Meeting

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

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




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