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Bob Jackson has been elected as the Regional Executive Vice President for British Columbia by the delegates at the BC Regional Triennial Convention. The Convention, which brings members together from across BC, is taking place this weekend in Vancouver. Jayne Johns was elected as the Alternate REVP.

“Jayne and I look forward to meeting with and working with members from all across the province.” says Bob “We all have work to do.”

“In every workplace – every Local and Branch, every Area Council, every Regional Committee, throughout all our Union – PSAC members in British Columbia must work hard to enforce our collective agreements and to protect ourselves from an erosion of our rights, something that is certain under a Conservative majority government.”

“Together, we will ensure that our quality public services and the workers that provide them remain an integral part of Canadian society and government.”

Prior to his election as REVP Bob was a founding member of the BC Regional Council, where he served as the National Officers Coordinator for two terms. Bob has worked at the Canadian Food Inspection for over thirty years, was the Agriculture Component Regional Vice President for eighteen years, and held many positions in his Local. Bob is especially active around Health and Safety issues.

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The PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference, which will be held September 30 to October 2, 2011 at the Explorer Hotel and the Yellowknife Inn in Yellowknife, NT, under the theme “The Path that Unites us”.

The objectives of the 2011 PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference are to:

  • educate, politicize and mobilize Aboriginal members by making links between themselves, the union, the workplace, the community and equality rights;
  • empower, unite and engage Aboriginal members to take action and move the human rights agenda forward;

Delegates

PSAC members in good standing and who self-identify as Aboriginal may apply to be a delegate to this Conference. Priority will be given to members who are active on aboriginal workers’ rights in their union or workplace. Priority will also be given to community activist on Aboriginal issues. The selection of delegates will take into account representation such as Region, Component, language, youth, gender and other equity groups.

Delegates will be entitled to full voice and vote during the conference, including the resolutions and elections processes.

Funding for Delegates:

Delegate costs to the 2011 PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Conference will be fully covered as per the 2003 PSAC Triennial Convention decision and PSAC Travel Directive. Costs covered are as follows:

  • travel costs, including ground transportation;
  • hotel accommodation costs at The Explorer Hotel and The Yellowknife Inn;
  • loss of salary;
  • per diem for meals;
  • incidental costs;
  • the conference registration fee of $150.00
  • child care as per the Family Care Policy;
  • costs related to accessibility requirements.

For more information and online application, visit the national website.

Please note we have extended the Regional Convention resolutions deadline by two weeks to Sunday, February 27th, 11:59 p.m. This has been a busy period of time for everyone and there has also been a focus on National Bargaining Conferences and up-coming Component Conventions.

We encourage resolutions on public services issues and campaigns, Component campaigns, and on broader labour and societal issues which would make our society (and world) more equal and just for all. We welcome resolutions written in clear language format.

Resolutions can be submitted by mail to the REVP Office: #301 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver BC, V5R6C6, by fax to (604) 430-0194 or by email to pegurac@psac.com.

More information about the Regional Convention can be found here.

This is the official call for nominations for the position of Regional Executive Vice-President (REVP) and Alternate Regional Executive Vice-President (A/REVP) for the BC Region. Elections for these positions will be held at the BC Regional Convention in Vancouver, May 13 – 15 2011.

As a result of a decision by delegates at the 2003 PSAC National Convention, REVPs and their Alternates are elected in the regions, at their respective Regional Conventions. Any PSAC member in good standing in BC is entitled to run for these two positions. The nominator and the seconder must be delegates to the BC Convention.

As A/Regional Coordinator, I have been assigned the responsibility for sending out the call for nominations, receiving the nominations in advance of the Regional Convention, and working with the Nominations Committee at the Convention itself.

Here’s how the procedure will work, and what to do if you want to run for office.

Nominations Procedure

A Nominations Committee will be appointed by the BC Regional Council and ratified on the Convention floor. The Chairperson of the Nominations Committee is also appointed by the Regional Council and will conduct the election of REVP and A/REVP. The Chairperson has the power to appoint scrutineers and assistants deemed necessary to conduct the elections in an orderly manner.

In advance of the Convention, in my capacity as A/Regional Coordinator, I have been tasked with facilitating the nomination process. I am also responsible for ensuring that the nominations are filed with the Nominations Committee in writing and signed by the nominator and seconder – each of whom must be an accredited delegate to the BC Regional Convention.

Eligibility for Office

Candidates nominated for the position of REVP and A/REVP do not have to be a delegate to the Convention, but must be a PSAC member in good standing and live or work in the BC Region. However the nominator and seconder must be delegates at the BC Regional Convention.

Submitting the Nomination Form

Nominees who will not be present at the Regional Convention must submit a nomination form to me prior to the start of the Regional Convention.

Nominees who will be present at Convention can submit a nomination form to the Nominations Committee prior to the start of the Regional Convention, or be nominated from the floor of the Regional Convention.

Need Further Information?

For further information on the BC Regional Convention, please visit psacbc.com/convention. Feel free to contact me at 604-430-5631 or via email for any questions on the nominations process outlined above.

In Solidarity, Luc Guevremont, A/Regional Coordinator, PSAC BC Region

via email to: Self-ID’d PSAC members in BC, Youth Caucus, Human Rights Committee

B.C. Regional Triennial Convention – May 13-15, 2011 – Public Services Not Private Profits

The 5th B.C. Regional Triennial Convention of the Public Service Alliance of Canada will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, from Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th, 2011. For more information, visit the regional website – http://wp.psacbc.com/2010/11/25/convention-2011/

As per the BC Regional Council by-laws, one delegate to Convention will be elected from each of the following equity groups:

  • racially visible
  • aboriginal
  • lesbian, gay, transgendered, bisexual
  • members with a disability

And three delegates will be elected from amongst youth members, under the age of 30. For more information, see the BC Regional Council by-laws.

Download the nomination form for these delegate positions here. Note the nominations deadline is January 17 2010. Please completed fax nomination forms to (604) 430 0194, or return via email to braggp@psac.com. Mail-out ballots will be sent out once the nominations have been closed.

The National Bargaining Conference for Parks Canada members takes place February 6 – 9, 2011 in Calgary.

The conference is to prepare for the next round of bargaining by;

  • Reviewing bargaining proposals
  • Establishing bargaining priorities
  • Discussing strategy
  • Electing a negotiating team

This is a call out to PSAC equity activists (Aboriginal, Racialized Worker, Member with disability, GLBT), Regional Women’s Committee member, and Youth activists (30 or younger) who work at Parks Canada to participate in the Bargaining Conference.

Visit the national website to register online. Note the application deadline is January 21st.

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)

Agenda:

  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: brennar@psac.com 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

Website: http://wp.psacbc.com/

The application deadline is approaching -  for more information and online application, visit the national website.

The 2011 Conference for Racially Visible Members will take place April 1-3, 2011 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver under the theme “United, Empowered, Fearless: Ready for Action!”. The objectives of the 2011 PSAC National Conference for Racially Visible Members are to:

  • educate, politicize and mobilize racialized members by making links between themselves, the union, the workplace, the community and equality rights;
  • empower and engage racialized members to take action and move the human rights agenda forward;
  • provide tools and leadership skills to advocate for racialized workers’ rights

Call Out: B.C. Regional Triennial Convention – May 13-15, 2011 – Public Services Not Private Profits

The 5th B.C. Regional Triennial Convention of the Public Service Alliance of Canada will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, from Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th, 2011.

Delegates

Delegates to the B.C. Regional Convention will be s/elected based on Section 9 of the B.C. Regional Council By-Laws and Regulation 1 (pdf).

Local and Component Delegates

  • Local and Component delegates will be s/elected within the Locals and Components, and therefore nomination forms do not apply. We will be contacting Component National Officers to discuss and provide delegate entitlements.
  • For more information, see BC Regional Council Bylaws, Section 9, Sub-section 1.
  • We require that names of Component and Local delegates be provided to the REVP Office by March 13, 2011.

Equity/Youth/DCL and Separate Employer Delegates

  • Equity delegates: One delegate will be elected from each of the following equity groups: Racially visible; aboriginal; lesbian, gay, transgendered, bisexual; and members with a disability.
  • Youth delegates: Three delegates will be elected amongst youth members.
  • Directly Chartered Locals/small Separate Employers: One delegate will be elected from amongst the applicable locals. (We will contact the affected locals.)
  • For more information, see BC Regional Council Regulation 1, section 2 and 3.
  • Nomination forms for Equity, Youth and Directly chartered locals/small separate employers will be sent out under separate cover.
  • Mail-out ballots will be sent out once the nominations have been closed. To nominate or be nominated you must be a member in good standing.

Area Council and Committee Delegates

  • Area Council, Regional Women’s Committee, Human Rights Committee, and BRUSH Committee delegates will be s/elected within their respective constituencies.
  • For more information, see BC Regional Council Regulation 1, section 1.
  • We require the names of Area Council and Committee delegates be provided to the REVP Office by March 13, 2011.

Automatic Delegates

  • Per BC Regional Council Bylaws, Section 9, Sub-Section 2, B.C. Regional Council members, PSAC members who hold a PSAC national elected office, National Aboriginal Peoples Circle representatives, Equal Opportunities Committee elected equity representatives and Component National Officers who are members of the B.C. Regional Caucus shall be entitled to attend B.C. Regional Triennial Conventions as delegates.

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The 2011 Conference for Racially Visible Members will take place April 1-3, 2011 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver under the theme “United, Empowered, Fearless: Ready for Action!”. The objectives of the 2011 PSAC National Conference for Racially Visible Members are to:

  • educate, politicize and mobilize racialized members by making links between themselves, the union, the workplace, the community and equality rights;
  • empower and engage racialized members to take action and move the human rights agenda forward;
  • provide tools and leadership skills to advocate for racialized workers’ rights

For more information and online application, visit the national website. The deadline for applications and resolutions is December 17th.

Every year, more than 1,000 rank and file trade union members elected from their locals across B.C. gather in Vancouver to set the direction of the wider labour movement. This makes the B.C. Federation of Labour one of the most grassroots, open and democratic civic institutions in the province.

The B.C. Federation of Labour Convention is scheduled from November 29 to December 3, 2010. This year the B.C. Federation of Labour is hoping to have at least 150 young people from a variety of unions at Convention. Last year young delegates numbered nearly 100!

On Sunday, November 28th there will be a full day young worker conference that will be open to young workers that are attending the convention as delegates, alternates and observers. The conference will cover the convention process and include a “Mock-Convention”.

The PSAC BC Regional Council has committed to fully funding up to three youth delegates, including the B.C. Council Youth Coordinator. There are also subsidies available to youth delegates based on geographic location. Here is some more information about the subsidies (pdf).

If you are a worker under the age of 30 planning or wanting to attend the BC Fed Convention and need financial assistance, please send a request to Monica Urrutia by Friday, October 22nd with information briefly describing your union experience, community involvement, etc. and how you will use this experience to help the PSAC and the broader labour movement. We are mainly looking for your interest and can help with any questions you may have, as well as helping you with the process of getting delegate status.

Please also indicate if you are a member of an equity group, e.g. woman; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender; aboriginal; racially visible, member with a disability.

Young workers play a significant role in both the present and the future of our unions, ensuring that they are represented at B.C. Fed Convention will enhance their connection with the larger movement!

The 2010 PSAC National Women’s Conference will be held October 22 to 24 in Ottawa under the theme “Fighting back, moving forward”.

The Conference objectives:

  • develop our analysis of the impact of federal government policies and cutbacks on women’s equality and human rights
  • understand the importance of quality public services for women as workers and members of society
  • increase PSAC sisters’ involvement in the campaigns for federal pay equity, childcare, pensions and the defense of quality public services, as well as our involvement in coalitions working to defend and advance equality rights
  • build women’s political capacity and activism in the union, the community and beyond and develop action plans that are effective and easy to implement

For more information and online registration, visit the national website. Note the deadline for resolutions & applications is June 4th 2010.

The application and resolutions deadline for the BC Regional Women’s Conference has been extended to May 6th.

The 2010 BC Regional Women’s Conference will take place June 11th – 13th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. The theme of the conference is “Step In To a Place That Moves You”.

The objectives of conference are:

  • To play a key role in sustaining PSAC campaigns on the issues of pay equity and child care.
  • To coordinate activities and campaigns with other PSAC bodies and with partners such as the BC Federation of Labour, District Labour Councils, other women’s organizations.
  • To build representative regional women’s committees.

There will be stimulating presentations and discussions on a variety of topics of interest to women including childcare, women and pensions, pay equity, work-life balance, violence against women, lobbying and political action/campaign work.

All PSAC women members in good standing can apply to be delegates to this Conference. The selection of delegates will take into account union activism and the following criteria will also be considered: region of the province, Component, and equity representation.

To improve access for women with family care responsibilities the PSAC has a family care allowance policy.

Registration

Resoutions

Resolutions may be submitted by PSAC-constitutionally recognized bodies (eg. RWC’s, Human Rights Committees, and Locals) prior to the deadline of May 6th. Please note the steering committee is limiting the number of resolutions from each body to two.

The 2010 BC Regional Women’s Conference will take place June 11th – 13th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. The theme of the conference is “Step In To a Place That Moves You”.

The objectives of conference are:

  • To play a key role in sustaining PSAC campaigns on the issues of pay equity and child care.
  • To coordinate activities and campaigns with other PSAC bodies and with partners such as the BC Federation of Labour, District Labour Councils, other women’s organizations.
  • To build representative regional women’s committees.

There will be stimulating presentations and discussions on a variety of topics of interest to women including childcare, women and pensions, pay equity, work-life balance, violence against women, lobbying and political action/campaign work.

All PSAC women members in good standing can apply to be delegates to this Conference. The selection of delegates will take into account union activism and the following criteria will also be considered: region of the province, Component, and equity representation.

To improve access for women with family care responsibilities the PSAC has a family care allowance policy.

Registration

Resoutions

Resolutions may be submitted by PSAC-constitutionally recognized bodies (eg. RWC’s, Human Rights Committees, and Locals) prior to the deadline of May 6th. Please note the steering committee is limiting the number of resolutions from each body to two.

The 2010 PSAC National Access Conference will be held June 4,5,6 in Ottawa under the theme “Let’s focus on our abilities!”

The objectives of the 2010 PSAC National Access Conference are:

  • To strategize on ways to promote more inclusive work environments that ensure barriers are removed for people with disabilities
  • To empower and engage persons with disabilities to take action and move disabilities rights forward, including through lobbying
  • To provide tools that educate and advocate for disability rights in our communities, our workplaces and our union
  • To better connect and to include persons with disabilities in our communities, our workplaces and our union
  • To defend quality public services for persons with disabilities

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shiny pride

The deadline for applications to attend the PSAC Pride Conference, be held March 26 to 28, 2010 in Toronto is January 20th. For more information, and online application, visit the national website.

shiny prideThe deadline for submission and registration for the 2010 PSAC National Pride Conference that will be held March 26 to 28, 2010 at the Toronto Hilton Hotel, Toronto, Ontario has been extended to January 20th, 2010.

The objectives of the 2010 PSAC National Pride Conference are to:

  • Educate, politicize and mobilize PSAC GLBT members by making the links between union, workplace and community struggles to win, to protect and to promote GLBT rights;
  • Enhance, support and promote inclusive GLBT self-organizing strategies in our Union and our workplaces;
  • Strengthen solidarity amongst PSAC members, and to develop a strong collaboration between the PSAC, GLBT organizations and other human rights organizations.

PSAC members in good standing and who also identify as being from the GLBT communities may apply to this conference. Priority will be given to members who are active on GLBT issues in their union or workplace. Priority will also be given to community activist on GLBT issues. The selection of delegates will take into account representation such as Region, Component, language, gender and other equity groups.

For more information visit the national website.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 20, 2010 4:00 p.m. EST
RESOLUTIONS SUBMISSION DEADLINE : Friday, January 20, 2010 4:00 p.m. EST

2009 PSAC NATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CONFERENCE

WORKPLACE ALLIANCES FOR HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS

- REGULATE AGITATE ENFORCE -

  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 21, 2009
  • RESOLUTIONS SUBMISSION DEADLINE : Friday, September 18, 2009
  • CONFERENCE DATES: November 20 to 22, 2009
  • CONFERENCE LOCATION: Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec

Download the Conference Call Out and registration package.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the 2009 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference are to:

  • Examine the current state of enforcement of health and safety legislation in order to develop union-based strategies that will better protect workers.
  • Strengthen the ability, knowledge and effectiveness of all PSAC activists on union and joint health and safety committees to better mobilize members around workplace issues.
  • Increase the involvement of health, safety and environmental activists in the Think Public campaign and to join with coalitions working to defend and advance our rights.
  • Better identify harassment and discuss what makes harassment a health and safety issue and propose specific preventive measures and responses that unions can take to prevent and deal with harassment at work.
  • Make the connections between The Environment and health and safety, and propose actions that Locals and health and safety activists can do about The Environment in their workplaces and communities.

On behalf of the PSAC, I would like to invite you, your staff and your activists in the field who represent on grievances to participate in our first Representation Conference tentatively scheduled for spring 2010. This letter is the start of our process to develop conference content that will speak to the needs of those who do representation on behalf of our members.

The Representation Section has been evaluating the current backlog of grievances waiting to be heard at adjudication or arbitration. Looking at the recurring and often complex grievance issues the Section sees, it is clear to us that many of those involved in the handling of grievances want an opportunity to share experiences and enhance skills around the representation work that we are all doing for the benefit of our membership. For this reason, as part of the plan to deal with the backlog that was approved by the National Board of Directors in December, a commitment was made to establish a conference/symposium that will bring union representatives and activists together to deal with some of the issues that we all face representing PSAC members.

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