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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: http://www.somedayisnowinternational.org
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

Attending: Jamey Mills, Megan Adam, Sharon Tieman, Allen Schofield, Fe De Castro, Cindy Zhou, James Painter, Monica Urrutia

  • Agenda Adopted

 

  • Minutes from previous meeting referred back with additions

 

  • Bill C-10, some planning/discussion about possibility of doing an event around Pay Equity restrictions. Peter Julian? David Eby? Action Committee struck: Allan, Jamey, Megan, Sam. Goal – have a C-10 forum between April-June

 

  • Haiti Donation
    • Donation appeal re: Haiti relief fund
    • Motion – $100 – Jamey/Sharon to SJF for Haiti initiative
    • Carried unanimously
  • Pensions          
    • PSAC campaign – Monica
    • March 2nd forum
    • Can we do something after the Olympics to get more members out?
  • Plan 2010
    • April-May C-10 Forum
    • May 1st – VDLC activities
    • June – Bargaining Forum
    • Labour Day – Sept 6th
    • September BBQ – invite all partners
    • October AGM
    • Executive meet to plan bargaining forum – March, Exec Meeting?

 

  • Affiliate Reports
    • UPCE 20101 – Like the pension campaign. Bad employer issues, no more banked sick leave – duty to accommodate not being met in many instances.
    • GSU 20008 – Olympics, hours of work issues. JLP in Jan. Tom Gallagher will be retiring.
    • CIU 20938 – Allan Scofield – peer-run ergonomic assessments fightback in the workplace. Bill – PWGSC working on standing offers re: erg assessment.
    • UEW 20147 – Classification & Salmon Inquiry major issues in workplace.
    • VDLC – UNITE HERE activities upcoming. Build a Better BC Coalition.
    • AGR – Surplus/layoff of 12, Western Import Service Centre centralized. CFIA moving to 7-day workweek in microbiology labs. H&S concerns. Low morale.
    • UTE 20027 – won group classification grievance. Pension plantgate. Olympics – transfer of employees to other worksites. H&S – 1st time CRA didn’t lose a day in 2009. 400 new members throughout BC due to HST.

Public Service Alliance of Canada – British Columbia Regional Union Safety and Health (BRUSH) – Minutes, March 31, 2010

Chair: Sam Wiese (Regional Councilor, H&S)

In Attendance: Alice Woods (UCTE), Leanne Hughes (NAT), , Louise Richard (NAT), Bob Jackson (AGR), Tracey Shudo (CEIU), Virginia Vaillancourt (UVAE), Monique Bakker (UEW), Bob Bridgeman (UNDE), Barry Cunningham (UCTE), Linda Harding (GSU), Angela Marafon (UTE), James Little (PSAC, H&S).

Regrets: Wayne Little (UTE), Melvin Dureen (USGE), Bill Pleming (GSU), Gail Jewsbury (UEW), Susan Yaciw (UTE), Laura Gracie (CEIU, Jim Sidel (DCL).

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Public Service Alliance of Canada – British Columbia Regional Union Safety and Health (BRUSH) Committee minutes -  January 6, 2010

Chair: Sam Wiese (Regional Councilor, H&S)

In Attendance: Alice Woods (UCTE), Leanne Hughes (NAT), Wayne Little (UTE), Louise Richard (NAT), Bob Jackson (AGR), Tracey Shudo (CEIU), Melvin Dureen (USGE), Virginia Vaillancourt (UVAE), Monique Bakker (UEW), Gail Jewsbury ((UEW), Susan Yaciw (UTE), Kelly Megyesi (CEIU), Lorraine Plummer (NHU), Paul Croes (CEIU), Bob Bridgeman (UNDE), Al Johnston (NHU), Bill Pleming (GSU), Linda Harding (GSU),James Little (PSAC, H&S) and Kay Sinclair (REVP BC).

Regrets: Laura Gracie (CEIU), Angela Marafon (UTE), Anita Hoffman (CEIU), Grace McIvor (NHU), Jim Sidel (DCL), Barry Cunningham (UCTE), Sargy Chima (CEIU), Bonnie Heidt (UVAE).

Continue reading below, or download the BRUSH Committee minutes (pdf)

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Accepting the Agenda
  3. Review Previous Minutes
  4. Update on National H&S Conference
  5. New Business
    • Member Survey
    • Health Canada – Reduction of Service
    • Light station de-staffing update
    • Local 60 “Greening the Environment”
    • Environmental Issues and H&S
    • Sick Leave
    • Education
    • First Aid
  6. Round Table
  7. Adjournment

1. Introduction/Roll Call – Sam conducted a roll call and expressed members regrets

2. Agenda Approved- First Aid was added to the agenda under New Business

3. Review of Previous Minutes

  • Members reviewed the previous minutes and issues arose in two areas: Armed Members and Ergonomics.
  • Armed Members – Jim, Sam and Melvin were to look at current education programs with in departments and agencies for available non-armed members training opportunities. This task has not yet been completed and the group will report at the next meeting.
  • TASK – Jim, Sam and Melvin will review available education programs offered by departments and agencies.
  • Ergonomics – Bill Pleming offered some insight to some of the recent developments around ergonomics at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). It appears that PWGSC is moving towards establishing contractual arrangements with outside service providers for the provision of both level I and II ergonomic services for Treasury Board Departmentns at a regional level. The terms of agreements were to be put out for tender nearer the end of January 2010, however looks like probably this summer. The purpose of which will be to establish a standing offer rate with the providers such that departments and can draw down from an account. The next step is to draft Terms and Conditions to be followed by tendering and awarding of contracts.
  • TASK – Ensure this is a standing agenda item.

4. Update on National Health and Safety Conference

  • The national H&S Conference was held in November 2009 and was focused on H&S and the Environment.
  • There was a diverse array of speakers on several differing topics including; bullying and harassment, global warming, the environment impact of the tar sands and stress. There were three workshops offered; Enforcement, Workplace Committees and the Environment as a H&S Issue.
  • The conference concluded with a Regional Caucus in which H&S Activist from BC gathered to develop a three-year regional H&S plan. This plan was developed in consideration of our BC Regional planning session that took place at the BC Regional H&S Conference. The outline of the BC plan will be shared with the members of the region shortly and include; Membership Networks, Education and the Co-ordination of a H&S Campaign.

New Business

1. Member Survey

  • As part of the National H&S Conference, BC Caucus we discussed the issue of membership networking. It became very clear that although we have a very large BRUSH committee that we haven’t done a great job at identifying and connecting all of our regional H&S activists. We decided to conduct a regional H&S membership survey in an effort to identify local H&S activists. Before we proceed with a survey, we need to send a message of our intention to the National Officers and this should come from Kay. Some of the questions we could ask in our survey might be: what is your number one H&S issue, how are members appointed to your workplace committees, who are the workplace representatives, how much education do they have and/or need. We may wish to send a letter to the locals first and then follow-up with phoning.

2. The Health Canada Reduction of Service

  • Sam reported on the work that she and Wayne Little have accomplished.
  • Wayne provided an update of developments at Canada Revenue Agency has amended its policy on workplace accommodation and have negotiated the provision of health services (ergonomic and fit to work assessments) with and outside service provider. Should be complete by March 2010.
  • Corrections Services Canada in the lower mainland has contracted its air quality and ergonomic services with a company in Langley at a rate of $175.00/hour.
  • Bill Pleming provided PWGSC’s perspective (above).

3. Light Station De-staffing

  • We reminded participants that the de-staffing of light stations remains an issue for our members and we should remain vigilant. Alice Woods gave a short presentation at the National H&S Conference, which was well received, and we continue to encourage members to put pressure on their MP’s. Our goal is to defend quality public service and the safety of our members and the Canadian public.

4. Greening the Environment – Local 60 webmail.

  • Agriculture Component – Local 60 has challenged other BC locals and the Regional Office to reduce their amount of paper use. The local has created its own webmail, which members can use to commumicate with the local, and it appears to be working very effectively. This generated a broader discussion around our reduction strategies and how we can improve our recycling, reduction and reusing strategies.

5. Environment and H&S

  • The question has been raised as to whether the environment should be addressed as a H&S issue. This issue was addressed at the National H&S Conference and it appears that based on those discussions the two issues are so closely connected that we should develop a unified approach to health safety and the environment.

6. Sick Leave – Treasury Board Policy (April 2009)

  • The interpretation, implementation and administration of the new Treasury Board Leave with Pay Policy (April 2009) as it relates to Dental/Medical Appointment
  • TASK – Sam to produce the new Sick Leave Policy

7. Education

  • We held a discussion around education and the member’s needs. In doing so, we attempted to prioritize our training objectives.
    • Workplace Committee Training
    • Canada Labour Code Review
    • Other H&S Issues; Ergonomics, Hazard Prevention, Air Quality etc.
  • The BC Federation of Labour is developing a pilot project on training workers in Federally Regulated Worksites. The pilot training will take place on February 16 and 17 in Vancouver and we have four members of the committee auditing the training. We hope that this is the beginning of a new era in BC Fed training and that we will be able to rely on this training to reach our diverse membership.
  • The BC Fed H&S Centre also offers training on a wide variety of H&S subjects and they make that training available to affiliated members throughout the province. We should be encouraging our members to participate when ever possible.

Meeting Adjourned, Next Meeting March 24, 2010

Public Service Alliance of Canada

British Columbia Regional Union Safety and Health (BRUSH)

Minutes

January 6, 2010

Chair: Sam Wiese (Regional Councilor, H&S)

In Attendance: Alice Woods (UCTE), Leanne Hughes (NAT), Wayne Little (UTE), Louise Richard (NAT), Bob Jackson (AGR), Tracey Shudo (CEIU), Melvin Dureen (USGE), Virginia Vaillancourt (UVAE), Monique Bakker (UEW), Gail Jewsbury ((UEW), Susan Yaciw (UTE), Kelly Megyesi (CEIU), Lorraine Plummer (NHU), Paul Croes (CEIU), Bob Bridgeman (UNDE), Al Johnston (NHU), Bill Pleming (GSU), Linda Harding (GSU),James Little (PSAC, H&S) and Kay Sinclair (REVP BC).

Regrets: Laura Gracie (CEIU), Angela Marafon (UTE), Anita Hoffman (CEIU), Grace McIvor (NHU), Jim Sidel (DCL), Barry Cunningham (UCTE), Sargy Chima (CEIU), Bonnie Heidt (UVAE).

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Accepting the Agenda
  3. Review Previous Minutes
  4. Update on National H&S Conference
  5. New Business

§ Member Survey

§ Health Canada – Reduction of Service

§ Light station de-staffing update

§ Local 60 “Greening the Environment”

§ Environmental Issues and H&S

§ Sick Leave

§ Education

§ First Aid

  1. Round Table
  2. Adjournment

1. Introduction/Roll Call

Sam conducted a roll call and expressed members regrets

2. Agenda Approved

First Aid was added to the agenda under New Business

3. Review of Previous Minutes

Members reviewed the previous minutes and issues arose in two areas: Armed Members and Ergonomics.

Armed Members – Jim, Sam and Melvin were to look at current education programs with in departments and agencies for available non-armed members training opportunities. This task has not yet been completed and the group will report at the next meeting.

TASK – Jim, Sam and Melvin will review available education programs offered by departments and agencies.

Ergonomics – Bill Pleming offered some insight to some of the recent developments around ergonomics at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). It appears that PWGSC is moving towards establishing contractual arrangements with outside service providers for the provision of both level I and II ergonomic services for Treasury Board Departmentns at a regional level. The terms of agreements were to be put out for tender nearer the end of January 2010, however looks like probably this summer. The purpose of which will be to establish a standing offer rate with the providers such that departments and can draw down from an account. The next step is to draft Terms and Conditions to be followed by tendering and awarding of contracts.

TASK – Ensure this is a standing agenda item.

4. Update on National Health and Safety Conference

The national H&S Conference was held in November 2009 and was focused on H&S and the Environment.

There was a diverse array of speakers on several differing topics including; bullying and harassment, global warming, the environment impact of the tar sands and stress. There were three workshops offered; Enforcement, Workplace Committees and the Environment as a H&S Issue.

The conference concluded with a Regional Caucus in which H&S Activist from BC gathered to develop a three-year regional H&S plan. This plan was developed in consideration of our BC Regional planning session that took place at the BC Regional H&S Conference. The outline of the BC plan will be shared with the members of the region shortly and include; Membership Networks, Education and the Co-ordination of a H&S Campaign.

New Business

  1. Member Survey – As part of the National H&S Conference, BC Caucus we discussed the issue of membership networking. It became very clear that although we have a very large BRUSH committee that we haven’t done a great job at identifying and connecting all of our regional H&S activists. We decided to conduct a regional H&S membership survey in an effort to identify local H&S activists. Before we proceed with a survey, we need to send a message of our intention to the National Officers and this should come from Kay. Some of the questions we could ask in our survey might be: what is your number one H&S issue, how are members appointed to your workplace committees, who are the workplace representatives, how much education do they have and/or need. We may wish to send a letter to the locals first and then follow-up with phoning.

  1. The Health Canada Reduction of Service

Sam reported on the work that she and Wayne Little have accomplished.

Wayne provided an update of developments at Canada Revenue Agency has amended its policy on workplace accommodation and have negotiated the provision of health services (ergonomic and fit to work assessments) with and outside service provider. Should be complete by March 2010.

Corrections Services Canada in the lower mainland has contracted its air quality and ergonomic services with a company in Langley at a rate of $175.00/hour.

Bill Pleming provided PWGSC’s perspective (above).

  1. Light Station De-staffing

We reminded participants that the de-staffing of light stations remains an issue for our members and we should remain vigilant. Alice Woods gave a short presentation at the National H&S Conference, which was well received, and we continue to encourage members to put pressure on their MP’s. Our goal is to defend quality public service and the safety of our members and the Canadian public.

  1. Greening the Environment – Local 60 webmail.

Agriculture Component – Local 60 has challenged other BC locals and the Regional Office to reduce their amount of paper use. The local has created its own webmail, which members can use to commumicate with the local, and it appears to be working very effectively. This generated a broader discussion around our reduction strategies and how we can improve our recycling, reduction and reusing strategies.

  1. Environment and H&S

The question has been raised as to whether the environment should be addressed as a H&S issue. This issue was addressed at the National H&S Conference and it appears that based on those discussions the two issues are so closely connected that we should develop a unified approach to health safety and the environment.

  1. Sick Leave – Treasury Board Policy (April 2009)

The interpretation, implementation and administration of the new Treasury Board Leave with Pay Policy (April 2009) as it relates to Dental/Medical Appointment

TASK – Sam to produce the new Sick Leave Policy

  1. Education

We held a discussion around education and the member’s needs. In doing so, we attempted to prioritize our training objectives.

§ Workplace Committee Training

§ Canada Labour Code Review

§ Other H&S Issues; Ergonomics, Hazard Prevention, Air Quality etc.

The BC Federation of Labour is developing a pilot project on training workers in Federally Regulated Worksites. The pilot training will take place on February 16 and 17 in Vancouver and we have four members of the committee auditing the training. We hope that this is the beginning of a new era in BC Fed training and that we will be able to rely on this training to reach our diverse membership.

The BC Fed H&S Centre also offers training on a wide variety of H&S subjects and they make that training available to affiliated members throughout the province. We should be encouraging our members to participate when ever possible.

Meeting Adjourned

Next Meeting March 24, 2010

PSAC Victoria Regional Office

Download a PDF of: Victoria Area Council mtg minutes March 9, 2010

Members Present: Cindy Little – UTE 20028, Scott Parker – UTE 20028, Ken Waldron – UNDE 21013, Noelle Arnold – AGR 20064, Dave Ramalho – UNDE 21011, Paul Jones – UNDE 21008, G. Goodmanson – UEW 20169, Jack Gale – GSU 20001, Jim Sidel – DCL 20500, Leanne Hughes – CIU 20042, Mark Miller – UNDE 21016, Sylvaine Boudreault – AGR 20064, Nick Humphreys – UEW 20169

PSAC Victoria RO Staff Present: Dave Jackson – Regional Rep

Guests: Karla Backer – JLP, Sherry Boudreau – JLP

Regrets:, Pete Wills – UEW 20076, Ian Wiggs UNDE 21008, Derek Williams – AGR 20064
Virginia Vaillancourt – UVAE 20030

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

2. Introductions: Roundtable introductions of members present

3. Proposed Agenda: Joint Learning Program (JLP), Financial Update, Review of By-Laws, Lighthouse Campaign, Federal Budget Overview, Campbell River Area Council, 2010 Pride Parade, 100th Anniversary Brick

4. Previous Minutes- Deferred to next meeting

5. JLP
- Karla provided info about the program – quick session.
- TB/PSAC agreed to develop what became JLP (Fryer report)
- Offer a number of different courses (5) UICA, UMC, EE, Respecting Differences, Anti-Harrassment. The DTA is to be rolled out later this year.
- Other aspect is the career development for members who are active and want to become facilitators.
- Encourage members to put their need to be facilitators into their learning plan.
- Exposure to various departments
- Ken Waldron – not able to convince management and they don’t want to commit the time to do it.
- DTA course would be 1 or 2 days probably.
Karla and Sherry are working as a team and will be back for the PSAC staff conference March 24th.
- Mark Miller provided some additional insight on recruitment strategies.
- Sherry – intake for new facilitators in this region probably in September, 2010.

6. Treasurer’s report. m/s/c Ken Waldron and Dave Ramalho

7. Review of By-Laws The last amendment was September 2008. Strike a committee to review. Graeme, Noelle, Cindy and Dave Jackson. Send By-Laws and Template out to committee and Dave Ramalho.

8. Lighthouse Campaign – Nick provided an overview of the campaign.
De-staffing on hold at this time.

9. Federal Budget Overview
- Nick provided some information on effects from the budget
- Strategies & Priorities document from NBOD strategy session.
- Pension wasn’t touched – 50,000 signatures from PSAC members
- DND 575 million reduction
Discussion ensued.

10. Campbell River Area Council Inugural meeting on Feb 2, 2010. Executive are: Tom Hopkins – UEW 20147, Steve Bergh – UCTE 20232, Sharon Vanderdonck – CEIU 20963, Debbie Clemenson – UEW 20147.

11. Victoria Pride Parade Paul Jones is requesting a donation from the Area council. Hopes to have a float, using a generator, flat bed trailer and will require a table. The event is July 4th.
- m/s/ Paul/Jim requesting a donation from the Area Council for the Pride parade
- m/s/c ammendment Jim/Scott donaton to be $250.
- Questions followed around how many donations would be coming in?
- Is the float to be shared – No.
What do we do with the money?

12. Brick
- Ken shared info on the “brick” that the Area Council purchased commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy.

13. Other business
Jack – talk about the WFA again. ERI/EDI.
Mark – 1119 terms in UNDE, of which 149 are in BC region alone.
Nick – we don’t have terms. 25% are casuals, WFA was improved last round of bargaining.
Jim – 21% of Commissionaires at Dockyard will be laid off.

14. Next Meeting June 8, 2010

15. Adjournment Motion to adjourn meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm m/s/c Jack/Dave

_____________________________
Sister Cindy Little, President

Virginia Vaillancourt, Recording Secretary

Minutes BRUSH September 23, 2009

Chair: Sam Wiese (Regional Councilor, H&S)

In Attendance: Louise Richard (NAT), Laura Gracie (CEIU), Bob Jackson (AGR), Tracey Shudo (CEIU), Melvin Dureen (USGE), Virginia Vaillancourt (UVAE), Monique Bakker (UEW), Gail Jewsbury ((UEW), Susan Yaciw (UTE), Kelly Megyesi (CEIU), Paul Croes (CEIU), Alice Woods (UCTE), Jim Sidel (DCL), Barry Cunningham (UCTE), Grace McIvor (NHU), Sargy Chima (CEIU) James Little (PSAC, H&S) and Kay Sinclair (REVP BC).

Regrets: Wayne Little (UTE), Leanne Hughes (NAT), Angela Marafon (UTE), Floyd Knelsen (UTE), Anita Hoffman (CEIU), Megan Adam (UEW).

Agenda

1. Review Previous Minutes
2. Terms of Reference
3. Health Canada – Reduction of Service
4. 2009 National H&S Conference
5. Question from the Membership

  • Armed Members – Megan Adam
  • Medical Leave – Anita Hoffman
  • Big Flood – UVAE

6. Ergonomics – Furniture and Equipment
7. H1N1
8. Food Safety
9. Round Table

1. Introduction – Sam

2. Review of Previous Minutes

Members reviewed the previous minutes and there were no additions or amendments required.

3. Terms of Reference

Sam summarized the revisions to the Draft Terms of Reference and opened the floor for discussion. There were no additional amendments suggested. A vote was taken and the members in attendance have passed the Terms of Reference. Copies of the new Terms of Reference will be circulated to the members of the BRUSH and the Regional Council.

4. Health Canada Reduction of Service

Sam reported on the work that she and Wayne Little had accomplished.

Canada Revenue Agency has amended its policy on workplace accommodation and have negotiated the provision of health services (ergonomic and fit to work assessments) with and outside service provider.

Corrections Services Canada in the lower mainland has contracted its air quality and ergonomic services with a company in Langley at a rate of $175.00/hour.

As of September 10, 2009 there is no service being provided at Environment Canada.

We have not heard anything official from the Treasury Board of Canada and our suspicion is that each department will contract their own independent services. We ask that once these contracts begin to appear that members please ensure this information is shared with the BRUSH. We need to look at this issue from an equity perspective and ensure that the members are being serviced in and equitable manner.

5. 2009 National H&S Conference

One of the main purposes of this meeting was to outline the delegate selection process. Kay Sinclair explained the process and criteria as follows:
• Total Delegates = 300
• Regional Delegates (7 delegates x 7 regions = 49 regional delegates)
• Component Delegates (7 delegates x 17 components = 119 component delegates)
• Component Additional Delegates (300 – 19 – 119 = 162 delegates) the 162 additional delegate seats are allocated to the components on a pro-rata/population basis (larger components = larger portion of the 162 additional delegates)
• Observers

672 applications were received and the conference should have room for ~ 50 observers.

Kay Sinclair REVP BC is chairing the steering committee, which is continuing its work on developing the conference objectives and organizing guest speakers. Members were advised that, like previous H&S conferences, we would be holding a BC Caucus at the end of the conference to develop a Regional Action Plan. Delegates and observers will be expected to assist in the development of that plan.

6. Armed Members

A question was raised “What training or education is being offered to non-armed members who work with or near armed members”. Paul Croes provided a detailed analysis of his experiences within Customs and Immigration, and advised that threat risk assessments have been done and it has been determined that their workplaces are unsafe. Many staff have not accepted the new reality of the work place and training these members has created some difficulties. One of the big issues is Officers walking through the office with loaded hand guns. Initially, they are very careful however over time they become less vigilant and at times lazy. This has resulted in an increase in accidental discharges. The officers receive the standard operating procedures training however this training is not offered to the non-armed staff.

We reviewed procedures within differing departments.
• DFO – Has a non-gun personnel policy
• Customs – They have some armed training procedures
• Parks – Unknown at present
• CSC – All the guns are in posts and training has been provided to those in need.
• Coast Guard – Not a problem and all ammunition is held in storage.

TASK – Jim Sam and Melvin will look at current educational programs with-in departments/agencies and review for non-armed learning opportunities.

7. Medical Leave

There appears to be an increase in the number of members being forced to use their annual leave or sick leave to attend medical appointments of a recurring nature. To address this issue we looked at what the current norms within departments and agencies.

For most collective agreements you will not find leave provisions for medical/dental appointments. For Treasury Board and Agency members leave for medical/dental appointment will be found in the employers Leave With Pay Policy and as such, it does not form part of the collective agreement and is therefore not a matter that can be contested at arbitration/adjudication. This being said, the employer does allow member to take time off for medical/dental however, it is at their discretion and based on their respective Leave Without Pay Policies.

It was emphasized that if this becomes a big work place issue, members should consider using the accommodation argument as this could be seen as an attack on persons with disabilities.

8. Ergonomics

“Did you know that any equipment, divice, technical aid, provided to you for the purpose of workplace accommodation can be moved from one Branch to another or from one Department/Agency to another and that the accommodation provided can accompany you throughout your career in the Federal Public Service” – Safety, Emergency and Security management Division (SESMD), Assets Management Directorate (AMD), Corporate Serviced Brach (CSB).

Information regarding the transfer of ergonomic equipment can also be found in the Policy on the Duty to Accommodate Persons with Disabilities in the Federal Public Service.

Both articles will be posted to the BC H&S website

9. H1N1

Question was raised about vaccinations and H1N1 related sick leave.

In regards to employer provided vaccinations (flue shots), it appears that each department/agency has its own policy.

In terms of sanitation, it is widely known that hand washing is the number one means of prevention and that hand sanitizers, although somewhat effective, should only be used when hand washing is not available. In some offices they are putting hand sanitizers in the washrooms and this should be discouraged and hand washing should be encouraged.

Our front line staff is at serious risk and those with deficient immune systems should be encouraged to get vaccinated. Some departments have put in place pandemic plans in case of a serious outbreak.

If you miss work because of the flue, it will not be compensable by Workers Compensation Boards.

Employers may be sending members home or to the doctor if they are sick and we hope that this policy will also apply to all non-unionized workers/managers in the workplace.

10. Food Safety

Bob Jackson reported on some of the more recent successes of the Food Safety First campaign. The federal government recently announced a 75M dollar increase to food safety which will result in a 35 % increase in meat inspectors (70 new inspectors). Although there are still problems some very good results to report from the hard work of the Agriculture Unions campaign

www.foodsafetyfirst.ca

22 members of the Canadian public died from the Listeriosis outbreak.

11. Lightkeepers Campaign

Alice Woods (UCTE – Coast Guard – Lightkeeper) gave everyone a brief on the de-staffing of the east and west coast lighthouses. There is a petition going around and we hope you will join us in supporting this quality public service.

“This campaign is not about jobs its about safety and service”.

Meeting Adjourned

Next Meeting December 16, 2009

Attending: Megan Adam, Jamey Mills, Sharon Tieman, Bill Pleming, Jack Seto, Monica Urrutia

Continue reading or download a PDF copy of the Vancouver Area Council Meeting minutes, Sept. 22, 2009

1) AGM Planning

  • October 27th confirmed date. Location, Vancouver RO
  • Discussion about putting off proposed educational/speakers until the next meeting in January in order to focus on AGM business.
  • AGM agenda will include:
    • Report of Exec
    • Treasurer/Budget
    • Reports of member locals
    • Kay Sinclair and Stephen Dunsmore (to be invited) to speak on local political action and the lightstation issue
    • Will play “spot the public service” game during dinner to show how it works (still have some coffee left for prizes).
    • Elections
    • Other issues as raised/roundtable
  • Food will be Indian from Saffron.
  • Megan to contact Stephen Dunsmore, Monica to contact Kay Sinclair.

2) January Meeting

  • Discussion was had about doing a January educational around Bill C-10, pay equity and the government’s attempt to silence unions. PSAC charter case etc.
  • Suggestion to invite David Eby (on charter right to association, speech), Peter Jullian (on pay equity petition and case) and have PSAC rep speak to the charter case.
  • Suggestion to hold event at a downtown venue, 5 pm after work, and promote to members and the public.
  • Megan to contact Jacquie De Aguayo regarding this proposal to see if the timing would be appropriate. Will also talk to legal representative this week.
  • Will ask Sam to speak with Jullian’s office about schedule in January to determine possible dates.

3) Roundtable

4) Adoption of minutes from last meeting.

West Fraser Valley Annual General Meeting

  • September 21,  5:30PM
  • Knight and Day Restaurant 9677 King George Highway @ 96th Avenue
  • Agenda items include election of officers

Vancouver Area Council Meeting

  • September 22, 2009 5:30PM
  • Vancouver Regional Office – #200 – 5238 Joyce Street, 3rd floor boardroom
  • Agenda items so far include: planning for the AGM (scheduled for October 27, 2009), update on Vancouver Area Council local/branch affiliation campaign

BRUSH (Health and Safety) Committee Meeting

  • September 23, 5:30PM
  • Vancouver Regional Office – #200 – 5238 Joyce Street
  • Members unable to attend the meeting at the Vancouver RO may join in the discussion via conference call – call the RO for details
  • Agenda items: H1N1, Terms of Reference, Health Canada – Ergonomic, National H&S Conference

Minutes: BRUSH June 24, 2009

Minutes BRUSH June 24, 2009 (Draft)

Chair: Sam Wiese (Regional Councilor, H&S)

In Attendance: Gary Shwaluk (AGR), Wayne Little (UTE), Tracey Shudo (CEIU), Melvin Dureen (USGE), Varginia Vaillancourt (UVAE), Monique Bakker (UEW), Gail Jewsbury ((UEW), Susan Yaciw (UTE), Leanne Hughes (NAT), Angela Marafon (UTE), Susan James, James Little (PSAC, H&S) and Kay Sinclair REVP BC

Regrets: Bob Jackson (AGR), Janelle Ho-Sing (PSAC), Jamie Mills (UTE), Floyd Knelsen (UTE), Sargy Chima (CEIU)

Guest: Jayne Johns (PSAC)

Agenda
1. Introduction
2. Political Action Lobby Jayne Johns
3. Review of Previous Minutes
4. Terms of Reference
5. 2009 BC H&S Conference Report
6. H&S Website and Communications
7. 2009 National H&S Conference
8. Education
9. Round Table

Continue reading below, or download the June 24th BRUSH Committee meeting minutes (pdf)

1. Introduction – Sam

2. Guest Speaker Jayne Johns

The BC PSAC Region has undertaken a Member of Parliament lobbying campaign focused on the overall goals and objectives of the PSACs Think Public Campaign and designed towards engaging our members. The idea is to establish relationships between MPs and our members in hopes that our members will have confidence in continuing the dialogue with their MPs. The core issues for this campaign are; Bill C-10, Food Safety, Fish Campaign, cuts to EI, Student Hiring and Think Public.

3. Review of Previous Minutes

Members reviewed the previous minutes and there were no additions or amendments required.

4. Terms of Reference

Sam summarized the Draft Terms of Reference and opened the floor for discussion. There were a couple of amendments suggested, such as, fewer acronyms, more on education, membership and frequency of meeting.

Meeting will be held quarterly, March, June, Sept and December on the fourth Wednesday of the respective month. This will be added to the ToR.

5. Review of 2009 BC Regional H&S Conference Report

The report of the 2009 BC Regional H&S Conference was circulated by e-mail and members had an opportunity to review the final DRAFT. No comments or suggestions for amendments were received. We can now publish the report.

6. 2009 National H&S Conference

One of the main purposes of this meeting was to remind the BC H&S activists of the opportunity to apply for the 2009 National H&S Conference.

Kay Sinclair REVP BC is chairing the steering committee, which is currently working on developing the conference objectives and organizing guest speakers. The registration forms should be out soon, the resolutions deadline will be Friday, August 7th (confirmed subsequent to meeting), and they must come from a constitutionally recognized body i.e.: Area Council, Local, Womans committee etc.

Members were advised that, like previous H&S conferences, we will be holding a BC Caucus at the end of the conference to develop a Regional Action Plan. Members were asked to be prepared to assist in the development of that plan.

7. Education

There will be no Union School this year and although this has always been a venue for delivering H&S education, that opportunity will not be available in 2009. Further to that we requested the opportunity to hold H&S training in the North and Interior and it has been determined that the funds are not available in 2009. We hope that we will be able to provide this training during the beginning of the new education cycle, which begins in 2010.

We also discussed the need for better national H&S training and how the Joint Learning Program could assist with the delivery of a national H&S program.

Round Table

Wayne Little Raised the very important issue about Health Canada and its newly announced decision to amend its Public Service Health Program (PSHP) and the devastating effects this decision will have on our members. For the most part the Fit to Work Assessments and Ergonomic Assessments will no longer be performed by Health Canada and the Treasury Board and Agencies will need to find alternate service providers for these services. Wayne and Sam will work on developing an information campaign on the issue.

Meeting Adjourned

Next Meeting September 23, 2009

Download the draft terms of reference for the committee here. (pdf)

BRUSH MEETING MINUTES, JUNE 25, 2008

Chair: Sam Wiese

In Attendance: James Little, Kirk Oppermann, Jack Seto and Rob Hellenius

By Teleconference: Mandi Schubert, Melvin Dureen, Monique Bakker, Bob Jackson, Grace MacIver, Wayne Little, Carolyn McGillivary

Regrets: Angela Marafon, Diane Beaulieu, Wanda Pocok, Deborah Wong, Diane McArthur, Bill Plemming, Sarah Burns, Thomas Gallagher, Rob Terris, Rob Hynes and Kelly Megyesi

Continue reading below, or download the June 25th BRUSH Committe meeting minutes (pdf)

Reviewed: Agenda

No additions or revisions

Reviewed Minutes From Last Meeting:

January 23, 2008

Explanation was provided on the National Joint Council (NJC) Cyclical Review being conducted and the work that was recently done at the PSAC National H&S Reps meeting.

We have received one regional submission from CFIA regarding Fumigation Hoods.

UTE has started a campaign on Call Centres Sam wants members to have a look at the UTE website and access the bulletin on Call Centres (Feb 6, 2008). Sam will also contact reps from UTE to discuss how we might assist or hook into their campaign. Also, a forum has been started on our regional H&S webpage.

Issue was also raised about the participation of PIPSC members at our BRUSH meetings. The REVP has been informed of the request and feels the committee should decide. Agreed we should be cautious, and maybe the committee should have a vote or we should discuss at our upcoming Regional H&S Conference. We should contact the PIPSC H&S Rep to discuss.

New terms of reference will be developed for the BRUSH and maybe they should include this in their discussions.

Tabled for now.

Agenda Items:

1. Terms of Reference for the BRUSH

We reviewed the terms of reference from the Atlantic, Ontario and our own. We are no longer tasked with the Environment responsibilities only H&S. We agreed to create a sub committee to review the terms of reference and they will report at the next committee meeting.

Committee Members: Mandi Schubert, Grace MacIver, Wayne Little, Bob Jackson

2. Health and Safety Training

The introduction of H&S Training as a JLP course is still being examined in the respective Head Offices and the prospects look good. Currently we have no H&S training planned for this year with the exception of three one-day courses at this years union school. The courses are Regulations, WCB and DI.

3. WCB Proposal

The idea is to encourage more membership involvement in WCB Advocacy in the BC Region. To do this there will be a requirement for members to play a more active role in WCB Case Management. Similar to the Grievance Process and representation. Their will be an educational component to the proposal and we would be looking at training ~ 50 members over 5 days. Stay tuned.

4. Report from the June 2008 National PSAC H&S Reps Meeting

James attended the regional reps meeting in Ottawa. The national H&S team would like to encourage members to participate in the following campaigns.

  • Pregnant and Nursing Women and their rights petition
  • Bill 484 Violence Against Fetus War Against Abortion Rights
  • Bill C51 Amendment to Food and Drug Act however we (PSAC) might come out against this.

5. Right to Refuse Cards

The PSAC has developed wallet sized Right to Refuse cards. Let James know if your office or members need some. Some will be available to those in attendance at the next meeting.

6. BC Regional H&S Conference

We need to hold our triennial regional H&S conference before the National PSAC Convention in April 2009. We have been looking at some dates and it looks like February, March or April. We need to establish an organizing committee and finalize the dates. We will have more information for the September meeting.

7. H&S Logo Contest

Our original goal was to create a brand for the BRUSH so we decided to hold a contest to create a new BRUSH Logo. We will promote the contest through the website and hopefully announce the winner at the regional conference.

We should establish an incentive need to discuss cost.

8. Meeting Start Times

We would like to start the meetings at 5:30. This time seems to work for the majority some members have difficulty-making meeting this early. It is important that the minutes get out to participants prior to the meeting. James apologized for not attaching the minutes to the e-mail announcing the meeting. We are trying to achieve a regular meeting schedule in conjunction with the BC Fed OH&S meetings (3rd Wednesday of every second month).

9. Silent/Visual Fire Alarms Item Added by CEIU 20975 Victoria

This is becoming a big issue in the CEIU office in downtown Victoria as well as the DFO office in Nanaimo. Offices with deaf members should have silent/visual alarms installed. They should not rely on evacuation buddys or pagers. We would like to put employers on notice that we will be adding this issue to the workplace H&S committee agendas and some suggested solutions are:

  • contacting the fire departments
  • contacting other social activist groups to put pressure on government
  • give ultimatums
  • PWGSCs policy is to provide members with pagers and they are paged immediately once the fire alarm is activated. The experience in Victoria is there is a considerable delay (sometimes 10 minutes) and what if someone is in the bathroom.
  • In all new facilities silent/visual alarms are being installed and it is now part of the Canada Building Code.
  • The other related issue is the lack of clear guidelines for Floor Wardens
  • According to accessibility standards the issue should be raised at the workplace H&S committee meeting and management has 3 months to deal with the issue
  • Contact PWGSC for more information

Next meeting Sept 24, 2008 5:30 p.m.

The British Columbia Regional Safety and Health Committee (BRUSH) would like to announce an upcoming meeting.

Did you know that any PSAC-BC member can take part in the PSAC-BC BRUSH Committee? Meetings will normally be scheduled two weeks in advance and we will attempt to deal with issues in the workplace, provide education, raise H&S awareness, and much more. Please encourage your local members to participate!

  • The next meeting is scheduled for: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm.
  • The meeting will be held at The Vancouver Regional Office of the PSAC, 5238 Joyce St, Vancouver BC.

Members are encouraged to attend in person however members who are unable to attend in person can join the meeting via teleconference. We ask that you please provide us with any agenda items and we will send out the Teleconference co-ordinates along with the agenda and previous minutes next week.

Please RSVP

In Solidarity, James Little – Regional Representative Health and Safety

Agenda Items:

  1. Terms of Reference for BC Regional H&S Committee
  2. Right to Refuse Cards
  3. BC Regional H&S Conference
    • Organizing Committee
    • Content
    • Dates
  4. H&S Logo Contest
  5. National PSAC Convention H&S Resolutions
  6. H&S Resolutions from Component Conventions
  7. Round Table

PSAC SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND DISTRICT AREA COUNCIL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES – August 21st, 2008, PSAC Victoria Regional Office

Members Present:

  • Nick Humphreys – UEW 20169
  • Virginia Vaillancourt – UVAE 20030
  • Paul Jones – UNDE 21010
  • John Rumsby – UTE 20028
  • Cindy Little – UTE 20028
  • Scott Parker – UTE 20028
  • Ken Waldron – UNDE 21013
  • Graeme Goodmanson – UEW 20169
  • Peter Neelands – NRU 20088

PSAC Victoria RO Staff Present:

  • Dave Jackson – Regional Rep

Regrets:

  • Rosemary MacKenzie – PSAC Admin Assistant
  • Dave Rahmalho UNDE 21011
  • Ian Wiggs UNDE 21008
  • Fabian DeGuire UNDE 21008
  • Wayne Little UTE 20028
  • Anita Hoffman CEIU 20975
  • Mandi Schubert CEIU 20975

Continue reading below or download the August 21st SVIDAC meeting minutes (pdf).

1. Call to order Chairperson Sister Little called the meeting to order at 5:32 pm

2. Introductions Roundtable introductions of members present

3. Proposed Agenda No amendments m/s/c J. Rumsby/P. Jones

4. Adoption of Minutes from January 29, 2008 1 correction noted on the minutes of June 3/08 – under Victoria Labour Council: change “Provincial” elections to Municipal elections. m/s/c P. Neelands/N. Humphreys

5. JLP (Joint Learning Program)

a) Sponsorship to other Bargaining Groups - concerns raised of not being 100% inclusive . Those members are not able to participate, bring it up with their Components re: concerns if any

b) New Regional Field Coordinator for JLP BC; Karen Geiger (Employer Representative). Not a lot of uptake in BC – encourage members to have JLP course(s) in their workplace.

Recommendation at the UEW Convention; Resolution to have a Duty to Accommodate course through JLP. It was mentioned that there is a new Employment Equity Course coming out and it will include a Duty to Accommodate portion.

6. Report from Pride 15-20 people attended and walked in the parade. 3 Components represented; 20 thousand people lined the streets. The 2 outreach students got Think Public cards signed by the crowd.

7. Resolutions to PSAC Triennial Convention & for the Area Council AGM It was recommended that with the AGM coming up and any Resolutions to the PSAC Triennial Convention must be submitted 6 months in advance of Convention start. A general call for resolutions to the SVIDAC AGM will be sent to all affiliated locals. A sub-committee was formed where resolutions can be sent to: Dave Jackson, Virginia Vaillancourt and Paul Jones. A few suggestions of resolutions were made and the sub-committee will follow up on these.

8. Political action

a) Request to have Mike Esso from the Victoria Labour Council attend the SVIDAC AGM to discuss the VLC role and affiliation. Encourage locals to invite Mike to their AGMs’ to talk to their members. Motion to invite Mike Esso from the Victoria Labour Council to the AGM to discuss the affiliation.m/s/c N. Humphreys/P. Jones (unanimous)

b) 20th Labour Day Picnic September 1, 2008 *Rain/Shine* Gorge Park (Kinsmen) 1070 Tillicum Rd, Esquimalt. Fun for the whole family. *Kids Games*Clowns*Refreshments* *Kids Eat Free*. Motion that the Area Council Executive review the viability of making a donation to the 20th Annual Labour Day Picnic.
m/s/c N. Humphreys/K. Waldron

Scotia Bank AIDS Walk for Life, Sunday September 14th, 2008 at 10am. Fernwood Square – Raise Money: $100.00/person, Please wear Red t-shirts. Any questions; contact Elaine Jeffery at caringuno@shaw.ca or check out the link at http://www.aidswalkforlife.ca/Victoria.htm

9. Adjournment Motion to adjourn meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:15 pm. m/s/c P. Jones/K. Waldron

Next Meeting: AGM September 30th, 2008 5:30pm at the PSAC Regional Office 210-1497 ADMIRALS ROAD

The 2009 BC Regional Health & Safety Conference has been tentatively scheduled for February 28-March 1, 2009 at the Hilton Metrotown in Burnaby.

We are currently seeking members who are willing to play a leading role in the organization of the 2009 H&S Conference. The organizing team will work closely with James Little and myself and will be expected to provide their services up to and during the conference.

If you wish to join us on the organizing committee please review the following for instructions on our criteria and application process.

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Minutes – BRUSH Committee Meeting – January 23, 2008 (amended)

Chair

  • Joy Hennen CEIU

In Attendance

  • Floyd Knelsen CRA
  • Chuck Leech ALTERNATE – USGE
  • Gail Jewsbury – UEW
  • Tom Gallager GSU
  • Gordon Law WESTERN ECONOMICS
  • Melvin Dureen – USGE
  • Stephen Chessor CUDA
  • James Little BC PSAC, Regional Representative
  • Robert Hellenius Commissionaire
  • Raheman nur Mohamed CIUE
  • Ray King
  • Neil MacKay
  • Kelly Legacy – Vernon – CEIU
  • Carolyn McGillivray – White Rock CBSA
  • Gwen Williams – SSO, NAT
  • Sam Weise – CEIU
  • Monique Bakker

Regrets

  • Wayne Little UTE

Agenda Items:

  1. BC PSAC Health and Safety webpage and forum.
  2. New COSH Regulation XX Violence update.
  3. New COSH Hazard Prevention Regulation XIX amendments (Ergonomics).
  4. Report from the PSAC National H&S Rep’s Meeting.
  5. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections.
  6. Work Reorganization and Call Centres.
  7. Succession Planning.
  8. H&S Logo Contest
  9. PIPS participation in the PSAC BRUSH Committee.
  10. Lancaster House Audio Conference – Benefits for Disabled Workers Navigating the Maze

Roundtable of introductions

Agenda Item #1 was moved to the end of agenda

Acceptance of previous minutes – m/s/c chuck/ floyd

1. COSH Regulation XX, Violence – The COSH has created a new Regulation to address Violence in the workplace. Violence Prevention in the Work Place forms Part XX of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety (COHS) Regulations, which are made pursuant to Part II of the Canada Labour Code (Code), the purpose of which is: to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of employment in the federal jurisdiction. The regulations appear in the December 15, 2007, edition of the Canada Gazette Part I (see volume 141, no 50, pages 3455 to 3459).

2. New Ergonomic Regulation Update – The COSH Regulation XIX Hazard Prevention has been amended to include Ergonomics. The brand new regulation is now law, the PSAC provided input into the regulation however much of our input was not included in the final document. The new regulation is available on the BC PSAC Website and Forum page.

3. Report from the PSAC National H & S rep’s meeting – The PSAC Regional H&S Rep’s have been meeting twice a year to discuss issues related to H&S. We have two national officers who, among other things review regulatory amendments negotiate the NJC agreements on H&S.

NJC covers broad based issues of concern to all employees in the government – all unions, not just PSAC. NJC is conducting a cyclical review of the H&S directives. We have the opportunity to provide input into the process. They have just completed directive A and are now working on B, C and D. These directives are very specific in nature and deal with things like Elevated Work Structures, Motor Vehicle Operations, Materials Handleing, PPE’s and Electrical Safety. The PSAC National H&S Officers would like us to look at the directives and see if we have any concerns about them or the language in them. The information will be provided on the BC PSAC H&S Website and Forum Page. We have until the end of summer 2008 to complete the task at which time Denis St. Jean, the national officer responsible for this, will do the final write up.

4. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections – The Commissionairs in Vancouver had a serious problem with MRSA’s and some immigrant detainees. The Commissionairs currently run the detention cells for CBSA dealing with immigrant detainees. Rob Hellenius is familiar with MRSA via other sources. Gloves and hand washing do not enough protection against the spread of infection as suggested by the health nurse at the jail. There appears to be lots of misinformation about MRSA. Management thought that they had a spider infestation. There are two types of MRSA, facility acquired and community acquired. This can cause loss of limb, skin facetious, lung facetious. In Canada we do not have any protocols. Rob has asked PSAC for help. Initially we were close to a Section 128 “right to refuse” situation – but there were some protocols introduced and there probably was not imminent danger.. We needed to bring this to the attention of the employer, the commissionaires, and CBSA and ensure the safe transfer individuals. We have decided to follow the Section 127 “internal complaint resolution process” at this time.

Rob advises that a1/3 of the Canadian population carries MRSA and surfaces can remain infectious for up to two weeks.

CL has gone through this a couple of times at Matsqui. Senior management was notified by the hospital, health team called, and the person was isolated.

MD – currently CSC is coming up with a draft of a pandemic response paper. Generally it is after the fact, rather than preventative. They are dealing with infectious diseases such as Hep C, Hep B,

The H&S Rep for BC PSAC contacted Health Canada, and spoke with occupational health nurse (Ruth Nicholson). She does a lot of training for customs people at the airports around this issue. She would be willing to do some training around this issue for other concerned employees

There was a general discussion around the need for protocols and the proper use of PPE’s in relation to MRSA’s

5. Work Reorganization and Call centres – CEIU – Neil and Rahmen work as EI call centre agents in harbour centre. They raise the issue of work conditions in call centres and the impact that it has on call centre workers. Characterized by stress, burn out, and absenteeism. The PSAC has raised the issue of poor work conditions with management but with no success. Most issues are best addressed via H&S. The CEIU (Service Canada) members want to draw attention to the following issues (work environment, tethered to a desk, monitoring and surveillance of the work force, high call volumes, non stop, on phones 6.5 hours out of 7 hours. 2 sec break, etc). The employers emphasis is on quantity not quality. The results are burn out, frustration, hi turn over rate, hi absenteeism, managements insistence on doctor’s notes, low morale and intense work environment.

CBSA has a large call centre in Winnipeg and CRA have several call centres across the country. In the most recent minutes of the National Board of Directors (NBoD) meeting the PSAC President reported on Work Reorganization and Call Centres was one of his top issues. He indicated that the PSAC has one of the two seats representing the House of Labour on the Board of Govenors for Contact Centre Canada the sector council for organizations the are involved in the contact centre industries. The BC PSAC H&S Rep talked to Howie West the National Rep responsible for Work Reorganization, who informed us that there is a National PSAC working group on call centres. They have conducted a survey and the results are near completion. The PSAC Components are well represented in the working groups however; they have not met in quite some time.

The BC PSAC H&S Rep will contact Howie again to determine the names of the representatives on the call centre working group. Joy indicated that CEIU is looking for a new building to house 500 – 700 people as a call centre with processing. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for members.

ACTION:

Joy – will get in touch with the CEIU group involved with call centres.
James – will contact Howie for names of members on the working groups.
Rahmen – will again raise the issue at his local H&S committee and raise the issue to the regional and national level.

6. Succession Planning – Joy is not running for a second term and any candidate for the BC Regional Council seat for H&S must be a member of the BRUSH.

7. BC PSAC H&S LOGO Contest – The canary in the cage is a good H&S symbol and it must be incorporated into all Logo Contest entries. The contest should conclude prior to the BC Regional Convention in April so that the wining entry can be revealed at the Convention.

8. PIPSC Participation – We have received a request from PIPS members in BC who wish to participate in our BRUSH meetings. Some thoughts were our need to be cautious and that we should contact PIPSC to determine if they have any objections. The REVP BC PSAC was informed and she wants the committee to decide. Some members would like to be inclusive and others are opposed.

Action: James – will contact Denis St. Jean to see if they have any concerns.

9. Lancaster House Audio Conference – Benefits for Disabled Workers Navigating the Maze – We purchased the audio tape of some of this conferences. This subject matter deals with WCB, DI and other benefits (EAP, fit to work) and is about 1 hr to 1.25 hours. We would like to schedule a time and place for airing the audio conference and we would like to hold the meeting in conjunction with the Human Rights Committee. Try something new for people who cannot get to the office. It will be broadcast on the DVD player and then will go over the conference call via the speakers.

10. BC PSAC Health and Safety Website and Forum – wp.psacbc.com – We introduced the new BC PSAC Website and Forum page and explained how to access and register for the Forum. We feel that a lot of our current issues can be addressed in this new format and we will be inviting the rest of the PSAC members to also join in the discussions.

Meeting Adjourned

CPP/OAS Processing BC/YT Service Area – Workplace Safety & Health Committee Meeting Minutes – November 27th, 2007 1:15 pm

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

  • Sarah Burns Co Chair CEIU October 17th, 2007
  • Crystal Stephens CEIU
  • Crystal Anderson Recorder/ CEIU Sept 10th/ November 27th
  • Donna Lloyd CEIU
  • Heidi Fraser CEIU
  • Tina McKechnie In training (Recorder) November 27th 2007
  • Kim Bergh Director
  • (co-chair) Gwen Kinakin SDM DSB

AGENDA ITEM

1. Call to Order : Welcome to Sarah Burns as new co-chair.

2. Review Minutes of October 17th, 2007: Previous minutes approved.

3. New Business -Workplace Inspection Follow up:

  • Continuous work being done. Office-wide clean up and de-clutter to take place on November 28th and 29th. Common areas will be included.
  • HVAC and Ceiling grills in process of being cleaned.
  • Egress, Safety signage, eyewash stations and fire extinguishers continue to be monitored and updated.
  • First Aid Stations and First Aid Attendants: many issues are yet to be addressed. Co-chairs are meeting on Thursday at 10:30 to discuss these issues.
  • Missing or deteriorating ceiling tiles to be replaced tonight.
  • Inspection schedule amended: Gwen and Crystal Stephens to include CEP area on 5th floor for November’s inspection, and Gwen and Sarah to include 1st floor file room, and basement in December.
  • A new Area Rotation Inspection Roster will be available in the new year.
  • Area maps and inspection roster to be updated by Tina

4. Hazardous Occurrence Incident Report

  • No incidents reported so far this month. Jan has indicated that Heather MacKay is working on a report which occurred during the November Fire Drill. (I don’t recall this? Pete Bowering is the Chief Building Warden – so not clear on how Heather/Jan are involved?)
  • Some discussion followed regarding where to send WCB forms. It was suggested that Team Leader should consult with the Administrative Coordinator.

4. Fire Drill Report

  • One incident of a fire drill and another alarm occurred last week. As of the time of the meeting, reports have not been seen. Gwen to follow up with Pete Bowering

5. Name of committee

  • Discussion about official title. Committee mandate comes from the Canada Labour Code. Gwen to look up original wording.

6. Scents

  • Scents continue to be a concern, especially in kitchens, elevators, and the Bar area. This needs to be re-addressed, and general education needs to be improved.

7. Tip of the Month

  • November –Kim’s tip is Preventing Trips Slips and Falls.
  • December – Heidi will decide on a topic.
  • Due to membership changes, roster needs to be updated.
  • Rotation updated for current fiscal, next fiscal schedule will be provided in the new year.
  • Tina to update Roster for Tip of the Month

8. Round Table

  • Sarah: Will recruit additional members for committee. Look at putting a poster on the public folder.
  • Crystal: No Comments to report.
  • Donna: Paper covering vents in microwave is a fire hazard concern.
  • Heidi: Would like to volunteer to be a first aid attendant, and has a valid ticket till November 2008.
  • Email Don Campbell about fire concerns. Address in de-clutter.

Meeting adjourned at 2:30 pm

9. Next Meeting : Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 at 1:30 pm

Minutes – BC Regional Union Safety & Health meeting

Attending:

  • Bob Jackson
  • Monique Bakker
  • Mel Dureen
  • Jason Komaromi
  • Wayne Little
  • Floyd Knelson
  • Chuck Leach
  • Bill Pleming
  • Thomas Gallagher
  • Steven Chesser
  • Mandi Schubert
  • Gail Jewsbury
  • Sam Weiss
  • Kelly Megasi
  • Joy Hennen (Chair)
  • James Little (Staff H&S Rep)

Previous minutes accepted as reviewed. Bob Jackson, Jason Komaromi M/S.

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CPP/OAS Processing BC/YT Service Area Workplace Safety & Health Committee Meeting Minutes January 29th, 2008 10:30 am

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

  • Sarah Burns Co Chair CEIU October 17th, 2007
  • Crystal Stephens CEIU
  • Crystal Anderson CEIU November 27th, 2007
  • Donna Lloyd CEIU
  • Heidi Fraser CEIU
  • Mandi Schubert (acting for Sarah Burns) CEIU
  • Tina McKechnie Recorder November 27th, 2007
  • (Chair)Kim Bergh Director
  • (Co-Chair)Gwen Kinakin SDM DSB

AGENDA ITEM

1. Call to Order

2. Review Minutes of December 18th, 2007

  • Previous minutes approved.

3. New Business

3.1 First Aid Stations and Attendants:

  • Gwen and Sarah, as co-Chair/ First Aid attendant, to hold a meeting this Thursday to do a complete inventory of all the first aid kits and complete the kits as per regulations.

3.2. Workplace Inspections

  • Motion to include workplace inspections as a standing item approved.
  • Inspections are up to date.
  • Items identified in January’s inspection;
  • * “Do not use” sign removed from plumbed in coffee maker in 2nd floor kitchen. Coffee maker sprays hot water from spigot.
  • This coffee maker has been deemed unnecessary and will be removed on the next plumber’s visit after the Union AGM.
  • * Dishwasher – Mandy has contacted the service person at Sears to fix the broken hinge. Until the hinge is fixed, staff will have to hand wash dishes. There may be a motion to buy a new dishwasher at the the Feb 27 AGM.
  • * Recommendation to have another co-ordinated effort to do another large scale clean up in May.
  • * Fifth Floor Lunch Room furniture not a union responsibility. Couches blocking the door to First Aid Room. Wellness Committee responsible for couches.

3.3. Eyewash Stations

  • Not yet removed.

3.4. Committee Membership

  • Call out for new members.
  • Identify new Management Back-up
  • Another back up co-Chair will be identified upon Mandi’s resignation.
  • Mandy to put up new sign
  • Tina to BF in April
  • Gwen to touch base with Wellness Committee.
  • Gwen to speak with Don
  • Mandi to put out call
  • Kim to identify

3.4. Hazardous Occurrence Incident Report

  • No incidents were reported this month.

4. Tip of the Month

  • January – Sarah Burns provided a tip on how to safely shovel snow.
  • February – Crystal Anderson will provide a tip of the month.

5. Round Table

  • Mandi: Mandi wanted clarification for Team Leaders regarding responsibilities/Liabilities for ergonomics.
  • Response: Team Leaders should talk to their bosses and look at link to policy on Indemnity for Public Servants. Mandi to advise concerned team leaders that extent of responsibility is due diligence.
  • Crystal Anderson: Crystal noted that she called the building 1-800 number with regards to garbage in the stairwell in early January and the response was swift. Within 20 minutes, 3 people had shown up at her desk to resolve the matter. The stairwells have been clean since that time.
  • Tina: Nothing to report.
  • Mandi: Mandi inquired about the lack of No Smoking signage on the front of the building.
  • Response: This is an issue for Jan Gillis through the building committee. It was further noted that the rear of the building was where the problem lay. There has been good compliance with no smoking in the back, but there has been a problem with people leaving cigarette butts on the ground since the ashtray was removed.
  • Gwen to share link and send msg out to mgrs.
  • Tina to email Jan Gillis

Meeting adjourned at 11:00 pm

6. Next Meeting : Tuesday, February 19th ,, 2007 at 1:30 pm

CPP/OAS Processing BC/YT Service Area Workplace Safety & Health Committee Meeting Minutes December 18th, 2007 1:00 pm

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

  • Sarah Burns Co Chair CEIU October 17th, 2007
  • Crystal Stephens CEIU
  • Crystal Anderson CEIU November 27th, 2007
  • Donna Lloyd CEIU
  • Heidi Fraser CEIU
  • Tina McKechnie Recorder November 27th, 2007
  • Pete Bowering Guest
  • (Chair) Kim Bergh Director
  • (Co-Chair)Gwen Kinakin SDM DSB

AGENDA ITEM

1. Call to Order

2. Review Minutes of October 17th, 2007

  • Previous minutes approved.

3. New Business

3.1 First Aid Stations and Attendants:

  • There is no need to have first aid attendants at off-site according to Canadian EnviroOSH legislation.
  • A crossover between First Aid Attendants and Building Emergency Organization is needed.
  • Meeting to be convened with First Aid Attendants to check First Aid kits are stocked as per regulations, arrange for procurement of supplies, and to establish willingness to continue service.
  • More rigour to be brought to First Aid Attendants regarding maintaining inventory in First Aid Kits and manning First Aid Stations.
  • Recertification costs must be built into the budget piece for next year.

3.2. Fire Drills

  • Pete Bowering spoke to the committee about two incidents.
  • The fire drill of Oct 18. (see November 27th minutes for detailed report)
  • The practice fire drill on October 18th, 2007 was successful.
  • Numerous building issues were raised and Profac is tracking these. Follow up will be shared.
  • The false alarm on November 22nd
  • This was an unexpected full evacuation due to a false alarm, triggered by building maintenance on the 4th floor.
  • Other alarms were noted, and in one instance, some people evacuated the building when the test alarm rang for more than 5 seconds. Normal notification procedure had not been followed in this instance because of the absence of some of those who were to transmit the message.

3.3. Workplace Inspections

  • Declutter and clean went well.
  • Some pieces around signage and floor maps still to be addressed.
  • The November and December inspections have been completed according to schedule. Observations sent out today and attached below.

3.4. Eyewash Stations

  • No need for eyewash stations as there is no identifiable hazard. Kim and Sarah, as co-chairs, agreed that they could be removed.

3.5. Committee Name

  • The name will remain Occupational Safety and Health Committee for ease of identification, noting that the emphasis is equal on safety and health. Pete to speak with F.A. attendants &
  • Gwen/Sarah re FA meeting and kit inventory. Gwen – advise Director

4. Hazardous Occurrence Incident Report

  • One hazardous occurrence was reported by Jan Gillis on November 22, 2007. The individual twisted a knee on the stairwell during the evacuation drill. This individual was appointed as a mobility impaired person and Lab 1070 was sent to RHQ.

5. Tip of the Month

  • December – Heidi will provide a tip in the near future.
  • January – Sarah Burns will provide a tip of the month.

6. Round Table

  • Crystal Stephens: no concerns
  • Crystal Anderson: inquired about procedures for issues of mess in the stairwells and was told to contact the building service desk for any cleaning or maintenance concerns.
  • Donna: no concerns
  • Tina: no concerns
  • Meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm

9. Next Meeting : Tuesday, January 22ndth ,, 2007 at 1:30 pm




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