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Vancouver Area Council Meeting Minutes 27 April 11

In Attendance: Jamey Mills (President) UTE 20027, Sharon Tieman (Treasurer) UPCE 20101, Cheryl Oenema (Secretary) UNDE 21008, Tracy Shudo CEIU 20949, Cindy Zhou GSU 20008, Terri Lee AGR 20044, Fe De Casto GSU 20008, Rhonda Johns UPCE 20095

Guests: Joanne Hay UPCE 20095 – Kelowna, Marion McLarty NAT 20150
Staff Rep: Monica Urrutia
Regrets: Sam Weise

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Marie Lygo has stepped down as secretary so an interim election was held to elect a new secretary. Cheryl Oenema is the new secretary of the VAC.

Guest speaker: Joey Hartman, President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council (VDLC). Joey is the first female president of the VDLC. Members are encouraged to get their locals to affiliate to the VDLC, there are currently 3 locals that are affiliated. The cost is $0.35 per member per month. This cost can be split if the local has members in area of other district labour councils. For more information you can email Joey at president@VDLC.ca . You do not need to be a delegate to attend meetings or to participate in the various committees, such as, the Women’s Committee, the Youth Committee, International Affairs and the Standing Strike Support Committee. For more info check out the VDLC website www.vdlc.ca and sign up for the email list to get updated on upcoming events.

Affiliate Reports:

• CEIU 20949 – Day of Mourning buttons to be distributed to co workers. Sending four delegates to the BC Regional Convention.

• GSU 20008 –Union management meeting, one of the biggest issues is staffing, looking for more transparency in hiring practices. Going towards competency based, inventory of skills staffing practices, had some positive and negative feedback. Transfer of Compensation workers to NB. The employer is holding a diversity learning event. National Day of Mourning will be handing out pins in front of the office. Held a boat cruise for members and will be doing another cruise. Lunch and learns to discuss the changes to the collective agreement

• AGR 20044 – General meeting, summer social event, National Council meeting. AGR members to be in phase 1 of the transfer of compensation workers to NB. CFIA bargaining conference to be held in May, there will be 24 equity seeking seats available. French language teachers are being laid off and the jobs are being contracted out. CFIA policy changes which will result in less inspections. Looking to get some media attention in response to the CBC feature, Country of Origin. Sending two delegates to the BC Regional Convention. Bob Jackson is running for REVP.

• NAT 20150 (Newly created local) – Plans to affiliate. Department of Indian Affairs has a unique hiring target of 50% aboriginal staff, currently around 35%. Union management meeting, no longer allowed to post aboriginal only jobs to the public. Creation of the Aboriginal Declaration form as opposed to self ID to prove aboriginal status.

• UPCE 20101 & 20095 – Laying off of contact centre employees moved to July from September. Closing of the Ottawa contact centre in October, and contracting out of these jobs. Membership has been decreased by 1/3. Convention to be held in September. Sending one delegate to the BC Regional Convention. Has a member working in the PSAC office in organizing. Waiting to see what happens 25 May in regards to the CUPW strike, they will support as needed. Purolator employees may be asked to do Canada Post work.

• UTE 20027 – Got an automatic defibrillator in the office building along with training. There were renovations to the main floor of the building, further reducing the client service area open to the public. Staffing issues a big concern. Low morale amongst staff and an outside consultant, being hired, the biggest issues are staffing and harassment. UTE convention in Montreal in July, President Betty Bannon is retiring. Sending five delegates and two observers to the BC Regional Convention.

Resolutions:
Discussed some of the resolutions from the BC Regional Convention. Looks like the resolutions submitted by the VAC are in concurrence with the resolutions committees.

Upcoming Events:
• National Day of Mourning 28 Apr 11. Rally at Hastings Park @ 8:00 am.
• May Day Rally and Parade 1 May 11 to celebrate the International Day of the Worker, 1:00 pm at Clark Park @ 13th and Commercial to McSpadden Park.
• NDP Rally 30 Apr 11 @ 12:30 pm in Burnaby 4088 First Ave at Gilmour, 1St Ave Film Studios.

Fair Taxation Conference – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Being held at the Maritime Centre on 27-28 May 11.
Motion – The VAC will provide funding for $75.00 for Cindy Zhou to attend the fair taxation conference. M/S/C Jamey, Rhonda

WCB Regulation rollback and petition, in regards to safety for night time workers. Monica to forward email from the BC Fed, please distribute widely.

Summer Event (June or July). Talk of organizing a fun event for the VAC and others, such as a Vancouver Canadians Game and buffet BBQ. Jamey and Monica to find out more info.

CLC Conference: The Regional Council is helping to fund council members to attend the CLC convention.

Motion: Move that the VAC provides $200.00 in funding to assist the BC Regional Council in sending delegates to the CLC Convention taking place in Vancouver. M/S/C Jamey, Sharon

Motion: Move to donate $50.00 to the BC Regional Convention host committee for the express purpose of donating to a basket for the basket raffle fund raising. M/S/C Jamey, Rhonda

There will be an executive meeting or conference call in July to discuss the Labour Day Event.

Round Table:
• 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Conference, 30 Sept – 2 Oct 11. Application and Resolutions deadline is 13 May 11.
• Get out and Vote!!

Okanagan Women’s Committee Meeting May 13th 2011

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In attendance: Annette Hale, Kelly Megyesi, Susan Yaciw, Joy Harrison, Roberta Gourlie, Kareen Stanich, Linda Woods, Martha Johnson, Regina Brennan, & guest Sheila Dunnachie.

The committee took advantage of being together at the PSAC Convention in Vancouver.  In support of women, everyone wore pink and participated in “See Yew Friday”.

Kelly Megyesi is running for the BC Women’s position and most of the committee were able to assist with her campaign. Voting to be held at breakfast meeting Sat morning.

Sheila is a retired union member/activist and it was interesting to hear about her role in supporting women within the union.

The meeting was mostly informal discussions, which ranged from the Federal election, participation in the Okanagan Committee, PSAC elections, ideas for upcoming activities, strategies, etc.

Joy Harrison was congratulated for her presentation on APSAR that day. She presented to the floor and set-up a booth outside of plenary with information and registration forms.

It was wonderful to have all of our active Okanagan members at convention. Everyone is fully participating, whether a delegate or an observer. It has been rewarding to see the growth & solidarity of our group.

Members were asked to keep the date of June 24th, 2011 open as the Human Rights Group (Annette, Martha, Kelly, & hopefully Maria Luiza will be back from Brazil) will be hosting their first event which is a Amnesty Dinner – Taste of Justice.

Unable to report out on financial information as meeting is in Vancouver but there has been no major change since last meeting. Financial will be updated at our next meeting.

Date for next meeting to be advised.

Okanagan Area Council meeting – May 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Meeting TBA

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

Minutes prepared by: VIHRC Recording Secretary Laura Gracie

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

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

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Attendance

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

Roundtable Introduction:

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

Old Business for review:

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

New Business

Treasurer’s Report:

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

Women’s Candlelight Vigil:

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

PSAC Meet & Greet:

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

PSAC Human Rights National Network (HRNN):

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

VIHRC AGM (2011) Date Change:

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

VIHRC Delegate/Alternate to BC Regional Triennial Convention:

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

Meeting Adjourned at 7:34 PM.

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

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

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

Meeting called to order at 5:35pm

Introductions – The Committee welcomes Astrid to the meeting.

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

Debrief on December 6th Candle Light Vigil

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

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

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

BC Triennial Convention Delegate Elections

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

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

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

Victoria RWC Budget 2011

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

2011 Meeting Dates

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

Meeting with MP’s re Childcare and Pensions

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

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

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:10pm

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee November 23, 2010 ‘E-Meeting’ Minutes

Minutes prepared by VIHRC Recording Secretary Laura Gracie

  • Released Unofficially: December 2, 2010
  • Adopted Officially: February 8, 2011

Attendance

  • Boardroom: None.
  • Teleconference: None.
  • Guest: None
  • Translators: None
  • Regrets: None.

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Boardroom Meeting Cancelled:

  • Due to the wintery weather conditions, this physical meeting was canceled and an ‘electronic meeting’ was conducted instead three days later via e-mails on November 26, 2010.

Old Business for review:

Reviewed / Adopted September 9th AGM Minutes & Post to PSAC BC website

Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to accept the previous minutes. Seconded: Laura Gracie. Carried: Unanimously by email

New Business:

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Discussion ensured of current financial picture and was also presented with a current financial statement ending November 10, 2010.
  • This was the last act of our predecessor Treasurer, Wendy Bruce, before her career move to mainland. Once again thank you Wendy Bruce. Congratulations and good luck with her new job.
  • The current balance as of November 10, 2010 was $996.39 in chequing and $50.13 in shares equity accounts.

Treasurer Replacement:

  • Michael Doerfler became the current interim Treasurer until next AGM in September 2011. Please direct all financial inquires to him.
  • Networking with other HRCs, Locals & Components (Moved up from June 22nd):
  • Plenty of discussion on how VIHRC can network with other HRCs across the country as there is lack of support and resources in place to bring all together.
  • Some suggestions included that perhaps PSAC can host a place on their website so any Human Rights position from a HRC or Local/Component can come together online by discussing about issues in an online forum.
  • For now, Michael Doerfler will continue to find HR members across the country and create an email list similar to VIHRC email list to keep all in the loop and exchange ideas etc.

VIHRC Delegate to BC Triennial Convention:

  • Kay Sinclair from PSAC BC presented a document on how we can elect a member from VIHRC to go to the regional convention in spring 2011 as a delegate.
  • This is first time VIHRC is able to participate in this process.
  • The requirements are is that we need to advertise about the election at least 4 weeks ahead of the meeting which VIHRC would elect someone and possibly an alternative. This ‘election’ meeting has to be in between 2 months to 6 months before the convention which is in mid May 2011. VIHRC’s February 8th (2011) Meeting falls perfectly in that period. VIHRC will elect a delegate and an alternative in this meeting.

Candle Vigil Donation Request:

  • Request received from Virginia Vaillancourt requesting a donation of $100.00 for the December 6th Candle Light Vigil which is being put on by the Victoria Regional Women’s Committee. Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to donate $100.00. Seconded: Anita Hoffman Carried: Unanimously by e-mail

PSAC Meet & Greet Donation Request:

  • Request received from Dave Jackson of the PSAC Victoria Regional Office requesting a financial donation towards the Meet and Greet on the 14th of December 2010. Motion: Michael Doerfler moves the motion to donate on a sliding scale of $50.00 – $100.00 depending on the response of other committees’ financial donations. Seconded: Laura Gracie. Carried: Unanimously by e-mail.**Note: The final amount ended up to be $100.00.

Conclusion of ‘E’ Meeting:

  • This was a very interesting experiment to do this meeting via electronic means. This is good to know if we have to do this again in future i.e. an emergency meeting or unforeseen reasons.

Next Meeting: February 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Human Rights Committee – meeting minutes  January 5, 2011

In attendance:

  • Shawna Hall
  • Dean Bordokas
  • Tracy Shudo
  • Katie Moran
  • Sargy Chima
  • Jennifer Ho
  • Deanna Wilson
  • On phone – Kay Sinclair
  • staff resource person – Regina Brennan (minutes)

Agenda

  1. Previous Minutes and business arising
  2. Terms of Reference and structure of the HR Cttee
  3. Sick Leave Credits
  4. Movie Night
  5. Delegate election
  6. Racially Visible Conference
  7. Round Table
  8. Next Meeting

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Opening round and introductions plus we celebrated the coming New Year.

1. We passed the previous minutes and added the agenda item on the Racially Visible conference to this meeting to followup on the business arising.

2. Terms of Reference and structure of the HR Cttee. The terms of reference are from 2004. We agreed to hold a steering committee meeting on January 19th, at 5:30pm in the boardroom, of Sargy, Tracy, Regina, Kay and ask Pam Jabal to join by phone if she would like to. This meeting would be to discuss the structural questions that were raised and to make a recommendation for any changes required to our terms of reference.

Tracy made the following suggestions:

We should have more than two signing officers

The cheques should be kept at the Regional Office and be available at the meetings.

Tracy agreed to send Sargy, Regina and Kay a copy of the Island Terms of Reference.

3. Sick Leave Credits. Dean brought the issue of the Canada Post Short Term Disability plan issues to the committee. Discussion about possibly filing a Human Rights Complaint, a grievance, or organizing a campaign. The plan affects people with chronic illnesses adversely. The Local will keep an eye on things and provide representation where needed.

4. Movie Night. We agreed that the movie night was a big success and we would like to do more of them. Katie will look into Made In Dagenham and let us know times and dates so we can go as a group. Regina will check on the movies we currenly have in-house that would be good. Regina will also check with Marion McLarty to see if she has any access to the Cliff Movies.

February 11 to 13 is the World Community Film Festival at Langara College.

Carol will email information on the passes available once she knows the information.

5. Delegates to the PSAC Regional Convention. We will hold our election on Monday, February 7th. We previously agreed to send one delegate and up to two observers, and spend up to $600.00 on the observers. We will have some expenses for the delegate too. The registration fee of $100.00 plus one days pay will not be covered for the delegate out of the PSAC funding. In order to run for one of these positions, you need to be a member in good standing, and you need to self identify with the PSAC.

6. We were asked to provide ideas and contact information for entertainment for the upcoming Racially Visible conference. We are allowed to have a table there, and we have plenty of posters to hand out. Regina to check with Seema to see if white people can staff the table too, or if the conference is only open to racially visible people. The conference is from April 1 to 3.

7. Round

Jennifer thanked the committee for the funding for the December 6th event and gave us a report on how it went. Great event.

Tracy reminded us about the movies on February 11-13 organized by Co-Dev.

8.. Next meeting will be on Monday, February 7th, as decided in point 5 above.

Meeting Adjourned at 7:30pm

Summerland Research Station, Summerland

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vancouver Area Council AGM Minutes

  • Date: Oct 27, 2010
  • Chair: Jamey Mills, President 2010
  • Minutes: Marie Lygo

Locals Represented and Present: GSU-20008, UTE-20027, UPCE-20101, UPCE 20095, UVAE- 20045, CEIU- 20938, CEIU 20949, AGR-20044, UEW 20147
Guest locals: NHU-20031, NAT-20088, UNDE 21008

Regional Representative PSAC – Monica Urrutia

Attendees: Cindy Zhou, Marie Lygo, Sharon Tieman, Cheryl Oenema, Allen Schofield, Deanna Wilson, Jamey Mills, Fe De Castro, Marie Carter, Terri Lee, Sam Weise, Rhonda Johns, Megan Adam.

Continue reading below, or download the Vancouver Area Council AGM, Oct 27 2010 meeting minutes

1. Agenda m/s/c – Marie Lygo, Sharon Tieman, UNANIMOUSLY ACCEPTED. Meeting called to order at 5:35 pm.

2. President’s report: see attached (pdf) m/s/c Sam Weise, Allen Schofield. Moved and carried.

3. Treasurer’ report: (available at RO)

  • Presentation of the Finance Report for 2010 was made by Sharon Tieman:
  • Questions of clarification came from the floor and president regarding procedures and terminologies, conversation ensued. MOTION to ACCEPT REPORT: made by Rhonda Johns and Allen Schofield, Moved and Carried unanimously.
  • Proposed Budget changes: $20 Under Income – Investment Income line item was added for $20; Under Expenses – Conventions, Conferences & Education was changed to $600 and District Labour Council affiliation dues was changed to $850 – m/s/c as amended (Sharon/Rhonda)
  • Treasurer and President expected a net loss of approximately $650.00. No further questions or motions.

4. Affiliates Reports:

  • Allen Schofield CEIU-20938 – Human Rights and Race Relations Resolution focus resulted in GBLT added as equity group under the EE Act . Recognition of Faith Nolan as speaker and singer, whom addressed his membership and was very motivational and entertaining. Successful advances for Term Casual Employees- of which his department has a lot from the YMCA and Co-op Students. There is now a mentor ship program under way and better Employment Equity agreed upon procedures and standards. Doing position review via their local to keep a close eye on the term employees and they have a speaker scheduled regarding the questions regarding the new contract.
  • Terri Lee from AGR-20044 – Attended the PSAC National Women’s Conference dealt with pay equity issues and abolishment of CIO is in it’s 2nd reading. Pensions was at the fore front with ON NET LOBBYING, Child care was the other major subject of discussion at the conference. The conference had great speakers, including lobbying specialists, PSAC reps in all three areas and MP’s assistants and “Wanna – B’s”for future political positions. The Liberal Assistant to the MP was there for the region, the new contract was sent for ratification while the conference was on, so 1 hour allotted to discuss FB and PA. Also in attendance was Patty Ducharme, Robyn Benson and Maria Fitzpatrick. At same time the OHS conference was going on across the street, so there was a great deal of intermingling to discuss mutual issues after hours.
  • Jamey Mills UTE-20027 – Lost Treasurer to HR, interim election to replace. One of the big projects was signing up Rands, most are terms. We’re getting ready and well prepared for Collective Bargaining and a Strike Structure in place, now may not be necessary but yet to be seen. PST employees (approx 900) coming from the province due to commencement of HST and this will effect many locals. PIPSC may receive the majority but 45 auditors and 45 collection EE’s will be absorbed slowly over next few months. The Provincial Workers are only guaranteed 2 years of employment.
  • Sharon Tieman UPCE-Van Local 20101- this is their 1st year of no sick leave allotment and family leave. They now have only short term disability. Although those who have claimed have received it quickly, but families and workers are feeling the pinch in their wages due to these contractual changes. There local has lost most all of it’s executive staff due to buy outs and disability. *They have filed a Human Rights Complaint. As well CUPW is into bargaining now. They are losing 30% of membership due to burn out, and then Contract Centres and contracting out in 2011 will see the loss of approximately 300 members.
  • Sam Weise CEIU-20949, which includes Citizens Services, OAS, EI and Passport intake. Cuts to terms (sunset clause) and indeterminate hired. This may be last of term employees, as there is move a foot to centralise services even more. Employer is now saying that employees have to work at specific locations yet files are virtual? State as well, that clerical audits must move downtown. TB policies on Values and ethics being sighted.
  • Rhonda Johns UPCE-20095- Purolator, They have a new president, and therefore lots of memos and notes. They have eliminated some higher end jobs and they are combining jobs with the post office re upper positions and duties.
  • Marie Lygo UVAE-20045- VAC, They have contracted out all payment functions to Blue Cross and cut back our authority. They are not replacing EE’s and so far have relied on attrition. We have been advised, no guarantee of employment at VAC for more than 3 to 5 years. It of course is not running as planned, and we are inundated with backlog. New local president, Jas Nagra as I stepped down in July 2010. I have asked the new executive to come to Area Council, I attending UDP levels 1,2,3 and those local building skills worked as our new executive has 2 people under 30. I am co chair of VWC – PSAC and local’s OHS until Jas ready to take over.
  • Megan Adam, UEW-20147, was on the bargaining committee, for FB and PA groups with Treasury Board. She took the time to explain why they decided it was prudent to accept the severance cut part of the contract and equally as important to have the membership vote. Questions ensued after her bargaining report. Then went on to report they were expecting to absorb approximately 60 provincial EE’s and they are running an open competion. The commission has applied many changes and there will be a coming enquiry regarding the missing sockeye salmon in the Fraser River. It appears that John Cummings is scape goating DFO and the public Service Members. There will be some reclassifications into PIPSC and PMs to other bargaining units. Some Officer positions now down grading as AS2 to AS1.
  • Fe De Castro, GSU-20008, their local is going to have their AGM in November 2010. Last two experienced executive Jack Seto and Rob Terres have retired and they need some young blood in their executive and in leadership positions. Bill Plemming is looking for volunteers. Getting very negative feed back re the loss of severance in the contract. They have a very high number of terms, they are working on a plan of action for sunset plan. They have had a Finance reclass and a new manager asking for upgrading. Pay modernization at the call centre and the retirement agreement have people very upset
  • Deanna Wilson, NAT-20008 – Heritage Canada National has now been split from INAC. Internal service review being done, in both Finance and Communications. National Health and Welfare NEQ is very upset about the severance issue.
  • Marie Carter, NHU-20031: She has had an excellent orientation from PSAC business agent and has more training to come. Some of the issues are terms, casuals and sunset issues primarily.
  • Agriculture AGR-20044: Food Safety Action plan in the works and taking a lot of energy and attention, Hired indeterminate. There is an important food lobby in respect to imported foods. They have a very bad manager presently and the area manager from Calgary is blind to the problems and not taking action. Agreed the Cda Compensation advisors are not being back filled. Each person is doing about 5 peoples’ work and people are having trouble coping. She is going to first human rights conference. It has taken 6 – 8 years to pass act, hoping it will go through at conference. Reminded the attendees, about Garry Fraser – PSAC Regional Representative has work force watch at e mail for all of you “fraserg@psac-afpc.com”.

5. Bargaining

  • More discussing and questions for Megan Adam: the Macro – severance, wages and term benefits. Selected 5 major demands. Successful re renewal of JLP, occupation group structures, budgeting in individual departments and by contracting on time it will not be so devastating to individual department budgets as freeze doesn’t come off until 2013. To prevent lay off’s it was agreed and Bubble Financing would then be avoided . They tried hard re the severance but were unsuccessful. Employer was adamant. They got improvement s to False reporting, pay increases and avoided some job deportation. However 1200 jobs were lost to private contracting or provincial government at HRDC effecting the CEIU membership. The union realised that considering the hostile bargaining and financial atmosphere at present, we did better than expected and some strides for term casual employee made re sick leave and benefits. PA’s agreed but FB walked away due to special demands. Now bargaining agreement for SV,PA EB.

6. Elections:

  • Monica Urrutia, PSAC Regional Representative took over presiding over the meeting:
  • President: Jamey Mills was nominated by Marie Lygo and 2nded by Megan Adam. He agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation as no other nominations from the floor.
  • 1st VP Allen Schofield nominated by Jamey Mills and 2nded by Sharon Tieman. He agreed to run and no other nominations from the floor. Voted in by Acclamation.
  • 2nd VP- Sam Weise nominated by Jamey Mills and 2nded by Marie Lygo. She agreed to stand. No other nominations from the floor. Voted in by Acclamation.
  • Secretary S.Marie Lygo, nominated by Sam Weise and 2nded by Rhonda Johns, no other nominations from the floor. She agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation.
  • Treasurer, Sharon Tieman nominated by Sam Weiss and 2nded by Marie Lygo, she agreed to stand. No other nominations from the floor. Voted in by Acclamation.
  • 3 Members at Large: Nominated Teri Lee by Sam Weise, and 2nded by Jamey Mills. Agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation.
    Nominated Rhonda Johns, Nominated by Sharon Tieman, and 2nded by Marie Lygo. Agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation.
    Nominated Fe De Castro by Megan Adam, and 2nded by Sam Weiss=e, she agreed to stand. Voted in by Acclamation.

Monica turned the chair back over to Jamey Mills, newly re-elected President of Vancouver Area Council. This will be his second term.

Subject open for discussion per Jamey re events the Area Council Members have on their radar and wish to participate and support.:

  • Bill – C10
  • Gender identity as a Human Right
  • Bullying in the work place
  • April 28, NH day of mourning
  • Presentation of JLP by Karla Backer
  • Women’s Committee

Some Aims and interests:

  • Metro Vancouver Alliance. Affiliate is George Harasle
  • Maintain the Labour Centre at Triumph and Victoria
  • Public Forum with New Zealand
  • Studies on coalitions
  • Continuing Events we already support

Put to floor to form an Ad hoc Committee to get some things underway:

Volunteer members are Sam Weise, Allen Schofield, Jamey Mills and Marie Lygo

  • Submission to social justice funds and world social forum and summit of the Americas
  • Make Poverty History and campaigns about the working poor to get the message back out there and not let it die in this current economy.
  • Jane Doe legal aid.
  • The Women’s Regional Committee for PSAC
  • And any local worth calls that catch our attention we wish to lend our support to.
  • Will E-mail Kay Sinclair re 1 delegate needs to be in by November 14, 2010
  • Next Meeting is Jan 12, 2011
  • Ad hoc committee will meet the 3rd week of January 2011, either 13,14,15

Some more Retirement Allowance discussion (1.92) lost the first year of the contract. Perks, UPCE, CUPW, APOC, CPAA, and sick leave improvements. Jamey ended conversation as meeting was running over. Follow up on all subjects will ensue.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm and Monica swore in the new Area Council Executive.

Milestones Restaurant, Kelowna

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

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

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

Treasurer’s Report:

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

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

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

Old Business:

1) Formation of South Okanagan Area Council

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

2) Workplace Watch:

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

Standing Items:

1) Regional Council Update:

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

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

2) Regional Office Update:

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

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

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

3) Education:

The following courses were held since our last meeting:

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

- Duty to Accommodate in Penticton Sept 25/26.

- Stewards training in Fall in Kamloops?

- Union School, November 5 to 7.

4) Labour Council Meetings:

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

http://members.shaw.ca/nolc/

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

New Business:

1) Kootenays Field Trip:

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

Round Table:

Linda Woods – August 25th house concert with Rabble Berries

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

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

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

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

Adjourned at 12:25pm

Download a PDF copy of: June 26 OAC minutes

PSAC VICTORIA AREA COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES – September 21, 2010 PSAC Victoria Regional Office

Members Present:

  • Virginia Vaillancourt – UVAE 20030
  • Ian Wiggs – UNDE 21008
  • Steve Portlock – UNDE 21010
  • Nick Humpreys – UEW 20169
  • Paul Jones – UNDE 21008
  • Pete Wills – UEW 20076
  • Jim Sidel – DCL 20500
  • Scott Parker – UTE 20028
  • Cindy Little – UTE 20028
  • Ernest Hooker – UCTE 20220
  • Sharon Hazelwood– NAT – 20140
  • Kenan Sweezie – AGR 20064
  • Brenda Esplen – UTE 20028
  • Kay Ahmadi – UTE 20028
  • David Ramalho – UNDE 21011
  • Derek Williams – PSAC 20064

PSAC Victoria RO Staff Present:

  • Dave Jackson – PSAC Rep
  • Rosemary MacKenzie – PSAC Victoria

Guests:

  • Kay Sinclair – PSAC BC REVP

Regrets:

  • Ken Waldron – UNDE 21013
  • Jason Wallach – GSU 20001
  • Mandi Schubert – CEIU 20975

1. Call to order

  • Chairperson Sister Little called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm

2. Introductions

  • Roundtable introductions of members and guest

3. Adoption of Previous Minutes

  • Annual General Meeting minutes September 15, 2009 m/s/c P.Jones/D.Ramalho
  • General Meeting minutes June 10, 2010

4. Budget

  • Treasurer unavailable to attend meeting as he is a SV Bargaining Team Member and has been called back to Ottawa for discussions with Treasury Board.
  • Queries on budget:
    • Cumberland Miners – This is a memorial event that is put on in Cumberland; to Commemorate the miners who worked and lost their lives in the mines of Cumberland and other workplaces throughout BC. Victoria Labour Council rents a bus to Cumberland and donations are made to the event.
    • Under Miscellaneous – This line item is where donations came from why was amount decreased this year.
    • Query on Miscellaneous will be forwarded to treasurer and response will be sent out.
  • Motion to accept budget. m/s/c J. Sidel/P. Jones, D. Ramalho would like to be recorded as opposed.

5. By Law Amendments

  • Reviewed changes to the By-Laws. Discussion re: Section III Subsection 5 – query re when dues can be changed? Reference: Section X for process; Section IV – reviewed addition of specified term of office;
  • Section IX – query re where auditors report was? Auditors report is currently unavailable as the financial statements are not complete due to recent recall to Treasury Board Bargaining.
  • Motion to accept By Laws as presented. m/s/c P. Jones/J. Sidel

6. Elections

  • Elections conducted by Sister Kay Sinclair and Brother Dave Jackson
  • Position of President
    • Cindy Little Nominated by S. Parker, Seconded by N. Humphreys
    • Sister Little accepted – acclaimed
  • Position of Vice President
    • Ian Wiggs Nominated by V.Vaillancourt, Seconded by D. Ramalho
    • Brother Wiggs accepted – acclaimed
  • Position of Treasurer
    • Ken Waldron Nominated by D. Ramalho, Seconded by J. Sidel
    • Brother Waldron advised in writing his wish to accept – acclaimed
  • Position of Secretary
    • P. Wills Nominated by N.Humphreys, Seconded by S.Portlock
    • Brother Wills accepted – acclaimed

7. Living Wage Campaign

  • Nick provided an update. New Westminister now has a living wage bill. Coun. Randall Garrison from Esquimalt is on board with a living wage. Seth Klein will be attending the Victoria Labour Council Breakfast and will be doing a presentation on living wages. The living wage will be an ongoing topic at the Labour Council Breakfasts.
    There will be a By-Election this November for Greater Victoria City Council.
  • Kay advised that PSAC made a $1500.00 to the Coalition on Living Wage Campaign. There will be a PSAC rep who will attend the meetings in Vancouver.

8. December 6th event

  • Victoria Regional Women’s Committee is holding a Candle Light Vigil on December 6th at 5pm at the Legislature Grounds
  • Motion to donate $100.00 to the Victoria RWC to assist with costs of event. m/s/c V.Vaillancourt/J. Sidel

9. Hotels in Vancouver

  • Negotiations with 4 hotels in Vancouver. Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Westin Bayshore, the Four Seasons, and the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside (Marriott). Strike votes will be held in about 2 weeks. A delegation of unions will be meeting with management. PSAC will no longer be booking at these hotels and the hotels will be advised of this.

10. TB Bargaining

  • Treasury Board Bargaining Team members have been called back to Ottawa for expedited bargaining with Treasury Board.
  • If members have questions they are encouraged to email TB-Q&A@psac-afpc.com Responses will be posted on the PSAC Website www.psac.com

11. CRA Bargaining

  • CRA is currently in Ottawa bargaining. They will be returning to Ottawa to continue bargaining for 2 weeks following Thanksgiving.
  • CRA has Red Bracelets that they are wearing to support their Bargaining Teams.

12. BC Regional Convention

  • May 11 – 13, 2011 in Vancouver. The call out letter will come out in October. Resolutions Deadline TBA, it will be around January. The confirmed date for resolution submissions will be in the Call Out letter.
  • Area Council is entitled to 1 Delegate.

13. Adjournment Motion to adjourn meeting.

  • Meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm m/s/c

In attendance – Jamey Mills (President), Sharon Tieman (Treasurer), Fe De Castro, Angela Duhamel, Deanna Wilson, Teri Lee and Monica Urrutia (PSAC resource)

Meeting started at 5:45 pm

-Jamey spoke about the Labor Day Annual event – September 6, 2010, last year it was held at Trout Lake Park but is not being held there as it is booked already. We will participate again and Jamey to let us know where it will be held. Volunteers to work at our table are Deanna Wilson, Sharon Tieman, Jamey Mills and possibly Fe De Castro. Jamey will send out an email to all the members of the area council to give details for a short meeting in early August to set up the schedule for volunteers and should have more information on location. We will have the same games this year as they went over well last year.

- Stephen Von Sychowski from the BC Federation Young Workers attended our meeting to speak to us about a new campaign they were launching – Action & Rights Network. The website they have created for this is earnbc.ca.

-Monica spoke about the Red Tent Campaign. A motion was made by Jamey Mills and seconded by Sharon Tieman to buy 2 tents at a cost of $100.00 per tent. The $200.00 will be taken out of political action funds- Carried.

-Labor Day organizing, Jamey Mills moved to donate $130.00 out of donations to the BC Fed (organizers of the Labor Day event) and Teri Lee seconded- Carried.

- Jamey spoke about the PSAC Winter School coming up in November, 2010 and encouraged all to apply. Jamey also spoke about the new PSAC campaign – Workplace Watch.

Next meeting – early August 2010, Jamey will arrange and let everyone know.

Our last minutes were not available so Jamey will get them out to all of the members via email to have passed.

Round table – Taxation-lots of retirements and no new hires; Public Works-hiring new employees; Canada Post-also lots of retirements, huge downsizing as many are being offered incentives to leave; Canadian Heritage, as well not staffing positions as employees retire; Food Inspection there is a huge backlog of grievances, lots of H&S issues, hiring new inspectors and moving to a 7 day work week.

Meeting ended at 7:08 pm

Submitted by Sharon Tieman July 7, 2010

Attending: Jamey Mills, Deanna Wilson, Sharon Tieman, Cecilia Parsons, Allen Schofield, Marie Lygo, Bill Pleming, Paul Croes, Rhonda Johns, Monica Urrutia, Terri Lee, Jack Seto, Megan Adam

 Agenda Adopted (Megan/Rhonda)

  • Minutes Adopted (Megan/Jamey)
  • Presidents Report:
    • Elections recap/federal, provincial, municipal
    • Taxation and Bill C-10
    • $10 now campaign
    • Area Council involvement in May 1st
  • Financial Statement (Sharon/Rhonda)
    • Amended to move $100 from donations to political action budget (Paul C/Megan)
  • Proposed Budget (Sharon/Rhonda)
    • Request from Megan Adam for $300 to Local 20147 for VDLC affiliation dues 2009/10 year. (Megan/Terri)
  • Affiliate reports heard from: UTE 20027, UPCE 20101, UPCE 20095, CIU 20040, CEIU 20938, UVAE 20045, AGR 20044, GSU 20008, UEW 20147
  • UTE 20027 – Bill C-10, planning practical actions. Black Monday plantgate (Nov 2nd). Local split/call center moved, new local being formed.
  • UPCE 20101 – 6-week strike, lost sick leave as of Jan 2010 – rough year for local. Mgmt still holding strike against employees. Losing members through retirement – still in court over pay equity.
  • UPCE 20095 – Puralator – Collective agreement, conciliation, settled without a strike, haven’t received retro pay yet.
  • CIU 20040 – Chang in classification PM-FB which worked for most employees – though mgmt positions all went up by a greater increment. Arming initiative issues.
  • CEIU 20938 – Diversity committee organized joint union-mgmt anti-bullying day – wearing pink – issues in workplace re: bullying by manager. Contact Alan Schofield for more information on workplace wear pink day. Had manager removed from supervisory position. Had PRIDE event in workplace on transgender issues – standing room only.
  • UVAE 20045 – Lots going on last year – large enough group in a single location to have its own local. Had books seized due to errant treasurer. Went to both conventions. Down to 63 members – high turnout at meetings.
  • AGR 20044 – Listeriosis outbreak/review/inquiry – in favour of union – more inspectors/employees added. Some people going to provinces.
  • GSU 20008 – Continued downsizing due to privatization. Administrative instead of operational – change over of membership transfer into different unions. Classification issues, outdated work descriptions. Divestiture program under review. Management of Graving Dock under review etc. Dept very involved in Olympics. Most grievances ever in unit. Management going for the bottomline.
  • UEW 20147 – Olympics in the workplace, resolving transportation concerns. Increase in Medical Harassment, grievances.

 Elections:

    • President: Jamey Mills (Megan/Paul) – acclaimed
    • Vice President: Allan Schofield (Paul/Jamey) – acclaimed
    • 2nd Vice President: Rhonda Johns (Jamey/Sharon) – acclaimed
    • Secretary: Megan Adam (Jack/Marie) – acclaimed
    • Treasurer: Sharon Tieman (Marie/Rhonda) – acclaimed
    • Members at Large (3): Paul Croes, Terri Lee, Marie Lygo

 Final note: Jack Seto is retiring and the Area Council would like to do something for him at a future meeting.

Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee June 22, 2010 Meeting Minutes

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

Meeting Called to Order at 6:37 pm.

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

Attendance

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

Teleconference: Tracy Shudo

Translators: Mary Butterfield and Mary Warner

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

Old Business for review:

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

Vote Carried

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

New Business:

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all our members who attended this conference.

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

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

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

Pride 2010 Funding Request (Follow up) – Paul

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

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

Carried

Update on Banner Style & Costing – Mark

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

Summer BBQ fundraising for CMHR – Robert

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

RDSP Info – Maddalena

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

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

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

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

Networking with other HRCs, Locals/Components – Michael

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

Honorariums for VIHRC Caucus – Wendy

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

Website hosting for VIHRC resources? – Michael

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

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

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

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

Committee agreed that we should take advantage of both options.

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

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

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

VIHRC AGM on September 9, 2010 — All

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

Elections of the following positions:

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

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

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

New Businesses (Continued)

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:18 pm.

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

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Human Rights Committee

June 22, 2010 Meeting Minutes

Minutes released unofficially: June 24, 2010

Minutes adopted officially: September 9, 2010

Meeting Called to Order at 6:37 pm.

Attendance

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

Teleconference: Tracy Shudo

Translators: Mary Butterfield and Mary Warner

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

Old Business for review:

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

Vote Carried

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

New Business:

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all our members who attended this conference.

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

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

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

Pride 2010 Funding Request (Follow up) – Paul

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

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

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

Carried

Update on Banner Style & Costing – Mark

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

Summer BBQ fundraising for CMHR – Robert

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

RDSP Info – Maddalena

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

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

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

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

Networking with other HRCs, Locals/Components – Michael

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

Honorariums for VIHRC Caucus – Wendy

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

Website hosting for VIHRC resources? – Michael

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

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

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

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

Committee agreed that we should take advantage of both options.

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

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

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

VIHRC AGM on September 9, 2010 — All

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

Elections of the following positions:

Chair

Vice Chair

Treasurer

Recording Secretary

Technical Advisor

Members & Media Relations Officer

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

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

New Businesses (Continued)

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:18 pm.

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

VIHRC Meeting Minutes April 22, 2010

  • In attendance: Robert Mitchell, Paul Jones, Laura Gracie, Wendy Bruce, Michael Doerfler, Virginia Vaillancourt, Maddalena Maher, Dave Jackson, Rosemary MacKenzie – Tracy Shudo via teleconference.
  • ASL & SIGNED ENGLISH INTERPRETERS: Mary Butterfield & Mary Warner & Student Translator, Alison Corrigan.
  • Regrets: Mark McCavour, Cindy Little, Anita Hoffman, Mandi Schubert and Ryan Dowell.

Meeting started at 6:32 p.m.

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

Round table introductions were done.

Reviewed and adopted last minutes from February 18, 2010.

  1. VIHRC Bank Account Signers: Rosemary reported all five financial signers signed the new paperwork provided by Community Savings, which included the Treasurer (Wendy Bruce), who was elected at the last meeting. The five signers are Michael Doerfler, Wendy Bruce, Paul Jones, Virginia Vaillancourt and Rosemary MacKenzie.
  2. Follow up with Treasury and VIHRC financial details and budget was presented by Wendy Bruce. The current balance is $391.93. 2 statements have been received because we have 2 accounts, one is an equal shares account with the Community Savings account of which we put in $50.00 and have earned $.03 cents in interest so far and our business checking account which started with a balance of $450.00. Once the BC Committee receives their allocation we will receive ours shortly after that. Treasurer wants to apply for a local access fund to help pay for interpreters instead of from our operating budget.
  3. Pride 2010 funding request – Paul: Looking for money for Pride activities, as we don’t know how much we have for funding Paul has made a motion to move this item to next meeting on June 22, 2010. Carried.
  4. National GLBT convention resolution re: “Pride” term – Paul: Resolution made at the convention, great exception to the word Pride, resolution did not pass. Copy of National conference from 2007-2009 for anyone who wants to know what happened at these conventions. There were many discussions around the word Pride and many did not feel it was a very good word to use as it indicated only the GLBT group were proud and did not include other members under the 4 equity groups, it was felt that Pride was a term that excluded other equity people.
  5. Progress/vote on VIHRC logo designs – Robert: Robert gave a power point presentation with 4 designs for discussion and voting on. Symbols such as a dove, human figures, candles and urban imagery were used in the designing and planning. VIHRC has voted on a logo for the committee. The Committee would like to thank Robert for all the hard work he put into the planning and designing of these logos.
  6. Update on banner style & costing – Mark: Moved to next meeting.
  • Break 7:32 Meeting Resumed at 7:36
  1. Duty to accommodate – Maddalena: Presented to the Committee a power point presentation on the role of Community based Health Providers regarding Occupation Addiction Medicine. It was very informative and gave some of the responsibilities and rights between the employers and the employees as well as what information your Dr. is allowed to release to the employer. She advised of actual outcomes of cases heard by the courts and HR Tribunals. Bill C-45 is the key to understanding the term safety in the workplace. Thank you Maddalena.
  2. Amendments to TOR – Dave/Michael: Amendments to clean up the language of our VIHRC TOR previously voted in from our February 18, 2010 meeting to ensure clarity and consistency within the document. Amended version submitted. Discussion ensued and vote taken and passed to clean up language of our TOR as presented at today’s meeting. Cheque signers will communicate via e-mail to put in place processes for cheque signing which will then be amended and voted into the VIHRC’s TOR.
  3. Clarification on committee positions’ roles – Michael: Duties and responsibilities of committee positions for secretary duties. Recording secretary to use audio/digital recorder for meetings, meeting notifications and e-mailing agenda items along with the chair. Rosemary will usually do up agenda items and send them out to the committee members. She also has a template for signing in of members on meeting nights to ensure the contact information is up to date.
  4. VIHRC National Access conference in Ottawa – all: 4 members of our committee have been chosen for this convention; Paul, Maddalena, Wendy and Mark, congratulations! Paul would like to add a resolution for this conference; however the deadline has now passed. Deadline was the same time as the delegate applications on March 3, 2010. Virginia felt that this was unfair as members who would like to put forth a resolution may not do so because they don’t know at that time if they have been accepted as a delegate or not. Michael has brought forth some considerations he would like to be brought forward at this convention regarding a special access fund being started to accommodate funds for equipment for business related equipment for PWD members such as laptops and projectors for PSAC related business. Robert mentioned that his local has just bought a new laptop and are looking to donate their old one. He will look into the possibility of donating it to the VIHRC. Thank you!!! Paul will also bring forward a special resolution during convention to request a new access fund be established for special equipment needed for PWD members.
  • Final note to this: VIHRC has just been advised that we have another member of our committee who has been selected to attend this conference too. Congratulations Michael for being chosen to attend this conference as well!
  1. Website hosting for VIHRC resources – Michael: Moved to next meeting June 22, 2010.

Meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.

Next meeting is June 22, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the PSAC office.

In attendance: Brenda Esplen, Jeannette Lum, Sharon Hazelwood, Gwen Williams, Leanne Hughes, Cindy Little, Virginia Vaillancourt (Chair), Rosemary MacKenzie (PSAC Staff) Regrets:   Dyan Day, Mandi Schubert.

Meeting called to order at 5:40 pm

Review of April 13, 2010 minutes and approval

M/S/C
Jeannette Lum / Cindy Little /  Carried

Continue reading below, or download a copy of Victoria RWC May 27 minutes (pdf)

Budget

New signers are now on the account and we’re figuring what’s in our account.   Brenda will explain what we have in each account.   We will discuss budget for the upcoming year.   One requirement for the Victoria RWC is to submit a budget to the REVP each year.
After a cursory glance here is our balance as of March 31, 2010 :

  • $1175.54 in our Business Chequing
  • $129.47 in our Equity Shares Account
  • $700.98 Plan 24 Savings Account

Our next meeting is June 21st, so here is some suggestions re:  funding line items to think about.

  • Assistance to conferences
  • Meeting (foods / movie rentals etc)
  • December 6th event / March 8th
  • Contingency Fund / Miscellaneous
  • Donations

If you think of anything more before June 21st, just let me know (Virginia).

Funding for Women who’ve been selected to the BC Regional Women’s Conference

Re:   $75 registration fee.   Is any assistance needed by anyone?

As well, each RWC has been asked to bring a “basket” for the silent auction.   Suggestions?  How much do we wish to make up the basket for?  Tangible items……………

  • Murchies # 10 blend tea / Empress Tea
  • A candle from the Day of Mourning Event
  • Roger’s Chocolats , Smoked Salmon
  • Bottle of wine from a local winery, Maybe something from Butchart Gardens, Books from a local author
  • Postcards from Victoria

As well, we’ve been asked to assist in funding a beverage for the participants from the RW Conference.  Up to $200.  There will be 63 participants registered, plus the staff etc. Everyone was in agreement.

Air Travel to RW Conference.

We’ve be able to purchase two Harbour Air tickets from a local who had two extra flight tickets, willing to sell them to us for a reduced costs.

Gwen Williams and Sharon Hazelwood will be utilizing these tickets, as they are travelling as a team.

Delegate for the PSAC National Women’s Conference

It was asked if anyone was interested in going to the National Women’s conference as a delegate.   Only Virginia was interested.  Brenda said she would try and apply to go via her local.

Virginia will be the delegate
Brenda will be the alternate.

Meeting adjourned at:   6:40 pm

ABC Restaurant, Kelowna

In Attendance:

Susan Yaciw (UTE 20003), Joy Harrison (APSAR), Kelly Megyesi (CEIU 20915), Annette Hale (USGE 20153), Roberta Gourlie (CEIU 20915), Linda Woods (NAT 20140), Darrell-Lee McKenzie (AGR 20043)

The meeting was called to order at 8:45a.m. with Susan Yaciw in the chair.

Continue reading blow, or download a copy of Okanagan Area Council meeting minutes, April 10, 2010 (pdf)

Minutes:  Minutes from Jan 16, 2010 were reviewed.  Corrections were made to 1) S. OK Area Council    to indicate this as part of Martha, Susan, and Annette’s UDP project and 2) First Action Item to read Annette of USGE, to approach respective locals.

m/s/c

Treasurer’s Report:

-    CEIU local 20917 dues are two years past due and rep(s) have not been attending so considered as no longer interested in membership so written off.  Roberta has since spoken to President of this local who indicated their local will be paying arrears and current dues (organized treasurer problems).

-    $225.00 cheque to PSAC for Susan Yaciw’s Convention fee, still outstanding and now stale-dated.

Action: Amount to be returned to Financial Statement as Asset.  If Susan Y. is re-contacted for payment, cheque will be reissued.
m/s/c

-    Dues for 2010 ($1 per local Okanagan member) are now due.

Action:   Please forward cheques payable to OAC, and mail to: Darrell-Lee McKenzie, #5 – 799 Creekside, Penticton, BC, V2Z 1C5

Old Business:

1) Formation of South Okanagan Area Council

USGE has committed to support but response from Carolyn McGillivray indicates CIU may not.  Martha not at this meeting so unknown whether UVA will support.  Support from UTE likely but not confirmed.  Response from CEIU also not received yet. Decision to stay whole for now.  Response from CEIU Penticton now received who indicates support of formation of S. Okanagan Area Council.  Attendees of this meeting and Martha advised by e-mail.

2) Pension Fight:

The upcoming pension meeting in May between provincial and federal officials proceeding with reported “Everything on the table.”

Action:  Joy Harrison going to APSAR Executive Mtg at the end of May and will report out re:  Pension Fight and how Area Council can support APSAR.

Standing Items:

1) Regional Council Update:

-    PSEA is being reviewed.
-    Living Wage Campaign and Workplace Watch Campaign both supported.
-    The PSAC Negotiating Team for next round of bargaining has been named.

2) Regional Office Update:

-    Regina Brennan returned from her assignment with National PSAC office and has visited Okanagan during February.
-    Joanna Schultz will be leaving on maternity leave later this year.  Her replacement will be determined by competition.

3) Education:

The following courses were held since our last meeting:

- Susan, Annette, and Martha to attend final week of UDP May 1-2, 2010.
- Leadership II training proceeding in June

Action:  Susan Yaciw to forward education e-mail from Regina.

4) Labour Council Meetings:

-    Next North Okanagan District meeting is May 4, 2010 in Kelowna at 7 p.m.  Website for North Okanagan Labour Council:  http://members.shaw.ca/nolc/
-    Next South Okanagan District meeting is May 4, 2010.

Action:  Area Council members in Kelowna and Penticton to attend respective meetings where possible.

New Business:

1) Discussion surrounding formation of N. Okanagan Area Council if S. Okanagan does not proceed.  No decision made.  More time to be given for possible S. Ok formation.

Round Table:

Darrell-Lee – Letter to Stockwell Day sent re: prorogue parliament.  A response received acknowledging letter.  DL attended Penticton Prorogue rally.

Susan – Attended Kelowna Prorogue rally.

Annette – Pension Campaign petition sent to their Divisional Officer Rep who forwarded it to officers in Western Canada.

Next Meeting:  Possibly weekend of June 26.

Adjourned at 10:10 a.m.                                         m/s/c

ABC Restaurant, Kelowna

In Attendance:

Susan Yaciw (UTE 20003), Joy Harrison (APSAR), Kelly Megyesi (CEIU 20915), Annette Hale (USGE 20153), Roberta Gourlie (CEIU 20915), Darrell-Lee McKenzie (AGR 20043), Linda Woods (NAT 20140)

The meeting was called to order at 10:15a.m. with Kelly Megyesi in the chair via teleconference.

Continue reading below or download a copy of Okanagan Regional Women’s Committee meeting minutes April 10, 2010 (pdf)

Minutes:  Minutes from January 16, 2010 were reviewed.                                       m/s/c

Treasurer’s Report:

-    Balance as of March 31 was $2008.00.  Only payment was $100 to Haiti relief.
m/s/c

Old Business:

1) International Women’s Day:

-    Sample (rejected) highlighters distributed.  Agreement that not suitable.  Other swag displayed and discussed.  More suitable replacements to be ordered.
-    Kelly attended rally and breakfast in Vancouver and breakfast in Vernon.

New Business:

1) BC Regional Women’s Conference:

-    Conference being held in June 11 – 13, 2010.
-    Theme “Step Into Something that Move You.”
-    Deadline for Applications – April 28, 2010

2) Sisters in Spirit Walk:

-    From Kamloops to Manitoba.   Important to support.  Some committee members may be able to participate when the walk goes through the Salmon Arm area.

Action:  Kelly to forward e-mail to all members.

3)  Accessibility Conference – Vancouver:

-    Kelly attended.  Very good conference.  Buttons ordered “Just Say Hi” from
provincial program.

4) Bamboo Hoodies:

-    Suggested as Women’s Committee identifier.  www.jericosport.com

Motion:  To purchase 10 – 12 white hoodies with ORWC logo.  Members to
pay $25 each with balance coming from ORWC.
Kelly moved, Susan seconded, CARRIED.

Action:  Kelly to e-mail sizing info to regular attendees.

Round Table:

Kelly reminded everyone of Wear Pink Day, April 14.  Anti-bullying.  Kelly also attended the Ghakal vigil in Vernon on Apr 5.  She felt turnout was lower than other years, mainly due to poor weather.  She also attended the CEIU National Executive Committee in Ottawa as an observer.

Linda to provide link to website “Champion Against Bullying.”

Darrell-Lee recommended meetings alternate start between OAC and ORWC.

PSAC ORWC donating bag of toiletries to Kelowna Women’s Shelter via Linda Woods.

Next Meeting:  Possibly June 26, 2010 weekend

Adjourned at 11:50 a.m.                                         m/s/c

PSAC Victoria Regional Womens Committee meeting minutes – Feb 9 2010

Members present: Virginia, Alexandra, Mandi (& Cassandra), Cindy, Dyan, Brenda, Rosemary, Jeanette (on phone)

Review of Dec 6th Event: We spent $928.09 in total, a breakdown is to follow. Virigina suggested we think about planning for next years event soon. All in Favour.

March 8th Event: 100th anniversary of the International Womens Day concerning Pay Equity, Child Care Plan, Long Gun Registry among other important issues. It was suggested we use the same posters to raise awareness as were used last year. Virginia suggested a womens film night for Monday March 8th at 1730 at the PCAC office. She will contact the membesrs with more info when it’s confirmed.

Bill C471 Pay Equity Taskforce: Private Members Bill. This bill has passed it’s first reading and we will continue to watch it in its progression.

Bill C391 Long Gun Registry. Virginia wrote a letter to each MP that voted to dismantle the Long Gun Registry and she will make copies f the letters to send to us so we (PSAC Womens Committee) can take a personal and committee stand against the dismantling. She will draft a letter for us and send it via email for the members to send out. For more information on who voted for and against go to www.howdidtheyvote.ca.

2010 Meeting Schedule:

  • Tuesday April 13th at 1730
  • Tuesday June 15th at 1730
  • Tuesday Sept 14th at 1730
  • Tuesday Oct 26th at 1730

Meeting adjourned: 1836




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