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

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

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

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

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

Agenda

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

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

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

3. Review of Previous Minutes

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

4. Update on National Health and Safety Conference

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

New Business

1. Member Survey

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

2. The Health Canada Reduction of Service

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

3. Light Station De-staffing

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

4. Greening the Environment – Local 60 webmail.

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

5. Environment and H&S

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

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

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

7. Education

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

Meeting Adjourned, Next Meeting March 24, 2010

Public Service Alliance of Canada

British Columbia Regional Union Safety and Health (BRUSH)

Minutes

January 6, 2010

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

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

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

Agenda

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

§ Member Survey

§ Health Canada – Reduction of Service

§ Light station de-staffing update

§ Local 60 “Greening the Environment”

§ Environmental Issues and H&S

§ Sick Leave

§ Education

§ First Aid

  1. Round Table
  2. Adjournment

1. Introduction/Roll Call

Sam conducted a roll call and expressed members regrets

2. Agenda Approved

First Aid was added to the agenda under New Business

3. Review of Previous Minutes

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

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

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

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

TASK – Ensure this is a standing agenda item.

4. Update on National Health and Safety Conference

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

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

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

New Business

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

  1. The Health Canada Reduction of Service

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

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

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

Bill Pleming provided PWGSC’s perspective (above).

  1. Light Station De-staffing

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

  1. Greening the Environment – Local 60 webmail.

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

  1. Environment and H&S

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

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

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

TASK – Sam to produce the new Sick Leave Policy

  1. Education

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

§ Workplace Committee Training

§ Canada Labour Code Review

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

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

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

Meeting Adjourned

Next Meeting March 24, 2010

1730: Meeting called to Order

In Attendance: Virginia, Chair, Mandi, Co-Chair, Alexandra, Soniia, Jeanette, Dyan, Secretary, Brenda, Treasurer
Rosemary, PSAC Staff
Guest: Michelle, CAW Local 114

Agenda : Introductions
: Event plans for Dec 6th candle light vigil
: Approval of minutes
: 2010 Events
: Festive Meet n’ Greet

Michelle from CAW Local 114 provided update on items for Dec 6th Commemorative Vigil, which will be held between 1630 and 1800 at the BC Legislative grounds. Awaiting confirmation on Legislature Ground use. Invite letters drawn up by Virginia were passed around. Sarah from CAW Local 114 will contact the Transition Rep in addition to the letters. Donations for the events are discussed in addition to advertising for the event. Michelle will try to get a deal with Blackpress. 1X1 border, 2 days Monday to Friday with Victoria Daily is $131.27. Michelle will do some research into radio announcements as well. Sonia will do some research into Shaw. Mandi volunteered to send out letters to VIHA and post ads on UsedVictoria.Com and Craigslist.Com and will co-ordinate with the City of Victoria for a Calendar of Events.

A list of items needed for the Dec 6th event was then discussed. Flicker candles from RWC budget, 200 candles for $300. Order for 200 candles was approved unanimously.

Michelle offered to find out about having vehicles on the Government Lawn. Virginia will research sound system for event. Mandi, Soniia and Sarah volunteered for the information/donation table.

Next was the approval of October AGM minutes by Cindy, seconded by Jeanette. Motion passed.

Festive Meet and Greet planned for Dec 8th at the PSAC office between 1600 to 2000 an email will be sent to all PSAC memebers to come out.

2010 Events were to be postponed until the first meeting of 2010.

Cindy Little did the swearing in of Virginia, Mandi and Brenda.

Next meeting to be held Tuesday, Feb 9th 2010.

Meeting adjourned at 1849.

PSAC Victoria Regional Office

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

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

PSAC Victoria RO Staff Present: Dave Jackson – Regional Rep

Guests: Karla Backer – JLP, Sherry Boudreau – JLP

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

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

2. Introductions: Roundtable introductions of members present

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

4. Previous Minutes- Deferred to next meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Next Meeting June 8, 2010

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

_____________________________
Sister Cindy Little, President

Virginia Vaillancourt, Recording Secretary

PSAC – Human Rights Committee Meeting, Vancouver Regional Office, 17 November 2009 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm

In Attendance:

  • SHUDO, Tracy
  • MUNDY, Wanda (Secretary)
  • CHIMA, Sargy
  • THANDI, Jag
  • WILSON, Deanna
  • JABAL, Pam
  • GHAG, Meena
  • HO, Jennifer
  • FRASER, Gary
  • JONES, Paul (Vancouver Island)
  • BRENNAN, Regina (Temporarily)
  • SANDHU, Bhupinder

Agenda:

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Human Rights Day (Dec 10th, 2009) Activities
  • Adoption of the previous (September) Minutes.
  • Election of Chairperson and Co-Chair
  • December Human Rights Committee Social
  • Goals & Objectives for 2010
  • Debrief “Made In L.A.” – sisters Tracy Shudo & Wanda Mundy
  • Financial Statement
  • Adjournment

Members arrived by 5:45pm – dinner was served – and the meeting was called to order by Gary Fraser at 6:00pm.

Before the Agenda was addressed – sister Regina Brennan made a brief presentation on behalf of the VDLC Arts & Culture Sub-Committee regarding BC Human Rights Day activities – as she had to be elsewhere by 6:30pm. Discussed was the possibility of holding a Dec 10th event at the LAWA Café (920 Commercial Dr), or participating in others’ events (BC HRCP – Philippines).

Also mentioned were the logistics of funding participants/events @ $10-per-plate – on a “first come, first served” basis – up to 20 people. Brother Paul made a motion to donate $200 for the band, “Fraser Union,” who were performing at the LAWA Café. Sister Pam Jabal seconded – and the motion was unanimously passed.

(Note: We need to know what our budget is at the beginning of every year.)

The Minutes of the previous (September) meeting were read and adopted as written.

The Elections for a Chairperson and a Co-Chair were held – each position to be a year in duration from the date of the election.

Nominees: Tracy Shudo Wanda Mundy – Nominator
Deanna Wilson – 2nd

Sargy Chima Pam Jabal – Nominator
Mina Ghag – 2nd

Wanda Mundy Paul – Nominator
Jag Thandi – 2nd

Sister Wanda Mundy declined to run. The election was held, with the result that sister Sargy Chima will hold the position for a year of Chairperson for the BC Human Rights Committee, and sister Tracy Shudo will hold the position of Co-Chair for the same time.

Sister Sargy Chima has stated that she hopes to not only re-grow the Human Rights Committee, but also wants to serve further – as a member of the on the Health & Safety Committee. Sister Tracy Shudo will continue her good work as the Disability Rep for BC.

It was decided to hold the annual December (“Christmas”) Social on 11 December – a Friday. Sisters Tracy Shudo and Wanda Mundy will prepare the main courses of the turkey, smashed potatoes, special stuffing and gravy (sister Shudo) – and the veggies and cranberry/pear relish (sister Mundy). Desserts and beverages will be supplied by various members of the HRC. Sister Mundy has also booked her trio – “Illiteraty” – to perform (Earle Peach – Solidarity Notes Choir Director – and Albert Klassen – as the other two members of the trio) – and there will be games and prizes for the children.

After a brief discussion, a motion was made by sister Tracy Shudo and seconded by brother Paul – to delay discussion and planning of 2010 Goals & Objectives until we have a better understanding of our budgetary limits. The motion passed unanimously.

Sisters Tracy Shudo and Wanda Mundy had made arrangements to attend the viewing of a documentary film, called “Made in L.A.” – that had been shown at the SFU Harbour Campus. This film, which began initially as a 2-month student project – but then grew to a 3-year commitment to tell the whole story – centered around the struggle of a community of illegal Latina garment workers in Los Angeles – who, against many barriers (not the least of which was their illegal status), tried to form a Union. Working 12 to 16-hr days for less than minimum wages, doing piecework – they would see the clothing which they had made for pennies – being sold for thousands of dollars Retail.

At the end of the film, the sisters were able to meet and speak directly with two of the participants in the film – a very powerful experience. It has been put forward that the BCHRC look into acquiring copies of this film for purposes of education and re-sale.

The Financial Statement was read and adopted as follows:

$ 507.39 (currently in the bank)
$ 500.00 (coming from the PSAC)
$1,007.39 Total

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.

Submitted By: Wanda Mundy – Recording Secretary, 16 February 2010

PSAC Okanagan Area Council, Minutes of Meeting January 16, 2010, 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 10:00a.m. with Susan Yaciw in the chair.

Continue reading below, or download the January 16 2010 Okanagan Area Council meeting minutes (pdf)

Minutes: Minutes from September 14, 2009 were distributed. Corrections were made to Education section…spelling correction under JLP action item, s/b “….advise d Darrell-Lee” m/s/c

Treasurer’s Report:

  • The year-end financial statement was reviewed. $3861.42 balance.
  • 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.
  • $225.00 cheque to PSAC for Susan Yaciw’s Convention fee, still outstanding.
  • Action: Darrell-Lee will follow up with PSAC again. 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

SPECIAL ITEM: Formation of South Okanagan Area Council

  • Susan handed out Area Council pamphlet and provided brief description of what Area Councils are and what they did. Some comments:
  • politics from some components regarding duplication of services
  • distance to commute to meetings
  • setting dues (currently $1/local member/yr in OAC) and splitting dues if overlap by new Area Council.
  • naming of new and renaming of existing area councils.
  • If members from 3 add’l components in South, such as USGE, UVA, CIU, CEIU committed to form area council, AGR local in Summerland committing to join South for support/experience.
  • Interest was shown from all in attendance to move forward.
  • Action: Gaby (USGE), Martha (UVA), Carolyn (CIU) will approach locals first to obtain commitment to affiliate and report back to SusanYaciw (syaciw@shaw.ca).
    Action: Roberta will contact Rosie Settle (CEIU Penticton) to explore interest.
    Action: Susan to contact UTE Penticton to explore interest.

Temporary Adjournment: 11:15am, Re-start: 11:50am

Old Business:

1) APSAR:

  • stands for Association of Public Service Alliance Retirees
  • Joy reports that the Federal and Provincial Finance Ministers met in May ’09 and reviewed e-mail previously sent to Area Council members for review and comments. Changes to CPP being proposed and supported by all finance ministers.
  • Joy handed out a Supplemental Death Benefit document that members can record their pension # on and keep with their will. She advises that $11M SDB has been collected for survivors by APSAR.
  • Action: All Area Council to copy and distribute document to members in their locals.

Standing Items:

1) Regional Council Update:

  • Regina Brennan will be returning from her assignment with National PSAC on February 1, 2010. Susan reports that Regina will be attending Kelowna UTE’s AGM on Feb 17 so may be able to attend other meetings while in the area.
  • Next Regional Council meeting Mar 5 and 6 and a conference call on Thursday, Jan 21.
  • E-mail from Kay Sinclair (attached to minutes) requesting feedback and/or suggestions for changes to Section 9 of Reg’l Bylaws pertaining to delegate entitlement to the B.C. Reg’l Convention.
  • Action: Forward any comments/feedback/suggestions to Roberta (drgourlie@shaw.ca) by Jan 29who will forward to Bylaw Committee.

2) Regional Office Update:

  • Carol Pegura, Assistant to the REVP (Kay’s Assistant), has been extended until the end of June 2011.
  • Regina Brennan returning from her assignment with National PSAC office, on February 1, 2010.
  • Patricia Mullen was successful candidate for the Vancouver Regional Office Administrative Assistant.

3) Education: The following courses were held since our last meeting:

  • LOAT (Local Officer Advance Training) in Vancouver in October 2009. Roberta, Susan, Annette, and Grace attended.
  • TUB (Talking Union Basics) in Kamloops and Nelson in October 2009. Roberta attended the Nelson course.
  • UDP (Union Development Program) in Vancouver commenced in December 2009 with follow-up sessions at the end of January and in April. Susan, Annette, and
    Martha attended.
  • - Discussions surrounding desired courses for Okanagan. One day/weekend course combining ½ day mini Steward and/or Grievance Handling, and/or Facing
    Management.
  • Action: All Area Council members to canvas own local members for needs and advise Susan (syaciw@shaw.ca) by February 15, 2010.

4) Labour Council Meetings:

  • Next North Okanagan District meeting is February 3, 2010 in Kelowna at 7 p.m. Website for North Okanagan Labour Council: http://members.shaw.ca/nolc/
  • Next South Okanagan District meeting is February 9, 2010.
  • Action: Area Council members in Kelowna and Penticton to attend respective meetings where possible.

New Business:

1) Human Rights Committee:

  • Roberta read e-mail from Maria-Luiza but members unclear as to which committees may qualify as “equivalent” and which names were requested.
  • Maria-Luiza provided clarification. Different components may have different names but would committees that deal with equal opportunities and human rights issues.
  • Action: Area Council members to provide Maria-Luiza (romanom@inspection.gc.ca) with names of Reg’lComponent Human Rights Committee Chair if available and/or local rep if a local committee exists.

2) Pension Reform:

  • Darrell-Lee reviewed an e-mail regarding a Globe & Mail article regarding possible changes to the Federal Superannuation Plan mainly affection new hires. Article also refers to not only a financial deficit but also a knowledge deficit caused by large number of current employees who are scheduled to retire in 2012 with 30 years of service.
  • Possible up-coming pension battle.

3) Elections: Elections were held for all positions with the following results:

  • President – Susan Yaciw acclaimed.
  • Vice-President – Annette Hale acclaimed.
  • Secretary – Roberta Gourlie acclaimed (assistance later in year from others depending upon results of formation of South Okanagan Area Council)
  • Treasurer – Darrell-Lee McKenzie acclaimed.

Round Table:

  • Martha – Long gun Registry Repeal petition passed around.
  • Darrell-Lee – Watch for upcoming rallies in your areas organized by Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament, including Saturday, January 23 in Penticton.
  • Joy – Locals can join APSAR via membership vote, $20/yr. Is willing to be guest speaker on behalf of APSAR at any Component/Local meeting. A “Retiring from the Public Service Alliance of Canada” Booklet is available online, containing valuable information. A membership application form is on last page. http://www.psac.com/documents/what/retiring_from_ps_usefultips-e.pdf

Next Meeting: TBA, Adjourned at 12:30 a.m. m/s/c

Type of meeting: Fourth Quarterly
Facilitator: Kelly Megyesi
Note taker: Roberta Gourlie
Attendees: Maria-Luiza Romano, AGR 20027;  Kelly Megyesi, CEIU 20915
Annette Hale, USGE 20153;             Susan Yaciw, UTE 20003

Linda Woods, NAT 20140;               Darrell-Lee McKenzie, AGR 20043

Roberta Gourlie, CEIU 20915

Guests: Garry Fraser, PSAC Reg’l Rep;        Debbie Barry
Agenda topics
Previous Minutes Roberta
Discussion:
Previous minutes up to January 2009 located on PSAC website.  Missing are March and June 2009.

m/s/c

Action items:  Copy of minutes to go to Colette Savarie and Person responsible: Deadline:
Kay Sinclair, along with Notice of Meetings and Agenda Roberta (Secretary)
Treasurer’s Report Kelly
Discussion:
$2188.00 balance.  $100 cheque outstanding.  $1300.00 funding received July 16, 2009.

m/s/c

OLD BUSINESS: Regional Women’s Retreat, Sept 11 – 13, 2009
Discussion:
Kelly attended.  Fabulous facilitators.  Two burning issues – pay equity and childcare
Conclusions: Working forum for Nov 5/6 in Vancouver.  Callout coming up.
STANDING ITEMS: Education Garry Fraser
Discussion:
UDP call-out deadline extended to Sept 25, 2009
NEW BUSINESS: Andrée Coté – PSAC Human Rights Officer, Ottawa Kelly
Discussion: Kelly advises that Andrée may be willing to speak at a meeting in November when in BC.
Conclusions:  Evening of Nov 9 from 6 – 9pm only possibility, however upon Kelly contacting Andre,
she could not attend after all.
Action items: Set up meeting space at BCGEU, send e-mail, Person responsible: Deadline:
and arrange appies. Annette
Contact Andrée, develop invitation Kelly
Send subject ideas for Andrée to talk about to Kelly All
Post poster on website after developed Garry
Sisters in Spirit Day – Oct 4 Kelly
Discussion:  Upcoming
Action items:  Find out if event scheduled in area Person responsible: Deadline:
Kelly
Adjourn: 6:40pm
Next Meeting: January 2010.

PSAC – Human Rights Committee Meeting,  Vancouver Regional Office September 2009 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

In Attendance:

  • CHIMA, Sargy
  • MUNDY, Wanda (Minutes)
  • DALMAN, Sylvia (Chair)
  • SHUDO, Tracy
  • HOLMES, Pat (T.C.)
  • WILSON, Deanne
  • MORREAU, Alberta

Regional Office:

  • FRASER, Garry

continue reading below, or download the Mainland HRC minutes here (pdf)

Members arrived from 5:30 to 5:50pm – dinner was served (Annual Barbecue) – and the meeting was called to order by Sister Sylvia Dalman at 6:30pm.

Discussed: the Human Rights Committee survey that was sent out to the self-declared members – and the ten responses. As a result of the responses – the Committee decided that it would hold four “official” meetings annually – and one social meeting (at Christmas time).

Discussed: The Committee discussed the possibility of involvement in Political Action in the event that an election is called. Members decided that they would not get involved in Political Action at this time.

Discussed: The Committee decided that a Chair and a Co-Chair would be elected at the next meeting (16 November 2009) – to sit for the coming year.

Discussed: The JLP providing/facilitating an Equity course in the Regions.

Discussed: The Committee discussed revisiting the Committee’s goals and objectives.

Discussed: Sister Pat Holmes challenged the members of the Committee to fill the box that was being sent to the Philippines.

Discussed: It was decided to hold the next meeting on Tuesday, 18 November 2009.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.

Submitted By: Wanda Mundy – Recording Secretary

Minutes BRUSH September 23, 2009

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

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

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

Agenda

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

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

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

1. Introduction – Sam

2. Review of Previous Minutes

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

3. Terms of Reference

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

4. Health Canada Reduction of Service

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

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

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

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

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

5. 2009 National H&S Conference

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

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

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

6. Armed Members

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

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

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

7. Medical Leave

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

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

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

8. Ergonomics

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

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

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

9. H1N1

Question was raised about vaccinations and H1N1 related sick leave.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Food Safety

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

www.foodsafetyfirst.ca

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

11. Lightkeepers Campaign

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

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

Meeting Adjourned

Next Meeting December 16, 2009

VANCOUVER ISLAND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE MEETING, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009

In attendance:

GUESTS:  Doug Connell, Infocus Rehabilitation Services, Lynn McCay, Literacy Victoria

ASL & SIGNED ENGLISH INTERPRETERS:  MARY BUTTERFIELD & MARY WARNER

COMMITTEE:  MICHAEL DOERFLER, PAUL JONES, VIRGINIA VAILLANCOURT, CINDY LITTLE, WENDY BRUCE (FORMERLY DOBBIE – SHE HAS LEGALLY CHANGED BACK TO HER MAIDEN NAME), MARK MCCAVOUR, M. M., MANDI SCHUBERT and I believe that was all committee members there.

REGRETS:  ANITA HOFFMAN & DAVE JACKSON

STAFF:  JAMES LITTLE

Meeting Convened 5:35 PM

1. Guest Speaker:

Lynn McCay from Literacy Victoria and Douglas Connell from Infocus Rehabilitation Services presented to the committee a presentation on the services that Victoria Literacy Provides and the funding cuts that are affecting their operations.

Literacy Victoria is a free service that is provided to Adults.

Lynn provided the following alarming statistics:

  • 48 percent of adults in Canada are below a basic reading level.
  • 40% ( 1 million) of adults in BC do not have a proper level of literacy.

Literacy Victoria provides free services such as Tutor-Learner Partnerships. Tutors and learners are matched according to each others set of skills, personalities, etc. Lynn discussed that many people with literary deficiencies cannot even read the sign for Literacy Victoria and therefore that basic kill in being able to identify that resource for help is a barrier to those who need assistance.

Lynn went on to discuss the Outreach Program where a movie night is held. This provides a safe non-judgmental environment for people to come and network and socialize together.

Lynn went on to discuss a Pilot Group who hopefully will help in the medical field. The Program is called Health Literacy. The pilot group consists of a physician, medical assistant, a learner, a tutor and the program coordinator. The goal is to hopefully identify literacy issues, even when a patient is hiding their deficiencies.

Lynn went on to discuss that Free Camosun College Programs are offered at Literacy Victoria. These programs are prepatory programs that help the learner work towards qualifying for College Level Programs.

Lynn discussed another program called the Essential Skills and Workforce Literacy Pilot Project, It is a program where it is a literacy based employment program where learners are provided with skills and support for entry level positions with local employers involved in the project.If successful, this program could go Canada Wide due to the fact that the program is funded federally.

Lynn discussed that though these programs are well funded, substantial cuts under a separate budget that relies on provincial funding has been impacted for Core Operational costs. For the first time in 20 years of service, Literacy Victoria has had to start a waitlist for potential learners.Literacy Victoria needs more tutors to help meet the demand for tutor services.Staff have been cut to 4 days a week. and are staggering their days off, so that the doors can remain open as much as possible.

Lynn and Doug then fielded questions from the committee. Some committee members were able to contribute their own experiences with this subject.

Speaker Ended 6:35 PM

Break

Meeting reconvened  6:45 PM

2. Previous Minutes: Request for Correction to Date of Previous Meeting  Moved: Michael Seconded: Paul Carried : All

3. Terms of Reference

The committee discussed the Terms of Reference. Clarification is needed to the role of Equity Seeking Council Members on the PSACBC Regional Council. Mandi commented that we have also 2 Regional Coordinators for South Island and they represent all PSAC Members not specific to any equity seeking group.

The Committee agreed that the Terms of Reference Committee will meet with Dave to discuss TOR concerns and include Garry Fraser, Staff Resource Person to find out what the Mainland Committee is doing around this subject.

Mandi inquired about the delegate status to Convention. Cindy and James confirmed that it is PSAC Regional Convention that we have delegate status to.

4. Banner

The committee agreed that a new banner would be a good investment to promote the VIHRC. The committee agreed that the winning logo would be on the banner. The committee discussed possibilities in the type of banner that was needed. The committee agreed that Michael and Mark will work on costing.

5. Logo Contest

The committee agreed that we will move forward and announce the Logo Contest. We agreed that we will follow the same guidelines as the Area Council and Health and Safety Committee. It was agreed that Paul will email Patrick to promote this logo contest and that Rosemary will also be approached to share our logo contest with Island Members.

6. Pride Parade:

Paul thanked everyone for their participation in the parade and discussed that next year he would like to emphasize Victoria at Pride.

7. Banking

The committee agreed that an account with Community Savings was a good idea and we would approach Virginia to invite a bank representative to do the paperwork. We were very excited about our 500.00 seed money.It was agreed that we would like Rosemary to be a signer on the account. Mandi stated that there should be at least 3 signers to cover off holidays, etc

8. Medical and Dental Leave

Mandi briefly discussed that the new TBS policy was impacting members all over. She discussed that we are awaiting on a legal opinion from the PSAC.

In the meantime, Mandi discussed that Duty to Accommodate grievances can and should be filed as grievances pave the way to changing the Collective Agreement.Even if the grievances are deemed invalid, it is still a headache for management and they will be at least forced to look at each situation on its own merits.

Mandi also provided to the committee (with thanks to the RO for their support) Duty to Accommodate information as well as a educational document produced by the PSAC. This document can be used in grievances as well.

9. Furniture-Duty to Accommodate

James provided documentation as a local tool that can be used to show that Ergonomic Furniture and Equipment can be transferred to your new federal workplace regardless of which department purchased it.

Next Meeting: October 29, 2009, 5:00 PM

Vancouver Area Council – March 19/2009

Mintes: Megan Adam, VAC Secretary

In attendance: Marie Lygo, Jamey Mills, Sam Wiese, Sharon Tieman, Monica Urrutia, Terri Lee, Jack Seto, Erica Young, Deana Wilson, Rhonda

Download the Vancouver Area Council March 19 2009 meeting minutes as .pdf

  • Introductions
  • Old Business: At the AGM it was discussed that the VAC provide funding for an observer to PSAC convention. This was raised again with a contribution of $300 provided to Terri Lee who was the first alternate elected as delegate to convention. Carried unanimously.
  • PSAC Convention Info: Discussion about delegate strategies, MayDay Resolution, delegate entitlement formulas for regional conventions, temporary foreign worker resolution etc.
  • Day of Mourning: April 28th, 7:30 Vancouver Art Gallery: Visibility money for Area Council Banner – Sam to follow up with REVP’s office. Discussion about Day of Mourning activities coinciding with PSAC Convention.
  • MayDay Organizing Ctte: Call-out for 1st organizing meeting. March 24th, 7 pm 672 East Broadway (Organizing Center). Megan & Sam to attend. Motion to donate $100 to organizing committee moved by Megan, seconded by Jamey. Speaker?
  • VDLC Resolution: Murder of Filipino school teacher –motion passed to condemn the killing and demand that feds tie aid to human rights progress.
  • Report from Treasurer
  • RoundTable:
    • Sharon Tieman: UPCE thank-you for strike support – picket line strength made for a stronger workplace and a stronger union local.
    • Marie Lygo: UVAE – discussion about Canada’s atrocious record on poverty and getting active around that.
    • Rhonda Johns: UPCE/Puralator – negotiations beginning, going to BCFed Women’s Organizing Institute
    • Terri Lee: Agriculture – CFIA agreement ratified – employer asked for an extension on retro pay, union has refused.
    • Jack Seto: GSU – drew attention to world water day and CBC special on the topic.

PSAC VICTORIA AREA COUNCIL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES June 16th, 2009 PSAC Victoria Regional Office

Members Present:

  • Nick Humphreys UEW 20169
  • Virginia Vaillancourt UVAE 20030
  • Cindy Little UTE 20028
  • Scott Parker UTE 20028
  • Ken Waldron UNDE 21013
  • Ian Wiggs UNDE 21008
  • V. Arnold AGR
  • Drew Natland – UNDE 21011
  • Paul Jones UNDE 21008
  • G. Goodmanson ENV 20169
  • Peter Neelands NRU 20088

PSAC Victoria RO Staff Present:

  • Dave Jackson Regional Rep

Regrets:

  • John Rumsby UTE 20028
  • Leanne Hughes CIU 20042
  • Bernadette Israel GSU 20001
  • Mandi Schubert CEIU 20975
  • Jim Sidel DCL 20500

Continue reading below, or download the Victoria Area Council meeting minutes, June 16 2009

1. Call to order Chairperson Sister Little called the meeting to order at 5:36 pm

2. Introductions Roundtable introductions of members present

3. Proposed Agenda Amendment to Agenda

  • Additions made:
  • AGM Date
  • Labour Day Picnic
  • Lobby MPs
  • Victoria Labour Council Update
  • m/s D. Natland/P. Jones

4. Adoption of Minutes from April 7, 2009 A few typos with local numbers & spelling were noted. These will be corrected and resent for posting. Followed up on action item from previous meeting. The email will be sent out within the next month.

5. Triennial Convention Debrief Copy of report as PDF.

6. Victoria Pride Parade GLBT Coordinator for BC – Paul Jones brought posters to advertise the Parade.

  • This years Pride Parade is July 5, 2009
  • Walking contingent will be multi-union
  • Meet at 11 am. on Broad Street across from the Victoria Events Centre between Pandora and Johnson. Look for the PSAC flags.
  • Parade starts at 12 pm from Broad street to Fishermans Wharf and there is a festival at the end.
  • Look for the PSAC Banner when you arrive on Broad Street.

7. Compensation Advisors Reviewed document from PSAC website on AS Compensation Advisors

  • A Brief Chronology
  • You may view this document at http://www.psac.com/issues/campaigns/as_group-e/shtml
  • Ian is looking to see if other Components can go to their Compensation advisors and find out how many clients do they look after.
    DND has 13 Compensation advisors and about 270 clients for each Compensation Advisor, plus 300 from NCR.
  • If you know/can find out how many clients on average your compensation advisors have please email this info to Ian: president21008@shaw.ca

8. Treasurers Report Deferred to next meeting

9. Labour Council Update Last meeting is tomorrow.

  • There will be no meetings during the summer time. The Victoria Labour Council will reconvene the 3rd Wednesday in September.
  • Looking at moving the meetings to BCGEU building on Douglas Street due to some concerns raised by affiliated members regarding safety and parking.
  • BC Fed Convention is November 23-25th in Vancouver Convention Centre. This will be a Policy Convention.
  • Young Workers Retreat Sept 25-27th being put on by BC Fed. This is open to members between 19-30 years of age. If you have young workers who may be interested in attending please contact Dave Jackson at 250-953-1050.

10. Lobby MPs by Victoria Labour Council

  • Keith Martin & Gary Lunn will be visited
  • Stimulus Package and to get them to relax rules on EI.
  • Infastructure and public services
  • MLA new labour minister Lanna New MP for Saanich will be attending the Labour Council Meeting

11. Labour Day Picnic Labour Day Pinic is scheduled for September 7, 2009. The event is being moved to James Bay from the Gorge Road.

  • More info to follow.
  • Hot dogs/pop etc will be by donation.
  • Action: Dave Jackson will be the point person for organizing table etc for PSAC.
  • Motion for the Victoria Area Council to support the Victoria Labour Council Labour Day Picnic in James Bay and encourage its members to attend.
  • K. Waldron/I. Wiggs

12. MP Lobby by PSAC PSAC is targeting the five liberal ridings in BC:

  • Newton North Delta MP Sukh Dhaliwal
  • Vancouver South MP Ujjal Dosanjh
  • Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry
  • Esquimalt Juan de Fuca MP Keith Martin
  • Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray
  • The goal is to establish constituency teams of members to meet directly with the MPs during the month of July and present our position on a variety of PSAC issues such as:
    • Bill C-10 follow up;
    • Privatization of Labs and other public services;
    • Food Safety;
    • Improvements to EI;
    • Cuts to the CBC;
    • National Child Care Program;
    • Our Fish Campaign;
    • Student hiring in the Federal Public Service.
  • I am asking for your involvement in this campaign by committing to join one of the constituency teams and/or help in indentifying members who:
    • reside in one of the ridings
    • may have a personal connection to one our our issues, and
    • are willing to join the team that will be meeting with the MPs
  • Please let me know if you or any of your members are interested and, if so, for which riding. Id appreciate a response by next Monday morning June 20th so that I can contact those members as soon as possible and schedule the pre-meeting briefing sessions (Ive already scheduled meetings with Joyce Murray @10am on Wednesday July 8, 2009 and Sukh Dhaliwal @10am on Friday July 17, 2009).
  • Thanks again and let me know if you have any questions. You can reach Jayne Johns at 1-800-665-1655

13. AGM Date

  • The AGM date that has been proposed is Tuesday Sept 15th 2009. This will be firmed up and a notice will be sent to all Locals.
  • Affiliation dues to the Area Council are due at the AGM. To be able to vote during elections and other items that may be raised, dues must be paid in advance. Dues are 25 cents/member/month

14. Adjournment Motion to adjourn meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm
Sister Cindy Little, President Virginia Vaillancourt, Recording Secretary

PSAC Human Rights Committee Meeting, Vancouver Regional Office, 16 June 2009 6:00pm 7:15pm

In Attendance:

  • CHIMA, Sargy
  • MUNDY, Wanda (Minutes)
  • DALMAN, Sylvia
  • SHUDO, Tracy (Conference)
  • HOLMES, Pat (Conference)
  • WILSON, Deanne

Regional Office:

  • Patrick Bragg, Reg Communications Officer
  • Garry Fraser, Regional Rep

Guest

  • Marie DeCaire

Members arrived from 5:30 to 5:45pm dinner (fabulous salmon burger barbeque provided and cooked by brother Garry Fraser) was served. While we were eating, sister DeCaire provided an explanation of how the Human Rights Committee Bank Account is being set up. The meeting was called to order at 6:00pm by brother Garry Fraser in view of the designated Chair (Alexander Bishop) being absent due to illness.

Continue reading below, or download the PSAC BC Human Rights Committee meeting, June 16th, minutes (pdf)

Agenda:

  • Survey Discussed at Previous (May) Meeting
  • Aboriginal Day 21 June What We Can Do
  • Re-vist of Future Plans (will be actively discussed in September)
  • Tips on Chairing Meetings
  • Set Date of Next Meeting After Summer Break (17 Sept)
  • Round Table Discussion

1. Attention was given to brother Patrick Braggs presentation of the Survey he had composed as a result of our last (May) meeting. Following a brief discussion sister Sargy Chima suggested adding what is now question #4 How often should the HRC hold meetings ?!? with choices given of either monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.

Another brief discussion resulted in brother Braggs suggestion to send the survey (for checkingamendmentssuggestions, etc.) to those who had attended the May meeting during which the Survey was initially discussed. This has since been done (Thursday, 18 June) with a request that any/all responses be in by 30 June. The Survey will then be sent to the list of self-IDd members. Results will be dis-cussed and actioned at the September meeting.

2. A brief discussion was held regarding Aboriginal Day events we might attend. It was noted that this day (Sunday, 21 June) is also Fathers Day. However, sister Mundy spoke of 1) the Pow-Wow that is held annually at Trout Lake, and also of 2) the Vancouver branch of the National Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (located at Commercial & Hastings) where Aboriginal Day events are held in the evening of 21 June to accommodate all who celebrate Fathers Day earlier in the day. Brother Fraser also offered to contact employees of various involved agencies and send out via e-Mail any information regarding other Aboriginal Day activities.

3. Brother Fraser re-visited the subject of future planning to get an idea of just what sort of eventsspeakers might be possible so that he could gather information in readiness for the next meeting.

4. Brother Fraser had got some cheat sheet pamphlets to distribute to all of us for those interested in learning to Chair a meeting in the future.

5. Brother Fraser also had obtained posters and door cards for both Aboriginal Day and all other Human Rights issues. Some were taken by those attending the meeting and brother Fraser agreed to send out the remaining ones to those who requested a supply via e-Mail.

6. Round Table sister Mundy spoke of Beats On Broadway a once-a-month coffee house event, held at the Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood House on the 3rd Friday of each month, from 7:30 to 10:00pm. MCd by Earle Peach (director of the Solidarity Notes Choir), folks of all ages are welcome (there is no alcohol served) to either participate as performers, or as audience according to their abilities and/or preferences.

Sister Deanna Wilson raised an issue of interest regarding what appears to have been a contravention of the Staffing Procedure in her workplace.

7. The date of the next meeting (which will be the annual Barbeque & Potluck) was set for 17 September and the meeting was adjourned at 7:15pm.

Submitted By: Wanda Mundy Recording Secretary

PSAC Human Rights Committee Meeting, Vancouver Regional Office, 28 May 2009 6:00pm 8:10pm. DRAFT, to be confirmed at next meeting.

In Attendance:

  • BACKER, Karla
  • McLARTY, Marion
  • BISHOP, Alexander
  • MUNDY, Wanda (Minutes)
  • CHIMA, Sargy
  • SHUDO, Tracy (Chair)
  • DALMAN, Sylvia
  • WILSON, Deanne
  • FORSTER, Kim

Regional Office:

  • Kay Sinclair, REVP
  • Monica Urrutia, Regional Rep

Members arrived from 5:30 to 5:45pm dinner was served the meeting was called to order at 6:00pm by sister Tracy Shudo.

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

Agenda:

  • HRC Mission & Purpose (discussion to revisit)
  • Planning 6 months
  • Elections: Secretary, Treasurer, 2nd Signer
  • Rotating Chair (sharing the responsibility)
  • Schedule of Meetings (alternate days of the week ?)
  • Round Table Discussion

1. Discussion was held as to the reason(s) why meeting attendance has been dwindling for the past three years. Among the points raised were: a) assumption of implicit Leadership of the supporting Regional Rep (who ever that might be at any given time) so that the membership has not felt the onus of responsibility for Leadership and/or direction of the Committee; b) that there might be a possible disconnect between the understanding of how Equity issues are tied to the concept/definition/ perception of Human Rights (ie., how are they the same thing ?); c) the fact that plans for events are not discussed, goals are not set, follow-up is not done; d) that location and the meetings being held at the end of a week-day (and therefore, transportation and its costs as well as child- and/or elder-care) may be issues for some of the members and e) that the atmosphere has become more like a club than a Committee.

In order to provide clarity and increase understanding of the actual purpose of the Human Rights Committee, members suggested changing some of the language in the Terms of Reference. Inasmuch as the responsibility of the Human Rights Committee members is to attend the meetings (or send alternates) to ensure each Equity group has a voice, and inasmuch as there has been no accountability to the constituency members as regards attendance brother Alexander Bishop moved that non-attendance for a minimum of three (3) consecutive meetings without reasonable explanation should be reason for removal of member(s) from the HRC. Wanda Mundy seconded the motion. The motion carried and was passed unanimously.

Inasmuch as the HR Committee is comprised of Equity group members, as well as Area Council Reps, sister Sargy Chima moved that the word alternates be re-moved from the second Term of Reference, as regular Equity group members have no alternates so that the phrase will now read: All Committee members and their alternates must be active in the constituency they represent.

Also briefly discussed was whether or not to change the first phrase of the Terms of Reference from Committee will include each Council rep from the Equity groups to Committee MUST include each Council Rep from the Equity groups as sister Sinclair pointed out that this is something we may not have the authority to do. In any case, brother Bishops motion will address the issue of accountability.

The decision was made to prepare and distribute a questionnaire/survey to the mailing/membership list of the Human Rights Committee members basically, all PSAC members who have self-identified. Sister Karla Backer suggested that among the questions asked should be:

a) Why have you stopped attending (or Why have you never attended) the monthly HRC meetings ?

b) What would be the incentive needed to have you return (attend) ?

2. It was decided that (with input from the HR Committee members) Kay Sinclair, Patrick Bragg and Garry Fraser will jointly prepare and send the questionnaire/survey out to
the self-identified members looking for a response by the mid-June meeting (16th) so that we can better plan for future meetings/events after the Summer break.

Discussion was also held regarding the structure of the meetings themselves whether to hold them monthly or quarterly, and under what circumstances the list of invitees would change (ie., business meetings would be alternated with event meetings where business meetings would be exclusive to the working Committee members, and event meetings [where presenters would facilitate a learning or education session] would be inclusive and sponsored by the HRC).

Sister Tracy Shudo suggested that the next meeting to be held on 16 June 09 be our Annual Barbeque (usually jointly produced by the HRC and the Area Councils members). However it was observed that the Area Council has used this meeting to conduct their business (elections, etc.), and the HRC rarely speaks or is noticed.

Discussion resulted in the decision to hold this years Annual Barbeque in Septem-ber, and that we (the HRC) would meet the same day, and prior to the Barbeque to use this opportunity to revisit the analysis of the Survey/Questionnaire results and set the schedule for the following 6 months including the possibility of alternating the meeting days (either Tuesday or Thursday) to accommodate the members ability to attend.

3. Elections were held for three positions within the HRC that of Recording Secretary, Treasurer and 2nd Signer. Sister Wanda Mundy was the only nominee for Recording Secretary with sister Marion McLarty nominating, and sister Tracy Shudo seconding. Sister Sargy Chima was the only nominee for Treasurer, with sister Wanda Mundy nominating and sister Kim Forster seconding. Sister Karla Backor was the only nominee for 2nd Signer with sister Kim Forster nominating and brother Alexander Bishop seconding. All nominees were elected by acclamation.

Discussion was held regarding having a pool of names who would assume the position of Chair of each meeting. The Chair would have the responsibility of sending out the reminder for each coming meeting noting the date and time, and asking for Agenda items. Brother Alexander Bishop has volunteered to Chair the next meeting in June.

4. In the Round Table discussion, sister Kay Sinclair issued an announcement regarding upcoming JLP courses with sister Wanda Mundy asking if those who attend could please pass on the information to those members who are not with Treasury Board.

Sister Sinclair also provided an informational document on Bilin, the village in Palestine that is being illegally annexed by Israel and asked that the Human Rights Committee consider a donation to help support this important issue. The

HRC unanimously voted to donate $100 to Bilins Popular Committee Against The Wall with sister Sylvia Dalman moving to donate, and sister Karla Backor seconding.

Sister Sinclair asked if we thought that a course in how to Chair a meeting would be useful and we unanimously agreed that we would like to see such a course
made available. Follow-up information will be provided at the 16 June meeting.

The last discussion centered around our Annual Budget how much we had at the beginning of this year, whether or not unused amounts are carried over from year to year and how much we have remaining of this years budget. Sister Sinclair noted that she will follow-up with sister Carol Pegura when she returns from Education Leave, and will provide us with the Operating Balance remaining.

Any/all business remaining on the stated Agenda will be addressed pending the results of the Survey/Questionnaire.

5. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.

Submitted By: Wanda Mundy Recording Secretary

West Fraser Valley Area Council – Knight and Day Restaurant, March 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Present:, Jennifer Ho (Nat Local 20088), Jeremy Amor Chair (UTE Local 20029), Donna Cowan (UVAE Local 20029), Dale Odberg (UVAE Local 20029), Josko Dujmovic (GSU 20008), Sigrid Hagglund (UTE Local 20029), Angela Marafon (UTE Local 20029), Johann Ackermann (UTE Local 20029), Garry Fraser (PSAC Area Rep)
Guest: Debra Payment, Public Compensation Coalition

Continue reading below, or download the WFV Area Council meeting minutes, March 10 2009 (pdf)

  • WCB Legislation Update – Debra Payment did a presentation about the Public Compensation Coalition. She mentioned that a lot of changes that are happening right now to WCB are more favourable to the employers. The automating of claims takes away the discretion part of the claims. What they did to disability pensions is not good. Although we work for the Federal Government, if a member is injured and they end up getting a disability pension it is actually governed by the provincial WCB rules. It was noted that the disability pensions end at the age of 65 years. She went over some examples and brought brochures on the campaign that is being done right now due to the Provincial Election. The website is www.publiccompensation.ca
  • Approval of agenda Angela/Sigrid – M/S to approve agenda. Carried
  • Approval of previous minutes Josko/Donna – M/S to approve carried.
  • Jeremy received a thank you card from Sharon Tieman, President of the UPCE local for the ACs donation to their Strike Fund.
  • Curry and Kilts Political Fundraiser Jeremy mentioned that 4 members (Jennifer Ho, Sandy Smith, Dale Odberg, Pam Jabal) attended this event. Angela/Sigrid – M/S that the Area Council reimburse the PSAC Regional for two tickets ($100 each) to attend the event. Carried.
  • April PSAC resolution meeting Angela asked that the Area council have a meeting to help her decide how she should be voting on the resolutions at the convention. There will be a delegates meeting this Friday so Garry will try to get a copy of the unofficial resolutions for us to deal with. The date was set at April 22nd at 5:30 PM at the Knight & Day Restaurant. Johann/Dale M/S that the Delegates Registration Fee of $225 be paid as soon as possible. Carried (Delegate #517)
  • Meeting Minutes It was requested that the minutes are sent out at least a week ahead of the next meeting. It was also requested that the agenda be sent out ahead of time.
  • Bill C-10 Garry stated that John Gordon asked that we all email the senators about Bill C-10. Johann will email out the info Betty Bannon has sent out. The ramifications of asking the senate to separate the financial portion of Bill C-10 from the rest was discussed.
  • Provincial Elections were discussed and Garry Fraser will check with the regional office and report via email as to what is being done by the union to prepare for this election.
  • The next meeting will be on June 10th at 5:30 PM. Angela/Josko M/S to pay the food bill. Carried.
  • Angela/Sigrid M/S to adjourn. Carried

Vancouver Regional Womens Committee (VRWC) Meeting
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

In attendance: Angela Marafon, Alethea Boire, Cheryl Oenema, Nicole Jacobson, Colette Savarie, Jocelyn Fournier

Regrets: Marion McLarty, Cecelia Parsons

Guest: Deborah Payment (Public Compensation Coalition PCC)

Continue reading below, or download the Vancouver Regional Womens Committee April 8 2009 meeting minutes (pdf)

MEETING
Meeting started at 6:10 pm after light dinner.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Agenda was modified slightly and then a motion was made to move the agenda as modified. A motion was made to approve the agenda as modified.
M/S/C Alethea/Cheryl

GUEST SPEAKER
Deborah Payment gave a very inspiring presentation regarding the legislative changes made in 2002 to the WCB act and its devastating impact on workers in BC. Deborah also mentioned that the cards that were signed were brought to parliament and the presentation was given but the fact was that the minister of Labour (responsible for this portfolio) was not even paying attention to the presentation he was busy cleaning out his desk and texting from his desk. They are not giving up on trying to reverse the damage caused by the legislative changes and will continue to work on this agenda. On another note, Deborah announced that she would be taking a break from the PCC campaign until after the BC Provincial Elections as she has just announced that she will be putting her name forward as the NDP representative for Surrey/Cloverdale area. A motion was made to affiliate (at no cost) the VRWC to the Public Compensation Coalition.
M/S/C Cheryl/Nicole

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
Minutes were reviewed and needed minor amendments. A motion was made to approve the minutes as amended.
M/S/C Cheryl/Alethea
Copies will be sent to the REVP office for their records.

FINANCIAL UPDATE
A bank balance update was given and instructions were given to the Treasurer to have a financial update and year end financial statement ready for the next meeting.

OLD BUSINESS
Delegate selection for Area Council. The VRWC previously approved affiliation to the West Fraser Valley Area Council but were unable to provide a list of names to that Area Council of our delegates. Cheryl as primary, Nicole and Jocelyn put there names forward and their names will be forwarded to the Area Council for their information.

ACTION: Angela will pass the names listed above to the WFV Area Council. They will be notified that should more than one of the names listed above attend the AC meeting, it will be decided prior to the meeting who will be the delegate and who will be a guest so that the AC has record of it for that meeting in case of votes occurring.

NEW BUSINESS
Funding requests:
Discussion around partial reimbursement to REVPs office towards the purchase of tickets to the Crimson Cabaret event held in North Vancouver Centennial Theatre on February 7th, 2009 put on by the North Shore Womens Centre. A motion was made to contribute $100.00 to the REVPs office for the purchase of the tickets for the Crimson Cabaret event.
M/S/C Nicole/Alethea
A report had been previously provided by Angela via email on the event and she encouraged as many people to attend next years event as possible.

The committee received two requests for funding to assist in attending as an observer to the PSAC National Triennial Convention held in Vancouver this April. One request was for 4 days of meal allowance for a total of $263.80 and the second request was not as specific in nature. It was discussed and then decided that Alethea was going to speak to the second requestor and get them to provide more details as to their request and once received we would conduct an email vote on the funding. A motion was made to approve $263.80 for meal allowance of 4 days to the requestor for attendance as an observer to the PSAC National Convention in April.
M/S/C Cheryl/Nicole

ACTION: Alethea to follow up with second requestor for more clarification on funding request to convention and then via Colette an email request to vote on.

A motion was made to the VRWC to reimburse Nicole for the purchase of dinner for tonights meeting in the amount of $29.72.
M/S/C Nicole/Cheryl

BRAINSTORMING FOR 2009 MEETINGS/EVENTS/ETC.
Lots of discussion as to what types of meetings we would like to see in the upcoming year to attract new members. Flip chart is to be saved and brought to the next meeting for more brainstorming.

RESOLUTIONS OF CONVENTION
A brief recap of some of the contentious resolutions, budget, and womens issues were discussed and reminded people about what to be looking for at convention. Angela suggested that if anyone was interested in receiving the electronic copies of the resolutions to either contact herself, Garry Fraser or Colette.

ELECTIONS OF OFFICERS
Elections were held for the following positions:

Co-Chairs
Alethea Boire, Angela Marafon, and Cheryl Oenema were nominated for co-chairs but Cheryl declined the position. Therefore Alethea and Angela were re-elected to these positions.

Treasurer
Nicole Jacobson was nominated and Nicole accepted, therefore Nicole was re-elected to this position.

Secretary
No ones name was put forward for this position, therefore this position remains vacant.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.
M/S/C Cheryl/Nicole

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

PSAC Victoria Area Council meeting, April 7 , PSAC Victoria Regional Office

Members Present:

  • Nick Humphreys UEW 20169
  • Virginia Vaillancourt UVAE 20030
  • Cindy Little UTE 20028
  • Ian Wiggs UNDE 21008
  • Ken Waldron UNDE 21013
  • Paul Jones UNDE 21010
  • Jim Sidel DL 05120500
  • Graham Goodmann UEW 20168
  • Peter Neelands NRU 20088

PSAC Victoria RO Staff Present:

  • Rosemary MacKenzie Admin Assistant
  • Dave Jackson Regional Rep

Guests:

  • Janelle Ho-Shing PSAC Regional Rep – Vancouver
  • Mike Eso Victoria Labour Council President

Regrets:

  • Wayne Little UTE 20028
  • Mandi Schubert CEIU 20975
  • Bernadette Israel GSU 20001
  • Anita Hoffman CEIU 20975

Continue reading below, or download the SVIDAC April 7 meeting minutes (pdf)

1. Call to order Chairperson Sister Little called the meeting to order at 5:35 pm

2. Introductions Roundtable introductions of members & guests present. Guests Janelle HoShing PSAC, Mike Eso Victoria Labour Council President

3. Proposed Agenda No amendments, m/s/c K Waldron/J. Sidel

4. Information from Victoria Labour Council President The executive looked at how to restructure. Over the past 1 years; they have been restructuring the Victoria Labour Council. Working to rebuild credibility with members and rebuilding the membership of the council.
23000 members affiliated.

  • To ensure all members in the lower island have one place to go to meet.
  • Can affiliate partial membership, as long as someone from your membership attends.
  • Victoria Labour Council vetted and approved 26 candidates by 13 municipalities.
  • Working on events for April 28th.
  • Executive endorsing Pride Parade this year.
  • Affiliation is .33 cents/member/month. Happy if 1 member affiliates from a local.
  • Importance in getting people to attend meeting and report back to your local.
  • Council executive are all volunteer positions. Each of them has day jobs.
  • Meetings are held 3rd Wednesday each month from 7-9 pm at the Burnside Community Centre.

5. Adoption of Minutes from Jan 15, 2009 m/s/c

6. Provincial Election

  • Janelle Ho-Sing mentioned we are working with BC Fed on Count Me In Campaign
  • There are 3 workshops which are free.
  • Members talking to members
  • Talking politics
  • Talking politics in the Newspaper & Radio
  • Skills learned can be used on PSAC campaigns.
  • Encourage Count Me In Campaign if there is an interest in your office. Can hold training at PSAC Office.
  • Regional Newsletter from REVPs.
  • Emails that are being sent out should be forwarded to members.
  • How do we make more demographic?
  • How do we get more members involved, so the same people arent doing the work?
  • Bill C-10 Nationally is a PSAC Priority
  • Members of Parliament need to hear from constituents
  • Encourage MP lobby from all members
  • Problems: emails dont get passed down from Executive
  • Labour Council and Area Council behind you when you go and talk to MPs.
  • If people are not comfortable talking Politics = good opportunity to have workshops which will provide skills to talk politics.
  • Good opportunity for PSAC to add Politics in TUB Course (Political Action that PSAC is involved)

7. PSAC Convention: Finance Committee Report by Peter Neelands

8. Treasurers Report Postponed till next meeting.

9. Funding Assistance to National Convention

  • Request Request for $400.00 assistance.
  • Discussion ensued.
  • No process in place to send Observer through Area Council.
  • Look at putting line item on next AGM.
  • Other locals did not have an opportunity to put requests forward.
  • m/s/d

9. Adjournment Motion to adjourn meeting. Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm, m/s/c

Sister Cindy Little, President Virginia Vaillancourt, Recording Secretary

West Fraser Valley Area Council
Knight and Day Restaurant, March 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Present:, Jennifer Ho (Nat Local 20088), Jeremy Amor Chair (UTE Local 20029), Donna Cowan (UVAE Local 20029), Dale Odberg (UVAE Local 20029), Josko Dujmovic (GSU 20008), Sigrid Hagglund (UTE Local 20029), Angela Marafon (UTE Local 20029), Johann Ackermann (UTE Local 20029), Garry Fraser (PSAC Area Rep)
Guest: Debra Payment, Public Compensation Coalition

Download as .pdf – West Fraser Valley – March 10 2009

WCB Legislation Update – Debra Payment did a presentation about the Public Compensation Coalition. She mentioned that a lot of changes that are happening right now to WCB are more favourable to the employers. The automating of claims takes away the discretion part of the claims. What they did to disability pensions is not good. Although we work for the Federal Government, if a member is injured and they end up getting a disability pension it is actually governed by the provincial WCB rules. It was noted that the disability pensions end at the age of 65 years. She went over some examples and brought brochures on the campaign that is being done right now due to the Provincial Election. The website is www.publiccompensation.ca
Approval of agenda Angela/Sigrid – M/S to approve agenda. Carried
Approval of previous minutes Josko/Donna – M/S to approve carried.
Jeremy received a thank you card from Sharon Tieman, President of the UPCE local for the ACs donation to their Strike Fund.
Curry and Kilts Political Fundraiser Jeremy mentioned that 4 members (Jennifer Ho, Sandy Smith, Dale Odberg, Pam Jabal) attended this event. Angela/Sigrid – M/S that the AC reimburse the PSAC Regional for two tickets ($100 each) to attend the event. Carried.
April PSAC resolution meeting Angela asked that the Area council have a meeting to help her decide how she should be voting on the resolutions at the convention. There will be a delegates meeting this Friday so Garry will try to get a copy of the unofficial resolutions for us to deal with. The date was set at April 22nd at 5:30 PM at the Knight & Day Restaurant. Johann/Dale M/S that the Delegates Registration Fee of $225 be paid as soon as possible. (Delegate #517)
Meeting Minutes It was requested that the minutes are sent out at least a week ahead of the next meeting. It was also requested that the agenda be sent out ahead of time.
Bill C-10 Garry stated that John Gordon asked that we all email the senators about Bill C-10. Johann will email out the info Betty Bannon has sent out. The ramifications of asking the senate to separate the financial portion of Bill C-10 from the rest was discussed.
Provincial Elections were discussed and Garry Fraser will check with the regional office and report via email as to what is being done by the union to prepare for this election.
The next meeting will be on June 10th at 5:30 PM. Angela/Josko M/S to pay the food bill. Carried.
Angela/Sigrid M/S to adjourn. Carried

West Fraser Valley Area Council meeting
Knight and Day Restaurant, December 9, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Present: Diane Peterson (Nat Local 20088), Jennifer Ho (Nat Local 20088), Jeremy Amor Chair (UTE Local 20029), Donna Cowan (UVAE Local 20029), Dale Odberg (UVAE Local 20029), Josko Dujmovic (GSU 20008), Sigrid Hagglund (UTE Local 20029), Sharon Palis (UTE Local 20029), Johann Ackermann (UTE Local 20029), Garry Fraser (PSAC Area Rep)

View the minutes as .pdf – West Fraser Valley – December 9 2008

Round table introductions
Approval of agenda Dale/Johann M/S to approve agenda. Carried
Approval of previous minutes Sharon/Donna M/S to approve carried. BF prior minutes to next meeting
Round table discussion on the political situation in Canada. It was mentioned that we will have to become more politically active as unionists.
Finance Sharon presented our financial status. We have $6750.00 in the bank. Sharon/Sigrid M/S to accept the financial report. Jennifer/Josko M/S that the Area Council donate $300 to the commissionaires Direct Charter Local 20150 and $300 to the postal union UPCE Local 20101 to support the striking brothers and sisters. Carried unanimously. It was suggested that we encourage our locals to contribute to the striking brothers and sisters. Sharon/Donna M/S to pay $171.54 for todays dinner. Carried.
Bargaining updates Garry mentioned that the UPCE is fighting the employers taking away their sick benefits and making members go through an insurance company to get the benefits. The commissionaires are a new local and are fighting CBSA. Garry handed out the table one bargaining kit for information purposes. Table 3 is at binding arbitration. Garry said that the Table one voting is being done in January 2009.
It was suggested that the next meeting will be at Virginia Guays. The suggestion was accepted for the next meeting. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30 PM.
Dale/Sharon M/S to adjourn. Carried

Vancouver Area Council AGM October 21st, 2008
Held at the PSAC Regional Office Joyce Street Vancouver BC

In attendance:

  • Megan Adam (UEW 20147) delegate
  • Jamey Mills (UTE 20027) delegate
  • Robert Strang (CEIU 20944) delegate
  • Jack Seto (GSU 20008) delegate
  • Bill Plemming (GSU 20008) delegate
  • Tracy Shudo (CEIU 20949) delegate
  • Rhonda Johns (UPCE 20095) delegate
  • Bruce Ogilvie (UTE 20027) delegate
  • Sam Wiese (CEIU 20949) delegate
  • Terri Lee (AGR 20044) delegate
  • Sid Wong (AGR 20044) delegate
  • Sharon Tieman (UPCE 20101) – delegate
  • Ann-Marie Friesen (UEW 20729) guest
  • Deanna Wilson (NAT 20088) guest
  • Crystal Graber (CEIU 20974) guest
  • Monica Urrutia PSAC staff

Agenda

  • Call to Order
  • Presidents Report
  • Treasurers Report
  • Bylaw Amendments
  • VAC Executive Elections
  • Resolutions to PSAC Convention
  • Delegate to PSAC Convention Election

Continue reading below, or download the Vancouver Area Council AGM minutes, October 21 2008 (pdf)

Agenda M/S/C Sam W, Megan A

Presidents Report Sam spoke mostly to Political Action and the actions she has taken, specifically surrounding the Federal Election and Defending Quality Public Services. (Report to be attached.)

M/S/C Sam W, Jamey M

Treasurers Report Amendment request on budget to increase DLC affiliation from $400 to $600. M/S/C Megan A, Rhonda J – rationale- we are allocated this amount and should spend it

Report- M/S/C Sharon T, Tracy S

Amendment request to reduce donations from $300-$200. M/S/C Jamey M, Megan A – rationale-to balance the other amendment

Budget W/Amendments M/S/C Sharon T, Rhonda J

-A discussion then occurred surrounding a resolution in regards to the VAC surplus

Bylaw Amendments Amendment request to include Port Moody to the Jurisdiction of the VAC. M/S/C Jamey M, Megan A

All other bylaw amendments were carried with Sam W as the Mover and Megan A as the 2nd.

Elections:

  • President Sam W Nominated by Sharon T Won by acclamation
  • 1st Vice President Jamey M Nominated by Megan A Won by acclamation
  • 2nd Vice President Rhonda J Nominated by Sam W Nominees Terri L (Jack S) and Robert S (Jamey M) respectfully declined. Won by acclamation
  • Secretary- Megan A Nominated by Sam W Nominee Terri L (Tracy S) respectfully declined. Won by acclamation.
  • Treasurer Sharon T Nominated by Sam W Nominees Jack S (Jennie) and Tracy S (Sid) respectfully declined. Won by acclamation.
  • Members at Large Bruce O Nominated by Jamey M, Terri L Nominated by Sam W and Robert S Nominated by Megan A. Won by acclamation

Resolutions to PSAC Convention:

Temporary Foreign Workers

The Public Service Alliance of Canada will work through the Canadian Labour Congress to demand that the Federal Government overhaul its current temporary foreign worker programs by ensuring that these workers have access to full rights of citizenship, not just temporary access to jobs; and

PSAC will work through the CLC to demand that the Federal Government provide the same rights of access to Permanent Residency and/or Citizenship to Foreign Workers as any other individual; and

PSAC will call through the CLC for a full review of Canadas immigration programs, including the role of Ministerial exemptions, the use of spot-checks and the addition of penalties for employers violating regulations; and

PSAC will continue to work with CLC member unions and progressive organizations to ensure that temporary foreign workers rights are protected.

M/S/C Sam W, Megan A

May Day

Whereas May First, known as May Day or International Workers Day, is a historic commemoration and international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the working class and labor movement dating back to the struggle for the eight-hour work day in the United States and Canada on May 1, 1886; and

Whereas May Day is not officially recognized in Canada or the United States, but instead has been replaced with Labour Day,

Whereas May Day commonly sees organized street demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world; and

Whereas there are local activists/community organizations that hope to reclaim the historic tradition of May Day in Canada;

Be it resolved that locals/branches of the Public Service Alliance of Canada work with or support local activist/community organizations presently involved in organizing May Day actions to include as many workers and workers’ organizations as possible on May First 2009 and subsequent May Days; and

Be it further resolved that locals/branches/Area Councils of PSAC be encouraged to join or endorse May Day Organizing Committees; and

Be it further resolved that the PSAC call upon Federations of Labour to promote and assist the labour movement to fully participate in every community to reclaim the fighting tradition of May Day on May First of each year with demonstrations, rallies and meetings to highlight the workers’ movement in Canada as part of the international May Day actions which take place around the world.

M/S/C Sam W, Megan A

Election of Delegate to PSAC Convention

  • Delegate- Megan A
  • 1st Alternate- Terri L
  • 2nd Alternate- Sam W

Emergency Resolution an emergency resolution was brought forward by Terri L and was tabled to the next meeting.

Swearing in to occur at next VAC meeting.

Meeting Adjourned.




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