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CUPW members need solidarity against attacks on their union rights

June 23 is the United Nations World Public Services Day. This year, unions from around the globe are uniting to launch the Quality Public Services – Action Now!Campaign which advances quality public services for all people through international solidarity.

This solidarity and action is needed now more than ever. The Conservative government’s actions in both the CAW/Air Canada and CUPW/Canada Post negotiations are proof that the right to free collective bargaining is under serious threat in this country. Despite this right being upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada as well as by international conventions, the Conservative government’s back-to-work legislation is a clear attack on the rights of Canadian workers.

Read more at the national website.

Monday, June 20, 2011
5:30 p.m.
PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
200-5238 Joyce St.
Vancouver, B.C.

Agenda: Elections for the following positions: Co-Chair; Treasurer and Secretary.

Please RSVP to: Jennifer Ho at e-mail: Jennifer.Ho@national-component.org and cc: HoShinJ@psac-afpc.com.

A light meal will be served.

Please RSVP and submit any further agenda items to Janelle Ho-Shing

Download a PDF of poster: Vancouver RWC Meeting Poster_June 2011

Refusal Of Unsafe Work, above, is a video produced by the PSAC BC Organizing Team that has been nominated as one of the five finalists in the labourstart.org video of the year contest. Check out all the nominated videos here. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

Come and join the Human Rights Committee of the PSAC for a film showing of:   “Looking for Dawn” 

When:  Tuesday, April 5, 2011,  anytime after 5:00 p.m. and film will start at 6:00 p.m.

Where: 3rd floor boardroom of the PSAC, 300- 5238 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC

(Two blocks south of the Joyce Street Skytrain station.  Buzz 300) 

This is a 73 minute long National Film Board of Canada film about the estimated 500 Aboriginal Women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years.

 No cost, no tickets required, and we provide popcorn, drinks, and comfy chairs. Just come and bring your friends.

For further information or any questions, please contact Regina Brennan
 by phone at: 604-430-5631 or e-mail: brennar@psac.com

PSAC Mainland BC Human Rights Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
  • 200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, B.C. (Buzz 200 to enter)

Agenda:

  1. Conferences, to discuss delegate selection, tables at conferences, buying swag and other related items.
  2. Christmas gathering.
  3. National Women’s Conference report.

If you would like to join the meeting by conference call, please contact Regina Brennan by Nov. 2 at e-mail: brennar@psac.com or by phone at: 604-430-5631 or toll-free at: 1-800-663-1655 for conference call-in codes. Download the poster (pdf).

EDUCATION SHOULDN’T BE A DEBT SENTENCE

This email is best viewed in your web browser. Click the link below to see it:

http://canadianfederationofstudents-britishcolumbia.createsend1.com/t/r/e/qikdtl/iklyirtjy/

In this issue:
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- New year, new campaign ideas
- U-Pass BC announcement
- 3 actions in 3 minutes
- Back-to-school editorial
- Student discounts in your area
- 0% interest in Newfoundland
- Students weigh in on copyright reform

New year, new campaign ideas

The Education Shouldn’t be a Debt Sentence [http://www.debtsentence.ca] campaign is a student-driven campaign to make post-secondary education in BC more affordable. The campaign brings together students [http://www.cfs-fcee.ca/html/english/about/member_locals.php#BC] and our supporters in the community to pressure government to reduce tuition fees and to reduce student debt.

For the year ahead, students can get involved in a variety of new ways, including do-it-yourself video.

Sign up to stay in the loop [http://debtsentence.ca/section/2].

U-Pass BC announcement

By working together through the Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia, students have won Canada’s first province-wide U-Pass program!

Final details are being negotiated right now, but you can sign up [http://debtsentence.ca/section/2] to get more details as they become available.

3 actions in 3 minutes

The core of the Education Shouldn’t be a Debt Sentence campaign is demonstrating support for affordable education.

Take three minutes to contribute to the campaign:1. Become a fan of the Facebook page [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Education-Shouldnt-be-a-Debt-Sentence/140318987661].
2. Sign the online petition [http://debtsentence.ca/section/11].
3. Tell your MLA [http://debtsentence.ca/section/27] that reducing student debt is a priority.

Back-to-school editorial

Check out our editorial [http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Back+school+deeper+debt/3472853/story.html] that ran in the Vancouver Sun on September 2, 2010. Share it [http://canadianfederationofstudents-britishcolumbia.forwardtomyfriend.com/r/l/2AD73FFF/qikdtl/l] with your friends and family.

Student discounts in your area

For most students, money is tight.

With the International Student Identity Card [http://www.myisic.ca] (ISIC), you can get exclusive student discounts on thousands of goods and services, from clothing to WestJet flights.

The ISIC is a free benefit of membership to all full-time members of the Canadian Federation of Students. Non-members must pay $20 for the card.

To inquire about getting your ISIC, visit your students’ union office or visit www.cfs-services.ca
[http://cfs-fcee.ca/html/english/programmes/isic.php].

0% interest in Newfoundland

[http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/edu/0802n01.htm]

Students in Newfoundland and Labrador celebrate one year anniversary of the provincial government’s decision to eliminate interest [http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2010/edu/0802n01.htm] charged on student loans.

Students weigh in on copyright reform [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA1RDyN7JTg]
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The Canadian Federation of Students has released a new video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA1RDyN7JTg] outlining the issues at stake in copyright reform in Canada.

International Youth Day 2010

Hello,
It is with great pleasure that I wish you a very happy international youth day!
Please find attached this years Canadian Labour Congress statement in poster and text format.  You may also view the information on our website at: http://www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/statements/international-youth-day-statement-dialogue-and-mutual-understanding
This year’s statement is a call to action around ILO Convention 138 and we need your help! If you are interested in getting involved in the new young worker driven minimum age campaign, please send me an email with your details (including location) and I will put you in touch with your provincial or territorial team!! :)
Also stay tuned for an excited “International Year of Youth” project the CLC young workers working group has underway!
In Solidarity Always,
Erin Harrison-Taylor
National Representative
CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS
CONGRÈS DU TRAVAIL DU CANADA
2841 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1V 8X7
tel 613-521-3400 ext.234
fax 613-521-0423
eharrison@clc-ctc.ca

Download PDF – CLC Statement – English;www.canadianlabour.ca

Download PDF – CLC Statement – French; www.congresdutravail.ca

Download PDF – Copy of Poster; IYD-Poster-2010-08-12-BIL

After almost one year of negotiations and with the assistance of a Conciliation Officer, a tentative agreement was reached between the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Prince George Airport Authority on February 11, 2010. The agreement has been ratified by both parties.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • Duration: 4 year agreement (April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2013)
  • Rates of Pay:
    • Effective January 1, 2010  – 1%
    • Effective April 1, 2010 – 1%
    • Effective April 1, 2011 – 3%
    • Effective April 1, 2012 – 3%
  • Ratification bonus:  $300.00 to each employee
  • Recall: Members in the AOS classification who are term, temporary or seasonal will have priority of recall for future opportunities in order of their original date of hire
  • No Discrimination: Gender identity or expression added as prohibited grounds
  • Call-back: employees to be paid for mileage in accordance with Treasury Board rates
  • The parties will jointly participate in a Committee Effectiveness workshop provided by the Federal Medication and Conciliation Service. The objective is to provide tools to both parties for discussion and resolution of workplace issues during the term of the collective agreement.

The bargaining committee would like to thank the members working at the Prince George Airport for their support throughout this difficult round of negotiations.

pbs rwc logo DATE: February 9, 2010 (Tues)
TIME: 5:30 P.M.
LOCATION: PSAC Boardroom
210-1497 Admirals Rd
Victoria, BC

AGENDA: To be announced.

Please forward any agenda items to the Chair, Virginia Vaillancourt at: uvaevictoria@shaw.ca

Please R.S.V.P as various snack food will be provided – email Rosemary at mackenr@psac.com
Note: the building door is locked by 5:30, so please if you can, arrive a few minutes earlier. Thanks.

Here’s an interesting article relating to workplace bullying which was posted in the Toronto Star last November. The reporter is Janis Foord Kirk.

Getting stepped on at work

“She loved the work at first, ” a worried husband confides. “But now she drags herself in every day. A couple of people who’ve worked there for years seem to have it in for her. I can’t believe some of their antics. “Is this workplace bullying?” he asks. “And if it is, what can she do about it?”

Bullying is one of the fastest-growing complaints of workplace violence, according to the International Labour Office. It runs the gamut from extreme violence, even murder, to intimidation and snide remarks.

The psychological harassment of a co-worker tends to fall into the latter category. And when two or more people join forces to lie, gossip, criticize and socially isolate a specific employee, the ILO says, it’s called “mobbing” or “ganging up.”

Valerie Cade is a workplace bully expert based in Calgary who consults internationally on the issue. “It’s important to distinguish between workplace bullying and difficult behaviours, ” she cautions. “Bullying is deliberate, disrespectful, repeated malicious behaviour. Bullies really do know what they’re doing. This is the difference. A difficult person is just grouchy and steps on other boundaries in order to get their own needs met. But a bully will actually calculate how to embarrass and demean someone else.

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Notice: Holiday Office Closure

Greetings everyone,

This is a reminder that the PSAC Vancouver & Victoria Regional Offices will be closed between December 28th and January 1st.

For issues of an urgent nature that cannot wait until the office re-opens on January 4th, please phone 604-430-5631, or, 1-800-663-1655 and leave a voice mail at my extension, 227.  I will be checking messages regularly throughout the holidays and will return calls.

Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

In Solidarity,

Joanna Schultz, Regional Coordinator PSAC BC
(604) 430-5631 / 1-800-663-1655 x 227

Greetings,

It is with great pleasure that I advise you that Patricia Mullin was the successful candidate in the recent Vancouver Regional Office Admin Assistant competition.

Patricia brings with her many years of experience in providing administrative support within the PSAC Vancouver Regional Office as a Secretary, and before that with CEIU.

Patricia is embracing her new challenge and will no doubt continue to make a positive contribution to the PSAC in her new role.

Congratulations Patricia!

Joanna Schultz, Regional Coordinator, PSAC BC

Please join the B.C. Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (BCCHRP) in celebrating International Human Rights Day!

December 10 marks the 61st anniversary the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In the spirit of building genuine people-to-people solidarity with those hardest hit by the financial crisis because of job loss and lack of economic security, and increasing violence by militarization and war, it is becoming more important for us to gather, listen and learn from each other as we organize in our struggles.

Join BCCHRP and special guests for a cultural evening of solidarity!

Rites for Humanity

  • Wednesday, December 9 @ 7:00 pm
  • Zawa Restaurant, 920 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • $5-10 sliding scale donation at the door

Event organized by the B.C. Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (BCCHRP); Co-sponsored by the Vancouver & District Labour Council (VDLC) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

Please contact bcchrp@kalayaancentre.net for more information.

Download the poster for the event here:  R4H

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: PSAC Vancouver Regional Office – 300-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, B.C.

*Note: Meeting will be held on 3rd floor.

Agenda items so far include:

  • Planning for the VAC Annual General Meeting (scheduled for October 27, 2009)
  • Vancouver Area Council local/branch affiliation campaign

Please forward any other proposed agenda items and confirm your attendance to Monica as a light dinner will be served at ph: 604-430-5631.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: PSAC Vancouver Regional Office – 200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, B.C.

Agenda:

  • Participation in the upcoming Labour Day Picnic (scheduled for Sept 7th)
  • Health and Safety resolutions for consideration to be submitted to the PSAC National H&S conference (deadline of Sept 18th)

Please forward any other proposed agenda items and confirm your attendance to Monica as a light dinner will be served at ph: 604-430-5631.

Torstar news service

Nearly 3,400 Ontario students who spend their summers working in provincial parks say the government is ripping them off by $400 to $600 each by refusing to give them holiday pay a move they say is an abuse of labour laws.

For years, summer students received an 8.16 per cent top-up in lieu of having a paid vacation and statutory holidays off a practice the government says was a mistake and should never have occurred.

During bargaining talks last December with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the province told the union it would no longer pay the top-up amount.

Student protests took place at four provincial parks on the weekend Algonquin, Pinery, Sibbald Point and Wheatley.

Without this money, argues Seneca College student Helena Whale, most park workers make less on a statutory holiday than do employees at McDonalds.

Any other employer in Ontario has to pay compensation for these holidays, except for the government, said Whale, a shift supervisor at Sibbald Point Provincial Park.

Theyve exempted themselves. Youd think the Ontario government would be willing to pay their students, the future of Ontario, more than that.

Students employed in the Ontario public service are not eligible to receive pay-in-lieu for vacation and holidays, said Ciaran Ganley, a spokesperson for the government services ministry.

The government pays 73 per cent of OPSEU-represented summer students $11.10 an hour, he said, a higher rate than the $9.50 minimum wage.

Cheers to Mandi Schubert (CEIU 20975) for forwarding these photos! PSAC and other Union members marched with “Pride in Labour” at the Victoria Pride Celebrations, Sunday July 5th.

For more about Pride in Victoria, visit victoriapridesociety.org and check out the Vancouver Sun news report.

Click for the photos …

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Were back at the table but where are our agreements?

Negotiations have resumed with Treasury Board for our PA, SV, FB and EB units. Our TC team will be in mediation from October 8 to 10. Our Parks Canada team started mediation on September 29 and our CFIA team is back at the bargaining table this week. Were back at the table but were still not close to settlements.

Whats the election got to do with it?

This federal election is critical for PSAC members and for the future of federal public services. What will happen to individual Canadians and to our communities if governments continue to cut budgets and programs, contract out, privatize or eliminate the services we deliver?

Its also critical because PSAC members in the federal public sector are not just electing a government, were electing our employer.

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  • July 9th, 5:30PM
  • PSAC Vancouver RO, 200 – 5238 Joyce Street
  • (1 1/2 blk south of the Skytrain)

Come and listen to bargaining updates from members of PSAC units that are currently in bargaining: Treasury Board, CFIA, Commissionaires and Parks. If time allows, there will be a question and answer session.

Please RSVP to Regina Brennan at (604) 430 5631 x 228 so we can plan for dinner.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada joins the Assembly of First Nations’ call for a National Day of Action in Support of First Nations on May 29, 2008.

The National Day of Action is an opportunity for First Nations and Canadians to stand together in a spirit of unity to support a better life for all First Nations and Aboriginal peoples, according to the AFN.

PSAC supports the AFN’s call for the federal government to work with First Nations to create a better future for all First Nations children by eradicating First Nations poverty – which many recognize as the greatest social injustice in Canada.

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