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via email to PSAC BC Young Workers Caucus

The year has so-far been filled with several events and opportunities!

Coming up from July 13-17 at the University of Victoria, there will be a Summer Institute for Union Women. The theme is “Putting Women in their Places…in our Union, in Politics and in our Communities”.

We are pleased to be able to support PSAC-BC Young Women who are interested in taking part in this skills and leadership-building learning opportunity.

If you are interested in being considered, please send a 300-word paragraph on how you would use the what you’ve learned at this event in your Union, in Politics or in your Community to Monica Urrutia by June 10, 2011. This could be as simple as you are wanting to run for a Local Executive position, to you are considering getting involved in politics at the municipal, provincial or federal levels, or you want to advance issues at the community level, such as Childcare or Retirement Security for All.

If you are interested in applying for PSAC’s support to attend this event, please do not register directly with the organizers. Please send your expression of interest in to us first. If accepted, then we will submit your registration to the organizers on your behalf.

More information about the event can be found at the BC Federation of Labour website (pdf)

via BC Federation of Labour

Please note that the screening of the film “Breathtaking” originally scheduled for June 1st has been postponed.

We felt that this event was too important to be left to compete with the Canucks hockey schedule. We are seeking a new date for this event, possibly June 16, 2011. Please stay tuned for confirmation of a new date and time.

As many of you know, we have been working hard to organize some events to recognize our first Injured Workers’ Day on June 1st in BC. The B.C. Federation of Labour will be sending a delegation to Victoria on May 31st to lobby on OHS and compensation issues, as well as to talk about the importance of recognizing Injured Workers’ Day in BC. In addition, we have planned the following event on the evening of June 1st (stay tuned for more activities).

Please find attached a copy of our notice for the screening of the Canadian documentary Breathtaking, directed by Kathleen Mullen.

This film is her personal journey into the asbestos industry in Canada, following the death of her father, Richard, from mesothelioma. The film will be followed by an expert resource panel, question and answer period.

  • DATE: June 1, 2011 – Injured Workers’ Day
  • TIME: 7:00 pm
  • PLACE: Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

For more information about the film visit

via email, to BC Young Workers Caucus

I am pleased to share that on May 13-15, 2011 at the B.C. Regional Convention we had the largest contingent of young worker delegates and observers to date!

With fourteen young workers taking part as either delegates or observers in one of the highest decision-making bodies for the PSAC in the B.C. Region we have high hopes young worker participation will continue to grow our Union.

As a result of an election process at Convention:

  • Your Regional Council Youth Coordinator is Erica Fu-Jung Yang.
  • Your 1st Alternate to this position is Daphne Ho.
  • Your 2nd Alternate to this position is Eric Bouffard.
Stayed tuned to our young worker webpage for more information about your Coordinator and her Alternates, that is soon to come, as well as some fun social (action) events!
In Solidarity, Monica Urrutia, PSAC Regional Representative

This is a call out for interest to attend the BC Federation of Labour’s Camp Jubilee – Young Workers Retreat from June 10-12, 2011.

The PSAC has once again approved funding to support young members from BC to attend. This is an annual retreat that is both fun and a great opportunity to meet other young workers wanting to learn more about their trade union movement!

Workshops that will be offered include:

  • Mobilizing Young Workers
  • Introduction to the Labour Movement
  • Green Jobs and Environmental Justice
  • Political Action

PSAC members selected to attend must commit to sharing what they experienced through a “Retreat Report Back”, ideas include submitting photos with captions to help explain what took place, a short youtube video that you create while at Camp Jubilee, basically something that we can share with others in the Young Worker Caucus on-line!

To be eligible to apply you must be a member of the PSAC and be 30 years of age or younger. Please send your expression of interest to Monica Urruita by midnight May 8th, with a paragraph of up to 300 words describing your involvement in PSAC young worker activities; any community involvement for young workers; and why you are interested in attending.


This is a call out for interest to attend the “Our Revolution is Now” – Pan-Canadian Gathering of Young Feminists in Winnipeg, May 20-23, 2011. The PSAC Alliance Executive Committee has approved funding for one young woman member per Region to attend and the PSAC B.C. Regional Council has also agreed to provide funding for one young woman member. We are therefore pleased to be able to send two young PSAC women (30 years of age or younger) to attend this Gathering of Young Feminists.

The deadline for expression of interest is midnight, April 10th. Please see the attached poster and conference call out for more information.

This Gathering will unite young women and young feminists who wish to:

  • Learn about feminism and what it means to other young women
  • Share your reflections and analysis of different issues that affect young women from diverse backgrounds.
  • Learn about and discuss priorities for action as young feminists
  • Share struggles and discuss strategies to resist and combat patriarchy and other forms of oppression
  • Create solidarity and reinforce the RebELLEs young feminist movement in Canada
  • Celebrate our struggles and solidarity… Who said feminists don’t know how to party!?

For more information visit

This is an opportunity for young women from PSAC to engage in the overall young feminist movement.

The members selected will commit to:

  • writing a report
  • making a presentation to PSAC Women’s Committee(s) or other PSAC body
  • helping to organize a follow-up activity involving young women

To be eligible to apply you should support feminist and equality issues, be a member of the PSAC, and be 30 years of age or younger.

Please send your expression of interest in attending via email to Kay Sinclair, PSAC B.C. REVP, or by fax at (604) 430-0194 by midnight April 10th, with a paragraph of up to 300 words describing your feminist perspective or philosophy; any involvement in PSAC women’s activities; any community feminist involvement; any involvement in young workers’ activities; and why you are interested in attending. Please feel free to indicate whether you identify as a member of an equity group, i.e. lesbian or bisexual; aboriginal; racially visible; or a member with a disability. (This is optional.)

Please also provide your contact information and your PSAC ID number.

Young workers video and survey

Young worker’s voices and opinions are vital to shaping the future of Canada and the future of the labour movement.

PSAC members under 30 met for three days in November 2010 at the “New Steward – A Young Worker Focus” course, held at the BC Union School. They learned about their rights as workers, what it’s like to work in a unionized environment, and the in role of a Steward in building the Union.

We spoke to them about the course and their experiences as young workers – here’s what they had to say!

Thanks to Devon (UPCE 20095), Sharan (CIU 20040), Shivnesh (UTE 20026) RJ (CEIU 20914), and everyone who took the course!

As part of the follow-up from the course, we have created a survey for PSAC young workers in British Columbia.

The survey’s objectives are:

  • to get input and feedback from PSAC young workers on a range of topics that will help shape programs in the future
  • to identify PSAC young workers who are interested in Union involvement and training opportunities
  • to continue to dialogue with PSAC young workers and increase involvement in the PSAC-BC Young Worker Caucus

We encourage all PSAC members in BC under the age of 30 to take the survey – only takes a few minutes, and everyone who participates will be entered in a draw!

PSAC members under 30!

Come meet other young members at our Young Worker Film Night on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm. This event will be held at the Vancouver Regional Office, on the 3rd floor, #300-5238 Joyce Street, in Vancouver. We’ll probably eat and chat first, then watch Capitalism: A Love Story, created by Michael Moore.

Enjoy a light dinner and hang out with other young workers and members of the PSAC BC region. Let us know if you’re planning on coming so we’ll make sure there are enough eats for all!

Reminder! The deadline for entries is February 21.

In honour of the “International Year of Youth,” identified by the United Nations General Assembly to be the year commencing International Youth Day 2010, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) launches a Poster Contest in the hopes of highlighting the struggles young workers face today.

  • Contest Guidelines: Entries must be of original design and submitted in an original format. Participants must reside in Canada and be under the age of 30. Contest entries must be submitted by Monday, February 21, 2011
  • Contest Details: A grand prize of $500.00 will be awarded to the artist that best portrays the struggles young workers face today in the eyes of the CLC Young Workers Working Group. All entries will be accepted by mail to the Canadian Labour Congress c/o Erin Harrison-Taylor at 2841 Riverside Drive Ottawa, ON K1V 8X7. A winner will be selected by the CLC Young Workers Working Group on March 1, 2011 and notified shortly thereafter.

Visit the CLC website for more information and an entry form.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

via BC Fed Young Workers Committee

You are cordially invited to a think-a-thon dedicated to reviving Get Your Vote On.

In the months leading up to the 2004 Federal and 2005 Provincial elections, Get Your Vote On mobilized youth across the province and registered over 20,000 new voters! There was an upswing and climbing trend in youth participation in electoral politics and getting out to vote. Through creative, fun, and sexy tactics and campaign organizing, Get Your Vote On was on to something special and youth responded. However, the momentum and capacity built up in 2004 and 2005 was lost by 2009, and the 2009 provincial election was hit with record low voter turn-out – youth included.

Now we have the opportunity to revive Get Your Vote On to it’s former and rightful glory! Municipal, provincial, and federal elections approach within the next 10 months to 2 years. The perfect time line to build capacity and youth engagement incrementally across the Province (and Country?). Even if you don’t think you’re all that knowledgeable of electoral politics, you won’t want to miss this event – it comes down to engaging and mobilizing young people to see that collectively we have a place and power in the democratic process. This is your opportunity to give voter apathy a big kick in the @$%!

Tune up your thinking caps, and bring them along! We’ll be diving into an exciting brain storm and conversation to envision what it will take to get every youth in the province to vote… to have a voice.

When: Thursday, January 20th, 2011 – 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Top secret local to be revealed – email to register


Canada’s Finance Ministers agree.

The best way to help today’s workers save enough for retirement is by increasing what everybody gets from the Canada Pension Plan (and the Quebec Pension Plan). The Canadian Labour Congress is proposing a gradual doubling of future CPP benefits. A modest increase in contributions today will produce thousands of dollars a year in extra benefits for workers when they retire.

But our plan has come under attack from special interest groups who are scare mongering and spreading lies about our proposal. Some have even said that the CPP won’t be there for today’s young workers when it comes time for them to retire.

This is not true. The reality is that experts have found the CPP to be actuarially sound for the next 75 years. This means it is guaranteed to deliver as promised.

Young workers have nothing to worry about, nor do their kids. What is worrying is that one-third of Canadian workers aged 24-64 have no personal retirement savings at all. The best way to help them save enough for retirement is by increasing what everybody gets from the CPP.

Move the campaign forward!

Via email – To: PSAC-BC Youth Caucus, From Monica Urrutia, PSAC Vancouver RO

Here is an upcoming young worker event in case you are in town. For those of you who were at the New Steward: A Young Worker Focus course at the Union School, you will remember Stephen as one of the panel speakers and he discussed the fun event that is raising funds for those attending the World Festival of Youth and Students.

Vancouver & District Labour Council’s Young Workers’ Committee invites you to party with the Young Workers at the Railway Club!

  • Wednesday, Dec 1, 8 pm to 12 midnight
  • The Railway Club 579 Dunsmuir at Seymour
  • Just a short walk from the BC Fed Convention
  • Tickets Only $15 – only 150 available!
  • Live Music: Billy the Kid & Gas Town Royals

All proceeds to benefit the Young Workers’ Delegation to the 2010 World Festival of Youth & Students in South Africa. For tickets, contact the VDLC. Spread the word! Download a poster (pdf).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

via email, from Erica Yang – PSAC Youth Outreach Worker

“The New Steward! A Young Worker Focus ” Union School course is filling up quickly.

If you ever:

  • Wonder what we mean when we say “I’m Union!”?
  • Want to find out more about what it means to be a Union member of the PSAC?
  • Want to understand your rights as a worker?
  • Want to have free and powerful education with lots of fun?
  • Want to see how you can be the support and the voice for your fellow workers, and what it takes to accomplish that?
  • Want to meet other young members and expand your work social network?
  • Want to know what other young members are dealing with at their work places?
  • Want to have a breakthrough in having your leadership shine brighter than ever?

If your answer is YES to any of the questions above, then seriously look no further and wait no more!  This course is for you! Visit the Union School page and sign up online for the course right now. The application deadline is this coming Monday, October 4th, 2010.

Grab a friend to come with you! The whole learning experience will be more awesome for you.

  • Course date: November 5th-7th, 2010
  • Location: Metrotown Hilton Hotel

I also want to invite you to fill out the form online and self-identify as a Youth member if you are interested in being a part of the Youth Caucus and/or being contacted for future youth activities. Fee free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


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In this issue:
- 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 [] campaign is a student-driven campaign to make post-secondary education in BC more affordable. The campaign brings together students [] 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 [].

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 [] 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 [].
2. Sign the online petition [].
3. Tell your MLA [] that reducing student debt is a priority.

Back-to-school editorial

Check out our editorial [] that ran in the Vancouver Sun on September 2, 2010. Share it [] with your friends and family.

Student discounts in your area

For most students, money is tight.

With the International Student Identity Card [] (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

0% interest in Newfoundland


Students in Newfoundland and Labrador celebrate one year anniversary of the provincial government’s decision to eliminate interest [] charged on student loans.

Students weigh in on copyright reform []
The Canadian Federation of Students has released a new video [] outlining the issues at stake in copyright reform in Canada.

Welcome Erica!

Erica Yang is the PSAC’s Youth Outreach Worker for BC. She will be working out of the Vancouver Regional Office period between September and October 2010 to incorporate PSAC’s priority to build the union at the base by focusing on getting broader involvement from our young workers.

As the Youth Outreach Worker, Erica is also responsible for target recruiting for “The New Steward-A Young Worker Focus”, course that is set for our Union School for November 2010, widening the reach of our Youth Caucus, and creating/compiling a “Young Worker outreach/resource Guide” that will be useful for all Locals, Area Councils, Committees, and Union leadership at all levels.

She may be contacting you in the very near future!

Erica is currently on leave with Service Canada as a Citizen Service Officer in the Multi-lingual Extension Service Unit. She has been active in the Union, particularly in the areas of Health and Safety and Youth. Erica is currently holding an executive position in her Local.

International Youth Day 2010

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:
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
2841 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1V 8X7
tel 613-521-3400 ext.234
fax 613-521-0423

Download PDF – CLC Statement – English;

Download PDF – CLC Statement – French;

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

Applications are now being accepted for the fourth year of Next Up: A Leadership Program for Young People Committed to Social and Environmental Justice.

Next Up was created by a group of people who wanted to help emerging leaders develop new and better skills, smarts and ideas. The program is intense. Over 6 months, we dive into a number of topics and disciplines, combining theory, practice, deep thinking, and hard skills. This is an amazing, intensive and transformative program for young social change activists between the ages of 18 and 32.

Visit for more information – application deadline for BC is September 12th.

Information Session: July 24, 2010

7:00 p.m.
#200-5118 Joyce St.
Vancouver, B.C.

Please check out this event. It is an info session on the 17th World Festival of Youth & Students which will be held in South Africa this December! The Festival is the largest international youth gathering and the largest expression of youth resistance in the world. At the last Festival, over 16,000 youth and students from around the world attended. You’re invited! Come find out more.

Also check out the Festival website at

For more information, contact the WFYS Vancouver Committee at or check us out on Facebook.

Download a PDF version of the poster: WFYS poster

Are you a PSAC Member under the age of 30? Are you interested in getting more youth involved in the union? Are you interested in gaining valuable experience working in the PSAC office?

The PSAC BC Region is looking for a union member under the age of 30 who would like to work on a one-month project to:

  1. target recruitment for The New Steward! A Young Worker Focus course set for our Union School for November 2010;
  2. recruit more young members to join the Youth Caucus and encourage their active participation in the Union more generally; and
  3. create and compile content for a Young Worker Outreach/Resource Guide that will be useful for all Locals, Area Councils, Committees, and Union leadership at all levels.

To be considered for this opportunity, please provide an expression of interest covering how your skills, interests, and experience would complement this project by the deadline of Friday, July 23rd to Monica Urrutia, attn: Youth Outreach Worker, at

Guidance and assistance will be provided by PSAC Staff.  If you are interested, but are concerned about accessing leave with out pay for a month, please send in your expression of interest regardless. If you are the successful candidate our office would definitely work with you to access this leave even if it isn’t something you have accessed before. More questions? Email Monica Urrutia.

We hope this work will occur over a one month time period sometime between September – October 2010 (start date is negotiable). The minimum salary would be at the PM 1 or SP 3 level or wage-replacement, whichever is higher.

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