The staff in the BC Region wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in 2016!
Please note that the Vancouver and Victoria Regional Offices will be closed from December 25th through January 1st. In case of emergency, please call (604) 430-5631 or 1 (800) 663-1655 and leave a message in the general delivery voicemail box - we will be checking regularly for messages.
Season's greetings Sisters and Brothers,
As is our holiday tradition, PSAC BC has made a donation to Protein for People – a non-profit society started by unions and the United Way who donate tens of thousands of cans of BC salmon to food banks throughout the province every year. We are celebrating the holiday season by supporting this very worthy cause.
As we look back at 2015 we have a lot to be proud of, particularly when it comes to the federal election.
Now that this epic election campaign is over and we have a new government – and for many of us a new employer, I would like to take a moment to thank PSAC members in BC for your work and support over the past months and look forward to the next few years.
I’m confident that all of you voted and for that I say – THANK YOU!
Earlier this week, Bob Jackson, PSAC Regional Executive VP for BC, was joined by our National President Robyn Benson and Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour, on a telephone town hall with PSAC members in BC to discuss the federal election.
We have summarized some of the questions from PSAC members and the answers from Bob, Robyn, and Irene for members that may have been unable to take part.
A message from Bob Jackson
Sisters and Brothers,
This October, we have an opportunity to make Canada a better place. We can elect a government that respects our collective agreements and our right to a healthy and safe workplace.
We can elect a government that will bargain in good faith. One that respects the collective bargaining process, and respects public services and the workers that deliver them.
Kamloops – Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, including federal government workers from Service Canada, Corrections Canada, RCMP civilian staff, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Environment Canada are gathering in Riverside Park to meet with candidates in the upcoming federal election to hear from them about their party’s plan for federal public services.
VICTORIA – A group of Canadian veterans and advocates will gather in Victoria on August 25th, to demand that federal election candidates re-open Veterans Affairs offices and restore funding to important veterans’ services.
Veterans say they feel abandoned by the Conservative government since it closed nine Veterans Affairs offices across Canada in 2013 and 2014. This spring, the Public Service Alliance of Canada released a series of video testimonials documenting the impact of the office closures on the lives of veterans with complex medical needs.