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Young Workers

In the PSAC-BC Region young workers who are thirty-five years of age and under actively come together to share their experiences, discuss common struggles, and analyze the issues they face at work and in the Union.

We first formed as a Caucus in 2002 through the Solidarity Campaign for Young Workers and held many events and educational opportunities designed to appeal to younger workers. In 2012, the PSAC formally recognized the need for Young Worker Committees in the Regions. BC was the first to form such geographically-based committees, beginning with Vancouver Island, and soon after for the BC Mainland and Haida Gwaii.

Young Workers have a political voice - for PSAC BC there is a Regional Council Young Workers Coordinator, James Brierley.

Each Committee also has its own leadership. Kala Souter is the Chair of the Vancouver Island YW Committee and Valeria Villalobos is Chair of the BC Mainland and Haida Gwaii Young Worker Committee. The Mainland and Haida Gwaii Young Worker Committee also has a WhatsApp group - use your mobile device and click this link or scan the QR code below to launch WhatsApp and join the group.

Here are the minutes of the various Young Workers Committee and Caucus meetings.

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May 3, 2019 - 8:57am •
Grant’s Law was put in place to safeguard our exposed and vulnerable late night workers who often work alone and exposed to higher rates of violence in the workplace. These workers are very often young workers as well, starting out in their careers in the workforce.
May 1, 2019 - 11:11am •
To all PSAC BC Young Workers! Each year the BCFED hosts the Young Workers' School at Camp Jubilee. The school is set in a retreat-like environment where participants attend courses to help them build skills related to the labour movement and political action. There are outdoor activities and a chance to meet other young workers from around the province.
December 18, 2018 - 9:08am •
PSAC’s youngest members met in the Ottawa from December 7 to 9 to take part in the very first national gathering of young workers. A selection of nearly 50 delegates, all aged 35 and younger, traveled across the country to receiving training, and to strategize around and discuss important issues facing the youngest demographic of Canada’s workforce.
October 15, 2018 - 2:57pm •
On September 27th the Vancouver Island Young Worker Committee elected new leadership and executive members to take the committee forward into 2019 and beyond. Please welcome the revamped and new executive members to the committee and stay tuned for initiatives from your Vancouver Island Young Worker committee going forward.
October 12, 2018 - 2:18pm •
The Alliance Executive Committee (AEC) has approved a one-time National Young Worker Forum to be held in Ottawa from December 7-9. This forum is an opportunity for a limited number of young workers (age 35 or under) to participate in a dynamic weekend of networking and planning for the 2019-2021 cycle. The goal is to see many robust regional young worker committees thriving and more young PSAC members using these committees to plug into their union.
September 10, 2018 - 9:48am •
To:PSAC Locals in the B.C. Region
August 3, 2018 - 10:44am •
Young Workers: Register to Attend the B.C. Federation of Labour Young Workers School at Camp Jubilee in the Indian Arm from September 14-16, 2018. Participants will attend courses to help them build leadership and facilitation skills, learn about labour history from an equity lens, discuss the impact of bullying and harassment in the workplace, and learn how to develop a campaign through video. In addition to coursework, attendees will be able to participate in a variety of outdoor activities and connect with other young workers from around the province.
July 17, 2018 - 1:28pm •
To PSAC Locals/Branches, Area Councils and Regional Committees in BC: On behalf of the Mainland & Haida Gwaii Young Worker Committee, we would like to wish all PSAC members a very happy National Indigenous Peoples Day! To mark the occasion, we are writing to share an important initiative - Soaring to Success - by a group of Indigenous workers that came out of the PSAC’s Introduction to the Union for Indigenous Members course. 
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