On behalf of the staff in the Regional Executive Vice President’s and Collective Bargaining Branch Offices, and the Vancouver and Victoria Regional Offices, I wish you and your family a happy holiday season.
I know that 2017 has not been an easy year for many PSAC members who work in the federal government. The disaster that is the Phoenix pay system has had a massive personal and financial impact on members of the public service.
The less said about Phoenix today the better.
Looking back at the year, we have achieved a lot and we have much to be proud of.
PSAC members in BC mobilized and stood strong with their bargaining teams. We ratified new agreements with Treasury Board, CMHC Granville Island, Nordion, the Commissionaires on Vancouver Island, and at YVR with the Airport Authority and ARINC.
We also have just achieved tentative agreements with Canada Post and CFIA. I look forward to meeting members at ratification vote meetings coming up in early 2018.
That being said, we still have some work to do at the IMP Comox, Canada Border Services Agency, Statistical Survey Operations and Parks Canada bargaining tables, where the employer still does not recognize the value of the work PSAC members perform day in and day out.
We are also embarking on new rounds of bargaining with Purolator, First Nations Health Authority, and Nav Canada and look forward to working with and getting to know members in these units as the negotiations unfold.
Beyond bargaining, over the last year PSAC members in BC were active and mobilized around many other issues – the provincial election, childcare, the minimum wage, human rights and social justice, the fight against privatization, our MP lobby campaign, and yes, Phoenix.
We should be proud of what we achieved together.
I want to thank all the members who took action in the workplace at a mobilization event, participated in one of our outreach events in the community, worked on one of our campaigns or gave their time to help fellow members by serving as a Steward or Local Executive member in the workplace.
Your hard work makes our workplaces and our communities better, and our union strong. Thank you.
My door is always open, and my phone is almost always on. Along with the new and returning members of the BC Regional Council, I look forward to continuing to meet and speak with with PSAC members from across the province as we work to improve our collective agreements, make our workplaces healthy, and make our communities better.
PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President, BC