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Human Rights

The PSAC BC Region has three Human Rights Committees who meet regularly to in person and via conference call to discuss issues and plan events relating to PSAC's Aboriginal, PWD, GLBT, and Racially Visible caucus members.

The BC Region also has four Regional Council members who represent equity-seeking groups. They are responsible for PSAC members within their constituencies and speak for them at the Council, they seek to promote the activism of PSAC members within these constituencies, and they ensure and promote representation for their constituencies throughout our Union.

Regional Council Aboriginal Equity Coordinator Jenny Macleod
Regional Council Racially Visible Equity Coordinator Stephen Torng
Regional Council Members with Disabilities Equity Coordinator Shane Polak
Regional Council Pride (GLBT) Equity Coordinator Nia Gillies
September 4, 2013 - 12:31pm •
Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s Victoria Regional Womens’ Committee have been working on a plan to erect a memorial to the victims of the École Polytechnique Massacre.The Montreal Massacre, as it is also known, resulted in the deaths of 14 women on Dec. 6,1989. The anniversary of this tragic event is commemorated every year in Canada as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
July 2, 2013 - 9:52am •
Over the next few months, members and allies of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community will celebrate their identities and the great victories of the last 20 years.The PSAC is proud of the victories that we have won through collective bargaining, litigation and mobilization for GLBT members. Together, we will overcome the many obstacles that remain to real equality and justice for all.
June 27, 2013 - 12:19pm •
Ottawa – The Public Service Alliance of Canada and Canada Post have signed a memorandum of agreement that will see long-awaited pay equity cheques begin to be issued in August.“PSAC started this process in 1983 with a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission and has stuck with it through literally hundreds of days of Tribunal hearings and numerous court battles,” says PSAC national president Robyn Benson.  “Now the members are finally going to get what they have deserved for so long.”
June 25, 2013 - 11:59am •
Let's make 2013 Victoria Pride Parade the biggest PSAC participation that the island has ever seen!The Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee would like to invite all Locals and PSAC members on Vancouver Island to march together as a PSAC convoy in the upcoming Victoria Pride Parade July 7, 2013. In the past years, we have marched behind multi-union convoys but we would like to encourage more PSAC locals and committees to come out, show support and march together.
June 12, 2013 - 2:02pm •
PSAC's Human Rights/Programs Section is gathering data and stories about how federal government cuts and Work Force Adjustment has impacted workers with disabilities. Impacts could include the loss of, or changes to, an existing accommodation, being declared surplus, or not being given a reasonable guaranteed job offer.We are asking PSAC members with any knowledge - personal or otherwise - regarding workers with disabilities being affected by the cut backs and WFA notices to let us know.
May 24, 2013 - 2:38pm •
Thanks to Kelly Megyesi and Heather DuDoward for this report from the 2013 BC Regional Women's Conference. Scroll down for some photos!The 2013 PSAC BC Regional Women’s Conference was held May 3,4,5 in Vancouver. We chose an aboriginal theme so as to address two resolutions passed at the 2012 Triennial Convention.
May 17, 2013 - 8:56am •
May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) stands in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.Respect in the workplace is essential. PSAC is there to support our members who face the hostility, homophobia or transphobia that can sometimes occur in the workplace. We are also engaged in bargaining collective agreements that meet the particular needs of our GLBT members. And we continue to work to better protect the human rights of transgendered people.
May 9, 2013 - 2:09pm •
Here are the Regional Council reports presented at the April 2013 Regional Council meeting.
May 7, 2013 - 10:07am •
These conferences are an opportunity for our members to continue the important work of maintaining and improving the militancy and activism of the Union in the struggle to improve the human rights and working conditions of all PSAC members.
April 29, 2013 - 4:45pm •
PSAC members are the foundation of our union. Everything our union is able to achieve depends on the strength and vitality of members and on their active participation.This five page step-by-step guide booklet is designed to help your Area Council, Womens, Young Workers or Human Rights Committee significantly increase member participation so that you grow and thrive. Most important of all, these are simple tools to ensure that you are always in the process of developing more activists.

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