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Updates

 Emergency vigil to be held starting at 5PM today – Tuesday at Kitsilano Coast Guard Station. Speakers from BC Federation of Labour, Jericho Sailing Centre, MP Fin Donnelly and others to be confirmed later

The rally takes place at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 19 outside the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in Vancouver – 1661 Whyte Avenue in Vanier Park [off Chestnut Street below the Burrard Street Bridge.]

 
Despite a huge outcry from British Columbians, the federal government still plans to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, affecting the PSAC/UCTE members who work at the station and putting lives at risk in Vancouver's busy harbour.

The Federal Court last week upheld a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations.

The ruling means that the employer has the obligation to find workable solutions on a case-by-case basis so that workers like Fiona Johnstone can balance work and family, to the point of undue hardship.

As published in the Financial Post

conservative Member of Parliament Pierre Poilievre is right: Judge Ivan Rand did rule that employees should “take the burden with the benefit” (“Unions ignore the Rand formula,” Feb. 6).

Cheers to Jamey Mills, President of the Vancouver Area Council, who presented this report at the AGM held in October.

Thank you all for attending and thank you for supporting me over the past year as Vancouver Area Council President. I, again as last year would like to thank you for volunteering in your workplaces and communities.

I would like to start with a moment of silence to commemorate our fellow members who have been killed or injured in the past year.

A busy few months for PSAC Women. Towards the end of 2012 we had our National Equity meetings. It was wonderful to be a part of this as we formulated the first National Human Rights Conference for next fall. 

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