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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, Vanessa Miller. Each Committee also has its own leadership. Please contact Brittany Wiens for the Vancouver Island YW Committee and Maggie Humen for the BC Mainland and Haida Gwaii YW Committee.

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

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January 6, 2016 - 1:16pm •
My experience at the BCFed Renewal conference was extremely interesting.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reports attending BCFed events, the comparison between municipal, provincial, and federal unions is quite interesting as the issue that member face vary greatly.  It is informative to hear different perspectives and learn about the different union structures, as well as to hear how the same issue (example: accommodation) can affect members in such a variety of ways.  It was refreshing in that it challenges the thought process and provides a forum to exchange information.
December 18, 2015 - 12:34pm •
Congratulations to Courtney from the BC Mainland & Haida Gwaii area and Joshua from Vancouver Island, winners in our final survey draw of 2015. We have closed the survey for 2015 but look for it again in 2016 with new content, especially seeking input from our young workers about our PSAC-BC Young Worker Conference tentatively scheduled for the fall.
November 19, 2015 - 2:25pm •
Here are the Regional Council reports and teleconference call minutes presented at the November 2015 Regional Council meeting. The 2015-04-10,11,12 Regional Council meeting minutes is a large file (~9MB) and is available here at dropbox.
September 29, 2015 - 1:07pm •
To: PSAC Young Workers in BC Sent on behalf of Vanessa Miller, B.C. Regional Council Young Worker Coordinator  
September 22, 2015 - 2:42pm •
The PSAC-BC Region is planning on holding a Young Workers' Conference in the Spring of 2016 in Vancouver!   We are currently seeking members who are willing to play a leading role in the organization of this conference.  The Organizing Committee will work closely with Vanessa Miller, PSAC-BC Young Worker Coordinator, and Monica Urrutia, PSAC Regional Representative, and will be expected to provide their services up to and during the conference.   If you wish to join us on the Organizing Committee please review the following to let us know you are interested.
August 21, 2015 - 1:07pm •
Help spread the word and continue to build our Young Worker movement in BC!
July 15, 2015 - 9:36am •
To: PSAC BC Young Workers, posted on behalf of Vanessa Miller, BC Regional Council Young Worker Coordinator   We hope you agree that the upcoming Federal Election is pretty important, and one young workers needs to have an active part in!   To help, we are spreading the word about this CLC webinar called, #YouthVote2015: Better strategies to talk to young people about voting. The webinar will examine barriers to voting, some myths and truths, and strategies about young voter turnout.
May 1, 2015 - 12:00am •
Here are the Regional Council reports and teleconference call minutes presented at the April 2015 Regional Council meeting. The Council report is a large file (~9 MB) and available here at dropbox.com
April 28, 2015 - 3:19pm •
To: PSAC Young Workers in BC,   Each year the BC Federation of Labour organizes a "Young Workers' School" at Camp Jubilee situated in Indian Arm in BC. It's a great opportunity to meet young workers from a whole bunch of different unions. There are workshops offered and time allotted to take part in some fun outdoor activities as well. This year it will be held from June 19 to 21, 2015. The School website is http://conference.bcfed.ca/jubilee/ check it out for more specific info.
February 3, 2015 - 1:13pm •
Eight young workers from across the country participated in PSAC’s first national young worker committee meeting in Ottawa from January 10-11. They spent time creating a three-year plan of action – focusing on ways to make young workers a more prominent and vocal part of our union.

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