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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 Jessica Grey, President, or Maggie Humen, VP, 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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June 1, 2012 - 3:09pm •
To: PSAC-BC Young WorkersWe are happy to announce that PSAC-BC Region will be having its first ever Young Workers conference for our members 30 years of age or younger from November 3-4, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel in Richmond!Under the theme, "Up Next: Young Workers Renewing Our Union Legacy!" we hope that PSAC young workers from across British Columbia will apply.
April 20, 2012 - 12:00am •
Here are the Regional Council reports presented at the March 2012 RC meeting, as well as the Council Committee Terms of Reference and the meeting minutes.
April 5, 2012 - 9:47am •
Young workers prepare to re-shape unions for the 21st century.They sign up new members, they organize picket lines and demonstrations, they conduct high school classes in labour rights and workplace safety, and they cook meals for fundraising events to send young workers on solidarity trips to Cuba, South Africa and Central America. One even came back from a vacation in Las Vegas with a tattoo declaring their commitment to the cause. (You'll find out where in a minute.)
April 5, 2012 - 9:45am •
With the Harper government promising to slash 19,200 federal public service jobs, there is one group of people who stand to lose the most -- the students and graduates working to become the next generation of civil servants.It’s a reality Sean O’Brady is acutely aware of as federal layoff notices go out this week, with some public service employees expected to learn their fate Wednesday.
March 15, 2012 - 11:29am •
Attached you will find the minutes from the Young Worker Caucus AGM held on December 7, 2011, and the documents that were presented and discussed there. At the meeting the caucus members passed of the Terms of Reference for the BC Regional Young Workers Committee - the first formal step towards creating a Regional Young Worker Committee! We have also uploaded minutes and information from the March 14 and June 27, 2012 Young Worker Caucus regional meetings and will continue to update this section with information and "regional" minutes.
March 8, 2012 - 1:36pm •
On February 21, the BC government introduced the 2012-2013 provincial budget, the first for Premier Christy Clark.The budget contains cuts for most ministries, either through budget reductions or miniscule increases that, after inflation, constitute a decrease in overall funding that will lead to service reductions and lay-offs.
January 24, 2012 - 2:23pm •
Higher tuition fees and changes to student loan programs mean BC students are now saddled with record-high student loan debt. The average BC university student debt is $27,000 upon graduation. About half of all students in BC depend on student financial assistance in order to pursue post-secondary education.
January 23, 2012 - 3:56pm •
That's the idea behind Re:Generation and Bring Your Boomers, experiments in sharing power and ideas across age lines.
December 9, 2011 - 4:37pm •
Here are the Regional Council Members reports presented at the October 2011 RC meeting and the minutes of the April 2011 meeting.
December 9, 2011 - 9:51am •
via BC Federation of LabourVancouver, BC  - WorkSafeBC announced today that safety regulations protecting employees working alone will be essentially revoked on April 15, 2012, a move that is being condemned by the family of Grant DePatie and the B.C. Federation of Labour.The new stripped-down Regulation allows the employers to sidestep requirements that the door be locked and a window used to exchange money and goods between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am, when employees are working alone.

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