PSAC BC Regional Newsletter for December 2014

PSAC BC Regional Newsletter for December 2014
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News and Political Action

PSAC in the news

  • PSAC A/Regional Executive VP Jamey Mills talks about the state of bargaining with the federal government, PSAC’s involvement in the Metro Vancouver Alliance, and more, on CJSF Radio in Vancouver. Listen in at soundcloud.

“10 things” postcard – we have a supply of this postcard & other bargaining and solidarity materials. Get in touch if you would like some for your worksite!

Tools for Stewards and Local Activists

  • Performance management and your rights – what you need to know about Treasury Board’s new process
  • Changes to ‘right to refuse unsafe work’ in the federal sector take effect – The new definition of ‘danger’ and other harmful changes to Canada Labour Code rules on health and safety brought about in Bill C-4 came into effect Oct. 31, 2014. More information.




Union Education

The Activist School – January 30 to February 1 2015

Are you…

  • ready to work in support of good collective agreements, quality public services, and electing a government that respects workers and their rights?
  • interested in doing political and social activism work over the next 12 months?
  • willing to work collaboratively with other union and social justice activists?
  • eager to talk with members at your workplace about how to build workplace power?

If you said YES! then The Activist School is for you! Details at the regional website.

Weekend Course Schedule


Talking Union Basics – February 22,23
Understanding & Interpreting the Collective Agreement –  March 7
Grievance Handling – April 18,19
Duty To Accommodate – May 23


Talking Union Basics – February 7,8
Understanding & Interpreting the Collective Agreement – February 28
Public Speaking – March 1
Grievance Handling – April 18,19

Vancouver Island

Representing Members With Mental Illnesses – Victoria – December 13
Understanding & Interpreting the Collective Agreement – Victoria – January 24
Health & Safety Activism – Victoria – February 21,22
Understanding & Interpreting the Collective Agreement – Nanaimo – February 28
Grievance Handling – Victoria – March 14,15

Northern BC

Creating Respectful Workplaces – Prince George – April 11,12
Talking Union Basics – Prince Rupert – May 23
Understanding & Interpreting the Collective Agreement – Prince Rupert – May 24

Southern BC

Health & Safety Activism – Location TBA – April 18,19

More information on all these courses and online registration at the regional website.

Meetings and Events

December 3rd is International Day for Persons With Disabilities – With the cuts to public services there is even less support and resources for people with disabilities. Read the PSAC statement.

December 6th is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

PSAC is helping organize two vigils on Dec 6 – Holland Park in Surrey at 4:30PM and Holland Park in Victoria at 4PM and others are scheduled throughout the province. We encourage you to attend a vigil in your community.

Festive Meet and Greet – the Victoria Area Council, Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee, Victoria Regional Women’s Committee, Vancouver Island Young Workers Committee and the South Vancouver Island Regional Council Coordinators all invite you to a Festive Meet & Greet on December 9th at the Victoria Office. Details.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings

BRUSH (Health & Safety) meeting – December 10 – Vancouver
Racially Visible Caucus meeting – December 13 – Vancouver

More information on all of these events at the calendar.

Can you believe it’s December already, <<First Name>>? Watch for the next newsletter in 2015!

Patrick Bragg
PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
604 430 5631 | 1 800 663 1655 | |

Do you have news or know of an event that may be of interest to PSAC members? Got feedback on the newsletter? Just want to say hi? Email PSAC!