On behalf of the all the staff in the PSAC BC Region and the PSAC BC Regional Council, I wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season.
2022 has been a busy year for our union and 2023 looks to be even busier.
I want to thank and acknowledge all the members across BC who have worked hard – sometimes under very difficult circumstances – to help keep the country going in so many ways.
All of you have all truly been there when people needed you – thank you!
I also want to thank all the members who stepped up and took action this year: organizing and taking part in mobilization activities, helping solve workplace problems, getting involved our campaigns, and participating in our regional committees and Area Councils.
Working together over the last year, we pushed employers to do more to keep us physically safe and mentally healthy, we continued the fight against racism and intolerance, and we pushed forward at the bargaining table.
This would not have been possible without your energy, your activism, and your solidarity.
Looking forward to 2023, we will continue to focus on all these issues, particularly bargaining.
Over 165,000 PSAC members working for the federal government – 18,000 of us in BC – are fighting for new collective agreements that include fair wages that keep up with inflation, respectful workplaces, and better work life balance.
Members working at Purolator Courier, First Nations Health Authority, the Corps of Commissionaires, Rising Sun, and airports across the province are either in bargaining now – or will be soon – and are fighting for many of those same things at the bargaining table.
Standing together and supporting one another, as well as getting involved and engaging with the bargaining process will be key in the fight to win good new collective agreements. Together we have a lot of power.
I look forward to meeting with as many members as possible in 2023 and to hearing and learning from you as we work towards fair collective agreements for all our members.
Take care, stay safe, and enjoy some time off – and if you’re working through the holidays, thank you for doing what you do!
PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President, BC