Seasons Greetings and Solidarity: a message from REVP Jamey Mills

Friends, 

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.

2021 was not an easy year. The pandemic is still with us, and the heatwave, fires, and flooding our province experienced touched our lives in many ways.

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!

Despite the pandemic, our work as a union continued last year.

PSAC successfully negotiated new collective agreements for members at Victoria Airport, BWXT, First Nations Health Authority, and the FB group. And – thanks to a huge show of solidarity from all our members and the community – we concluded a very difficult round of bargaining with CMHC Granville Island, fighting off significant concessions the employer had on the table. 

In 2021 PSAC welcomed new members who work in Correctional Service Canada’s Community Residential Facilities Program into our union, and – as more and more workers see the good things that come with joining a union – we look forward to more organizing wins in 2022. 

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, pressing government at all levels to do more to ensure that the pandemic recovery doesn’t leave anyone behind.

All this work would not have been possible without your energy, your activism, and your solidarity. 

Looking forward to 2022, we will continue to focus on these issues and more. 

There are still PSAC members who need new contracts, including Treasury Board and the agencies, there will still be workplace challenges to confront, and new issues will emerge in our communities that we will take on together.

I look forward to being able meet with members in person again – to hear and learn from you as we work towards fair collective agreements for all our members, we strive to improve our working lives, and as we work on campaigns that will make our communities better places to live.

Take care, stay safe, and enjoy some time off – and if you’re working through the holidays, thank you for doing what you do!

Happy Holidays!

Jamey Mills,
PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President, BC