Collective bargaining is an exciting time for union members – it is our opportunity to fix problems in our workplaces and negotiate wages that reflect the value of the work that we do, making sure Canada runs smoothly – day in and day out.
At times the bargaining process can be unclear and confusing. We want to demystify the bargaining process and discuss with you the important demands we have on the table in this round of negotiations.
By understanding how bargaining works and the role members like you have in the process we will be well equipped to get the best collective agreement!
On February 28, the second anniversary of the rollout of the disastrous Phoenix pay system, PSAC members and allies are taking action across the province and across the country, sending a message to the government and the employer that we are tired of waiting for Phoenix to be fixed.
PHOENIX FIRST AID
800 BURRARD STREET (AT ROBSON)
FEBRUARY 28, 7:00-10:00 in the morning
Jamey Mills, Regional Executive VP, and a team of PSAC Pay Advocates will be available at 800 Burrard from 7AM to 10AM on February 28 to provide Phoenix First Aid to members who have been having problems with the pay system.
Members who are having Phoenix problems are encouraged to drop by anytime for a cup of coffee and a doughnut, assistance on Phoenix pay problems, and to sign PSAC’s petition to the Prime Minister.
Members of PSAC Local 20150 of the Union of National Employees are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Namwayut (room 818) from noon to 1 pm. Only members in good standing may attend. Lunch will be served; please contact Theresa Marion or Rodney Hynes by Monday March 12 if you have special dietary requirements.
Call to Order by the Chairperson, Theresa Marion
Roll Call of Officers
Approval of minutes of the March 9, 2017 AGM (copies will be available at the meeting or download here)
Report of the President, Theresa Marion
Report of the Treasurer, Richard Barry
Amendments to By-laws (copies will be available at the meeting or download here)
Presentation and Approval of 2018 Budget
Nomination and Election of Officers (see below)
Word from UNE National President, Kevin King
Executive positions to be elected are
President (even years)
Secretary (even years)
Health & Safety Representative (even years)
Youth Coordinator (under age 35, even years)
Chief Steward (new position, pending By-law amendment)
As you are aware, we have been struggling for almost 2 years under the Phoenix pay system. The financial and emotional hardships faced by so many of us is inexcusable. If you or someone you work with experience pay issues, please draw their attention to the following:
Phoenix Question & Answers/ Actions
1. Did you receive no pay on pay day?
Action: Immediately speak with your manager/supervisor (section 34 delegated authority) to request an Emergency Salary Advance or Priority Payment (Maximum 48 hours turn around)
2. Have you recently returned from long term sick leave, maternity or paternity leave, transfer "in" or on a "gradual return to work"?
Action: Confirm with HR that all necessary entries/updates have been completed. Prior to your return, schedule a meeting with your manager/supervisor prior to your return to confirm all authorizations are entered into the system and processed before you return to work.
3. Did you not receive your full entitlements, for example, overtime, acting pay, northern allowance, allowances etc.?
Action: File a Pay Action Request (PAR) Form and request that your manager/supervisor process a Priority Payment for your missing entitlements. (Processing of extra-duty pay, outside of the Priority Payment option, may take up to a year at the Pay Centre)
4. What if there is no obvious answer as to why your pay was affected?
Answer: If there is no obvious explanation as to why you have not been paid your full entitlements, file the PAR and review TRACKMYCASE through Compensation Web Application. Ensure that management is trying to discover the reason for the problem as well. Escalate the matter to your local Pay Advocate who will then work with our Component (Union of National Employees) to help escalate the issue on your behalf.
MP Romeo Saganash tabled Bill C-262 to ensure that the laws of Canada respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Romeo spent 23 years at the United Nations negotiating the Declaration which was endorsed by Canada in 2010. This is the second time that he has tabled a bill of this nature: in the previous Parliament, his bill was fully endorsed by his party. The Liberals and Greens also voted in favour. The Prime Minister has stated that implementation of the UN Declaration is a priority for his government.
A second reading in the House of Commons is scheduled for December 5, 2017.
With your voice and collaboration, we will raise awareness and gain support for Indigenous human rights and Bill C-262.
The Vancouver Regional Women’s Committee invites all women to help wrap shoebox gifts that will be distributed to women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in communities. Each thoughtfully created and decorated Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis.
Our committee has been fundraising through knitting sales and gathering donations all year-long and on November 15 we want to come together, have fun and put the shoeboxes together (just in time for Christmas). We would love to have you join us!
Interested in making/donating a box? Please go to http://psacbc.com/shoebox-project for more info on how to support before November 15. Otherwise RSVP and come to the wrapping party. We’ll have plenty of appetizers to fuel you throughout the evening.