Gus Mardli Reports

July 2017

Greetings everyone,

It has been an honour and a privilege to be re-elected to this position at the last Prairie Region Triennial Convention. I am looking forward to work with each and every local in my geographical area this term and be their voice on the Prairie Region Council.

Here is a list of activities I participated in:

On May 1st, I participated in celebrating the International Worker Day (May Day) that was sponsored by the Winnipeg Labour Council. I promoted the event to activists in South East Manitoba and we rallied at the Legislative Building and marched to say: No To The Agenda Of Austerity, Privatization And Cuts To Jobs And Social Spending.

May 3 – Attended the Winnipeg Area Council’s AGM.

May 6 – I attended an event at the Forks in Winnipeg that was organized by Communities Not Cuts (http://communitiesnotcuts.ca/) and other unions in Manitoba.

May 30 – Attended the Human Rights Committee’s meeting where we got the Pride Parade swags ready for the Winnipeg Pride.

June 4 – Participated with the decoration of the PSAC Pride Float. This was the 30 year anniversary of the Winnipeg Pride Parade. We had the largest turnout that we ever have seen for this event.

June 7 – I attended a Winnipeg Area Council’s meeting.

June 14 – I volunteered at the National Public Service Week Rally that was organized by The Winnipeg Area Council. This event was to recognize the great work our members in the Winnipeg area have done and continue to do as they boycott the NPSW events held by their employers. The rally started at the Manitoba Legislature and marched to Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park. We had barbecued Hot Dogs and refreshments where Sister Benson helped with barbecuing and was the guest speaker.

June 18, Father’s Day, I volunteered with the Winnipeg Area Council at the annual Manitoba Marathon event. Eleven of us PSAC members greeted and served Relay Runners at their exchange zone. We offered them Gator Aid, Water, juice boxes and bagels.

June 11 – The Winnipeg Regional Women’s Committee sponsored a presentation by the Bear Clan Patrol’s founder, James Favel. The presentation wasn’t limited to only our

PSAC Sisters but it was open to all Brothers as well. The Bear Clan Patrol mission is to help and promote the restoration and maintenance of harmony within the community by providing safety, conflict resolution, mobile witnessing, maintaining a visible presence on the streets, providing an early response to situations, as well as providing rides, escorts and referrals. Thanks to the Regional Women’s Committee for accommodating us to learn about the great things this organization has been doing.

I am looking forward to an exciting three year cycle with PRC and I wish all PRC members a productive and fun-filled 3 year term.

Respectfully Submitted

Gus Mardli

February 2018

Hello Sisters, Brothers and Friends

I hope you all had great Component Conventions last summer and fall. So let’s all do what it takes to make our Region the best Region for the labour movement.

Here is a list of activities I participated in:

*On August 3rd I held a conference call for Local Presidents in the South East Manitoba to update locals on the PRC and to ask about their needs and their activities. I explained my role as a Geographical Rep and informed them of my plans on how to keep them informed and how I can be their voice on the PRC. Sister Sandra Ahenakew joined us as a guest and was introduced to presidents in attendance. Sandra spoke of her role as the Aboriginal Peoples’ Rep on PRC as well and followed up with emailing them her contact information and other material and activities related to our indigenous sisters and brothers in the Region.

*On August 9th, I participated with the Winnipeg Area Council at a special meeting to debate and vote on resolutions to be submitted to the 2018 PSAC National Triennial Convention.

At that same meeting, the Winnipeg Area Council decided to have a Phoenix Protest day on each and every payday to be held at either an MP office in Winnipeg or at a PSAC Local in Winnipeg.

*On August 23rd, The Winnipeg Area Council had their very first Phoenix Payday Protest in front of Minister Jim Carr Constituency office on Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg. Minister Carr was in Ottawa, as we were told by his Executive Assistant. I was also interviewed by CBC News that day to explain the reason behind the protest:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/carr-phoenix-winnipeg-1.4259450

*Labour Day Event this year was another success. We marched on Monday Sept. 4th -despite the storm- from the Legislative building to the Vimy Ridge Park for the picnic. We received many compliments regarding our PSAC swag, and had many people coming back to our PSAC Tent for more.

*I protested – on September 6th– with the Winnipeg Area Council  the Phoenix Payday at the Minister Jim Carr Constituency office again. We couldn’t meet with him that day either. His office offered us coffee though.

*On September 10th, I accompanied other PSAC activists for a trip to Iskatewizaagegan Reserve at Shoal Lake Ontario which was sponsored by the Winnipeg Regional Women Committee. The trip was an eye opener as we witnessed how the reserve get contaminated water, no roads to the reserve but through water ferry, no septic system for the reserve. It was just like going back in time more than 5 decades.

*Participated in conference call with the PRC Health & Safety Committee and Brother Clint Wirth on September 12th as we went through the feedback we received from Health & Safety activists in the prairie region, to help us with drafting the Terms of Reference for the New Prairie Region Health & Safety Committee.

*I attended a PRC Conference Call on September 14th. I presented -on behalf of the PRC Health & Safety Committee- the work we accomplished concerning the Regional Health & Safety Committee’s Terms of Reference.

*I protested – on September 20th– with the Winnipeg Area Council  the Phoenix Payday at the Minister Jim Carr Constituency office again. Sister Marianne Hladun joined us and got a chance to meet Carr’s Consitituency office assistant in person. Again Jim Carr wasn’t in town that day.

*Attended a Wiinnipeg Area Council meeting on September 26th, It was to plan for the Rememberance Day Wreath Laying and the Winnipeg Santa Claus Annual Parade.

*I protested the Phoenix debacle – on October 4th– with AGR Local 50073 & the Winnipeg Area Council at 167 Lombard in Winnipeg. Answered some of by-passers questions about the Phoenix issues.

*On November 1st, The Phoenix Payday Protest took place at 111 Lombard Avenue in Winnipeg. I joined Locals 50262, 50757, 50758, 50770 and the Winnipeg Area Council. It was a great show so thanks to Sister Mackenzie Campbell (the PRC Young Workers Rep) and her local to provide everyone with Fairtrade coffee.

*On November 14th & 15th, I co-facilitated with Brother Clint Wirth a 2 day workshop on Violence in the Workplace at the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) Health & Safety Conference.

*The Winnipeg Annual Santa Clause Parade took place on November 18th. I had the chance to assist Brother Frank Janz (very little) in decorating the PSAC Float entering in the parade. It wasn’t as warm day as it was the last year. The Parade was still well attended and the float was very full of our PSAC activists who didn’t walk and handed out candies. We still ran out of candy anyway.

*On November 28th, I was invited to attend UHEW Local 50012 Annual General Meeting. I updated the local on PRC work and activities and explained my role as their geographical rep. I also answered questions on the difference between the PRC council vs their Component National Officers who resides in the prairies. I also ran their election for officers for them that evening.

*The National PSAC Leadership training took place in Ottawa from November 30th – December 3rd. It was a great opportunity to attend workshops with PRC members as well as other PSAC activists.

*On December 13th, The Phoenix Payday Protest took place at MP Doug Eyolfson Constituency office on Partage avenue in Winnipeg. I joined UNDE Local 50705 and the Winnipeg Area Council for this protest. MP Eyolfson wasn’t in his office but I had the chance to speak to his Executive Assistant -Catherine Montgomery- as she was defending the Liberals and blaming only the Conservatives for the Phoenix implementation. I asked her to let Doug Eyolfson know that it is not acceptable to keep blaming the former government and that we need actions on moving forward, not just what had happened already.

*On December 14th, I participated with the Winnipeg Area Council at a special meeting to hold a by-election for the Area Council Vice-President vacant position and the successful member is holding this position now is Sister Sheilagh Hanson.

*The New Year’s Phoenix Payday Protest continued on January 24th. I joined CEIU Locals 50772, 50767 and the Winnipeg Area Council at 280 Broadway in Winnipeg. This was the longest protest we had as we kept picketing on front of the building for more than an hour. Members kept coming and leaving as their lunch time staggered. Sister Basia Sokal (The Winnipeg Labour Council President) had joined us for the protest. It was a great success and a very good turnout.

I am looking forward to continue working with each and every member on the PRC as well as representing locals and members in South East Manitoba in a very productive cycle

Respectfully Submitted

Gus Mardli  

Report submitted after the deadline

May 2019

Greetings Union Family and Friends

A list of activities I participated in:

-November 1, 2018 – Participated in a Treasury Board Regional Strategy Session at the Winnipeg Regional Office

-November 8, 2018 – Attended Winnipeg Area Council meeting

-November 17 & 18, 2018 – Participated in the Prairie Region Triennial Health & Safety Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

-December 19, 2018  – Attended the Seasonal Celebration at the Winnipeg Regional office. Great time with Manitoba activists and Sister Marianne Hladun

-January 10, 2019  – Attended Prairies Webinar on Treasury Board Bargaining

-January 15, 2019  – Attended Winnipeg Area Council meeting

-February 7, 2019  – Regretfully I couldn’t Participate in an official PRC Conference Call

-March 13, 2019  – Attended Winnipeg Area Council AGM

-March 26, 2019  – Attended an event at the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to Winnipeg and met with few labour leaders (including Sister Marianne Hladun) from the MFL.

-March 28, 2019  – Participated in a sit-in lobbying at Minister Jim Carr office in Winnipeg.

-April 17, 2019  – Participated via telephone in a Winnipeg Area Council meeting

-April 17, 2019  – Attended an exclusive Webinar with PSAC National VP Sister Magali Picard and Prairies REVP Sister Marianne Hladun.

-May 9, 2019  – Participated in an official PRC Conference Call

Have a great and a productive PRC meeting everyone. Looking forward to continue working with each and every member on the PRC as well as representing locals and members in South East Manitoba in a very productive cycle.

Respectfully Submitted

Gus Mardli   

November 2019

Happy Autumn Union Family and Friends.

I hope you all had enjoyable summer.

A list of activities I participated in:

– May 9, 2019 – Participated in an official PRC Conference Call

– May 25, 2019 – Attended Solidarity Parade with PRC members and National PSAC Leaders to commemorate the Winnipeg General Strike Centennial

 June 2, 2019 – Participated with the Winnipeg & Area Human Rights Committee and the Winnipeg Area Council in the PSAC Float for the Winnipeg Pride Parade.

– June 4, 2019 – Attended Winnipeg Area Council meeting

 June 5, 2019 – Participated in Conference Call with the Prairie Region Health & Safety Committee to discuss, debate and vote on resolutions to be submitted to the 2019 National Health & Safety Conference in Montreal

 June 12, 2019 – Attended Prairies Webinar on Treasury Board Bargaining for the TC Group / Bargaining Unit

– June 18, 2019 – Participated in a Conference Call for the Prairie Region Health & Safety Committee

– June 20, 2019 – Attended the Winnipeg and Area Human Rights Committee Open House and marking of the 2019 National Indigenous Day

 September 16, 2019 – Attended Winnipeg Area Council meeting

– September 21, 2019 – Made phone calls to Manitoba Local’s Executive to inform about upcoming election events and to encourage Local Executive on posting the information and passing it to their locals’ membership

– September 25, 2019 – Participated in a Conference Call for the Prairie Region Health & Safety Committee where a Quorum wasn’t established

– October 8, 2019 – Participated in a Conference Call for the Prairie Region Health & Safety Committee

-October 9, 2019 – Attended an Anxiety Disorder Association of MB presentation that was sponsored by the Winnipeg and Area Human Rights Committee

-October 17 & 18, 2019 – Participated in the Committees/Councils Training that was offered by Sister Marianne Hladun in Winnipeg, Manitoba

– October 30, 2019 – Participated in a Webinar Conference for the Prairie Region Health & Safety Committee

-November 1 – 4, 2019 – Attended The Prairie Region Racialized Members Conference in Calgary, Alberta.

Looking forward to continue working with each and every member on the PRC as well as representing locals and members in South East Manitoba in a very productive cycle.

Respectfully Submitted

Gus Mardli   

February 2020

This reporting is for the period of November 2019 to February 2020.

Activities & Dates:

  • November 29, 2019 – Participated in The PSAC National Health and Safety Conference in Montreal
  • January 8, 2020 – Participated in a meeting with the Winnipeg & Area Human Rights Committee
  • January 16, 2020 – Attended a one-day Strike Training at the Winnipeg R.O.
  • January 16, 2020 – Participated in an evening Conference Call with the Prairie Region Health and Safety Committee
  • January 17, 2020 – Participated in a Conference Call with the Prairie Region Council
  • January 22, 2020 – Participated in AGR local 50056 AGM.
  • January 28, 2020 – Participated in the Winnipeg Area Council AGM.

And last, I will be looking forward to the Triennial Convention and working with a standing resolution committee.

Respectfully Submitted, 
Gus Mardli