Lethbridge & District AC AGM Mtg Minutes – Oct 15 2014

In attendance: Greg Krokosh (30027), President; Sherry Hunt (30048), Vice-President; David Pearson (30048), Secretary/Treasurer); Christine Krokosh (30027); Ray Wilson (30048); Maria Fitzpatrick (70041); Diane White (30027); Lyn Paterson (30048), Herald Mark (30048), Krysty Munns (30048); Carol Mueller (30048); Tasmo Ramsey (30027); Dave Degenstein (30036); Shirley Stolk (30048)

Public Service Alliance of Canada

Lethbridge and District Area Council

Annual General Meeting

October 15, 2014

Lethbridge & District Labour Council Hall

 

 

In attendance:

Greg Krokosh (30027), President; Sherry Hunt (30048), Vice-President; David Pearson (30048), Secretary/Treasurer); Christine Krokosh (30027);  Ray Wilson (30048);  Maria Fitzpatrick (70041); Diane White (30027); Lyn Paterson (30048), Herald Mark (30048), Krysty Munns (30048); Carol Mueller (30048); Tasmo Ramsey (30027); Dave Degenstein (30036); Shirley Stolk (30048)

 

Regrets:

 

Guests:

Raj Hari, PSAC Regional Rep

 

 

1.      Call to Order

a.      1740

 

2.      Approval of the Agenda:

a.      Sister Paterson/Brother Pearson (Moved/Seconded) Agenda adopted: Carried

 

3.      Review and approval of the previous meeting’s agenda:

a.      Brother Mark/Sister Hunt (Moved/Seconded) Minutes from previous meeting adopted: Carried

 

4.      Reports:

a.      Treasurer’s Report:

                                                  i.      Financial statement presented

                                                ii.      Cash in account as of October 15, 2014:  $2,219.00

                                              iii.      Brother Mark/Sister Krokosh (Moved/Seconded) Treasurer’s report adopted: Carried

 

b.      Budget 2015:

                                                  i.      Budget for 2015 was presented and discussed (attached)

                                                ii.      Brother Pearson/Brother (Moved/Seconded) The budget be adopted: Carried

 

5.      Previous business:

a.      None

 

6.      New business:

a.      Election of President

                                                  i.      Sister Hunt/Sister Stolk (Nominator/Seconded) Brother Krokosh: Acclimate

 

b.      Election of Vice-President

                                                  i.      Brother Krokosh/Sister Munns (Nominator/Seconder) Sister Hunt

 

c.       Election of Secretary/Treasurer

                                                  i.      Brother Mark/Sister Hunt (Nominator/Seconder) Brother Pearson

 

d.      Election of Delegate to PSAC Triennial Convention

                                                  i.      Sister Krokosh/Sister Hunt (Nominator/Seconder) Sister White:  Elected

                                                ii.      Brother Degenstein /Brother Mark (Nominator/Seconded) Sister Paterson

 

e.      Election of Alternate Delegate to PSAC Triennial Convention

                                                  i.      Sister Hunt/Brother Wilson (Nominator/Seconder) Brother Pearson

                                                ii.      Brother Degenstein /Sister Stolk (Nominator/Seconded) Sister Paterson

                                              iii.      Sister White/Sister Krokosh (Nominator/Seconder) Sister Munns: Elected

 

f.        Motion to destroy ballots

                                                  i.      Sister Fitzpatrick/Brother Mark (Moved/Seconded): Carried

 

g.      Resolutions to PSAC Triennial Convention

                                                  i.      Family Care Allowance (attached)

1.      Sister Hunt/ Sister Fitzpatrick (Moved/Seconded): Carried

                                                ii.      National Aboriginal Day as Statutory Holiday (attached)

1.      Sister Hunt/Sister Munns (Moved/Seconded): Carried

                                              iii.      Changes to workforce survey to include equity seeking groups (Attached)

1.      Sister Hunt/Sister Paterson (Moved/Seconded): Carried

 

h.      Banking Changes

                                                  i.      The regional office will now be the mailing address for all banking of Lethbridge Area Council

 

i.        PSAC update (Raj Hari)

                                                  i.      Activist School

1.      November 21-23, 2014 at Calgary Regional Office

2.      Application deadline November 10, 2014

3.       

                                                ii.      Bargaining Update

1.      Over view of what is happening

 

 

j.        Open Forum

                                                  i.      Prairies Summit review

1.      Sister Hunt and Brother Krokosh are members of the PRC

2.      Discuss the PSAC priorities

a.      Give ideas to our local PRC Reps on how we can fulfill the priorities here.

 

                                                ii.      Sister Fitzpatrick mentions that the Alberta Health Care Workers are having a rally at 12pm on October 16, 2014 at the                                                           Regional Hospital.

 

                                              iii.      Sister Fitzpatrick asked for support from members who live in the riding of Lethbridge East as she is seeking the NDP                                                            nomination for that riding.

 

                                               iv.      Went it comes to funding activities from the Region for LAC or any other committees in Lethbridge, Brother Krokosh                                                           will be our voice to get the funding.

 

                                                 v.      Brother Krokosh mentions that the Regional OSH Rep will be held Health and Safety meetings throughout the                                                                       Region.

1.      LAC will ask for one meeting be held in Lethbridge

 

                                               vi.      C377 has new life

1.      It is back in the Senate

a.      Email you’re Senators and you will get a response.

 

                                             vii.      Sister Munns discussed what happen at the Youth Conference

1.      From the conference there will be a Southern Alberta Youth Network

2.      Talked about doing 19/19 action

a.      On the 19th of each month do a mobilization activity for 19 minutes

 

7.      Actions:

a.      Banking options

                                                  i.      Brother Krokosh will look in to new banking options as the Region has new requirements of the Council which our                                                               

current Financial Institution not fulfill.

 

 

8.      Next meeting date, time and location:

a.      November 5, 201

b.      December 3, 2014

 

 

9.      Agenda for next meeting:

a.      none

 

10.  Adjournment

a.      Sister Paterson/Brother Mark Moved/Seconded): Carried

 

 

Lethbridge Area Council

Budget Request

For the Year 2015

Expenses

           
 

Meeting Expenses

         
   

1st Quarter Meeting

 

$80.00

   
   

2nd Quarter Meeting

 

$80.00

   
   

3rd Quarter Meeting

 

$80.00

   
   

4th Quarter Meeting

 

$80.00

   
   

Total Meeting Expenses

   

$320.00

 
                 
 

Donations

           
   

None

     

$0.00

   
   

Total Donation

     

$0.00

 
                 
 

Event/Projects Expenses

       
   

Bank Maintenance Fee

 

$30.00

   
   

Young Chefs Tomato Project1

 

$500.00

   
   

PSAC Food Bank2

   

$200.00

   
   

LDLC Outreach Project3

 

$500.00

   
   

Pride Festival4

   

$200.00

   
   

We are All Affected Campaign5

$200.00

   
   

International Women’s Day6

 

$300.00

   
   

Aboriginal Day7

   

$200.00

   
   

Total Event/Project Expenses

   

$2,100.00

 
                 
 

Other Expenses

         
   

None

     

$0.00

   
   

Total Other Expenses

   

$0.00

 
                 

Total Projected Expenses

       

$2,420.00

 

Cash Balance as of January 1, 2013

     

$965.16

Total Budget Request for 2014

     

$1,454.84

                 
                 
                 

Notes:

             

1

Plant tomatoes in pots for the Young Chef Program – Interfaith Food Bank.  Teaching young about healthy cooking and showing it is easy to grow own food.

2

To purchase seed and supplies for the Food Bank garden.

 

3

Be involve in the Lethbridge And District Labour Council Community Outreach Program, as a sponsor

4

Be a sponsor for the Pride Festival, monies not cover from other sources

5

Work around the PSAC DQPS campaign

     

6

Example: Sponsor participates to YMCA International Women’s Day Activity through Women’s Spaces Lethbridge

7

Funds for Aboriginal Days

       

 

RESOLUTION (1):

 

FAMILY CARE ALLOWANCE – RESTRICTIONS

 

ORIGINATOR: LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT AREA COUNCIL

 

LANGUAGE OF ORIGIN: ENGLISH

 

 

WHEREAS Family Care Allowance “restrictions” limit the care of family members who require family care to outside agencies. “The FCA shall not normally be paid for services provided by a spouse or relative residing with the claimant” – PSAC policy 25; and

 

WHEREASthe PSAC does allow payment for family care allowance (FCA) with receipt, it does not allow reimbursement of care costs associated with family care provided by a relative in the same home; and

 

WHEREASas this stands, this is a systemic barrier for a number of our members (would be activists) involvement in union activities; therefore:

 

 

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Public Service Alliance of Canada removes this barrier by amending the definition of a family care provider to be: Any person who provides this care with a receipt.

 

 

 

RESOLUTION (2):

 

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY AS STATUTORY HOLIDAY

 

ORIGINATOR: LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT AREA COUNCIL

 

LANGUAGE OF ORIGIN: ENGLISH

 

 

WHEREAS the Aboriginal community in Canada has provided all Canadians with a rich and meaningful cultural heritage; and

 

WHEREAS the Aboriginal peoples are not fully recognized for their contribution to Canadian heritage; and

 

WHEREAS June 21st is National Aboriginal Day; therefore:

 

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Public Service Alliance of Canada campaigns and lobbies the federal government to ensure that June 21st, National Aboriginal Day be declared a national statutory holiday.

 

 

RESOLUTION (3):

 

CHANGES TO WORKFORCE SURVEY TO INCLUDE EQUITY SEEKING GROUPS

 

ORIGINATOR: LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT AREA COUNCIL

 

LANGUAGE OF ORIGIN: ENGLISH

 

 

WHEREAS the main evaluation tool -in the Federal Public Service- is based on the Public Service Employee Survey (PSES); and

 

WHEREASthis survey does not ask respondents if they wish to identify as equity seeking members. It is believed that PSES data on equity seeking members would help the union make links with any ongoing discrimination against equity group members such as bullying in the workplace; and

 

WHEREAS employment equity legislation addresses a need to provide protection and ensure an equitable and representative workforce, and provides protection for all minorities in society; therefore:

 

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT PSAC lobby the Federal Government to include OPTIONAL questions TO IDENTIFY equity seeking groups in the next workforce survey.