Michael Weisgerber Reports

July 2017

It is my honour to have been elected to the Prairie Region Council as the North West Manitoba Geographical Representative. With the new mandate I hope to represent the Geographical Area well and to assist in making improvements in outreach and involvement of Locals within the region.

Following from Convention in April I have been in contact with the West Man Area Council and attended their meeting on June 20, 2017. One topic discussed was the inclusion of the Brandon Pride March as an event for next year. The Area Council were not previously aware of the event until days before its occurrence.

With the list provided by PSAC Regional Office I sent out an introductory email to all Local contacts for the Geographical Area to initiate contact for the new mandate.

June 20 – WestMan Area Council Meeting

June 22 – UNDE 50704 BBQ which included Burned by Phoenix event

Michael Weisgerber

PRC North-West MB Geographical Rep

February 2018

It is my honour to serve on the Prairie Region Council representing the North-West Manitoba Geographical Area. 

Since the last report I have attended several events and conducted several duties in my capacity as the Geographical Rep.  One of the most substantial events was attending the PSAC National Leadership Training held in Ottawa which started on the last days of November and carried over into early December 2017.  This training provided several tools to assist me in performing the duties as the Geo Rep during this current mandate.

Lobbying

While in Ottawa for the Leadership Training I was given the opportunity to participate in two lobbying sessions with Members of Parliament specifically on Phoenix issues.  This provided the opportunity to speak to MP’s on Phoenix pay issues that members are experiencing and discuss the current items PSAC has identified as measures the government needs to take to react to the Phoenix pay fiasco.

Outreach

During the last reporting period I have attended and supported events within the region as well as WestMan Area Council events.  This included several events from working the PSAC booth at the Brandon and Area Labour Day Picnic to assisting Locals with elections.  Another event that stands out to me is attending the Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil, this event was deeply moving and educational to myself.  I continue to be available to all members and hope to be able to assist with issues as they arise.

Future

Looking forward unfortunately the one of the largest issues would be the Phoenix pay problems.  With upcoming PSAC actions, events, and training on pay advocacy hopefully all members will continue to participate and we can push for some resolutions. 

In Solidarity,

Michael Weisgerber

November 2018

It is my privilege to serve as the Prairie Region Council Representative of North-West Manitoba Geographical Area. 

Since the last report it has been my pleasure to have attended several events and conducted duties in my capacity as the Geographical Rep.  Of the most substantial and rewarding was being able to meet with members and discuss issues that are impacting them.

Lobbying

Since the last reporting period there have been many opportunities to discuss issues with political leaders on all levels.  As well, assisting members with their own lobbying activities has been especially rewarding.  Events such as the Brandon Pride in the Park and the Labour Day Picnic provided opportunities to discuss issues with politicians from the Local areas.  Issues such as Phoenix, Bargaining, and firefighters Fair and Equitable Retirement were the focus of discussions.  I was able to attend a few Phoenix rallies including the Prime Ministers visit to Winnipeg.  These rallies are always beneficial and rewarding in bringing our message to our government representatives and the public. 

Outreach

During the last reporting period I have attended and supported events within the region as well as WestMan Area Council events.  This included events such as working the PSAC booth at the Brandon and Area Labour Day Picnic to assisting Locals.  Another event that stands out to me is walking in and working the PSAC booth at the Brandon Pride March and Pride in the Park. This event was especially beneficial due to the large PSAC membership well received and applauded our participation.  Many PSAC members that I met and had discussions with provided new insights and perspectives on our ongoing issues with employers. 

Future

Unfortunately looking forward the largest issue is still Phoenix pay problems as well as the upcoming and ongoing bargaining with the employers.  Although some small gains have been achieved, with upcoming PSAC actions, campaigns, events, and training, hopefully all members will continue to participate.  It is paramount that we keep our messages fresh and current with evolving campaigns and continued activism.  With solidarity we can continue to push for resolutions to these issues.   

In Solidarity,

Michael Weisgerber