Michael Weisgerber Report November 2018

Michael Weisgerber

North-West Manitoba Geographical Rep

Prairie Region Council 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