Northern SK Geographical Representative, Valerie Illingworth (February 2020)

Valerie Illingworth
Northern SK Geographical Rep
Prairie Region Council February 2020

The Prairie Region Council has been hard at work preparing for the 8th Triennial Prairie Region Convention which will be held in Regina Saskatchewan.  Reflect on Our Past, Focus on Our Future is this year’s theme.    Prairie Region met in Winnipeg from May 24-26 where along with the order of business we also took park in the 100th anniversary of the general strike.  We also met in Regina Saskatchewan in November of 2019 to discuss bargaining, phoenix and the 2020 convention.

Across the Prairies, bargaining is ongoing.  The major demands include fair wages, addressing phoenix, reducing temporary work and terms, introducing domestic violence leave and supporting families.    PA table pic report has been released while UTE is still waiting for their pic report.  PSAC-UTE began holding strike votes on February 19. 

Area Council held their elections in January of 2020.  Sister Kelsey Oram was acclaimed as the new president and area council rep to the prairie region council.  Sister Elena Beynon was acclaimed as the new Vice-President.  The secretary/treasurer position was not filled.  The president and vice-president will assume the duties until a secretary treasurer can be elected.

Women’s committee held elections in January of 2020.   Sister Corrinne McKay is the chairperson, Sister Tasha Felix is the treasurer and Sister Audrey Berlovan is the secretary.  The 2020 National Women’s Conference will be held April 3 to 5, 2020 in Ottawa.

PSAC has upcoming training events coming up.  Strike Prep Workshop is the main course being offered.  I have taken this course twice and I highly recommend it to all locals.

Respectfully submitted,
Valerie Illingworth