The next federal election is scheduled to be held on October 19, 2015. To act a reminder of this, we are calling on members to mark this day on the 19th of each month with actions in their workplaces and locals.
On February 19, more locals joined this movement and participated in actions to shed light on the reckless cuts of the Conservative government and demonstrate support for PSAC bargaining teams.
Since Chinese New Year also fell on February 19, PSAC had special fortune cookies made up to recognize the day and help circulate bargaining messages. Each fortune cookie contained one of four messages, including:
- Support paid sick leave for all workers across Canada
- Bargaining to protect workers and strengthen public services
- Healthy workplaces = Healthy public services
- Your future is at stake! Get involved and show support!
- Saskatoon, SK – More than 500 fortune cookies were distributed to 10 different work locations in Saskatoon, which were a big hit among members. The cookies were handed out with a note to remind members to sign up for updates and thanking them for their continued support. USGE Local 40170 delivered fortune cookies to members working inside the Regional Psychiatric Centre. The cookies were well received and a great conversation starter. In other Locals, members coordinated to wear the same colour (red or black) to mark the 19th.
- Prince Albert, SK – NHU Local 40027 continued their monthly actions by distributing fortune cookies in the lobby of their workplace.
- Regina, AB – UNE Local 40064 distributed fortune cookies and bargaining flyers in the lunch room. The responses from members were positive.
- Edmonton, AB – GSU Local 30001 distributed the fortune cookies along with a handout on bargaining. CEIU Local 30851 with UTE Local 30025 held a Chinese New Year rally in front of Canada Place with approximately 100 members in attendance. Chris Beaton, UTE Local 30025 President, and Murray Pruden, Prairie Region Council Representative, each gave a short speech. Murray also took a moment to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the Canada flag and the rally closed with the singing of “Oh Canada”.
- High River, AB – Agriculture Local 30046 handed out fortune cookies to members.
- Lethbridge, AB – Agriculture Local 30048 made a special Valentine’s Day card for the Treasury Board bargaining teams, which was signed by members in the Local. The fortune cookies were also distributed to members in the cafeteria.
- Winnipeg, MB – Over 1,700 fortune cookies were delivered to 12 different Locals in Winnipeg, including USGE, NHU, GSU, CEIU, UNDE and Agriculture. The Locals distributed the cookies to members at their respective locations. Members thought this was a great idea and indicated the messages not only increased awareness about bargaining, but created a lot of good conversations.
- Ottawa, ON – Some Prairies members were in Ottawa for meetings on February 19, including Prairies REVP Marianne Hladun. But that didn’t stop them from participating in 19th activities. Members attented a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister’s Office.
- Boissevain, MB – Leading up to the 19th and capitalizing on the added traffic through the ports of entry for the Louis Riel Day long weekend, PSAC members handed out mailers to the traveling public on February 16. The postcards condemned the closures of Veterans Affairs offices across Canada and called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reopen the offices.
Calgary, AB – Members from the Calgary Area Council, Regional Women’s Committee and Human Rights Committee worked together with members from the Lethbridge Area Council and Regional Women’s Committee to come up with the perfect way to let Harper know exactly how they feel. They developed a special Valentine’s Day card that read “Roses are red, Violets are blue, We want a new Prime Minister, and it isn’t you!” The message was shared on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, and quickly garnered likes and shares.
These types of actions and events will only continue to grow throughout the region and across the country as we head into the 2015 federal election. Download the poster below to put up on your union board and encourage members in your local to get involved.