Satinder Bains PRC Report (Feb. 2015)

Report of the Regina Area Council Rep to the Prairie Region Council submitted for the February 2015 meeting. This report covers the period from the last PRC meeting.

Satinder Bains
Regina Area Council Rep
Prairie Region Council February 2015

I continue to attend and work with the Regina Human Rights and Regina Area Council committees and attended the meetings on regular bases.  Continued to participate in on the PRC conference calls to keep up to the current events and issues in the PSAC.

November 13th, 2014 attended a conference call to discuss the activities and responsibilities shared between Geographical Reps and Area Council Reps so we do not duplicate our work and work together to achieve our goals to represent and inform our members.

December 11th set up information picket line at “F” Division and Depot Division in Regina along the USGE National office staff, RVP, Regional office Rep Dianne. We handed out pamphlets with information regarding defending sick leave, protecting workers, fighting for healthier workplaces and bargaining demands updates to all employees coming to work.

January 9th-10th attended the CLC Election Preparation training in Saskatoon report attached.

January 19th set up Being effected campaign at the RCMP Depot and Casino Regina along with Sister Lang to make the members and the public aware the challenges that we are facing ahead.

January 30th –Feb. 1st attended the Leading Change a two day workshop for the PSAC Leaders conducted by the PSAC. We planned activities and action plans for engagement/mobilizations in our communities and workplace.

CLC Conference

I attended the CLC Election Preparation conference in Saskatoon from January  9th to the 10th, CLC executive Larry Hubich and Hassan Yussuff CLC President welcomed around 200 delegates from all over Saskatchewan to start the conference. The Topic of the conference was Good Jobs, Child Care, Heath Care and Retirement SecurityAin which I see as taking action and influencing change.

The conference consisted of numerous key note speakers who spoke about the importance of solidarity and that concerns of the workers are shared concerns. The main workshop I attend were Building Allies Locally, Effective Campaigning and From engagement to Action in the conference. The speakers commended and encouraged our future leaders to play active role in helping all our workers to become even more powerful in the workplace and the community. The conference was to identify the issues that we are facing in the coming Federal and Provincial elections for workers who recognize and are determined to change the Conservative policies which affect aboriginal and radicalized communities, for LGBT communities and for the people living with disabilities and for women. The conference shared and looked at ways to build a strong, diverse and inclusive work force and community. I believe this will help achieve our goals as we go into our communities and listen to people and identify the issues they are facing in the coming elections. This can be achieved using methods Park and Bark, Fields of Dreams and Go-Listen-Built methods.

 For myself this was a great learning experience and I am happy to say we have a lot activists from all parts of Saskatchewan who work in different governments, department, agencies, unions who share the same values and concerns when we are dealing with our governments.

 In Solidarity,

 Satinder Bains