Bargaining survey, virtual TUB course & #BHM2021

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February is Black History Month. To celebrate, PSAC has planned a series of panel discussions that will dive into issues facing Black workers and will honour the contributions of Black labour activists in Canada.

On Thursday, February 11 at 4PM MST / 5PM CST the discussion will focus on Working While Black: A discussion on recourse mechanisms for Black workers.

On Monday, February 22 at 5PM MST / 6PM CST the discussion will review A History of Black Labour Activists.

I want to encourage all members to attend these important events.

For members in the Program and Administrative Services (PA)Technical Services (TC)Operational Services (SV) and Education and Library Science (EB) groups, your union is  preparing for the next round of TB bargaining and we want your input.
To do this, you can complete the bargaining survey (how to develop a good bargaining proposal). The survey will be open until February 25, 2021. Please help us spread the word by sharing this survey with your Treasury Board colleagues. 
Bargaining conferences will also be held online from April 26 to April 30, 2021. They will bring together members to discuss and prioritize issues for bargaining with the government. The participation of all groups in the collective bargaining unit is critical.
To participate, you must be a member of the PA, SV, TC or EB bargaining unit and must also either hold union office or show evidence of union activism. PSAC equity activists (Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2+, and members with disabilities), women, and young worker activists (35 or younger) are highly encouraged to apply to participate.
Submit your application here. The deadline is February 26.
There will be an additional plan developed after the virtual TB bargaining conference in April 2021, based on the priorities stemming from the conference. 
If you have any other ideas, we would greatly appreciate you sharing them with us
I’m looking forward to hearing your proposals.
In Solidarity,
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Virtual Pilot Talking Union Basics (TUB) – Registration Deadline February 18, 2021
PSAC Prairies Region is excited to announce the virtual pilot of our Talking Union Basics (TUB) course on February 26-27 and March 1, 2021. The “TUB” course is the union’s key “introductory” education event.
**Please note that the schedule below is intended as one full course. The  Virtual TUB has been scheduled over 2 + ½ days to allay computer screen fatigue.**
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Save The Date: Black History Month Panel Discussions

To celebrate Black History Month, PSAC has planned a series of panel discussions that will dive into issues facing Black workers and will honour the contributions of Black labour activists in Canada.

Working While Black: A discussion on recourse mechanisms for Black workers
Bilingual Session: Thursday, February 11 at 4PM MST / 5PM CST

A History of Black Labour Activists
Bilingual Session: Monday, February 22 at 5PM MST / 6PM CST

Register Today
Changes in the Federal Sector for Workplace Violence Prevention Legislation

This webinar provided an introduction to the new language for the federal public service covering violence in the workplace, which includes, but not limited to; bullying, teasing, mobbing, harassing, or other threatening behaviour that may cause offense or injury in a workplace.

Watch the Recording
Pharmacare: The Time is Now! 

Join Friends of Medicare (Alberta) and Manitoba Health Coalition, with guests Heather MacPherson (MP for Edmonton-Strathcona) and Peter Julian (MP for New Westminster-Burnaby), on February 17 at 5pm MST / 6pm CST to discuss Bill C-213 and the need for a national, universal pharmacare plan!

Stand Up to Kenney: A Valentine’s Day themed Fight Back Action

Every day, in every corner of the province new stories come to light about the economy-destroying impacts of Jason Kenney’s cuts. It’s time for a COVID-safe protest to let the UCP know how Albertans feel about their work!

Join Albertans on February 13 in actions across the province to fight back against the UCP government damaging decisions, new and old.

Join the Action
Dismantling Systemic Anti-Black Racism with an Equitable COVID Response & Recovery Plan

To mark Black History Month, the Canadian Labour Congress is hosting a webinar Tuesday, February 23 at 12:00pm CST / 11:00am MST to discuss the pandemic recovery, and how to ensure it is inclusive and equitable.

Racialized workers have seen higher unemployment through this pandemic. They also make up a large number of the essential workers keeping us afloat. But while working those frontline jobs, they’re likely making less than their non-racialized counterparts.

It’s time to put an end to systemic anti-Black racism. We need to discuss how the labour movement can support this goal.

Register Today
New report reinforces need to make Revera long-term care public

A new report on the international operations of Revera Inc., the second largest operator of for-profit long-term care homes in Canada, further strengthens PSAC’s call for the federal Public Sector Pension Plan Investment Board (PSPIB) to transfer its ownership of Revera to public hands.

According to the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research (CICTAR), it appears that Revera and its partners are funneling hundreds of millions of dollars through well-known tax havens as part of an aggressive tax-avoidance scheme.

Tax avoidance undermines Canada’s public resources and hurts our public services.

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Students and workers join forces in Education For All coalition campaign

PSAC is a founding member of the Education For All coalition that brings together post-secondary workers and students with the goal to mobilize our combined memberships towards an affordable, high quality, publicly funded post-secondary education system.

Call to Action
As a reminder, all PSAC Regional Offices will remain closed until further notice, however, our phones are still being answered and staff are using technology to continue to provide service. You can find the contact information for your respective regional office on the PSAC-Prairies website.

Don’t hesitate to contact me directly by phone, 204-805-4536, or via email.

PSAC’s top priority is the health and safety of our membership and that commitment continues to guide your union leadership’s decision-making and actions.