14 November 2013
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
OF LOCAL 1007 19 WING COMOX
UNION OF NATIONAL DEFENCE EMPLOYEES
HELD IN THE MILITARY FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
ON WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER AT 3:30 PM
President Randy Stevens – CE/Engineering
Vice President/Chief Steward Kevin Hunt – CE/R&M Shop
2nd Vice-PresidentBursary Sheila Thompson – Building Services
Treasurer Tania Woodbeck – CE/R&M Shop
Secretary Catherine Simard – WLog/Supply
Health & Safety Officer Glenn Mendonca – WLog/WEME
Steward Genevieve Robinson – Food Services
Steward Anita Schryer – WLog/Foods
Steward Randy Koppa – CE/R&M Shop
Guests Mark Miller, UNDE VP BC
+ 10 Members
Steward Ken Rigby – CE/HP Plant
Steward Nancy Bell – WAdmin/Accomodations
Steward Dianne Engebretson – CF Health Svcs
Steward Rick Gillis – CE/Plumbing&Heating
1. The President called the meeting to order at 3:35 PM, introducing
Brother Mark Miller, UNDE VP BC, who would later answer questions from the members.
2. The minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting, held 9 Nov 2012 have been posted/distributed.
There is no requirement for a motion to approve these minutes as this was done at the 15 Jan 2013 meeting.
3. The minutes of the previous Regular Meeting, held 17 Sept 2013 have been posted/distributed.
There being no errors or omissions it was moved by Karen Hoover and seconded by Anita Schryer that the minutes be adopted.
4. TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer presented the annual financial statement for the period 1 Oct 2012 – 30 Sep 2013 (attached)
Moved by Kevin Hunt and seconded by Linda English that the Treasurer’s Report be adopted. CARRIED
5. The Treasurer read the proposed budget for the fiscal year 1 Oct 2013 to 30 Sep 2014 prepared by the Treasurer.
A projected expense of $3,500.00 was included to send one observer to the U.N.D.E. Triennial Convention in August 2014.
Moved by Mike Konschak and seconded by Linda English that the budget be approved.
6. Books have been audited by Elaine Allan and Karen Hoover
7. HEALTH & SAFETY
By Glenn Mendonca
Who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace? The employer. That responsibility includes a number of specific responsibilities, but ensuring the employer lives up to their responsibility takes work from everyone, from union representatives to individual members of the union. We all need not only to enjoy our rights but also to know when they are being violated.
The latest budget implementation act put forward by the Harper Conservatives will dramatically change health and safety laws for workers under federal jurisdiction. It represents a fundamental shift that will make federal workplaces more dangerous, and make it more difficult for workers to refuse dangerous work.
The Wing Safety Committee will hold its first meeting this month and I would like to thank those individuals that have volunteered to participate.
Jo-Ann Landine took on the welfare responsibilities.
The following thoughts were sent:
Nov – André Lauzon’s family– Sympathy card and flowers.
The President announced the passing of Brian de Vries on Sunday 10 Nov.
Members are urged to contact Jo-Anne Landine at local 8851 when a co-worker is ill, in hospital, etc. An appropriate thought will be sent on behalf of local members
9. EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Sometimes everything goes just the way it should;
but when it doesn’t, it’s nice to know there’s someone who will listen.
19 Wing EAP Referral Agents (RA) are always there.
What is the Employee Assistance Program?
The Employee Assistance Program helps employees cope with personal problems which negatively affect their lives and which might intrude upon their jobs. Emotional stress, family disintegration, financial and legal difficulties, alcoholism, drug abuse and marital disruption impair not only an employee’s personal life, but workplace productivity. EAP was formed with the knowledge that such problems can be addressed and treated with appropriate help.
Call EAP at 7035 locally or the national office at 1-800-268-7708
or visit the EAP web page http://bbs.comox.mil.ca/Squadrons/WADMIN/eap/index.asp (Ctrl + Click to follow link)
10. EMPLOYMENT EQUITY
The role of the Employment Equity Defence Advisory Groups (EE DAGs) is to provide advice and insight to the leadership of the Canadian Forces (CF) and Department of National Defence (DND) on issues relevant to their designated group members, and increase the visibility and diversity and Employment Equity (EE) across the organization.
An essential tool for leadership to consult and identify issues related to barriers and discrimination.
Excellent resource to seek advice on policies and issues resolution.
The 19 Wing EE DAG is composed of four distinct advisory groups:
• Defence Aboriginal Advisory Group (DAAG)
• Defence Advisory Group for Persons with Disabilities (DAGPWD)
• Defence Visible Minority Advisory Group (DVMAG)
• Defence Women’s Advisory Organization (DWAO)
The civilian co-chair position for the DWAO is vacant. If interested, visit the webpage http://bbs.comox.mil.ca/winginfo/ags/index.asp (Ctrl + Click to follow link) or contact Rama Narsing at local 8541.
• The new TC Collective Agreement is finally in effect. It was formally signed by PSAC and Treasury Board on October 18, 2013.
Treasury Board now has up to 150 days to implement the changes to the Collective Agreement, including adjusting rates of pay and issuing retroactive pay.
In addition, TC members have six months to decide whether to cash out all or part of your accumulated severance pay or to leave it with Treasury Board until retirement or resignation. Please refer to the FAQs on Severance on this website. Members are encouraged to seek the advice of a financial adviser.
• The bargaining demands that were voted on at the last Regular Meeting will be presented at the UNDE Bargaining Demands Conference in Toronto on 15-16 Nov 2013. There will be talks about Bill C-4. Members are encouraged to take political action by writing and/or meeting their elected local MP and opposition.
A question was raised from the floor regarding the future of our sick leave benefits. Brother Miller said that changes are expected but expecting we will get the same cuts as the postal workers is only speculation at this point. We must get ready to fight and members are urged to stay informed and participate in the battle to come.
12. At the last Regular Meeting, Lorraine Miles from Food Services raised concerns about the reasons some tasks were being transferred to military member. The President brought it up at the LMCC meeting held 21 Oct 2013. We were assured that there is no hidden agenda to cut civilian personnel.
13. Election of Officers – 2013/2014
The President relinquished the chair, calling Mark Miller,
Vice-President BC, to the floor to conduct the elections.
Results are as follows (elected/appointed member in BOLD):
NOMINEE: KEVIN HUNT
NOMINATOR: Randy Stevens
SECONDER: Glenn Mendonca
HEALTH & SAFETY OFFICER
14. Destruction of Ballots. Not required as all elected positions were filled by acclamation.
15. Oath of Office.
Mark Miller administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected Executive Officers.
16. Sheila Thompson gave a brief account of her participation in the UNDE and PSAC members rally in Calgary at the Conservative Convention. The weather was cold but the spirits were high. Sister Thompson was impressed by the speech given by PSAC’s national president, Robyn Benson, as well as with the drive and energy of all who attended.
A question was raised by the floor regarding statutory holidays for shift workers. The President has already forwarded the question to the compensation advisor.
17. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 PM.
18.The next meeting is scheduled to be held 3:30 PM, 21 Jan 2014 Secretary
at the Military Family Resource Centre, Conference room.