National Executive Meeting – June 2007 – Annex 4
VP MAN/SASK REGIONAL REPORT
November 3, 2006 to June 12, 2007 calendar of duties performed:
|Nov 9 – 10||Saskatoon||Local 801 AGM – Dundurn|
|Nov 14||Winnipeg||Local 705 AGM – Winnipeg|
|Nov 15||Winnipeg||Manitoba Federal Council|
|Nov 17 –19||Elkhorn||Education Session Man/Sask Locals|
|Nov 20||Moose Jaw||Local 802 AGM|
|Nov 21||Moose Jaw||Local 807 AGM|
|Nov 22||Moose Jaw||Local 800 AGM|
|Nov 23||Regina||PSAC regional Office meeting|
|Nov 30||Vancouver||Western Bargaining Conference|
|Dec 1 – 3||Vancouver||Western Bargaining Conference|
|Dec 7 – 8||Ottawa||Meeting ASR & CLS|
|Dec 14||Winnipeg||Meeting 1 CAD|
|Jan 18||Winnipeg||ESA Training Man/Sask Locals|
|Jan 30-31||Ottawa||National Bargaining Conference|
|Feb 1-3||Ottawa||National Bargaining Conference|
|Feb 5-8||Ottawa||GLT – MAM sub Committee – Benchmark meetings|
|Feb 11-12||Moose Jaw||Local 807 meeting on SODEXHO hiring and Aramark|
|Feb 13||Regina||PSAC Regional Office meeting|
|Feb 19-22||Hull||EAP Symposium|
|Feb 27-28||Hull||PSAC Zone Committee Meetings with SV Bargaining team|
|Mar 1||Hull||PSAC Zone Committee Meetings with SV Bargaining team|
|Mar 16-19||Saskatoon||PRC Meetings|
|Mar 28-29||Winnipeg||Meetings 1 CAD – Federal Council – PSAC Regional Office|
|April 3||Shilo||Local 704 Meeting|
|April 19-22||Moose Jaw||Prairies / North Council of Locals|
|April 27||Winnipeg||Meeting Local 705 Presidents & 1 CAD|
|April 30||Edmonton||LFWA ALMRC|
|May 1||Edmonton||LFWA ALMRC|
|May 12-15||Ottawa||GLT Committee Meeting|
|May 16-17||Moose Jaw||Local 807 Emergency Meeting|
|May 22-23||Winnipeg||1CAD UMCC|
|June 5||Shilo||Local 704 General Meeting|
|June 7||Winnipeg||Local 705 General Meeting|
|June 12-15||Ottawa||National Executive|
|June 21-24||Winnipeg||PSAC PRC Meeting|
REPORT BY LOCAL IN MAN/SASK REGION
Local 40800 ATCO – Moose Jaw
The members in Local 800 have been focused on collective bargaining and are at present preparing for conciliation set for the end of June 2007. The membership have had an unofficial 96% strike vote (straw poll) to take to conciliation, the local executive and the bargaining team are pleased with the way the local is moving ahead.
Local 40801 Detachment Dundurn
It has been fairly quiet out of Dundurn of late; I am hoping we can get more members involved locally in the Union and also taking part in training. The issues and differences with having to commands managing our members in Dundurn is an ongoing challenge.
Local 40802 CFB Moose Jaw
As the local is fairly spread out with members in Moose Jaw – Regina – Yorkton – Dundurn – communication will be key to ensure that all members are being kept informed. I believe that the first LMRC with new management in Moose Jaw has proven to be fruitful, hopefully this will continue and management will appreciate the value of having the Union at the table in a participative management environment.
Local 40807 ARAMARK – Moose Jaw
This local has gone through the most turmoil of all in the region. With the contract going to SODEXHO and only 7 members staying under the ARAMARK – DND contract, there has been enough stress for all concerned. It was a good sign when the certification of SODEXHO members came through from the Saskatchewan Labour Board, which left that first hurdle behind us. An emergency meeting with the membership May 16, 2007 was a good opportunity for members to ask questions and to elect a Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer. Bargaining team reps were chosen for negotiations, these negotiations with 2 separate employers by one local will be challenging, and we need to stay together to get the best contract we can for all members.
Local 50704 CFB Shilo
Shilo is now finally getting close to it’s full compliment of civilian positions, which is helping the attitude of all. There are still issues within Medical Command and these were discussed at the Council of Locals. Ongoing grievances and complaints are keeping the Union Executive and stewards quite busy. Some HR advice of late has been questionable from the Union’s perspective, but there is still a fairly respectful relationship between local management and the Local.
Local 50705 CFB Winnipeg
I am not quite sure what is happening in Winnipeg and in particular at 17 Wing and 1 CAD HQ, we seem to be in a constant state of “battle” with management on various fronts. Again HR advice and management decisions are questionable and this will have to something we ensure we are discussing at the Local LMRC. With the arrival of just about a complete change of management in 17 Wing and 1 CAD hopefully common sense will show its head? I am sure this will be uphill for the Local Executive.
Council of Locals – Moose Jaw – April 19 – 22, 2007
It was nice to see the 2 regions Alberta/North and Man/Sask back together again at the Council of locals in Moose Jaw April 19 – 22, 2007. We saw a commitment to meet annually and keep the Council focused on its mandate. A number of changes the Council Bylaws were adopted with the next Council in Edmonton in 2008. A big thanks you to Locals 800 – 802 – 807 of Moose Jaw who did a great job of hosting the Council.
In closing we have to look at our educational needs within the region – identifying more new stewards and members who want to be involved in some capacity will have to be a goal for each local. I know that you all are volunteers and without your commitment things would be considerably worse than they are. I urge you to keep the network strong within our region and talk to each other whenever you can.
In closing from me personally and on behalf of the members you represent:
Thank you all!!