Click to return to home page

The Canadian Union Of Labour Employees represents over eighty unionized staff employed in the regional offices of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). In addition, CULE represents all employees of the Nunavut Employees Union, a Component of the PSAC.

Congratulations Larry!

October 24th, 2014
 Larry's RetirementAfter many years of service on the CULE executive, Brother Larry Welsh has decided to take his retirement.  There was a party in his honour on October 20th where Brother Welsh was presented with a gift on behalf of CULE by CULE Atlantic Director Dave Shaw. I’m sure you all join the CULE Executive in wishing Brother Welsh the very best on his retirement.
We also want to wish Sister Pamela Peckford the very best on her retirement.  Sister Peckford who was also a member of the CULE executive for many years retired in August.  Brother Shaw also presented Sister Peckford with a gift from CULE at Brother Welsh’s retirement party.

Protected: CULE Executive Meeting Minutes – Feb 17,18 2014

August 1st, 2014
To view this protected post, enter the usual password in the box below. For an added level of security you must now enter username: wordpress password: retrix in the pop-up window. Note this will not work if you are trying via an email. You must visit the website.

CULE Dues Levy Vote Results

August 1st, 2014
There were 70 ballots received.
  • 30 members voted YES to have the CULE dues levy reduced by .75%
  • 40 members voted NO
Therefore, the dues will remain as is.  A new account will be created and the portion of the dues (.75%) will be put into a convention account.

Vote: Dues Reduction

May 26th, 2014

A vote will be held on the following question: DO YOU WANT TO REDUCE CULE DUES BY 0.75%

Download a ballot here, clearly mark your choice and then place it in a brown inner envelope. Place the brown envelope in a single white outer envelope with your name clearly marked on it and return to:

PSAC Charlottetown RO
614 North River Road, Suite D
Charlottetown, PEI  C1E 1K2

The deadline for ballots is close of business Friday, June 13, 2014 – please take this into account when sending ballots via mail.

FACTS ABOUT DUES LEVY FOR CULE CONVENTIONS

In 2003, CULE members voted to increase their dues by .75% to begin funding a CULE Convention in which all CULE members would be able to actively participate in the political life of their union. Dues deductions began with the last pay of October 2003.

A committee was formed and CULE members voted as to the location of the convention, which took place on January 21 and 22, 2006 in Veradero, Cuba.  Most members either went to Cuba the week prior to Convention or the week following Convention using their vacation leave.

A Convention Solidarity Committee was put in place in contact with Labour leaders in Cuba to find out what items could be brought to Cuba that the Cuban people could use.  Lots of items were brought to Cuba such as medical and school supplies.  This was a very successful convention.

In the Fall of 2008, another survey was conducted by the executive as to the location of the 2nd CULE convention and members voted overwhelmingly to have the convention again in Cuba.  The 2nd CULE Convention took place in Veradero Cuba on January 16 & 17, 2010.  Convention was very successful and feedback on guest speakers at convention was extremely positive.

In 2010, call-out went again for the 3rd convention, again it was decided that it would take place in Cuba and convention was scheduled for Winter 2014.
Conventions were fully funded for CULE members to attend.  Most members took some holidays either the week before or the week after convention.  Some members took their families and/or friends.

Some of the reasons for hosting the Convention in Cuba was the Social Justice, the cost of the convention, a chance for members to spend some time together away from the workplace, cell phone, etc.

If the membership votes in favour of removing the .75% dues levy, we most likely will NOT be able to have a fully-funded and full-participation convention as in the past.  Although the dues levy may not be the only factor, it would be a major one.  If you have any questions on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the executive or your Director.

CULE Unit II Member At Large

April 1st, 2014

Kellie Loshak has been elected as the Member at Large for CULE Unit II. Congratulations Kellie!

Election CULE Unit II MAL – 2nd ballot

February 24th, 2014

The election for a CULE Unit II member at large will proceed to a 2nd ballot, as there was no clear majority on the first. All CULE Unit II members are eligible and encouraged to vote for one of these two remaining candidates

Balloting Procedures

Download and return a ballot and return to

Marija Babic c/o
PSAC Edmonton Regional Office
Suite 670, 10665 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 3S9

prior to the deadline – close of business March 10, 2014 – please take this into account when sending ballots via mail.

As always use the double envelope method and please ensure your name is clearly marked on the outer envelope. Note that ballots will not be accepted by email, fax, or proxy. A physical ballot must be used and must arrive in Edmonton prior to close of business on February 21, 2014. Note that depending on the outcome a second ballot may be necessary.

Protected: Minutes: CULE Executive Conference Call, Jan 14 2014

February 21st, 2014
To view this protected post, enter the usual password in the box below. For an added level of security you must now enter username: wordpress password: retrix in the pop-up window. Note this will not work if you are trying via an email. You must visit the website.

Referendum Vote Results

February 21st, 2014

The results of the vote to have a vote are in:

  • 94 eligible to vote (CULE I – 57/CULE II – 37)
  • 59 Ballots cast
  • 23 – No
  • 36 – Yes

Watch for more information to come.

CULE II Member at Large – time to vote

February 3rd, 2014

Three Unit II members have put their names forward for the position of Unit II Member at Large, and a vote will be held. All CULE Unit II members are eligible and encouraged to vote. Click on the name for the candidates bio/statement, which will be posted as received.

Balloting Procedures

Download and return a ballot and return to

Marija Babic c/o
PSAC Edmonton Regional Office
Suite 670, 10665 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 3S9

prior to the deadline – close of business February 21, 2014 – please take this into account when sending ballots via mail.

As always use the double envelope method and please ensure your name is clearly marked on the outer envelope. Note that ballots will not be accepted by email, fax, or proxy. A physical ballot must be used and must arrive in Edmonton prior to close of business on February 21, 2014. Note that depending on the outcome a second ballot may be necessary.

Vote now on holding referendum vote

January 30th, 2014

At the membership conference call which was held on November 16, 2013, a motion was adopted to ask members if they wanted a referendum vote to reduce CULE dues by 0.75%.

THIS IS NOT A VOTE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE WILL HAVE A CONVENTION OR TO REDUCE THE CULE DUES AT THIS TIME.  THIS VOTE IS SIMPLY TO ASK MEMBERS IF THEY WISH TO HAVE THIS VOTE

Download a ballot here.

And return to

Carm Chan
Edmonton Regional Office
10665 Jasper Avenue, Suite 670
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3S9

Deadline for the ballots to be received by the Edmonton RO is Thursday, February 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

As always, use the double envelope method and clearly mark your name on the outer envelope.

FACTS ABOUT DUES LEVY FOR CULE CONVENTIONS

In 2003, CULE members voted to increase their dues by .75% to begin funding a CULE Convention in which all CULE members would be able to actively participate in the political life of their union. Dues deductions began with the last pay of October 2003.

A committee was formed and CULE members voted as to the location of the convention, which took place on January 21 and 22, 2006 in Veradero, Cuba. Most members either went to Cuba the week prior to Convention or the week following Convention using their vacation leave.

A Convention Solidarity Committee was put in place in contact with Labour leaders in Cuba to find out what items could be brought to Cuba that the Cuban people could use. Lots of items were brought to Cuba such as medical and school supplies.

This was a very successful convention.

In the Fall of 2008, another survey was conducted by the executive as to the location of the 2nd CULE convention and members voted overwhelmingly to have the convention again in Cuba. The 2nd CULE Convention took place in Veradero Cuba on January 16 & 17, 2010. Convention was very successful and feedback on guest speakers at convention was extremely positive.

In 2010, call-out went again for the 3rd convention, again it was decided that it would take place in Cuba and convention was scheduled for Winter 2014.

Conventions were fully funded for CULE members to attend. Most members took some holidays either the week before or the week after convention. Some members took their families and/or friends.

Some of the reasons for hosting the Convention in Cuba was the Social Justice, the cost of the convention, a chance for members to spend some time together away from the workplace, cell phone, etc.

If the membership votes in favour of removing the .75% dues levy, we most likely will NOT be able to have a fully-funded and full-participation convention as in the past. Although the dues levy may not be the only factor, it would be a major one. If you have any questions on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the executive or your Director.

Call For Nominations: CULE Unit II Member At Large

January 16th, 2014

As per the CULE Constitution (see below), an election will take place for a Member at Large Executive Position for Unit 11.

SECTION 5 – EXECUTIVE

B. (i) To the extent possible, the Executive shall be comprised of members from Admin Staff/Administrative Personnel Group and Officers Group; as defined by the President on the basis of proportional representation. Should an election result in a lack of proportional representation in the opinion of the Executive, the Executive shall have the authority to create one or more “member-at-large” positions to be filled by an election among members of the bargaining unit concerned.

Download a nomination form and return to Marija Babic c/o PSAC Edmonton Regional Office – Suite 670, 10665 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB  T5J 3S9 or via fax: (780) 429-2278..

If you require further information do not hesitate to contact me at 780-423-1290 (work) or 780-660-9832 (cell); email at babicm@psac.com; marijaanywhere@hotmail.com or you can also contact your CULE Director.

Note the deadline for receipt of nomination is January 31, 2014.

In Solidarity,

Marija Babic,
Unit II – VP

CULE Election Results – 2nd Ballot

December 17th, 2013
Congratulations to Anna Goguen who has been elected CULE President.  Congratulations to Joan-Ann Gravesande who was re-elected as the Unit I Vice-President.  Thanks to all candidates for putting their name forward.  Special thanks to the Moncton RO for handling the most interesting election process ever!

Tentative agreement has been ratified

December 13th, 2013
The tentative agreement has been ratified by the CULE membership.  Congratulations to the negotiating team! And thanks to the Kingston Regional Office for handling this ratification vote process.

December 10 is International Human Rights Day

December 10th, 2013

CULE acknowledges December 10th as International Humans Rights Day and salutes the members of CULE who struggle to promote Human Rights for all on a daily basis in their union, workplace and community.

International Human Rights Day has been celebrated since 1950 and honours the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global enunciation of human rights. The theme for Human Rights Day 2010 is “20 Years Working for Your Rights” - marking 20 years since the establishment of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The United Nations General Assembly created the mandate of High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights in December 1993. The General Assembly was acting on a recommendation from delegates to the World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna earlier the same year.

Visit the United Nations website for more information and resources.

CULE election results and 2nd ballot procedure

December 6th, 2013
The following results are now available for the positions on the CULE Executive
For the position of President there was no clear majority so the following candidates remain in the running for position of President
  • Anna Goguen
  • Dolly Albitt
  • Dave Jackson
 The position of CULE 1 Vice President the ballots cast resulted in a tie
Congratulations to these new and returning members of your Executive
  • Sandra Goodick has been elected as Treasurer
  • Lorraine Diaper has been elected as Secretary
  • Janelle HoShing has been elected as Equity Director
  •  Anne Juneau has been elected Director of the North
  • James Little has been elected as Director of  BC
Elections will be held for the following positions
There will  be a second ballot for the position of President
  • Anna Goguen, nominated by Susan Payne, seconded by Shelley Jamieson
  • Dolly Ablitt, nominated by Nancy MacLean, seconded by Oneil Carlier
 Brother Dave Jackson has removed his name from the Ballot
Vice-President, CULE Unit I
 Balloting Procedures

Download and return a ballot for the election(s) you will be voting in

And return to

PSAC Moncton RO
att:  CULE Vote
30 Englehart Street, Unit G
Dieppe, NB E1A 8H3

prior to the deadline - close of business December 16 2013 - please take this into account when sending ballots via inter-office mail.