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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.

CULE I and II Input Call for Demands Deadline: February 15, 2019

February 6th, 2019

After the completion of a series of elections the 2019 CULE Bargaining Team will consist of:
Kellie Loshak, Unit II Representative
Anna Goguen, Unit I Representative
Joan-Ann Gravesande, Equity Representative
MaryAnne Laurico, President

After a meeting on January 29th, and in accordance with our Constitution, the Team has set a deadline for demand input to the end of day on February 15th, 2019.

Input and demands can be sent to your Regional Director, Equity Director, Unit I or II VP, or directly to the Team at cule.bargaining@gmail.com

If you have mobilization ideas, please contact your Regional Mobilizer, or the CULE mobilization co-chairs Sandra Goodick and Corina Harding.

Stay tuned…the ducks are back.

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Pour distribution immédiate aux membres de l’UCES, unité I et unité II:

Suite aux élections pour l’équipe de négo de l’UCES, les membres ci-dessous ont été élus:

Kellie Loshak, représentante, unité II

Anna Goguen, représentante, unité I

Joan-Ann Gravesande, représentante du groupe d’équité

MaryAnne Laurico, présidente

D’après les statuts et règlements de l’UCES, une réunion a eu lieu le 29 janvier afin de déterminer une date limite pour les demandes de revendications.  L’équipe a déterminé que la date limite serait la fin de la journée du 15 février 2019.

Les demandes de revendications peuvent être envoyées à votre directeur régional ou directrice régionale, v.-p. de l’unité I ou II, directrice du groupe d’équité ou directement à l’équipe de négo à :  cule.bargaining@gmail.com

Si vous avez des idées de mobilisation, veuillez communiquer avec votre agent ou agente de mobilisation de votre région ou les coprésidentes du comité de mobilisation; Sandra Goodick et/ou Corina Harding.

Restez à l’écoute, les canards sont de retour!

CULE Response to SAMAHAN Hanjin Worker Crisis in the Philippines

January 25th, 2019

ATT:   Secretary Silvestre Bello
Department of Labor and Employment, Philippines
Via Email:      secshb3@dole.gov.ph
osec@dole.gov.ph

CC:     Hanjin Shipyard Workers’ Organization (SAMAHAN), Samahan123.ph@gmail.com
Workers for Peoples Liberation (WPL)
workers4peopleslib@yahoo.com

FR:      MaryAnne Laurico
President, Canadian Union of Labour Employees

January 25, 2019

Secretary Silvestre Bello:

It has come to our attention Hanjin Shipyard workers continue to be laid off, en masse, and that thousands of them are awaiting separation pay, do not have appropriate access to a corresponding unemployment subsidiary, and have no binding return to work protocol or agreement.

Having visited these workers and learned about the challenges they face under normalized, deplorable, and unsafe working conditions, it is with alarm we receive this news. It is distasteful the workers seeking to survive have had to endure such precarious and abusive conditions to bloat the gains of international corporations. It is more worrisome they now face insult to injury.

As an organization working to better the lives and working conditions of all workers across Canada and beyond, we stand in solidarity with the Hanjin Shipyard Workers, and with Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Hanjin (SAMAHAN) and Workers for Peoples Liberation (WPL) in their advocacy.

We understand you have a meeting scheduled with the workers on January 28th.

We ask that you use the time to:

  • take the demands seriously and implement without hesitation.
  • ensure workers can, without obstruction, access all justified entitlements
  • send a consistent message to any Corporate entity that worker rights must be respected.

We look forward to hearing about the swift resolution and implementation of appropriate accountability mechanisms to prevent future occurrences.

Respectfully,
MaryAnne Laurico
President, Canadian Union of Labour Employees (CULE)

CULE Statement on Unist’ot’en

January 24th, 2019

The Canadian Union of Labour Employees (CULE) stands in solidarity with those at the Unist’ot’en Camp and the land defenders of the Wet’suwet’en Territory.

On January 7th at the Gidumt’en access point, the RCMP arrested and detained several Wet’suwet’en people on their unceded territory while they were defending their land from pipeline developments. To enforce the community’s decision to preserve the territory for future generations, the Unist’ot’en Clan built a cabin in the exact place where a number of oil companies namely Trans-Canada, Enbridge, and Pacific Trails, want to lay pipelines. This community action had impeded any pipeline work until the January 7th incident.

CULE, with our Indigenous and non-Indigenous members, is working to deepen our own understanding of Canada’s colonial impact on Indigenous peoples in Canada, from past to the present. As the defenders themselves explain on their website, “this fight is about more than a pipeline; it is about the right of Indigenous peoples around the world to exercise Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC),” which we in CULE recognize as a fundamental right of Indigenous People regarding their unceded territories. These pipeline developments do not have the FPIC of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. The injunction and the arrests clearly demonstrate that Canada and British Columbia are in violation of the Unist’ot’en People’s FPIC protocol, a protocol recognized under the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We condemn this injunction and arrest of those at Unist’ot’en Camp. We call on the federal and provincial governments to respect a nation-to-nation relationship with hereditary leadership at Unist’ot’en.

We ask for more in the labour and social justice movement in Canada to stand in solidarity with the defenders at Unist’ot’en Camp by providing moral and material support.

We must continue to join together across the country in support of this fight. We cannot allow Indigenous rights that are recognized internationally to be made meaningless in Canada, nor allow the power of the state to be used against the Unist’ot’en People for standing up for the generations to come.

We encourage our CULE members and others to learn more about this struggle at: http://unistoten.camp/, or if you want to take immediate solidarity action go to: http://unistoten.camp/support-us/solidarity-work/

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L’Union Canadienne des Employés de Syndicats (UCES) est solidaire des personnes qui occupent le campement Unist’ot’en et les défenseurs du territoire Wet’suwet’en.

Le 7 janvier, au point d’accès Gidumt’en, la GRC a arrêté et détenu plusieurs membres de la nation Wet’suwet’en sur leur territoire non cédé alors qu’ils défendaient leurs terres contre un projet de pipeline. Pour appliquer la décision de la communauté de préserver le territoire pour les générations futures, la nation Wet’suwet’en a aménagé un campement à l’emplacement exact où les compagnies pétrolières Trans-Canada, Enbridge et Pacific Trails veulent construire un pipeline. Cette action communautaire a réussi à stopper le projet de pipeline jusqu’à l’incident du 7 janvier.

L’UCES, avec ses membres autochtones et non autochtones, travaille pour approfondir notre compréhension des répercussions du colonialisme sur les peuples autochtones, d’hier à aujourd’hui. Comme les défendeurs du territoire l’expliquent si bien dans leur site Web, leur lutte va au-delà d’une lutte contre un pipeline ― c’est un combat pour le droit des peuples autochtones partout au monde d’exercer leur consentement donné librement et en connaissance de cause. L’UCES reconnaît ce droit fondamental des peuples autochtones à l’égard de leur territoire non cédé. Les projets de pipeline n’ont pas obtenu le consentement donné librement et en connaissance de cause des chefs héréditaires des Wet’suwet’en. L’injonction de la cour et les arrestations sont clairement, de la part du Canada et de la Colombie-Britannique, des violations du principe du consentement donné librement et en connaissance de cause qui est reconnu par la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones.

Nous condamnons l’injonction et l’arrestation des personnes au campement Unist’ot’en.

Nous demandons aux gouvernements provincial et fédéral de respecter une relation de nation à nation avec les chefs héréditaires des Wet’suwet’en.

Nous appelons d’autres organismes du monde syndical et du mouvement de justice sociale à exprimer leur solidarité avec les défenseurs du campement Unist’ot’en en leur offrant un soutien moral et matériel.

Nous devons continuer de nous unir d’un bout à l’autre du pays pour soutenir cette lutte. Nous ne pouvons permettre que les droits mondialement reconnus des peuples autochtones soient vidés de leur sens au Canada, ni que l’État utilise son pouvoir contre le peuple Wet’suwet’en parce qu’il lutte pour les générations à venir.

Nous encourageons nos membres et toutes les autres personnes à se renseigner sur l’action des Wet’suwet’en en allant en ligne à http://unistoten.camp/ (en anglais seulement) et à poser un geste de solidarité par le biais du site Web http://unistoten.camp/support-us/solidarity-work/ (en anglais seulement).

Bargaining Team Elections

November 22nd, 2018
The nomination period has closed for CULE Unit I and Unit II Bargaining Team Members.
The Sudbury Regional Office will be conducting elections, by electronic means, with the assistance of our Treasurer. This process is in line with Regulation 2 of our Constitution.
You will be receiving an electronic ballot at your home email address.
The duly nominated candidates are below. If a candidate submitted a platform, a PDF of that platform is posted beside their name.
CULE I
Joan Ann Gravesande (Nominator – James Little, Seconder – Debbie St. Germain) CULE 1

Anna Goguen (Nominator – Sean Glavine, Seconder – Dolly Ablitt) CULE I bargaining team – Anna Goguen EN     CULE I bargaining team – Anna Goguen FR

CULE II
Kellie Loshak (Nominator – Hetty Alcuitas, Seconder – Colette Mann) CULE II Bargaining Team Member – Nov 2018
Monika Duggal (Nominator – Jacqueline Maurice, Seconder – Brenda Shaimaiyuk) BTM II 2018
Nancy Johnson (Nominator – Marion Kirin, Seconder – Genevieve Babineau) Nancy Johnson Candidacy

CULE Input Call for Bargaining Demands and Bargaining Team Nominations

November 6th, 2018

CULE Input Call For Demands ENG and FR Oct 29 2018

Bargaining Input Demand Sample – Pension Plan ENG and FR 2018

CULE Bargaining Team Nomination Memo and Form ENG and FR

REGULATION 1 – ENG and FR 2018

 

CULE Solidarity Statement to KILUSAN

September 24th, 2018

KILUSAN 20th anniversary – solidarity statement

September 21, 2018

Warm and militant greetings to Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) from the Canadian Union of Labour Employees (CULE)!

CULE is proud to congratulate KILUSAN on reaching the milestone of two decades of organizing amongst the Filipino people from across a multitude of sectors in the Philippines for genuine development and industrialization.

We are honoured to be part of your international network of individuals and organizations that are building relations and partnerships with the Philippines and its people in the spirit of international solidarity.

CULE is made up of members from across Canada who are the unionized staff employed in the regional offices of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) as well as the staff of one of PSAC’s Components, the Nunavut Employees Union. Our members are committed to the fight for worker’s rights and to strengthen the labour movement.

For the past decade, through the efforts of our members, our Solidarity Committee, and our Solidarity Fund, CULE has been a proud supporter and partner of KILUSAN and in particular, some of your member organizations, such as the Workers for Peoples’ Liberation, KAISA KA, and Youth for Nationalism and Democracy.

We know from your updates and from international news that the situation for the Philippine people is at a critical juncture as you face attacks to basic human rights for many.

While we cannot be there in person during your celebration of the important work you have undertaken for the last twenty years, please know that we are there in the spirit of unwavering solidarity in our common struggles. We look forward to deepening our relationship with KILUSAN and its member organizations through our delegates who are participating in the Solidarity Tour to the Philippines with you later this year.

Keep up the fight, never give up your struggle for justice and equality for all of the people in the Philippines.

 

2018 CULE Self-ID Form

September 5th, 2018

CULE self ID form 2018

Solidarity Work in the Philippines – donation drive

July 25th, 2018

Philippine Donation Drive

The Vancouver & District Labour Council (VDLC), B.C. Government and Services Employees’ Union, (BCGEU), and the Canadian Union of Labour Employees (CULE) are co-coordinating a solidarity tour to the Philippines from November 27-Dec 7, 2018. One of our objectives is to learn about the daily lives and struggles directly from the Filipino people, particularly those involved in the struggle for workers’ and other human rights in the Philippines.

Can’t attend the tour but still want to support?

As Union members and/or Affiliates you can help to support the people of the Philippines through our Philippine Donation Drive.

The VDLC, BCGEU, and CULE plan to visit several different communities during the Solidarity Tour. Some of these communities are in need of specific material support that they have requested. Donations gathered will either be brought by the delegation, or shipped in time to arrive for the trip.

Materials requested by our Philippine partners

Schools supplies for a daycare: primary school books (new or gently used), pencils, crayons, pencil crayons, pens, erasers.

For worker’s communities that we visit: general toiletries such as those normally provided at hotels such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, etc. This is easier to be divided up to individuals in the different areas we plan to visit.

Financial donations: monies collected will go towards equipment needed to assist workers around health & safety issues in their workplace. The financial donations will be used to buy the equipment in the Philippines.

For financial donations, please send cheques payable to the “Vancouver & District Labour Council”, and put Philippines Donation Drive in the memo.

In-kind donations from Metro Vancouver can be dropped off at the Vancouver & District Labour Council office.

Address of the VDLC:

Attn: Philippines Donation Drive
c/o Vancouver & District Labour Council
Suite 170 – 111 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC
V5L 4C4

In-kind donations outside of Metro Vancouver, please email solidarity@cule.ca to make arrangements.

We will gather donations up to October 31, 2018.

In Solidarity,
VDLC, BCGEU, CULE Solidarity Tour to the Philippines 2018 Coordinating Committee

Philippine Donation Drive-CULE callout

June 11th: How Can I Practice Reconciliation?

June 5th, 2018

June 11th, marks the 10-year anniversary of the Government of Canada’s apology to Indigenous Peoples for the Residential School system.

Acts of reconciliation are taking place, but we all need to be involved & responsible.

Please take time on June 11th, to consider your role and how you participate in reconciliation.

Learn the name of the traditional territory you live

and work in & acknowledge it.

Celebrate diversity in the workplace; make opportunities to gather and talk about reconciliation.

Ensure there is no unequal treatment of Indigenous workers in your workplace.

Bring in an Elder for the opening & closing of events, take time to talk about their protocols and ensure a honourarium is ready.

Learn about and support Indigenous issues in your community and nationally. Attend a Sisters in Spirit vigil on October 4th honouring and remembering Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) https://www.nwac.ca/home/policy-areas/violence-prevention-and-safety/sisters-in-spirit/october-4th-vigils/

Learn about the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/

Support and participate in Orange Shirt day http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Initiate discussions with family and friends on Indigenous issues and about how to practice reconciliation as a family.

Take time to review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 94 Calls to Action and visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website https://nctr.ca/map.php

• Participate in the Blanket Exercise https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/

Educate yourself on disrespectful phrases, refrain from using “Canada’s Indigenous Peoples” as Indigenous Peoples do not ‘belong’ to Canada.

Learn how to say common words, and greetings in the local Indigenous languages. This shows respect.

Ensure the workplace is a safe space for everyone. Be respectful of all people’s differences and languages. Show compassion and be kind to others about their lived experiences. Non-Indigenous workers need understanding in working with Indigenous workers.

Support local Indigenous traditions and cultures, but please don’t appropriate!

Learn about the history and intention of treaty.

CULE supporting International Solidarity Tour to the Philippines

June 4th, 2018

In the spirit of international workers’ solidarity, the VDLC, BCGEU, and CULE are co-coordinating a solidarity tour to the Philippines to:

  • learn about the daily lives and struggles directly from the Filipino people, particularly those involved in the struggle for workers’ and other human rights in the Philippines.
  • begin to understand the historical and current political and economic relationship between Canada and the Philippines.

  • continue and deepen the existing partnerships between Canadian unions and Philippine organizations to work in solidarity with Filipinos in their struggle for workers’ and other human rights.

  • gain advocates in the Canadian trade union movement on the Philippines situation to strengthen international solidarity between Canada and the Philippines.

Please see the full concept paper attached: Philippines Solidarity Tour 2018 – concept Final