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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.

February is Black History Month

February 3rd, 2016

CULE would like to acknowledge and honour the many contributions people of African heritage have made to Canada and to the Canadian labour movement.

This is the 20th year that Black History Month has been officially celebrated in Canada. Across the country, events are planned to mark and remember the contributions and achievements of Canadians of African descent.

Canadian unions are celebrating that history too. Black trade union members and activists have played a key role in building and shaping the labour movement. When we stand up for fairness today, we are standing against racism and discrimination, and the unfair treatment and denial of equality that stems from it.

Black Trade Unionists in Canada have long fought to end discrimination in our society and workplaces, and have played a central role in securing legislative changes to promote human rights for all.  But the struggle for equity and equality continues.

We need to win stronger collective agreement language that empowers workers to confront and end racism and promote workplace diversity and equality. The changes we win in the workplace help to foster broader positive change in society and our communities too.

We salute our members of African descent and encourage all our members to participate in Black History Month activities.

CULE Unit II Member At Large Election

February 3rd, 2016

Two nominations have been received for the Member At Large Unit II call-out.  Only Unit II members are eligible to vote for their Member At Large Representative on the CULE Executive as per the CULE Constitution 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.

CULE II (only CULE II members are eligible to vote)

  • Bailey, Kim – nominated by Judy Payne & seconded by Brenda Shaimaiyuk
  • Loshak, Kellie – nominated by Shawna Dalley & seconded by Marion Kirin

Please return your ballot to

Monika Duggal
c/o PSAC Winnipeg RO
175 Hargrave Street, Suite 460
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R8

Using the double envelope system, prior to the deadline of the end of day on Friday, February 19, 2016.  Physical ballots must be received in order to be eligible.  As usual, we will not accept fax ballots and proxy votes.

Download your ballot here.

Call For Nominations: Alternate CULE Equity Director

February 1st, 2016

As per section 5 C (iv) of the CULE Constitution, an alternate to the CULE Equity Director will be elected.

Download a nomination form and return to Hetty Alcuitas c/o PSAC Vancouver Regional Office 200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9 or via fax:  604-430-0451 or email to: equity@cule.ca

Note the deadline for receipt of nominations is Tues. Feb. 9, 2016 close of business day.

Please note only members who voluntarily self-ID in one of the following equity groups: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender, (GLBT) Workers of Colour, Aboriginal; First Nation, Inuit, and Métis and Persons with Disabilities can be nominated and/or vote for this position. Download a self-id form.

CULE Unit I Bargaining Team election – 3rd ballot

January 28th, 2016

After the results of the 2nd ballot, it is necessary to hold a final round of voting for a CULE Unit I member for the bargaining team.

CULE I (only CULE I members are eligible to vote)

  • Ablitt, Dolly – nominated by Tracy Thor and seconded by Steve Peterson
  • Laurico, MaryAnne – nominated by Linda Cross and seconded by Todd Woytiuk

Please return your ballot to Anna Goguen c/o

PSAC Moncton RO
30 Englehart Street, Unit G
Dieppe, NB E1A 8H3

Using the double envelope system, prior to the deadline of the end of day on Friday, February 12, 2015. Physical ballots must be received in order to be eligible. As usual, we will not accept fax ballots and proxy votes.

Download the ballot here.

Call for Nominations: CULE UNIT II Member at Large

January 13th, 2016
Dear CULE II Members,
At the first CULE Executive conference call of 2016, it was determined that a Member At Large for Unit II is needed on the CULE Executive. As per the CULE Constitution (see below), this is the call out for nominations for a Member at Large Executive Position for Unit II.

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.

You will find attached the Nomination Form to be used for this call out. Please complete the form and return it to me. Note the deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, January 29, 2016, end of business.

Attention: Monika Duggal

Mail: c/o PSAC Winnipeg Regional Office
Suite 460-175 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R8

Fax: (204) 943-0652

Email: vpculetwo@cule.ca

If you require further information do not hesitate to contact me toll-free at work: 1-866-393-7722 or my cell: (204) 898-0290 or email: vpculetwo@cule.ca or you can also contact your CULE Director.

In Solidarity,

Monika Duggal

CULE VP II

CULE Unit I Bargaining Team election – 2nd ballot

January 5th, 2016

After the results of the first ballot, it is necessary to hold another round of voting for a CULE Unit I member for the bargaining team.

CULE I (only CULE I members are eligible to vote)

  • Ablitt, Dolly – nominated by Tracy Thor and seconded by Steve Peterson
  • Laurico, MaryAnne – nominated by Linda Cross and seconded by Todd Woytiuk
  • Paddon, Joshua – nominated by Dave Jackson and seconded by James Little

Please return your ballot to Anna Goguen c/o

PSAC Moncton RO
30 Englehart Street, Unit G
Dieppe, NB E1A 8H3

Using the double envelope system, prior to the deadline of the end of day on Friday, January 22, 2015. Physical ballots must be received in order to be eligible. As usual, we will not accept fax ballots and proxy votes.

Download the ballot here.

CULE Bargaining 2016 input call – deadline extended

January 5th, 2016

This is the official call-out for members of CULE/PSAC to submit bargaining input for the upcoming round of bargaining.

There are two ways to submit bargaining input:

  1. Download the CULE bargaining input form (pdf) and mail or deliver it to your Director.
  2. Fill out the CULE bargaining input form online and it will be distributed to the CULE Directors.

The deadline for receipt of demands is February 5th, 2016. 

Please consider submitting input collectively – instead of having 10 similar copies of the same demand, your region may wish to submit one or more demands from your respective region.

CULE Statement on the Release of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

January 4th, 2016

CULE recognizes the significance of the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Dec. 15, 2015. According to Justice Murray Sinclair, the Chair of the TRC, “the Canadian residential school experience was one of the darkest, most troubling chapters in our collective history.” According to the report, an estimated 150,000 children were forced to attend church and government-run residential schools.”

“The schools were intended to sever the link between aboriginal children and parents,” the report states. “They did this work only too well. Family connections were permanently broken.”

CULE recognizes that some of our members are the intergenerational survivors of residential schools and that as the report states, the dark legacy lives on in Canada’s child and family services system.”

As members of Canadian society, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, we support the implementation of the TRC’s 94 recommendations and will work towards educating our members about the report findings and recommendations.

The full report can be viewed here: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=890

TRC archive site at the University of Manitoba: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=905

Your new and returning CULE executive for 2016/17

December 18th, 2015

Greetings / Bonjour!

Please find below the results of the CULE Elections / Veuillez trouver ci-dessous le résultat des élections de l’UCES:

  • Anna Goguen – President / Présidente
  • Rebecca Thompson – VP CULE I – VP UCES I
  • Monika Duggal – VP CULE II – VP UCES II
  • Sandra Goodick – Treasurer / Trésorière
  • Stephanie Penwarden – Secretary / Secrétaire
  • Hetty Alcuitas – Equity Director / Directrice du caucus d’équité
  • Anne Juneau – Director for the North / Directrice de la région du Nord
  • Dave Jackson – B.C. Director / Directeur de la région de la C.-B.
  • Marija Babic – Prairies Director / Directrice de la région des Prairies
  • MaryAnne Laurico – Ontario Director / Directrice de la région de l’Ontario
  • Nairra Tariq – NCR Director / Directrice de la RCN
  • Monique Laplante – Atlantic Director / Directrice de la région de l’Atlantique

Thank you to the nominating committee and everyone who put their names forward and voted.  As Sister Duggal was the successful candidate for the CULE II VP, she withdrew from her name from the position of Secretary and therefore Sister Penwarden is the new CULE Secretary.

The new executive will take effect as of January 1, 2016.  I would also like to thank this executive for the last two years.  They have worked hard of your behalf in some very difficult situations.  Thank you Joan-Ann, Marija, Sandra, Lorraine, Hetty (and Janelle), Anne, James, Carm, MaryAnne (and Judith), Nairra (and Mado), Dave, Kellie and Diane.

Je veux remercier le comité de nomination ainsi que les membres qui ont posé leur candidature et voté.  Puisque la consoeur Duggal est la nouvelle vice-présidente de l’UCES II, elle a retiré sa candidature du poste de secrétaire, donc la consoeur Penwarden est maintenant la nouvelle secrétaire de l’UCES.

Le nouvel exécutif entrera en vigueur le 1et janvier 2016.  J’aimerais aussi remercier cet exécutif pour les deux dernière années.  Ils ont travaillé très fort pour vous représenter dans des conditions parfois très difficiles.  Merci!Joan-Ann, Marija, Sandra, Lorraine, Hetty (et Janelle), Anne, James, Carm, MaryAnne (et Judith), Nairra (et Mado), Dave, Kellie et Diane.

Anna Goguen
CULE President / Présidente de l’UCES

Election Results / CULE Secretary 2nd Ballot

December 9th, 2015
Congratulations to your newly (re)elected executive members!
  • Anna Goguen, President
  • Rebecca Thompson, Vice-President CULE I
  • Hetty Alcuitas, Equity Director
  • Marija Babic, Prairies Director

The election for the second ballot of the CULE Secretary is now taking place and the deadline will be on Monday, December 21st.

The candidates are as follows:

  •  Monika Duggal
  • Stephanie Penwarden

Balloting Procedures

Download a ballot for the election of the CULE Secretary below and mail to:

PSAC , Att: CULE Vote
33 Pippy Place, Suite 105
St. John’s, NF A1B 3X2

Prior to the deadline – close of business December 21, 2015 – please take this into account when sending ballot 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 St. John’s, NL prior to December 21th.

Special thanks to the St. John’s RO for coordinating the elections.

CULE Statement for the International Day for Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd, 2015

The United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities began in 1992 as a day to promote awareness and inclusion in society of people with disabilities. The theme for 2015 is: “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.”

For people with disabilities (whether visible or not) and including those with mental health conditions, discrimination and stigma continue to exist in our society preventing full and equal access to many areas in society including employment, education, transportation, etc.

In workplaces across Canada, real barriers continue to exist for people with disabilities. CULE calls on all our members to commit to fighting all forms of discrimination against people with disabilities in our workplaces and larger society. We also support and will work towards the empowerment of all people with disabilities towards full access and equality in society.

CULE 2016 Bargaining Team elections

November 27th, 2015

Here are the nominees for the members of the CULE/PSAC Bargaining Team. The team will consist of two members each from Units I & II, and a representative from the Equity Caucus

CULE I (only CULE I members are eligible to vote)

  • Ablitt, Dolly – nominated by Tracy Thor and seconded by Steve Peterson
  • Chan, Carm – nominated by Louise Mardell and seconded by Raj Hari
  • Glavine, Sean – nominated by Corina Harding and seconded by Dave Jackson
  • Juneau, Anne – nominated by Rebecca Thompson and seconded by Mark Populus
  • Laurico, MaryAnne – nominated by Linda Cross and seconded by Todd Woytiuk
  • Paddon, Joshua – nominated by Dave Jackson and seconded by James Little

CULE II (only CULE II members are eligible to vote)

  • Duggal, Monika – nominated by Marija Babic and seconded by Chems Oka
  • Hyde, Melissa – nominated by Diane Gallant and seconded by Colleen MacKay
  • Loshak, Kellie – nominated by Marija Babic and seconded by Diane Gallant

EQUITY CAUCUS (only Equity members who have self id are eligible to vote)

  • Ablitt, Dolly – nominated by Deanna Kimball and seconded by Steve Peterson
  • Alcuitas, Hetty – nominated by Joan-Ann Gravesande and seconded by Marion Kiron
  • Jackson, Dave – nominated by Joshua Paddon and seconded by Sean Glavine

Therefore the election for the UNIT I, UNIT II and Equity members of the team will proceed, as usual, using the double-envelope system. Download the ballots below (pdf), print, clearly mark your choice of two team members on the same ballot, and return to Diane Gallant, with your name, bargaining unit, and worksite clearly marked on the outer ballot.

Deadline for receipt of ballots in the Moncton RO is end of day on Monday, December 14, 2015.

Please send ballots to:

CULE Bargaining Team Elections

c/o Diane Gallant

PSAC

30 Englehart Street, Unit G

Dieppe, NB E1A 8H3

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November 20th, 2015
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CULE Executive Elections – time to vote

November 18th, 2015

All CULE Executive positions are acclaimed except for the following positions (click on the name for bios/statements from the candidates which will be posted as received). President

  • Anna Goguen, nominated by Nancy MacLean, seconded by Diane Gallant
  • Dave Jackson, nominated by Rosemary MacKenzie, seconded by James Little
  • Carm Chan, nominated by Louise Mardell, seconded by Genevieve Babineau

Vice-President, CULE Unit I

Vice-President, CULE Unit II

  • Kellie Loshak, nominated by Lynn Eaton and seconded by Diane Gallant.
  • Marion Kirin, nominated by Hetty Alcuitas and seconded by Beth Bennett. note Marion has withdrawn her name, as of 11/27.
  • Monika Duggal, nominated by Marija Babic and seconded Chems Oka

Secretary

  • Stephanie Penwarden, nominated by Chems Oka, seconded by Nairra Tariq
  • Monika Duggal, nominated by Clint Wirth, seconded by Tracy Thor
  • Lorraine Diaper, nominated by Lynn Meston, seconded by Angela Fairweather

Equity Director

  • Hetty Alcuitas, nominated by Nancy MacLean, seconded by Judy Payne
  • Francine Commanda, nominated by Nairra Tariq, seconded by Chems Oka

Prairies Director

  • Marija Babic, nominated by Louise Mardell, seconded by Carm Chan
  • Clint Wirth, nominated by Monika Duggal, seconded by Tracy Thor

Balloting Procedures Download and return a ballot for the elections you will be voting in, and return to: PSAC , Att: CULE Vote 33 Pippy Place, Suite 105 St. John’s, NF A1B 3X2 Prior to the deadline – close of business December 4, 2015 – please take this into account when sending ballots via mail. Note that ballots will not be accepted by email, fax or proxy. A physical ballot must be used and must arrive in St. John’s, NL prior to December 4th.

  • Ballot for President (all CULE members are eligible to vote)
  • Ballot for Secretary (all CULE members are eligible to vote)
  • Ballot for VP, CULE I  (all members of CULE Unit I are eligible to vote)
  • Ballot for VP, CULE II (all members of CULE Unit II are eligible to vote)
  • Ballot for Equity Director (all equity members who have self id are eligible to vote)
  • Ballot for Prairies Director (all CULE members in the Prairies are eligible to vote)

Use the double envelope method, using a separate inner envelope for each election with the name of that election marked on it. Please ensure your name is clearly marked on the outer envelope.  For example: all members are eligible to vote for President and Secretary and should return two brown envelopes – one marked President and one marked Secretary, along with any others, as dictated by eligibility – inside a white envelope clearly marked with your name. Congratulations to these new (and returning) executive members: Treasurer, Sandra Goodick Director North, Anne Juneau Director BC, Dave Jackson Director Ontario, MaryAnne Laurico Director NCR, Nairra Tariq Director Atlantic, Monique Laplante Lastly, special thanks to the St. John’s RO for coordinating the elections.

Call Out: CULE Bargaining Team

November 3rd, 2015
This will serve as the official call-out to CULE members who wish to sit on the negotiating team for the upcoming round of collective bargaining with the PSAC.  We are seeking the following:
  • Two (2) members from Unit I
  • Two (2) members from Unit II
  • One (1) member from the Equity Caucus (you must self-identified as an equity group member to be considered)
The deadline for receipt of nomination form is November 20, 2015. Download a nomination form here and return to Diane Gallant c/o PSAC, 30 Englehart Street, Unit G, Dieppe, NB  E1A 8H3 or via fax:  (506) 857-9792