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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.

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.
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

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 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)

Learn about the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Support and participate in Orange Shirt day

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

• Participate in the Blanket Exercise

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

Protected: CULE Solidarity Committee Meeting Minutes

June 4th, 2018
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CULE Update: Day 5 PSAC National Convention

June 4th, 2018

CULE Update: Day 5 – PSAC National Convention

Happy Thursday Sisters and Brothers!

CULE Executive Members in attendance as observers:

MaryAnne Laurico, President

Rebecca Thompson, CULE I VP

Kellie Loshak, CULE II VP

Nancy Johnson, Secretary

Anna Goguen, Atlantic Alt. Director

Joan-Ann Gravesande, Ontario Director

James Little, BC Director

Joshua Paddon, North Director

The call to order came from the podium at 8:32 am this morning.  After a few points of privilege and announcements, we received the report from the Credentials Committee.

Credentials Committee Report

As at 8:09 am the Convention floor held:  494 Delegates, 39 Guests, 195 Observers for a total of 728 in attendance.  The report from the Committee was adopted.


Brother Bob Jackson then took the podium to preside over the election process.  The elections process was explained to the floor and then we moved to the first vote.

PSAC National President Candidates:

Chris Aylward – Nominated by June Winger and Seconded by Conrad Lamour

Fabienne Jean-Francois – Nominated by Yvonne (?) and Seconded by Todd Smith.

Total ballots cast – 480.  Brother Aylward received 77% of the vote and became the new PSAC National President.

PSAC NEVP Candidates:

Magali Picard – Nominated by Virginia Vaillancourt and Seconded by Jean Pierre Fortin.

Sister Picard was acclaimed.

PSAC Alternate NEVP

Sharon DeSousa – Nominated by Theresa Eschuck and Seconded by Tofique Eldair

A second candidate was nominated from the floor:

Fabienne Jean-Francois – Nominated by Joanne Ashley and Seconded by Conrad Lamour

Total ballots cast – 484.  Sister DeSousa received 67% of the vote and became the PSAC Alternate NEVP.

The next order of business was Committee Reports.  The Collective Bargaining Committee reported the following as priority resolutions:  NEGO-039, NEGO-028A, NEGO-005A, NEGO-025 and NEGO-027.


Enhancing PSAC 2015 National Convention Resolution 29, Legal Consultation in Use of Force

Dues increase of $0.01 % or $7500 in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Committee recommended concurrence.  The resolution was carried.


Domestic Violence

Many delegates rose to speak on this resolution and the convention floor heard many very moving and personal stories.  The question was called and seconded.

Committee recommended concurrence.  The resolution was unanimously carried.


Electronic Voting

Many delegates rose to speak to this resolution.  At the onset, the speakers rose to speak against the committee’s recommendation of concurrence.  There was a challenge to the Chair and the Chair was upheld.  After the challenge to the Chair, the majority of delegates at the microphones began speaking in favour of concurrence with the resolution.  The issue was very contentious.  The question was called and seconded and call was defeated by a margin of 65% to 35% which was not the 2/3 majority which was required.

Phoenix and Bill C27 Rally and March

The floor convened for lunch at 12:00 pm to attend a rally at MP Bill Morneau’s office.  Buses lined Front Street at the Toronto Convention Centre to transport activists to Allan Gardens.  The turn-out was fantastic despite the rain.  PSAC activists marched from Allan Gardens to MP Morneau’s office on Parliament Street led by a marcher garbed in golden wings and amid chants of “We Work. You Pay!”.


Attached are a couple of photos of the small but feisty CULE contingent who joined the rear of the march literally having the backs of the PSAC members who have been affected by the Phoenix debacle.  Please note that the CULE contingent was photo-bombed by ROB Director, Mark Pacek.  We’d like to believe he was showing his support for Band 17 for all CULE members… J

Convention Resumes

The Convention resumed at approximately 3:00 pm.

Credentials Committee Report

As at 2:41 pm the Convention floor held:  494 Delegates, 41 Guests, 195 Observers for a total of 730 in attendance.  The report from the Committee was adopted.

Guest Speaker – Aileen Duncan – APSAR

Aileen Duncan reported that APSAR members have been rallying MPs to reject Bill C27.  To date, she reported that 115 federal MPS have been approached, many of whom did not know what Bill C27 was about…. Shame!

Aileen urged all PSAC members to join APSAR and become more educated on pensions and the way they are changing.


Electronic Voting

The convention then returned to debate on NEGO-005A.  The question was called and seconded.  The call was upheld with 80% in favour and 20% against.

The floor then proceeded to the vote on the Committee’s recommendation of concurrence with the resolution.  The resolution passed with 69% in favour and 38% against.

Members lined up at the microphones to be recorded as being against passing of the resolution.  In excess of 90 members recorded against.

General Resolutions Committee

GEN-083A – P3 and Privatization Fight Back

The committee’s recommendation of concurrence was carried.

GEN021 – Indigenous Awareness Training on Truth and Reconciliation

Dues increase of $0.03/member/month for training for members, leaders and NBoD.  Members rose to speak in favour of the resolution with very personal and touching stories.  A couple of speakers urged for unanimous concurrence.  The resolution was carried unanimously.

Tribute to Robyn Benson

Chris Aylward took the podium to announce a short tribute to Robyn Benson.  A video was presented and Component Presidents shared short memories and thanks.

CULE Update: Day 4 PSAC National Convention

May 3rd, 2018

CULE Update: Day 4 – PSAC National Convention

Happy Wednesday Comrades!

Please feel free to forward this update to all the members in your Regions.

CULE Executive Members in attendance as observers:

MaryAnne Laurico, President
Rebecca Thompson, CULE I VP
Kellie Loshak, CULE II VP
Nancy Johnson, Secretary
Anna Goguen, Atlantic Alt. Director
Joan-Ann Gravesande, Ontario Director
James Little, BC Director
Joshua Paddon, North Director

Day three (3) started off with bringing the Finance Committee back to discuss/debate their outstanding priorities FIN-024 and FIN-027. With minimal but important debate FIN-024 was passed. Important to note that while this Resolution refers to the Staffing of Regional Organizers throughout the Regions, it was indicated in the Resolution that there was no cost increase associated with this and the Chair indicated that this would be part of the overall Staffing Budget.

The Finance Committee had completed their Concurrence Priorities and stepped down.

The General Resolutions Committee was then brought up to begin some riveting debate.

The General Resolutions Committee put forward a Policy Statement (GEN-001A), as a composition of a number of Resolutions on the Phoenix Pay System. This document; while keeping the intention of the Resolutions in mind, was broad reaching and comprises a number of areas which PSAC will continue to take on the Phoenix Pay Problem. There was significant and passionate debate on this item. Delegates also shared their stories; which in some cases were unbelievably concerning, requesting support for this Policy Statement. Delegates also spoke passionately about standing up against the potential of contracting additional services to IBM.

It was indicated multiple times by the Chair that this Policy Statement was “the most important” Resolution at this Convention, next to the Budget. Even though there were some interesting procedural maneuvers, the Policy Statement was carried unanimously.

General Resolution (Comp.) GEN-009A was carried and contains a cost that will come out of the one-time fund that was included in the Budget. The one-time fund was $750,000.00. This Resolution had a total cost of $677,360.00. The remainder of the one-time fund at this point in Convention is $72,640.00.

The General Resolutions Committee stepped down with a referral, just prior to lunch.

Immediately following the lunch break, the Constitution Committee was brought up.

The Constitution Committee began by dealing with a couple referrals that were given to them yesterday afternoon. This began with CS-045, updating the Constitution to read “LCBT2Q+”. The Resolution was carried as amended.

Next to the floor was CS-051A; Composite Resolution to move to Fully Funded PSAC Regional Conventions. It was explained that if the amended Resolution that was brought back to the floor was passed, then this would negate Finance Resolution FIN-013A dealing with Regional Convention Subsidy, which was passed yesterday afternoon. There was some strong debate on this Resolution, both for and against. This Resolution was passed, bring the total dues rate at this point to 0.9524%. This Resolution also contains a formula for Delegate composition.

In a second and equally interesting turn of events, Resolution CS-066 determining the REVP (not Admin or Poly Comm) Office Location, was passed. Similarly, to the previous Resolution, there was significant and strong debate on either side of the equation.

Conference Business itself concluded a little early on Day 4, to allow some time for the all candidates forum.

There were questions submitted in advance by the Delegates over the last 3 days of business.

There were a number of questions around Phoenix and many of the efforts required to work towards a fix. There were also a number of questions around Education and improving/providing it across levels and in a number of different ways. These certainly weren’t the only questions asked of each of the candidates and there were also a number related specifically to DCL’s. Overall on the surface, the answers were fairly standard and safe as we would expect at a forum of this nature. One thing that did stand out among the three Candidates, is that there was a lot of response that focused on increasing communication between the elected leaders and the membership and attempting to reflect the way we provide service, based on the needs within the Regions.

The action happens tomorrow morning at 8:30am (Elections). Stay tuned.