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.
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).
- 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
- Joan-Ann Gravesande, nominated by MaryAnne Laurico, seconded by Anna Goguen
- Rebecca Thompson, nominated by Anne Juneau, seconded by Nairra Tariq
Vice-President, CULE Unit II
- Duggal, Monika
- Kirin, Marion
- Loshak, Kellie
- 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
- Hetty Alcuitas, nominated by Nancy MacLean, seconded by Judy Payne
- Francine Commanda, nominated by Nairra Tariq, seconded by Chems Oka
- Marija Babic, nominated by Louise Mardell, seconded by Carm Chan
- Clint Wirth, nominated by Monika Duggal, seconded by Tracy Thor
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.
- 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)
As per Section 9 of the CULE Constitution a Nomination Committee has been appointed to conduct the election of officers.
The Committee is accepting nominations for: President, VP’s (Units I & II), Secretary, Treasurer and Directors (including the Equity Director). All nominations should be duly seconded.
The deadline in which to submit nominations to the Committee is: November 16, 2015, close of business. If an election for any position is required it will take place between November 20th and December 11th.
Download the CULE Executive election nomination form and return it to Corina Harding c/o PSAC St. John’s Regional Office by mail, email or fax.
Since April, Grassy Narrows First Nation activist and grandmother Judy Da Silva has faced mounting legal costs from a CN railway lawsuit, meant to intimidate her and other Indigenous activists who are working to protect waterways from oil spills and contamination.
Please join us in challenging this corporate bullying tactic and supporting Judy’s work to protect the water by contributing to her legal defence fund. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in the next 2 months.
Here are 3 things you can do to help right now:
- Please donate now.
- Please share this request with your friends, family, and colleagues.
- Listen to Judy speak out on CBC radio.
Judy was served with a lawsuit and injunction by CN railway on April 10, 2015 after she organized an Anishnaabe water ceremony near train tracks in Grassy Narrows. The ceremony was intended to protect waterways from contamination from train derailments. In the month prior to the ceremony, CN had reported three polluting train derailments.
Although a judge has thrown out the injunction, Judy continues to face a lawsuit from CN. Simply by fighting CN’s lawsuit, Judy is at risk of being ordered by the courts to pay CN’s legal expenses. Judy has also been saddled with the costs of mounting a defence including travel expenses for her and her pro-bono lawyer, filing fees, copying fees, and long distance charges.
CN is trying to bully and penalize Judy for organizing a traditional ceremony to protect the water. Please join us in supporting her legal defence fund.
- Listen to Judy Da Silva speak on CBC radio
- See national TV news coverage by APTN
- Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy calls on CN Rail to drop the injunction
- Listen to Council of Canadians speak out on CBC radio
- Council of Canadians calls on CN Rail to lift court injunction against Grassy Narrows protesters
- See more at: http://freegrassy.net/2015/04/22/clan-mothers-hold…
- As an initiative that began in 2004, the CULE Solidarity Fund and the CULE Solidarity Committee (which is a sub-committee of the CULE Executive) has as its mandate to help reduce poverty and social injustice in many parts of the world. To this end the CULE Solidarity Committee provides support and funding to initiatives which develop linkages to other worker and labour organizations in other countries, better the quality of life of majority world workers, and assists children of CULE members to participate in solidarity initiatives at home and abroad*.
- To develop linkages with worker and labour organizations in other countries, especially majority world countries so as to foster a spirit of solidarity and thus better an understanding of each other and the workers represented;
- To assist in various ways to better the quality of life of majority world workers;
- To co-ordinate among CULE members fundraising, funding and donations (both in dollars and in-kind) to other worker organizations in majority world countries (this would include organizing the gathering of used clothing in offices for donation to organizations in other countries for example); and
- To assist the CULE Convention Committee in the role of establishing linkages to worker/labour organizations in the host country and to co-ordinate the effort to bring various supplies to that country during the convention period.
June 21, National Aboriginal Day, is a day for all Canadians to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of Indigenous Peoples in Canada; past, present and future. There are three Aboriginal groups in Canada – the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
The federal government proclaimed June 21 as National Aboriginal Day in 1996 after consultations with Aboriginal groups across Canada. That date has held significance to Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples for several generations. In 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) had called for a National Aboriginal Solidarity Day to be commemorated on June 21. Thirteen years later, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended that a National First Peoples Day be observed. That same year, 1995, a national conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people – the Sacred Assembly – called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canada. National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed in 1996, by former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc.
The 94 Calls to Action from the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada reinforces the need for continued education, action and advocacy in the relationship between Aboriginal Peoples and Canada. All Canadians need to commit to reconciliation and to closing the gap in the quality of life between Aboriginal Peoples and Canadians. The time for Reconciliation is now!
The Canadian Union of Labour Employees, acknowledges the traditional territories of Aboriginal Peoples, where celebrations will be taking place on June 21. We will continue stand in solidarity with our Indigenous Sisters and Brothers from coast to coast to coast.