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.
It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we advise you that Brother Larry Welsh has passed away following his courageous fight(s) with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peggy and all of Larry’s family and friends.
“Lar” was an active CULE member from the time he began his employment with the PSAC. He stepped his activism up a notch when he was first elected CULE Vice-President for Unit I. He was a member of the CULE Executive for over 20 years and only stepped down when he chose to retire. Just being on the CULE Executive wasn’t enough for Lar. He also sat on the CULE bargaining team for two rounds of bargaining.
Lar, you are pain free now, rest well Brother.
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 groups of Indigenous Peoples in Canada – the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
The federal government proclaimed June 21 as National Aboriginal Day in 1996 after consultations with Indigenous Peoples groups across Canada.
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 Indigenous Peoples and Canada. All Canadians need to commit to reconciliation and to closing the gap in the quality of life between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians. The time for Reconciliation is now!
The Canadian Union of Labour Employees, acknowledges the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples, where celebrations will be taking place on June 21. We will continue to stand in solidarity with our Indigenous Sisters and Brothers from coast to coast to coast.
We invite CULE Sisters and Brothers to take the challenge of reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) summary report starting June 21, 2016, National Aboriginal Day. You can pledge to accept this challenge here.
Also, a reminder of the following provisions in our Collective Agreement:
Social Justice Leave 21.23
At the request of an employee, up to a total of fourteen (14) hours with pay shall be granted as follows: (This leave is not subject to carry over or to being cashed out.)
a) to attend a recognized function sponsored by an organization other than the Employer during International Women’s Week;
b) for the purposes of celebrating National Aboriginal Day on June 21 to attend a recognized function sponsored by an organization other than the Employer; and
c) for the purpose of recognition and celebration of human rights to attend a recognized function related to human rights.
Download the full decision here.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly proclamation of March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date commemorates the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa in 1960. Although this was a turning point in modern race relations, the world continues to see the rise of racism in every corner of the earth. We must ask ourselves these questions: why does racism continue to persist in our communities, workplaces, schools and neighbourhoods? How do we become part of the solution to eliminate racism from our world, so that future generations can grow up in a hate-free society?
The Civil Rights Movement of past generations have fought hard for equality in society, such as Brother Cal Best and Viola Desmond to the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King among others. With the current American elections underway, the hate rhetoric against Muslims, Mexicans and refugees is frightening to hear. Here at home, Harper’s Conservatives were defeated in part due to their hate rhetoric against Muslims and refugees. While the new Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed Syrian refugees and promised to call an inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women, there is much, much more to be done.
Incidents of racial discrimination continue to rise. The recent protests in Toronto against police brutality as part of the Black Lives Matter movement were met with violence from local authorities, however it is young people’s courage and determination offer us inspiration and hope.
Our global society is well established in the 21st century and how we communicate our ideas, thoughts, and feelings are rapidly conveyed through social media tools. How do we control this information age where the internet and social media are the tools used to incite hatred and misinform citizens at lightning speed? We continue to see people killed based on race and class, we continue to see discrimination in the education system and workplaces based on race and class. As on-going terrorists’ attacks take place on a global stage, Islamophobia has hit an all-time high with attacks on ordinary Muslims citizens and others have become all too common place.
As part of the larger Canadian labour movement and progressive social justice movement, CULE looks at our own workplaces as manifestations of larger Canadian society. Our own workplaces are not immune to continued racial discrimination whether intentional or not. Rather than ignore or deny the existence of racism, we encourage our members to continue to speak out, challenge and take action against racism in their workplaces and larger society as workers of colour and as allies. CULE is proud of the anti-racism and anti-oppression work we have done but know that there is much more to do. We encourage our members to continue to network with allies and support each other as workers of colour and work towards healthy and safe working environments that are hate-free, inclusive, diverse and barrier-free.
In the famous words of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” CULE is committed to fighting all forms of racism and injustice within the workplace and the larger community and call on all CULE members to continue the fight to eliminate racism towards genuine equality, justice and peace.
The results are in for the election of the CULE Alternate Equity Director. Congratulations to Joan-Ann Gravesande who will hold this position for 2016-2018. Thank you to Deanna Kimball for putting her name forward and to all those who voted!
Hetty Alcuitas, CULE Equity Director – email@example.com
I am pleased to announce the result for the Member at Large Unit II election. Please welcome Sister Kellie Loshak from the Kingston RO on the CULE Executive. I can assure that Unit II issues will be fairly represented within CULE. I look forward to working with Sister Loshak on the Executive and on the Bargaining Team. Thank you for taking the time to vote! 28 ballots were received for 38 members = 74%
The elections for the bargaining team are now completed. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has put their names forward and wish to congratulate the team.
The results of the elections of the CULE bargaining team are as follows:
- Dolly Ablitt, CULE I
- Sean Glavine, CULE I
- Monika Duggal, CULE II
- Kellie Loshak, CULE II
- Hetty Alcuitas, Equity Representative
Two nominations have been received for the CULE Alternate Equity Director position 2016-1018. Please note only self-ID equity caucus members are eligible to vote.
CULE Alternate Equity Director nominees:
- Gravesande, Joan-Ann – nominated by Nancy MacLean & seconded by Monika Duggal
- Kimball, Deanna – nominated by Barb Fayant & seconded by Sean Glavine
Please return your ballot to:
PSAC Vancouver RO
200-5238 Joyce St., Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9
Attn: Hetty Alcuitas (Personal and Confidential)
Please use the double envelope system. Physical ballots must be received in order to be eligible prior to the deadline of end of business day on Monday, February 29, 2016. As usual, we will not accept faxed ballots or proxy votes.
Statements for the candidates will either be posted here or sent to equity caucus email addresses (as requested by the candidates). If you have not filled out a self-ID form, please download and submit the form here. Any questions, please contact Hetty Alcuitas, CULE Equity Director at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
As per section 5 C (iv) of the CULE Constitution, an alternate to the CULE Equity Director will be elected.
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.
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.