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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 Update: Day 2 PSAC National Convention

April 30th, 2018
Each day we’ll bring you musings, quotes, and other tidbits we gather at the 2018 PSAC National Triennial Convention
Day 2: 2018 PSAC National Triennial Convention Opening

Present CULE Executive Member observers:
James Little, BC Director
Joan-Ann Gravesande, Ontario Director
Nancy Johnson, Secretary
Anna Goguen, Atlantic Director Alternate
Josh Paddon, North Director
Kellie Loshak, VP Unit 2
Rebecca Thompson, VP Unit 1
MaryAnne Laurico, President

This morning, we sat at the front of the observer section to ensure CULE was visible when the members debated the budget.

We heard from Hassan Yussuf, President of the Canadian Labour Congress: “Your Union, PSAC….my Union now too [….] UNIFOR disaffiliated from the congress – it was a terrible decision and I still think it’s a terrible decision. You need to sit in the house of labour and debate it, work on it, to try and solve it. You don’t leave the house of labour. [….] I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family, it’s been a privilege.”

In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to see a presentation about the missing and murdered indigenous crisis in our country. We also heard from Senator Murray Sinclair about the legacy of Residential Schools and the future of Reconciliation: “Reconciliation is about Respect. It requires an understanding of the truth…and a commitment to change.” He left us with a powerful video from Aaron Peters called, “A Perfect Crime.”

Chris Aylward provided a comprehensive budget presentation, which was unanimously recommended by the finance committee to Convention.

The current PSAC portion of dues is 0.9739%.
The proposed budget asks for 0.9405%.

While there were many referrals with instruction to amend the budget, the floor only sent one back – one on increasing the Young Worker budget line item.

Among the referrals back to committee that were defeated by the floor were one that would have seen an increase of $200,000 from the organizing line item to be moved to staffing, another one that asked for an increase to the staffing and benefits line item by 2%, and yet another for an increase of 1.5% to the staffing and benefits line item (to total 10.5%). These motions were largely moved and supported by DCLs, but were overwhelmingly defeated by Component delegates.

The chair allowed the question to be called to end referrals. The floor passed it. The Finance Committee will return tomorrow.

The chair adjourned early.

Your CULE Executive observers to PSAC National Convention will be meeting the UNIFOR 2025 Executive this evening for dinner.
We are wishing you a safe and happy eve before May Day. Solidarity Always!

CULE Update: Day 1 PSAC National Convention

April 30th, 2018

Each day we’ll bring you musings, quotes, and other tidbits we gather at the 2018 PSAC National Triennial Convention

CULE Executive Member observers to PSAC National Triennial Convention:
Nancy Johnson, Secretary
Anna Goguen, Atlantic Director Alternate
James Little, BC Director
Joan-Ann Gravesande, Ontario Director
Josh Paddon, North Director
Kellie Loshak, VP Unit 2
Rebecca Thompson, VP Unit 1
MaryAnne Laurico, President

Present CULE Executive Member observers Day 1:
Nancy Johnson, Secretary
Anna Goguen, Atlantic Director Alternate
Josh Paddon, North Director
Kellie Loshak, VP Unit 2
Rebecca Thompson, VP Unit 1
MaryAnne Laurico, President

*correction* The credentials committee reported 491 delegates, 26 guests, and 189 observers for a total of 706.

*correction* During the honor call, some staff were mentioned, but others were not, like Larry Welsh, Judy Shannon, and Sheila Gagnon to name a few.

Quotes from the opening:
“And when we come to a place where we don’t know where to go or we don’t know what to do immediately all we need to do is be still for a moment and listen for that voice that comes. And that is our inspiration.” – Elder, Frank Miller, indigenous opening of greetings, love, and respect.

“Solidarity is about taking what we have and sharing with others that don’t. Solidarity is a long journey.” – John Cartright, President, Toronto District Labour Council

“Workers are better off today because of a united labour movement fighting on behalf of workers. We know that we’re stronger when we’re together. We know that we have to continue to press and continue to build.” – Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour

“And I hope you will join me in acknowledging and thanking our staff for all the work that they have done leading up to this convention, and going to be doing between now and Friday, and after convention to implement all of our decisions.” – Robyn Benson, President, PSAC

To staff: “You are the best in our movement. You know your stuff and you’re loyal to the members through and through. I will forever be grateful for your support and your contributions throughout my years as PSAC leader.” Robyn Benson, President, PSAC

CULE Executive Member observers will be meeting for dinner with UNIFOR 2025 Executive Member observers on Monday, April 30th. On Wednesday, UNIFOR 2025 will also be hosting a social event for all staff at Convention.

CULE Solidarity Fund – Call for Project Proposals for 2018

February 2nd, 2018

The CULE Solidarity Fund is open for project proposals for 2018.

While we try to reduce barriers for possible proposals we strongly encourage applicants to review our mandate and terms of reference in advance to ensure the proposal falls within the scope of the Fund and can be considered. Also, while most of our Solidarity work is with partners outside of Canada, please note that we do allot a portion of our fund to Aboriginal initiatives inside of Canada.

For easy reference please check here for our mandate, terms of reference, and how to apply – http://cule.ca/fund-mandate/

The CULE Solidarity Committee commits to reviewing requests to discuss proposals and make recommendations to the CULE Executive. Requests are reviewed quarterly, with deadlines normally around the month-end of February, May, August, and November.

If the applicant is being recommended and/or supported by a CULE member, please include this information in your application. This is not a requirement for proposals to be considered.

CULE Solidarity Fund projects from recent years included support to volunteer union organizers in the Philippines, a contribution towards the rebuilding of a day care centre in the Philippines that also acts as a community centre for people’s organizations, and a contribution towards the Circle of Life Thunderbird House, which is the Spiritual Hub for all Elders, Healers, Teachers, Helpers in the Indigenous community in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

We look forward to continuing past solidarity partnerships and/or creating new ones this year!

In Solidarity,

CULE Solidarity Committee

Protected: Adopt an Organizer Report Jan 2018

February 2nd, 2018
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Protected: CULE Solidarity Committee Meeting Minutes Dec 2017

February 2nd, 2018
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2018 Convention Registration Form, Callout, and Self ID Form

January 3rd, 2018

Please find below the registration form, callout, and self ID form.

More details will be posted shortly.

3rd CULE Convention registration form Dec 5 2017

invitation to CULE convention

self id form

2018 CULE Convention

December 31st, 2017

*Please note, the deadline to register for the 2018 CULE Convention has been extended to January 15th, 2018*

The deadline to submit resolutions is February 9th, 2018. Please submit resolutions to:

convention@cule.ca

 

CULE Executive 2018-2020 and Contact Information

December 31st, 2017

President, MaryAnne Laurico, Kingston, ON, email: president@cule.ca

Vice President Unit 1, Rebecca Thompson, Yellowknife, NWT, email: vp1@cule.ca

Vice President Unit 2, Kellie Loshak, Kingston, ON, email: vp2@cule.ca

Treasurer, Sandra Goodick, Thunder Bay, ON, email: treasurer@cule.ca

Secretary, Nancy Johnson, email: secretary@cule.ca

Director, Equity, Hetty Alcuitas, Vancouver, BC, email: equity@cule.ca

Director, Atlantic Region, Corina Harding, St. John’s, NFLD, email: atlantic@cule.ca

Director, National Capital Region, Raphaëlle Valay-Nadeau, Ottawa, ON, email: ncr@cule.ca

Director, Ontario Region, Joan Ann Gravesande, Toronto, ON, email: ontario@cule.ca

Director, Prairie Region, Dolly Ablitt, Calgary, AB, email: prairies@cule.ca

Director, British Columbia Region, James Little, Vancouver, BC, email: bc@cule.ca

Director, North Region, Joshua Paddon, Whitehorse, YT, email: north@cule.ca

CULE International Solidarity Committee c/o Monica Urrutia, email: solidarity@cule.ca

For questions or comments regarding the website: web@cule.ca

 

Message from Kellie Loshak

November 14th, 2017

Please see the attached .pdf.

CULE Executive Elections

November 7th, 2017

Sisters and Brothers / Consoeurs et Confrères,

I would like to congratulate the following CULE members who will now be on the next CULE executive as of January 1, 2018:

J’aimerais féliciter les membres de l’UCES qui vont former le prochain exécutif à partir du 1er janvier 2018:

  • President – MaryAnne Laurico, présidente
  • Vice-President CULE I – Rebecca Thompson, vice-présidente Unité I
  • Treasurer – Sandra Goodick, trésorière
  • Secretary – Nancy Johnson, secrétaire
  • Equity Director – Hetty Alcuitas, directrice du groupe d’équité
  • B.C. Director – James Little, directeur région de la CB
  • Prairies Director – Dolly Ablitt, directrice région des Prairies
  • NCR Director – Raphaëlle Valay-Nadeau, directrice de la RCN
  • Atlantic Director – Corina Harding, directrice région de l’Atlantique

We will be having elections for the following positions with the following candidates:
Nous aurons des élections pour les postes suivants: