The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Office Closure

The National Office and the National Capital Regional Office are closed today and will reopen Tuesday September 25, 2018 at 8:00 am.

Location  Humani-T Cafe, Halifax, NS

Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

1)  Meeting was called to order at 4:45 pm by Jennifer Cantwell.


2)  Members in attendance:                 
Jenn Cantwell                      
Faye Cormier                       
James Carmichael                   
Lisa Hatcher     
Joan MacEachern

Regrets:
Susan Betournay
Karen MacIntyre
Heather Carr
Cheryl Morris
Angela Nabuurs
Sharon Winters        

3) Susan had provided a statement on our funds available.

4) Discussion of our AGM – time (month), venue and budget TB/finalized in early 2018.

5) Discussion with regards to a social event to get the membership out. A number of ideas were presented and it was agreed to confirm once quotes from venues were collected.

6) Roundtable:

All Departments – stewards have been approached by members with pay issues, stewards have helped and guided as much as possible

Service Canada – Similar workplace issues at multiple sites, including issues such as not enough bathrooms for employees (lineups for bathrooms), not enough kitchen/lunchroom spaces for employees on break/lunch times.

Also, Workplace 2.0 continues to pose challenges for employees, especially around noise levels.

VAC:

  1. Phoenix issues: not at the right pay scale and incorrect retro payments.  
  2. Security incidents not being reported to OSH committees as not considered OSH issues!   This contravenes Canada Labour Code. A meeting with the DG and stewards have been requested.  
  3. Deprofessionalization of work: having non-professionals performing health related adjudication, health professionals doing admin work (eg: writing their own adjudication letters) AND lack of consistent internal consultation, with an increase in external consultation with providers who have a financial conflict of interest

Minutes submitted by:  James Carmichael