BC/Yukon - 75th - 2018 Draft Minutes
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
74th BRITISH COLUMBIA / YUKON REGIONAL COUNCIL MEETING
M I N U T E S
Friday, June 1, 2018 and
Saturday, June 2, 2018
74th BRITISH COLUMBIA / YUKON REGIONAL COUNCIL MEETING
Hilton Whistler, June 1 and 2, 2018
Robert MacDonald SP Regional Director
Ken Antao AFS Regional Executive
Carl Cahoon CS Regional Executive
Pierre Charpentier CS Regional Executive
Karen Hall SP Regional Executive
Peter MacDougall AFS Regional Executive
Philip Mantler AFS Regional Executive
Adele McLean SH Regional Executive
Siddiq Ansari SP-RETIRED Vancouver
Giselle Bramwell SP Vancouver
Simon Cowell SP Vancouver
Eric Crawford SP Vancouver
Rahul Hampaul NR Vancouver
Danny Higashitani NR Vancouver
Geoff Kendell NR Vancouver
Kathy Kerr SP Vancouver
Wes Kurokawa CS Vancouver
Jean Laberge AV Vancouver
Behzad Mehrabadi NR Vancouver
Ted Molyneux NR Vancouver
Terry Peters CFIA-S+A-RETIRED Vancouver
Tim Powers SP-RETIRED Vancouver
Philip Tam NR Vancouver
Jason Brown AFS Vancouver CRA
Simon Chiu AFS Vancouver CRA
Mohan Grewal AFS Vancouver CRA
Dean Kelava AFS Vancouver CRA
Michael Kreuzkamp AFS Vancouver CRA
Lauren Kunimoto AFS Vancouver CRA
Kelly Plato AFS Vancouver CRA
Kal Sahota AFS Vancouver CRA
Mona Sidhu AFS Vancouver CRA
Ingrid Tan AFS Vancouver CRA
Efrain Andia Rodriguez CS Victoria
Morgan Cranny SP Victoria
Curtis Hamilton CS Victoria
Linh Ho CS Victoria
Alfred Lyon AV-RETIRED Victoria
Carmen So SH Victoria
Shauna Starr SH Victoria
Peter Wills NR Victoria
Philip Choo AFS Victoria CRA
Tamas Lipcsey CS North-Central Vancouver Island
Jennifer Mollins AV North-Central Vancouver Island
William Woolverton SP-RETIRED North-Central Vancouver Island
Andrea Cameron CS Fraser Valley
Todd Kabaluk SP Fraser Valley
Fiona Wong SP Fraser Valley Designate
Jose Jimenez AFS Okanagan
Zoran Ljusic NRC-RO-RCO Okanagan
Gail Swintak CS Okanagan
Cynthia Denman AFS Northern BC
Joe Bradley AV Yukon
Mike Pare YHC Yukon
Chair Richard Barkwill AFS Okanagan
Parliamentarian Dan Jones AFS Vancouver CRA
Guests Steve Hindle Vice-President, PIPSC
Mark Thompson Prof. Emeritus, UBC
Kiavash Najafi Director, Policy and Communications, PIPSC
Observer Shirley Friesen Vice-President, PIPSC
Ernie McLean Regional Representative
Cynthia Pang Office Administrator/Recording Secretary
Friday, June 1, 2018
1. Welcome and Introduction of the Chair of the Regional Council
The 74th BC/Yukon Regional Council meeting began at 14:02. Regional Director Robert MacDonald welcomed delegates to this year’s Council.
Chair Richard Barkwill introduced members of the Regional Executive and Vice-President Steve Hindle, Vice-President Shirley Friesen, Mark Thompson, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Relations, UBC and Kiavash Najafi, PIPSC Director of Policy and Communications.
3. Equity Statement
Adele McLean read a statement on equity encompassing the principle that all union members are equal and deserve mutual respect.
4. Whistler Community Services
Executive Director Jackie Dickinson spoke of the work of the Whistler Community Services Society, through programs and services that support social sustainability in Whistler. This is done through their food bank program, as well as services which include mental health support, subsidized counselling assistance and access to free legal support.
Adele McLean announced that $514 was collected for Whistler Community Services Society. In recognition of our generous contribution, a plaque will be placed in their new building acknowledging the contribution of the BC/Yukon region of PIPSC.
5. Keynote by Dr. Mark Thompson, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Relations, Sauder School of Business, UBC
Dr. Thompson delivered a very informative talk about labour in British Columbia, past, present and future.
6. Panel “Challenges Facing Labour – A Discussion”
A panel discussion was comprised of the Director of Policy and Communications Kiavash Najafi, Regional Manager Ernie McLean, Vice-President Steve Hindle and UBC Professor Emeritus of Industrial Relations Mark Thompson, and moderated by Regional Director Robert MacDonald.
7. Communications – Kiavash Najafi, Director, Policy and Communications
Kiavash Najafi talked about how PIPSC needs to leverage our competitive advantage and as a collective of professionals, genuinely believes that we are Better Together. In this pivotal time of facing unique challenges and opportunities, we need to be strategic in responding to these challenges and building capacity for empowering our members. A digital strategist was hired to focus on improving our email offerings. A short exercise showed the importance of an email subject line.
The Regional Council adjourned at 17:42 on June 1, 2018.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
8. Call to Order
The Chair reconvened the 74th Regional Council at 9:02.
9. PIPSC 2018 Update – Guest Speaker Vice-President Steve Hindle
Vice-President Hindle outlined current events taking place at the Institute. Of the 60,000 members, some of the largest groups include computer systems members at 31% and scientists at 24%. President Daviau continues to focus on government relations, by speaking to Members of Parliament and trying to have influence outside of formal channels where she can put forth ideas and stress the value that our members bring to the employer. Phoenix continues to be a major issue of concern. The addition and integration of over 1,300 RCMP civilian members to PIPSC is still ongoing.
10. Adoption of Agenda
m/s Pierre Charpentier/Morgan Cranny
THAT the agenda be approved.
11. Adoption of Minutes from 2017 BC/Yukon Regional Council
m/s William Woolverton/Karen Hall
THAT the minutes of the 2017 BC/Yukon Regional Council be approved.
12. Business Arising from 2017 BC/Yukon Regional Council
At last year’s Council, there was a resolution passed to undertake a study to examine the benefits of joining the BC Federation of Labour and the Yukon Federation of Labour. Regional Director MacDonald advised that the commitment to look into this issue is ongoing, and a report and/or motion will be in next year’s Regional Council package.
13. WebEx – Finance Committee Report
Adele McLean, BC/Yukon member on the Finance Committee presented the Finance Committee Report, with the assistance of Dennis Britt, Director, Finance and Corporate Services and Del Dickson, Chair and Friend of the Committee via WebEx.
14. Debate on Resolutions
a) BC/Yukon Region By-Law Amendment – Addition of Youth Representative to Regional Executive
m/s Karen Hall/Jose Jimenez
WHEREAS the Regional Executive is meant to represent the members’ interests in the region and is intended to represent all demographics in the region; and
WHEREAS it has been noted that PIPSC as a whole is trying to engage and solicit input from the younger membership (currently defined as members under the age of 40);
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the BC Yukon Region add an additional member to the Regional Executive as a dedicated Youth Representative; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, to add this position, the by-laws for the region be amended as follows:
m/s Giselle Bramwell/Bill Woolverton
THAT the Regional Executive be increased by one (1) member, from seven (7) members to eight (8) members, plus the Regional Director.
15. Regional Director’s Report
Communication and being externally focused is critical in advancing our cause and our collective bargaining. The Executive Compensation Committee, which Robert MacDonald chairs, completed a three-year evidence based approach considered best practice in the industry on how our Institute executives are compensated. It is a sound system that takes the politics out of how we pay our senior elected officials and excluded staff. Working with the Science Advisory Committee, Robert MacDonald is encouraged by their motivation to advance scientific issues, including Scientific Integrity, which will be used going into the next federal election. As a member of the Board of Directors, he has been asked to look at model governance for the Institute, and has presented a report on the authority of the Executive Committee.
Within the region, the focus has been to advance a very progressive and inclusive approach, by working closely with staff to produce a series of very successful events. We introduced ED Talks, which stands for education and development, the panel challenge of the EROs and working continually on engagement with our Better Together stewards at the Steward Council. Reviews of our Steward Council has been high, as they have been for the last several years. Although overall numbers have decreased as a result of steward resignations, participation is approximately 50 percent of our total stewards coming to our Steward Councils. To build capacity, one of the goals of the Regional Executive is outreach, starting with Agassiz on March 15, 2018. Future events are planned for June in Kamloops and Prince Rupert. Focus is also on our separate employers, including the Yukon Hospital Corporation, BC First Nations Health Authority and Destination Canada.
Robert MacDonald acknowledged the support and efforts of the Regional Office. Thanks were also extended to the Regional Executive for their commitment. We need to continue to convince people about the importance of public professionals and the public service.
m/s Mona Sidhu/Karen Hall
THAT the Regional Director’s Report be received.
16. BC/Yukon Treasurer’s Report
Peter MacDougall presented the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2017 and the budget for the year ending December 31, 2019.
m/s Mona Sidhu/Robert MacDonald
THAT the Financial Statements for the Year Ending December 31, 2017 be received as presented.
m/s Lauren Kunimoto/Pierre Charpentier
THAT the Budget ending December 31, 2019 be approved.
17. Regional Office Report
Ernie McLean advised that since last June, he has been taking care of both the Prairie/Northwest Territories Region and the BC/Yukon Region offices. It is still a critical time within PIPSC. We are carrying larger workloads and the dominant issues are Phoenix and workforce adjustment. Demands of the team goes up when preparing and presenting training and lunch and learns. When Employment Relations Officer Simon Cott returned from leave, we were able to retain ERO John Ehinger, so we are currently at four EROs. At Steward Council, we implemented one hour workshops, to give people education and then get them up and moving around. This format was received very positively, so we will continue for the next Council. As workloads increase, we must all continue to support one another and work together in mutual respect.
m/s Robert MacDonald/Carl Cahoon
THAT the Regional Office report be received.
18. Standing Committee Reports
a) By-Laws and Policies Committee Report
Dan Jones reported that the committee is performing a full review of all constituent by-laws to bring them in line with current by-laws. Institute policies are also being streamlined.
b) Elections Committee Report
The main focus of the committee is the 2018 PIPSC national elections. Jean Laberge welcomed suggestions on how to increase member participation in the voting process.
c) Finance Committee Report
The report was presented earlier by Adele McLean. (see 13.)
d) Human Rights in the Workplace Committee Report
The report was on the virtual binder.
e) Information Technology Services and Projects Committee
The report was on the virtual binder.
f) Professional Recognition and Qualifications Committee Report
Former committee member Philip Mantler advised that there is no current BC/Yukon representative on this year’s committee. The committee continues to push for inclusion of professional integrity on collective agreements.
g) Science Advisory Committee Report
Karen Hall advised that this is a dynamic committee, with gender parity and diversity. They continue to focus on numerous issues including Scientific Integrity and Women in Science.
h) Training and Education Committee
The committee continues to focus on the long range work of stewards. A lunch and learn on pensions is expected be rolled out soon. Peter MacDougall advised that there are funds available for regional lunch and learns.
m/s Philip Mantler/Michael Kreuzkamp
THAT the Standing Committee reports be accepted as received.
19. Process for the Selection of AGM Delegates
Robert MacDonald advised that the BC/Yukon region is allocated fourteen (14) delegates based on the formula of one delegate per 289.5 members. As most of our branches do not have 289.5 members, they are bumped up to ensure that each branch has at least one delegate and the larger branches lose a small percentage in each of those cases. This allocation has been done for the last several years.
m/s Carl Cahoon/Karen Hall
THAT the allocation for the 2018 National AGM be approved as tabled.
20. Regional Reports
a) Training Committee Report
Peter MacDougall referred the assembly to the national Training and Education Committee report.
b) Awards Committee Report
The recipients in 2017 were Karen Hall, Executive of the Year and Efrain Andia-Rodriguez, Steward of the Year. The deadline for submissions for 2018 for both awards has been extended to June 29, 2018.
c) Legacy Foundation
Ken Antao advised that the Legacy Foundation has awarded $770,000 to 376 students. Our region was awarded the Legacy Cup at the 2016 AGM. Let’s continue to show BC/Yukon pride by bringing the cup back to BC/Yukon in 2018.
m/s Simon Cowell/Pierre Charpentier
THAT the Regional reports be accepted as received.
21. Branch Reports
a) Fraser Valley
Branch secretary Andrea Cameron advised they have had their AGM, and will focus on attracting new members.
m/s Jennifer Mollins/Tamas Lipcsey
THAT the Fraser Valley Branch report be accepted as received.
b) North –Central Vancouver Island
President Carl Cahoon advised that the report was submitted in the virtual binder.
c) Northern BC
President Peter MacDougall advised that they try to meet members in the field when they are travelling for the employer.
The Okanagan branch covers 29 cities from Osoyoos to Invermere. President Ken Antao advised that member outreach took place in White Lake, with further outreach scheduled for Kamloops.
The Vancouver Branch executive works towards three strategic goals: increasing member engagement, union partnership and community outreach. President Ted Molyneux reported that the branch will attempt to reach members who work outside of the downtown core.
President Adele McLean looks for new ways to engage their membership. They had a contest to develop a new logo for the branch.
g) Victoria CRA
The Branch executive recognized the need for succession planning and targeted some younger members. President Phil Choo advised that this proved to be successful, as six new stewards have recently been recruited, with two signing up as executive members.
President Daviau and Regional Director MacDonald attended the joint Branch/YHC Group AGM in November 2017, as well as a meet and greet at the hospital. President Mike Pare advised that both events were very well received.
m/s Morgan Cranny/Bill Woolverton
THAT the branch reports on the virtual binder be accepted as received.
i) Vancouver CRA
President Kal Sahota reported that member engagement is quite high. All events that have taken place have been fully subscribed, including the AGM, with 150 members attending.
m/s Michael Kreuzkamp/Lauren Kunimoto
THAT the branch report be accepted as received.
22. New Business
Ken Antao announced that Karen Hall and Giselle Bramwell are the winners of the $100 dinner gift cards.
23. Closing Remarks
Regional Director Robert MacDonald acknowledged the benefit of getting together at Council and having lively debate. The goal of working together and advancing the cause of all of our members is important for all of us to remember.
A heartfelt appreciation and congratulations was extended to all the delegates for their generous donations to both Whistler Community Services and the Legacy Cup. This generosity goes a long way with the charities that we choose to help and the positive image that we need to keep projecting out in the communities where we hold our events.
Thanks were extended to the Regional Executive, the Regional Office staff, Parliamentarian Dan Jones, Chair Richard Barkwell, as well as Vice-President Steve Hindle.
m/s Peter MacDougall/Pierre Charpentier
THAT the 2018 Regional Council be adjourned.
The 74th Regional Council adjourned at 15:31 on June 2, 2018.