We had a busy weekend of training at our PSAC Atlantic Directly Chartered Local (DCL) conference, in St. John’s N.L. from May 13 to May 15!
Twenty-eight of our DCL members had the opportunity to learn about service agreements, health and safety, organizing, resolutions, and conventions. Participants welcomed Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour president, Mary Shortall, to speak and moderate a panel. On top of training workshops, the members had a chance to participate in a mock convention to prepare for the National Triennial Convention, as well as future conventions.
It was not all work though, the members took a bus tour to some local attractions, guided by our PSAC National President Chris Aylward! They saw Canada’s most eastern point, Cape Spear, the beautiful Petty Harbour, Quidi Vidi and the iconic Signal Hill. Members also had the opportunity to be “screeched in” by Chris, which involved bologna, jam-jam cookies and kissing a puffin.
For over two decades, the PSAC has been welcoming workers who work outside of the federal government family. These workers make up our DCLs, and we are fortunate to have them. They are a diverse group of workers; from the academic sector, casinos, women’s shelters, First Nations communities, commissionaires, and many other sectors across Canada. PSAC now has 70 DCLs, which represent 30,000 workers.
This conference could not have happened without the interest and participation of our DCL members, it could also not have happened without our amazing regional staff facilitators or without our wonderful administrators. A huge thank you to everyone! This weekend brought together the majority of our DCLs and helped this membership make connections and bonds that will last throughout their time with the PSAC.