It is a busy time to be a Union Activist. Since my last report our members have had their first taste of the Conservative Austerity Budget and are beginning to feel the affects.
February– Attended several Work Force Adjustment Information Sessions put on by the PSAC as well as my employer.
March– National Day of Action I was PSAC media spokesperson for the event held in Halifax on March 1st. March 29th. I attended the Halifax Budget Watch with my fellow activists and spoke on behalf of the PSAC.
April – On a high point, April 2nd I travelled to Miramichi on behalf of my component to participate in the New Employee Orientation for the Compensation Centre. Brother Charron, A/REVP
May– attended the PSAC National Triennial Convention as a delegate for my component. This was the first PSAC National Convention I attended and it was quite exciting and informative.
June – Other than supporting my affected members I attended my components Equity Committee meeting (of which I am a member). Brother Larry Rousseau and Sister Miriam Abou-Dib presented on the new structure of the National Human Rights Committee. After seeing this presentation and getting a better understanding of how this will work, I feel confident that the Regions will have a stronger voice and presence at this table.
July– in July over ¾ of the affected members in Dartmouth were given notice that they were not being offered Reasonable Job Offers and are now considered opting employees.
August– in August I managed to take a little vacation, however I received calls from the employer advising the final members at Dartmouth Print Production Centre were given notice that they are now opting employees. Also in August I attended and participated in Component meetings in Quebec City. Sister Robyn Benson addressed attendees and there was a PSAC Quebec Region Rally with the banner Stephen Harper nous Detest being flown across the sky.
September– September I attended the Labour Day BBQ – unfortunately I was not able to participate in the Parade however I did “woman” the PSAC Booth and talk with a lot of members of the public on our We are
There were several teleconferences of the Atlantic Council over this time period, some I was able to participate in, some I was not. As you all have seen these are busy times to be a Leader in the Union Movement. There is a lot to do, and a lot still to be done. We must be vocal, be visible, We are
In Solidarity and Respectfully Submitted,
Lori Walton, PSAC Atlantic Director (NS)