2016 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference - Introduction

REGISTRATION DEADLINE (for both delegates and observers):
Friday, June 10, 2016 4:00 p.m. EST
RESOLUTIONS SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, June 10, 2016 4:00 p.m. EST
CONFERENCE DATES:
November 18 to 20, 2016
CONFERENCE LOCATION:
Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel, 1201 René-Lévesque Blvd., West, Montréal, Québec

Interpretation will be provided in English, French, Inuktitut

I am pleased to be sending you this Registration package for the 2016 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference, which will be held November 18 to 20, 2016 at Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel in Montréal, Québec under the theme “Shaping a new culture for our health and safety.”

I encourage you to personally inform the members of both Policy Health and Safety Committees and/or Workplace Health and Safety Committees, Health and Safety Representatives, and/or Health and Safety activists in your Local to ensure they are made aware of this conference. Bulletin boards may not always be accessible and additional outreach is very important.

Conference objectives

  • Provide information, research findings and tools to enable members to better understand the connections between emerging issues within workplace violence including domestic violence and how to respond in these situations.
  • Develop strategies that will enable workers to better identify and address psychosocial hazards in their workplaces.
  • Deliver an Introduction to the CSA National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety and provide an update on the implementation of the Standard by the National Joint Task Force on Mental Health.
  • Provide health and safety representatives and committee members with strategies to use their rights and effectively communicate with the employer to achieve timely resolution.
  • Enable health and safety representatives and committee members to know and effectively use the duties, responsibilities and rights given under the law to conduct inspections and investigations.
  • Increase participant’s awareness of environmental issues facing the membership including climate change and its impact on our workplaces and communities.
  • Network, brainstorm and share best practices with other labour activists within the PSAC community.

1. Delegates

PSAC members in good standing may apply to be a delegate to this Conference. Priority will be given to those union activists who are members of Policy Health and Safety Committees, Workplace Health and Safety Committees, Health and Safety Representatives for their workplaces, or their locals/branches. The selection of delegates will take into account union and health and safety activism, as well as representation (Region, Component, language, gender, youth and other equity group representation).

Delegates will be selected by their respective Regions and Components. The delegates will be entitled to full voice and vote during the conference, including the resolutions.

Funding for Delegates:

Delegate costs to the 2016 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference will be fully covered as per the 2003 PSAC Triennial Convention decision and PSAC Travel Directive. Costs covered are as follows:

  • travel costs, including ground transportation;
  • hotel accommodation costs at Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel;
  • loss of salary;
  • per diem for meals;
  • incidental costs;
  • the conference registration fee of $150;
  • child care as per the Family Care Policy;
  • costs related to accessibility requirements.

2. Observers

PSAC members in good standing may also attend the Conference as observers; however, observers will be responsible for all costs associated with their participation, including:

  • loss of salary and meals;
  • hotel and travel arrangements;
  • incidental costs;
  • the conference registration fee of $150;
  • any additional accessibility needs and childcare arrangements

(subject to meeting deadline requirements).

Please note that the number of observers will be limited to the space available at the Conference. They will have voice only during the discussion period after the panel presentations. They may attend workshops, if space permits, but we may not be able to accommodate their 1st option. Observers do not have the right to voice or vote during the resolutions debate.

3. Guests

Members of the PSAC National Board of Directors are eligible to attend the Conference as guests.

SELECTION OF DELEGATES AND OBSERVERS

If you are selected as a delegate to this conference, you will be advised by email by end of August 2016. Observers will be advised at a later date.

For further information or assistance:

  • Call (613) 560-5457. Leave a message and someone will get back to you within 24 working hours.
  • You may also contact Michelle Rossignol, Administrative Assistant by email at conferences@psac-afpc.com.
  • The fax number is (613) 236-9402.

We look forward to the upcoming 2016 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference and see it as an opportunity for our members to continue the important work of maintaining and improving the militancy and activism of the Union in the struggle to improve the health and safety and working conditions of all PSAC members.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

In Solidarity,

Bob Jackson
AEC Officer responsible for the 2016 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference

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May 9, 2016
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