Registration deadline (for both delegates and observers): Friday, June 7th, 2019 4:00 p.m. EST
Conference dates: November 29 - December 1, 2019
Conference location: Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, Montréal, Québec
Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted
Please ensure that you answer all the questions on the registration form to avoid any delay in processing your application.
PSAC members who belong to the following groups are invited to self-identify. This information is kept confidential and will be used for the purposes of supporting our equity initiatives and programs. Please check all that apply.
Participants will take part in a workshop during the conference.
The primary objective of the workshops is to develop the Union’s agenda, including various strategies in regards to the issues being discussed. Participants will be encouraged to share with the group their particular experiences and knowledge.
Please indicate your order of preference for the different workshops by marking the number of your preference in the box beside the description of the workshop:
1- first choice, 2-second choice, etc.
Please note that
This workshop will deal with the role of a health and safety representative or an employee member on a joint health and safety committee in workplace inspections and investigations. The fundamental “Right to Participate” as well as the “Right to Refuse” dangerous work will be explored using case studies (e.g. asbestos) which emphasize the importance of worker involvement in workplace investigations. The role of government inspectors, and involvement by outside parties who may have technical expertise, will be discussed. Participants will also discuss strategies for documenting health and safety concerns, making recommendations, ways to effectively communicate with the employer and share their experiences on workplace investigations and the right to refuse situations.
As employers pull back resources, they expect workers to do more with less. This workshop will discuss how we can mobilize and try to change a workplace culture that ignores the damaging impact of excessive stress and unreasonable workloads. Participants will discuss the cause and effects of overwork, and strategies to overcome the ever increasing workload that is not just impacting our health at work, but the relationship we have outside of work.
This workshop will provide an overview of the expanding concept of workplace violence (physical violence, psychological violence, bullying, harassment and domestic violence). Strategies to respond to situations involving violence in their workplaces, new recourses, differences and similarities between jurisdictions will be discussed. Participants will explore what local unions can do to protect members from and assist members affected by all forms of violence.
Delegates will participate in a focus group that explores timely issues including impairment at work, cannabis, opiates, medical use, medical monitoring. Participants will be able to respond to these issues as they arise in the workplace (e.g. employer policies and practices), as well as, how health and safety protections intersect with human rights and privacy rights.
The PSAC strives to ensure that PSAC events are barrier-free for our members with disabilities. Once selected, members may be required to further specify their accommodation needs in order to facilitate their participation at these conferences. A separate form may be sent to selected participants who have identified as members with disabilities requiring accommodation.
The PSAC has reserved a block of rooms at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, Montréal, Québec. This hotel is unionized and accessible. Please note that the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel is a 100% smoke-free environment.
For Delegate applications only:
You may be required to provide relevant medical documentation that will assist us to respond to your request. This information will not be disclosed except where necessary to respond to your request for accommodation.
The objective of the PSAC Family Care Policy is to remove one of the barriers which prevents members from participating fully in Union activities and which provides for the reimbursement of family care expenses.
On-site child care is provided only for those who could not otherwise attend, had the service not been available.
We will follow-up for additional information and to confirm service.
To ensure that the conference responds to the needs of our members, we invite you to respond to the following questions:
11. As a delegate to this Conference, could you please tell us how this experience would lead to Union action in your workplace, your Local and in your Component nationally?