Annual General Meeting

Agriculture Union – Local 20044
January 31, 2019

32720 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford, BC

Resolutions:
i) Motion: To change the monthly dues amount from a fixed dollar amount ($3) to a fixed percentage (0.0008%). Should
a surplus arise from this change, the surplus amount will be allocated to the contingency fund and the dues amount will
be re-evaluated at the next annual meeting.
Rationale: A percentage based dues amount allows the Local dues to increase slightly when our salaries increase, which
will assist in keeping up with inflation. Any budgetary surplus resulting from higher salary classifications contributing
slightly more than previously will assist in the bringing the contingency fund back to ideal operating levels after several
years of deficits.

By-Law Amendments:
i) Motion: Replace the title “Chief Shop Steward” with “Lead Shop Steward” in all instances of the by-laws where it
appears.
Rationale: To respect the importance and historical significance of the role of Chief in Indigenous communities.

ii) By-Law #6 – National Executive
1. The National Council and National Executive shall be composed as required by the Constitution of the Public
Service Alliance of Canada.
Motion: Remove this entire by-law
Rationale: The National Council and Executive are outside of the scope of the local. This has no bearing on our local and
so should not be in our by-laws.

iii) By-Law #7 – Form of Organization
5. The Executive of this Local shall consist of the President, 1 st Vice-President, 2 nd Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Chief Shop Steward and Health and Safety Officer. By the decision of the annual meeting, after notice has been sent out
with the notification of this meeting, additional officers may be added to this Executive.
Motion: To add the additional text below.
5. The Executive of this Local shall consist of the President, 1 st Vice-President, 2 nd Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Lead Shop Steward North, Lead Shop Steward South, and Health and Safety Officer. By the decision of the annual
meeting, after notice has been sent out with the notification of the meeting, additional officers may be added to this
Executive.
Rationale: The geographic area of the Local is expansive. It is difficult for one individual to fully support all areas of the
Local.

iv) By-Law #8 – Duties of Officers
Chief Shop Steward
1. The Chief Shop Steward shall interpret and enforce all collective agreements between the P.S.A.C. and the Treasury
Board affecting this Local’s members.
2. Shall be responsible for all grievance procedures embarked upon by members of this Local.
3. Shall be responsible for the goods and welfare of all members in their dealings with management.
4. Shall organize and meet with all shop stewards of this Local at regular intervals.
5. Shall be the officer through which all other shop stewards will report.
6. Shall be official spokesman on behalf of the Local in all dealings with employee-management matters.
Motion: To split the Chief Shop Steward position into two geographically representative positions.
Lead Shop Steward North
1. The Lead Shop Steward North shall interpret and enforce all collective agreements between the P.S.A.C. and the
Employer affecting this Local’s members that work in Delta, Richmond, Tsawwassen, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam,
Port Moody, New Westminster, Burnaby, Vancouver, and encompassing areas.
2. Shall work closely with the Lead Shop Steward South in all matters to ensure consistency in the delivery of the Lead
Shop Steward roles.
3. Shall be responsible for all grievance procedures embarked upon by members of this Local.
4. Shall be responsible for the goods and welfare of all members in their dealings with management.
5. Shall organize and meet with all shop stewards of this Local at regular intervals.
6. Shall be the officer through which all other shop stewards will report.
7. Shall be official spokesman on behalf of the Local in all dealings with employee-management matters.
Lead Shop Steward South
1. The Lead Shop Steward South shall interpret and enforce all collective agreements between the P.S.A.C. and the
Employer affecting this Local’s members that work in Langley, Surrey, White Rock, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford,
Mission, Chilliwack, and encompassing areas.
2. Shall work closely with the Lead Shop Steward North in all matters to ensure consistency in the delivery of the Lead
Shop Steward roles.
3. Shall be responsible for all grievance procedures embarked upon by members of this Local.
4. Shall be responsible for the goods and welfare of all members in their dealings with management.
5. Shall organize and meet with all shop stewards of this Local at regular intervals.
6. Shall be the officer through which all other shop stewards will report.
7. Shall be official spokesman on behalf of the Local in all dealings with employee-management matters.
Rationale: The geographic area of the local is expansive. It is difficult for one individual to fully support all areas of the
local.

v) By-Law #11 – Finances
4. This local shall pay an honorarium to the Secretary and Treasurer, the amount to be set by membership in the budget.
An expense account not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100) shall be available to the President during the fiscal year.
Motion: To remove this entire sub-section and replace with the sub-sections below. This will result in a dues increase of
$2.80 per member per month, or 0.0007% if we change to percentage-based dues.
4. The local shall cover the loss of salary and travel expenses for the Chief Shop Steward(s) to a maximum of fifteen
working hours per quarter, which must be used in the quarter or lost, in an amount not to exceed $4,000 per annum.
The expenses claimed must be pre-approved by the Local Executive and must be used for completing the duties of the
Chief Shop Steward role within the local. A written report for all expenses must be submitted to the Local Executive and
recorded in the minutes quarterly.
5. The local shall cover the loss of salary and travel expenses for the President to a maximum of one working day per
month, which must be used in the month or lost, in an amount not to exceed $5,000 per annum. This expense may be
transferred or split with other local officer positions at the discretion of the President in order to ensure all Local Officers
can complete their assigned duties. The expenses claimed must be pre-approved by the Local Executive and must be
used for completing the duties of the President or assigned officer role within the local. A written report for all expenses
must be submitted to the Local Executive and recorded in the minutes quarterly.
Rationale: Allows the Chief Shop Steward and President more opportunity to reach out to the membership and fully
complete their roles during key business hours. Reports must be submitted for transparency to all Local members.

vi) By-Law #15 – General
1. Subject matter shall be maintained for periods established by the National Executive.
Motion: Remove this sub-section
Rationale: This sub-section has no context and offers no substance to the by-laws.

Annual General Meeting

January 31, 2019

32720 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford, BC

Agenda
6:00 Call meeting to order
6:05 Adopt the agenda (Motion)
6:08 Adopt the meeting minutes from January 12, 2018 (Motion)
6:10 Business arising from the minutes
6:15 President’s report – Sky Belt (Motion)
6:30 Treasurer’s Report and Year End Financial Statements – Victoria Ye (Motion)
6:45 Proposed 2019 Budget (Motion)
6:50 Contingency Fund Committee – update
6:55 Resolutions
7:10 By-Law Amendment Proposals
7:55 Executive Committee Elections

1. President
2. 1 st Vice President
3. 2 nd Vice President
4. Chief Shop Steward / Lead Shop Steward North and South
5. Health and Safety Officer

8:25 Delegate Nominations (if current incumbent steps down or is vacant)

1. District Labour Councils:
Vancouver
(west of Boundary Road, south to the Fraser River, including Lulu Island, Sea Island, Vancouver, North
Vancouver, the Corporation of the District of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver)
1 st delegate – Todd Smith
2 nd delegate – Victoria Ye
Alternate – Terri Lee
New Westminster
(all areas bordered by Boundary Road, separating Vancouver and Burnaby, and Indian Arm on the west;
then east from the northern tip of Indian Arm to the border between Maple Ridge and Mission; then
south along the border between Langley and Abbotsford to the Canada-U.S. border; then west to the
Gulf of Georgia and north to the South Arm of the Fraser River; then along the south arm of the Fraser
River to the Richmond-New Westminster border and finally north along that border to the North Arm of
the Fraser River)
1 st delegate – Sky Belt
2 nd delegate – Jonathan Goodman
Alternate – VACANT
Fraser Valley
1 st delegate – Antony Paller
2 nd delegate – Lori Anglin
Alternate – Ganga Malla
2. Area Councils:
Vancouver
(New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Vancouver, North Vancouver,
West Vancouver, Squamish and Richmond)
1 st delegate – Donna Odne
2 nd delegate – Chantal Seguin
Alternate – Christel Sidoti
West Fraser Valley
(Surrey, Delta, Langley, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge)
1 st delegate – Joyce Qadir
2 nd delegate – Lori Anglin
Alternate – Ming Chuah
East Fraser Valley
(Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Aldergrove to Hope, Mission to Agassiz)
1 st delegate – Antony Paller
2 nd delegate – Ganga Malla
Alternate – VACANT

8:40 Closing Remarks
8:45 Adjourn Meeting
8:50 Swearing in of newly elected Executive Committee

5 Minute Rally

 

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2018 Budget: Gov’t cancels Phoenix.

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Come to the 5 minute rally:

Front Doors 4321 Still Creek

11:30 Wednesday Feb 28

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Local Contest

Contest alert!!!!

In order to update our contact list and keep our membership informed of important Union information, Agriculture Local 20044 is holding a contest. Every member who updates their contact information by March 31, 2018 will be entered to win $200.44!!

Email: AGR20044@outlook.com

Subject: Contact Contest

  1. Full name
  2. Phone number
  3. Work location
  4. Personal email address

Good luck,

Your Local 20044 Executive

download AGR 20044 Contact Contest Poster

 

Agriculture Regional Seminar

To Local 20044 members,

Please see the invitation to the Agriculture Regional Seminar below.
If you are interested in attending, please respond to this message by February 23, 2018.

Thank you,

Your Local 20044 Executive

Hello everyone!

Once again it is that time of the year. We are looking forward to having everyone come out for another Regional Seminar. This year we have a great seminar planned for everyone. It will be on the weekend of Mar 9-11 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown (6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby).

It is an exciting time as we welcome new faces to the Agriculture and Regional Leadership of the Agriculture Union and PSAC. Joining us this year will be our new National Agriculture Union President Fabian Murphy, as well as 1st National Executive VP Rick Cormier and 3rd National Executive VP Pat St-Georges. The new Regional Executive VP Jamey Mills will be joining us as well.

Although Bob Kingston has retired from his role as National President of the Agriculture Union, he is still very involved with the Mental Health taskforce and he will be joining us this weekend to give an update on his work there as well. Our final speaker will be Melissa Shih Regional Rep for the Human Rights committee.

We look forward to all of you joining us for an informative and fun weekend! A time to connect with other union members and learn from some of our guest speakers.

The seminar will run from Friday Mar 9 to Sunday Mar 11. Friday night will be the meet and greet in the hospitality suite, Saturday will be a full day of seminar, and Sunday we will be meeting until noon.

Dean Babuin RVP Eastern BC
Terri Lee RVP Western BC

CFIA Ratification: If you haven’t voted yet, read this.

CFIA ratification vote: Let your voice be heard!

Thank you to all CFIA members who have embarked on the e-vote process and cast their vote.  If you have not yet participated in an information session please continue reading below.

It’s a simple two-step process!

  • Find a webinar/meeting at a time that is convenient. Note that our webinars schedule for BC has now concluded, but you are able to participate in any upcoming webinar. Register and listen to a 20 minute presentation on your tentative agreement. You have the option to stay on the session for the Q&A session after the presentation or;
  • Once you have heard the presentation you can log off the session. Then approximately one hour after the session has ended PSAC will have confirmed your participation and you will be able to cast your vote at the link provided in step two.

Continue reading “CFIA Ratification: If you haven’t voted yet, read this.”

Notice of meeting: Local 20044 AGM

We are holding our *Annual General Meeting on *January 11, 2017 in Langley, BC.

Please download the poster below for details on location, direction, how to RSVP and what positions are up for election, as well as last years’ meeting minutes and current bylaws.

Please pay particular notice to the RESOLUTIONS attachment – there are 10 Resolutions in total.

Attachments are:

  1. AGM Poster – Local 20044 AGM POSTER – Jan 11, 2017
  2. AGM Agenda – Local 20044 AGM AGENDA – Jan 11, 2017
  3. AGM 2016 Minutes – Local 20044 AGM Minutes Jan 20, 2016
  4. AGM Resolutions – Local 20044 AGM Resolutions Jan 11, 2017
  5. Current bylaws – R20044-2016-01-08 (current bylaws)
  6. Proposed bylaws – R20044-2016-01-08 (Proposed Bylaws)
  7. New policy on selecting members for events – R20044-2016-09 (Selection Policy)
  8. New definition of ‘donation’ in budget – R20044-2016-10 (Donation Definition)

We strongly encourage all Local 20044 members to attend this event, network with others from the Local, enjoy a lovely dinner AND have your say in the decisions for 2016.

Please note that if you carpool with 2 or more people you can apply for a reimbursement for mileage.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Regards, Local 20044 Executive Committee