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What to expect at PSAC’s 2022 convention

PSAC’s 2022 National Triennial Convention is being held virtually from May 26 to May 27 and May 30 to June 3.

PSAC’s national convention is unlike any other event within our union. Every three years, more than 500 members from communities across Canada attend to discuss and decide the path forward for our union.

However, the pandemic has forced us to adapt and make some changes.

Since PSAC’s 2021 convention was postponed due to the pandemic, the business of this convention will set the course for a shorter — but critically important — two-year window of opportunity instead of the usual three-year cycle.

We’re also holding this year’s convention virtually to protect the health and safety of our members and staff, and their communities and families when they return home.

Despite these changes, the business of this convention has not changed.

What to expect at PSAC’s 2022 convention

  • Debate about resolutions on PSAC initiatives, campaigns and changes to our union’s structure and rules;
  • A review of PSAC’s financial position and adoption of a new budget for the next two years;
  • The election of PSAC’s national president, national executive vice-president and alternate national executive vice-president to a two-year term;
  • A look back at the past four years of our victories and achievements;
  • And an address from Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske.

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This article was first posted on the PSAC website.

2021 PSAC National Equity Conferences: Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion a priority for CIU delegates 

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The Customs and Immigration Union is proud of the work accomplished by its delegates at the 2021 PSAC National Equity Conferences, which took place from November 23 to November 28, 2021. With a focus on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, CIU members were active within all four conferences — Indigenous, Racially visible, Pride, and Access — and, through sustained mobilization and engagement with delegates from other components and directly-chartered locals, played a key role in passing important resolutions to be sent to the 2022 PSAC Triennial Convention.

A total of eight delegates (two from each group) were elected to attend the 2022 PSAC Triennial Convention, with two CIU members amongst them: Sister Brea Baresinkoff as a delegate for the Access group, and Sister Tamara Lopez for the Pride group. This follows the election — earlier this year at the PSAC Women’s Conference — of Sister Karen Sutton as a delegate for the Women’s group, ensuring a strong representation from CIU within equity groups at next year’s PSAC Convention.

For more information, or for any questions about equity matters, please contact the CIU national Human Rights Representative, Murray Star.

19th National Convention — Last Day

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On the last day of the 19th Convention, delegates voted on Convention Resolutions, and elected the new CIU National Executive, Human Rights Representative, Young Workers Representative, and Alternates:

  • National President Mark Weber (elected)
  • 1st National Vice-President Rick Savage (elected)
  • 2nd National Vice-President Ken Turner (elected)
  • 3rd National Vice-President Claude Bouchard (acclaimed)
  • 4th National Vice-President Michael Aessie (elected)
  • National Human Rights Representative Murray Star (acclaimed)
  • Alternate National Human Rights Representative Sophie Martin (elected)
  • National Young Workers Representative Yanniv Waknine (acclaimed)
  • Alternate National Young Workers Representative Sandra Richard (acclaimed)

Larry Rousseau overseeing the elections of the new CIU National Executive and National Representatives & Alternates.

Outgoing National President Jean-Pierre Fortin chairing the last day of the 19th National Convention.

Swearing in of new the nine new representatives

Jean-Pierre Fortin swearing in the new national representatives. From left to right, top: Ken Turner, Michael Aessie, Sandra Richard. Left to right, middle: Murray Star, Richard Savage, Yanniv Waknine. Left to right, bottom: Sophie Martin, Mark Weber, Claude Bouchard.

19th National Convention — First Day

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July 8, 2021, was the first day of CIU’s 19th National Convention. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was also the first day of our union’s first ever virtual convention, with the CIU National President, Jean-Pierre Fortin, chairing the meeting from the studio in Ottawa, and all delegates attending virtually.

Despite these unusual circumstances, delegates were keen to take on Convention business, and had the opportunity to hear reports from the National President as well as from CIU National Representatives. We were also glad to welcome PSAC National President Chris Aylward for the opening address, as well as FB national negotiator Morgan Gay.

CIU National President Jean-Pierre Fortin and PSAC National President Chris Aylward in studio, in Ottawa

Jean-Pierre Fortin listens as Morgan Gay addresses Convention.