- Category: Content
- Published on Sunday, 03 May 2015 19:44
- Written by Steward-Nigam
A 7.8 Richter scale earthquake has hit Nepal like never before. It has affected about 8 million people and while I am writing this, 5000 people have been dead , twice as many injured and missing. The numbers have been estimated to go double fold in the coming days. The capital of the country Kathmandu has suffered a heavy loss of life and heritage. My family is safe but many families have lost their family members or the place they called home. The mountainous hilly areas have suffered the hardest blow of this disaster. More than 20 villages have been completely wiped out in each of these areas. The rescue and relief effort has not reached there due to slack government response, lack of local initiatives and difficult geography. A Lot of money will be required to help these people in rural villages by providing basic needs such as warm clothes and blanket, medical supplies, drinking water to rehabilitating them and give their normal life back.
I am doing what I am to help these people in rural villages. Having been traumatized by the event and seeing the loss of my country , I am taking this initiative to do what I can even though I am abroad. I hope you will help me in this little initiative. Your little contribution can help these people to get their life back! It may start from a dollar or two which will go a long way to help these people. We will use the money raised to help a local initiative that has been working the most effectively by reaching out to the local organization.
Nepali students at UNB Fredericton are organizing a fund raiser trivia night for the victims of Earthquake in Nepal. The number of deaths caused by the earthquake is expected to go upto 10,000 with double the number of injured and displaced people. A lot of people are waiting for the rescue and basic supplies such as food, water, tent and medicines in the rural areas.
To help the victims and survivors, a special trivia night is being organized at Grad House, on May 7. Be a part of the trivia, invite your friends, and donate any amount of money you can or simply be a part of the event. . The proceedings will go to a local organization working for the relief of the victims in Nepal.
The night will have a moment of silence for the victims followed by a short talk by Nigam Khanal, a Nepali student at UNB, trivia game and the announcement of the winner. A donation box will be passed around.
Time : 7.30 PM
Venue: Grad House, 676 Windsor Street, Fredericton, UNB
If you cannot make it to the event, do take a minute to make some donation to any of these humanitarian organizations which are working for the relief of the victims in Nepal:
Canadian Red Cross :http://www.redcross.ca/…/nepal--red-cross-on-the-front-line…
Doctors without bordershttps://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/.../landing_page...
OXFAM Canada :http://www.oxfam.ca/
UNICEF Canada :https://secure3.unicef.ca/site/Donation2…
Canadian Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmy.ca/2015/04/27/nepal-disaster-relief/
PLAN Canada : https://plancanada.ca/help-nepal
- Event conducted and hosted by Nigam Khanal.
- Category: News
- Published on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:21
- Written by Joe Blades
PSAC members at the University of New Brunswick applied for a provincially-appointed conciliator
- Category: News
- Published on Monday, 06 April 2015 16:32
- Written by Joe Blades
Mayworks Fredericton Launch: Unions and like minded organizations are encouraged to set up an information table at this event. To book a table email frederictondlc @ gmail.com
An morning of music, entertainment and guest speakers to launch Mayworks Fredericton
Thursday, April 23 at 10 am
Chickadee Room, Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carleton St
The Workers' Art Exhibition.
An exhibition celebrating working people and the visual arts
Saturday, April 4 to May 4
The Fredericton Public Library (view during library hours), 12 Carleton St.
Pride (film screening).
Pride is a true story about solidarity between LGBTQ activists and striking coal miners
Saturday, April 25 at 7 pm
Charlotte Street Art Centre (auditorium), 732 Charlotte St, Fredericton
Followed by a panel discussion @ 9 pm
National Day of Mourning Ceremony.
Mourning the dead and fighting for the living: Honouring workers who lost their lives on the job
Tuesday, April 28 at 11:45 am
Firefighter's Monument (Small Craft Aquatic Centre, 63 Brunswick St.), Fredericton
Martin Butler at 100, Fredericton's Unknown Worker–Poet, 1857–1915
Prof. David Frank, UNB History Department, will give a public talk Wednesday, 29 April at 7 pm
Fredericton Public Library at the Workers' Art Exhibition, 12 Carleton St
Marx In Soho: Play by Howard Zinn.
This comedy is a brilliant introduction to Marx’s life, analysis of society, and passion for social justice.
Directed by AUNBT member John Ball, Featuring UGSW member Jeff Bate Boerop
Thursday, April 30 to Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm with Saturday matinee at 2 pm
Black Box Theatre, St. Thomas University, Dineen Dr, Fredericton.
Unearthed, feature documentary by Jolynn MinnaarCinema Politica Fredericton & the Conservation Council present Unearthedwith filmmaker Jolynn Minnaar. This independent South African feature documentary investigates fracking in the U.S.A.
Friday, May 1 with Potluck/meet & greet with filmmaker: 5 pm
Film screening: 6 pm
Conserver House, 180 Saint John St., Fredericton
Pete Seeger Tribute: Open Mic.
An evening of music honoring Pete Seeger and his legacy of social change
Friday, May 1 at 8 pm--12 am
James Joyce Pub, Lord Beaverbrook Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queen St.
El Jones: Poetry and Power (Coffeehouse)
A powerful spoken word performance by poet laureate of Halifax, El Jones
Saturday, May 2 at 9 pm
Ingrid Mueller Art+Concepts, Delta Fredericton, Woodstock Road.
- Category: What is PSAC?
- Published on Sunday, 03 February 2013 03:13
- Written by Administrator
What Is PSAC?
The Public Service Alliance of Canada/Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada (PSAC) is a national union which represents 200,000 workers from coast to coast to coast.
Many members work for the federal government or its agencies including immigration officers, fisheries officers, food inspectors, customs officers and the like, however, an increasing number of PSAC growing membership work in the private sector in women’s shelters, universities, security agencies and casinos. Over 20,000 members are in the university sector.
As the members’ bargaining agent, PSAC works to help all of them obtain fair treatment and respect in the workplace, employment security, better pay
and safe working conditions.
The benchmark for any union is the language it is able to negotiate at the bargaining table for its members. PSAC negotiators, working with members from within the bargaining units, have achieved collective agreements that are second to none in Canada.
Grievance and Adjudication
Members receive training on how to represent their co-workers using a grievance procedure to resolve complaints. Experienced staff represent members in the arbitration process when grievances are referred to an independent third party for resolution.
Health and Safety
PSAC activists are trained in the field of occupational health and safety so that they can assure their workplaces are healthy environments. PSAC’s health and safety program provides members with the information necessary to achieve healthy work environments as well as doing ongoing research as workplaces evolve.
Classification and Pay Equity
PSAC has a depth of expertise in the areas of job classification and equal pay. As the nature of work changes due to technology or a changing economic climate, it is imperative that workers are given fair remuneration. PSAC is a union that can provide its members with the information, analysis and representation to affect change in this regard at the bargaining table or through the grievance procedure. An example being PSAC’s 14-year struggle with the federal government to achieve a ground-breaking $3.2 billion pay equity settlement for those in clerical and support positions.
PSAC’s Human Rights Program is based on a mobilizing approach, rather than an advocacy approach. This means that the Union provides support to members from equity groups to discuss, identify and strategise around how to best address issues of particular concern to them. In today’s political-economic climate, it is key that we fight for human rights both in our workplaces and in our communities. PSAC provides its members with the knowledge, tools and support to act.
An educated union membership is an empowered union membership. PSAC has a union-training program which is the envy of many unions. Delivered throughout the regions, the education program gives member activists the opportunity to develop their own knowledge and skills on a range of issues as well as providing PSAC Locals with the tools to run effectively. In the absence of accurate and favourable labour information in our society, it is important that union members can access to training that is worker-based and experiential. A “popular” approach to union training has proven to be very effective as PSAC members attest.
- Category: Steward’s Corner
- Published on Sunday, 03 February 2013 03:29
- Written by Administrator
For many members, the Steward is the face of the union. The Steward is the visible presence of the union in our workplaces as the union officer who works with and interacts with the members at the workplace and represents them in a specific department. The Steward enforces the collective agreement and protects the rights members have acquired through negotiations and other union actions. Stewards are elected or appointed within the Local.
The Steward is not alone in the Local. Along with other Stewards, they form the “Stewards’ Network”. The “Stewards’ Network” gives the union its strength and puts the union on an equal level with the university administration.
Check out some of these PSAC resources for Shop Stewards:
The role of the Steward: The Steward’s job: what you need to do, to know, to have.
Our rights under the law: Know our rights as unionized workers.
The Steward’s Dictionary: Some terms you should know.
Duty to Accommodate: a PSAC Guide for local representatives.Forms and more are posted online at http://psacunion.ca/shop-stewards.