Two main courses of action animated the discussions at the National Council held this year in Montreal:
Communications; Build a stronger relationship with the members
Finance; Maximize return on investments
The participants to the APS annual meeting targeted improvements to the Association’s communication channels and financial security. The changes will be applied in the following months and there is reason to believe that the membership will notice the results in the near future.
Undoubtedly, the improvement of communication with the members of the Association will be the most visible initiative.
As a result of the intervention from APS National Secretary, Dominique Barrette, the idea to proceed with an in-depth analysis of the members’ expectations towards their association led the way to the development of a perception survey to be implemented soon. This unprecedented initiative to date will allow APS elected officers to thoroughly identify the members’ vision towards their Association. Every one of the eight hundred members will be invited to participate in individual feedback. This initiative belongs to the same family of measures which gave us the individual survey method to submit union demands for the collective agreement negotiations.
By taking this course of action, it will be possible to capture a realistic snapshot of every member’s current state of mind with regard to his or her Union. The whole survey will be conducted professionally and in complete confidentiality. The hope is to reach a participation rate as high as the CROP surveys on the negotiations, to confirm a validated representation of the members’ perceptions.
Still on the communications topic, the Executive Committee supported a resolution to review the layout of our current Website. By modernizing its framework, APS will also considerably reduce the related expenses. For example, the advent of virtual servers wipes out our obligations to pay the substantial costs for physical servers hosted in highly secured locations. These changes will also impact the website operations as a communication tool. Based on the data received from the perception survey, APS’s objective is to further improve the communication with its members.
MORE PROFITABLE INVESTMENTS
A roundtable discussion on the organization’s financial issues at the National Council on Saturday allowed us to perceive a consensus for a new approach to benefit from the Union’s assets. The APS financial security issue has been in the works for quite a while now. The introduction of an investment policy is at the heart of this change. Essentially, APS wishes to maintain its tradition of investing the assets of the organization without ever risking the capital. However, this constraint does not prevent from managing the capital resourcefully. This is why the Executive Committee created an Investment Committee to study more sophisticated options resulting in returns on investment superior to those we have presently. So far, as funds became available, the Treasurer of the Association invested the surplus money in guaranteed certificates of investment (GCI). Going forward, the Investment Committee will be responsible for submitting their recommendations to the Treasurer. The latter will then submit a proposal to the National Executive Committee before making any investment. This is what the policy will bring about for the future. The advent of the process has been a continuous long-term endeavor for the last two years. The Executive reviewed the latest draft of the policy during the meeting on Sunday, November 5th. The final version should be adopted soon.
However, the Investment Committee members have been already appointed and they participated in the National Council’s deliberations on Saturday, November 4th. Nicolas Ouellet from Montreal, Jerry Ding from Edmonton and Nathan Farr from Toronto provided some examples of the potential gains with the investments of the Association assets by introducing a more structured plan. A more effective plan in managing APS funds will positively impact our economic position and give us access to higher return on investments while maintaining the established zero risk in the capital invested.
The members of the Investment Committee are appointed to represent equally both Networks of the Corporation. There is a minimum of four (4) members on the Committee, two from the French Network and two from the English Network. The idea emerged last year as the result of discussions at the National Council. The National Executive Committee subsequently proceeded to the nomination of Nathan Farr and Jerry Ding to represent the English Network while Isabelle Benoit and Nicolas Ouellet were chosen to represent the French Network.
We will supply you a detailed account of the Investment Policy as soon as its finalized version is adopted by the Executive Committee. As for the detailed summary of the weekend’s deliberations, simply follow the link below:
Our By-Laws determine the required information to be made available every year to the APS voting members for the holding of the Members’ Annual General Assembly.
It is on the website of the Association, in the section reserved for members in good standing that the following official communication for this year is posted including:
a) the agenda of the Members’ Annual General Assembly;
b) the location, date and time of said Assembly;
c) the audited financial statements;
d) a draft resolution to appoint the external auditor for the next fiscal year;
e) The beginning and duration of the period during which members will be able to cast their vote.
However, all members can access to some content of this information in the communiqués previously published on the subject. Thus, the meetings will take place in Montreal on Saturday, November 4 (National Council) and Sunday, November 5 (the Members’ Annual General Assembly). We also communicated the voting procedure. The specific information is published on the website for the voting members and conforms with the obligations of our By-Laws. For example, the APS Financial statements were posted on September 18th in the restricted section for the voting members.
To consult the page, simply click on the following link:
This year, Montreal will host the APS National Council, the most important event in our Union’s environment. The National Council maps out the orientation of the APS by gathering the lead actors of the union in interaction with the members in good standing eager to get more involved in the Union. It is also an opportunity to summarize the activities and accomplishments of the past year. In fact, the By-Laws interconnect this annual consultation with the APS fiscal year which ends on June 30 each year. At the end of the fiscal year, the Treasurer submits the audited financial statements within 60 days following its approval and posts them in the section of the APS website available to the members in good standing. Afterwards, a proposal is submitted to the members in good standing to appoint the external accounting firm to prepare the financial statements for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. This election must take place entirely through a consultation among all members in good standing. The voters spread throughout the country are solicited by a voting process conducted every year at the end of October or at the beginning of November.
Some Historical Background
The APS predecessors, ACMA elaborated the Association’s main activities stemming from these financial commitments to facilitate the organization’s operations. Thus, the national and regional elections granted with a two-year mandate end at the same time as the financial vote. The candidates must apply to concur the voting period with the resolution for the selection of the external auditors. In fact, all national consultations such as the acceptance or refusal of the collective agreement, for example, follow this same path. ACMA also instituted one national meeting covering these electoral duties so that the members involved could discuss the orientations of the organization. Jean-Jacques Bérard, one of ACMA founders and the last General Manager upon its dissolution, recently stated that the traveling costs were always a preoccupation.
« It is the reason for alternating between Montreal and Toronto in choosing a location to hold the National Council and mainly the reason for the ratio of one delegate per share of 50 members. It is also the reason that the Members’ Annual General Assembly which is held the day after the National Council can only deal with voting results coming from the members everywhere in the country, said Jean-Jacques, otherwise, there would be only a small minority who would have decision-making authority.»
Always in great shape in spite of his entrance to the octogenarians club, Jean-Jacques recovers at present from a surgical operation, his first-lifetime hospitalization; undeniably a force of nature. As a result of the ACMA’s disappearance, the first APS Officers tried to reduce expenses by spacing out the National Council every two years and by restricting the face-to-face National Executive Committee meetings to once a year. This plan was quickly discarded especially with the general outcry it raised. Thus we always have this large annual gathering during which all the participants are invited to express their views.
National Council: Activities Reports and Participation
The National Council is an opportunity to know what is happening all over the country. At the round table, the National Councils reunite the elected Officers and the delegates from across the country. The event starts with an overview. Every regional Officer underlines the concerns of the local members to the Council as well as the particular events impacting the Union’s regional locals.
The National Council’s mission also consists of hearing the activities reports from the Association’s main Officers. The President’s report tops the list. It covers a broad range of topics and Mario Poudrier, the National President always concludes his interventions by encouraging the attendees to provide feedback or comments. The following items on the agenda are the reports by the National Treasurer, the National Secretary, the General Manager as well as the Presidents of the various committees such as the Health and Security in the Workplace, the Employee Assistance Program to name a few.
This meeting always held on a Saturday takes a closer look at all aspects of the Union’s operations, but mostly, it gives an opportunity to meet the members and exchange on topics of common interests.
The following day, Sunday, November 5 of this year, the Members’ Annual General Assembly takes place. This is the forum where the national consultations are disclosed. The Election Officers each representing their respective networks are responsible for unveiling the voting results communicated by the specialized firm in charge of conducting the electronic voting process. They announce the voting results to the members in attendance. This year, the only resolution submitted to a vote will be the appointment of the external auditors. The current regional directors have all been re-elected by acclamation. The General Assembly is followed by the National Executive Committee meeting. Over the past years, Mario Poudrier invites the other delegates in attendance to assist to the National Executive deliberations as observers. The Executive meeting is one of the two mandatory face-to-face meetings to be held during the year.
The invitation is launched to those who wish to join the Officers attending in Montreal during the weekend of November 4 and 5, 2017. The number of eligible delegates is counted per share of 50 members per sector. Therefore for most of the locals, there is a seat for one delegate whereas, in the locals such as Montreal and Toronto, the 1/50 rule must be applied.
For more information do not hesitate to communicate with Maria Gaglione at 514-845-0411 or by E-MAIL: email@example.com.
At the end of the application period to fill the Reginal Directors positions at midnight, yesterday August 31, 2017, the three incumbents running for election were officially elected for a new two-year mandate to represent their respective regions.
For Daniel Lavigne, the Director for our National Capital, this was a first electoral victory since he was sitting as the replacement for Dominique Barrette after her election as National General Secretary last year. Daniel, a Technical Producer in Ottawa, was named in interim by the National Executive Committee last year to complete the vacant two-year mandate. Marcel Arsenault, who represents de Maritimes, is occupying a seat left vacant a few years ago by the retirement of long-time Director, Donald Leblanc.
At the other extreme David MacFarlane is a veritable pillar of APS representing his region since the very beginning of the existence of our Union. Since his first election, David was quick to stand out as a respected spokesperson to defend the members’ interests of his region as well as for the major decisions of the union. He then stands as the dean of regional representatives.
Congratulations to all three winners!
With the confirmation of the three regional elections there now remains a single voting exercise left in our agenda for the coming year. Our By-Laws provide for a compulsory national election for the selection of our external auditors to supply financial statements for the organization. APS proceeds every year with a complete audit of its financial situation by an independent external firm for the benefit of all its participating members. The statements are posted in the section of our Website available to all members in good standing who wish to consult results. To become a member in good standing any member of our bargaining unit, you can apply by clicking on the following link Forms/APS Membership Application Form.pdf. APS has an open-door policy with regard to participation available for all those who wish to have an active role in the decision-making process of our union.
This year the National Executive Committee is recommending the nomination of Desormeaux, Patenaude Inc., as our external auditors. The Accounting firm is the same as last year and their work has been satisfactory in all the mandates they have carried in the past. They have submitted the first draft of this year’s version of the statements and the complete finalized document will be posted on our Website in the near future. In other words, the statements for the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be available to consult before the national vote is held for the nomination of the firm.
The voting results for the election of the external auditors will be disclosed during the week end of November 4, in Montreal. More precisely the Annual Member’s General Assembly will be held on Sunday, November 5 with opening of ballots to be made by 10:00am, as provided for in our By-Laws. The nomination to choose the Accounting firm will cover the examination of the financial situation and the production of the financial statements for fiscal 2017-2018 our fiscal year terminating on June 30. The firm chosen to conduct the electronic vote for this consultation will be Big Pulse, the same organization from Toronto responsible for our last vote again open to all participating members.
We will keep you abreast of all the other aspects of this annual event in our future Website postings. However for those of you wishing to participate in our most important annual encounter you can reach Maria Gaglione, our National Coordination as of now. She will be pleased to explain conditions and details pertaining to the event.
At the conclusion of the Annual General Assemblies of the two main APS Local Branches, the participating members opted to support the incumbent local leaders for a new two-year mandate. In Montreal, the meeting was held earlier in the summer while Toronto held its Assembly last week on August 17.
Nathan Farr in Toronto and Stéphane Désautels in Montreal will then continue to lead their respective teams for this renewed mandate both having been re-elected by acclamation.
The By-Laws of our organization provide an active role for the two main Local Branches at the top level of the decision-making process for the union. The two local Presidents also become de facto members of the National Executive Committee, the ultimate national level body for the decisions of the Association.
The By-Laws also provide for the presence of one Director from each Branch to sit on the National Board. The two Directors also elected by acclamation are Isabelle Benoit from Montreal and Jennifer Barrett from Toronto. The other elected Directors are for Toronto Robert Chen and Amy Moylan and for Montreal, Charles Deschênes-Bolduc, Sébastien Fleurant, Nicolas Ouellet and Karl Plante.
Congratulations to both teams!
There are presently three other electoral periods running in APS until the Members’ Annual General Assembly to be held in Montreal, on November 5, 2017. Those elections are to fill the position of the Regional Directors representing the East, the West and the Ottawa regions. To elect the representatives for those seats, only local members in good standing from each region are allowed to vote.
Those three Directors also have a seat on the National Executive Committee which is made up of a total of 10 positions. The APS National Executive Committee is composed of the following Officers: the National President, the National General Secretary, the National Treasurer, the Regional Directors for the East, the West and Ottawa presently under election, with two local Directors from Montreal and Toronto designated to represent other members from Québec and Ontario. Of course, the two Presidents for Montreal and Toronto complete the National Executive Committee.
Marcel Arsenault from Moncton, David MacFarlane from Edmonton and Daniel Lavigne from Ottawa are presently sitting as incumbents representing the three Regions in the election. Their mandate will expire at the members’ Annual General Assembly. At present all three have filed applications for the renewal of the two-year mandate. The period for other candidacies is, however, still running. Interested members should file applications to the National Office to the attention of Maria Gaglione, APS Coordinator by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 450-575-0572.
In accordance with APS By-Laws, the positions of Directors for the East, West and Ottawa Regions are open for election. The mandate is for a two-year term.
We invite all members in good standing wishing to submit their candidacy, to fill out the Call for Candidacy form below. Please ensure that your application is endorsed by the signature of five (5) other members in good standing currently registered with the APS. You can forward your duly completed nomination form by E-mail at email@example.com, by fax, (450) 575-0572 or by mail at the Union’s head office, 1212 Panet Street, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2Y7, at the latest by August 31, 2017.
ONLY MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING can be elected or cast their vote when required. For those wishing to become a Member in good standing, kindly complete the Membership Application form herewith or click: www.apscbcsrc.org/display/en/Forms .
Please note that only members from the Eastern, Western and Ottawa Regions can vote for the candidate of their respective branch.
Conformément aux Statuts et règlements de l’APS, les postes des Directeurs des sections de l’Est, l’Ouest ainsi que la région d’Ottawa seront soumis à une élection. Les mandats sont pour une période de deux ans.
Nous invitons tous les membres intéressés à poser leur candidature, à remplir le formulaire de Mise en candidature ci-joint. La demande doit comporter la signature de cinq (5) autres membres en règle présentement inscrits à l’APS pour parrainer votre candidature. Veuillez faire parvenir votre formulaire par courriel à : firstname.lastname@example.org par télécopieur au (450) 575-0572 ou par la poste au siège social du syndicat au 1212 rue Panet, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2Y7, au plus tard le 31 août 2017.
SEULS LES MEMBRES EN RÈGLE peuvent se porter candidat(e) ou voter lors d’élections. Pour acquérir le statut de membre en règle, veuillez compléter le formulaire Demande D’Adhésion ci-joint ou consulter la section : ( www.apscbcsrc.org/display/fr/Formulaires ).
Seuls les membres des régions de l’Est, de l’Ouest et de la région d’Ottawa peuvent voter pour les candidats de leur section respective.
CBC / Radio-Canada published the 2017 salary review guidelines. Your manager should communicate your salary revision shortly. As mentioned in their memo, after your manager has finalized and approved the content of your annual review, you are asked to go in My Source to finalize your own notes, acknowledge the final content by checking the box « I agree with the Content and Rating » and complete a short survey. However, do not check the box if you do not agree with your evaluation. Rather, explain why you do not agree in the note section of the performance form.
New Wage Schedules and Salary Review
Salary ranges are showing significant increases this year for all pay bands, particularly for the PS-6 and PS-7 levels. These upward adjustments are intended to reflect the current market and are irrelevant to your annual increase related to your performance. This increase in grids does not replace your annual performance increase.
If your performance assessments have always shown a rating that « meets expectations » or « exceeds expectations » and you have not received any performance-related increases, contact your union representative.
Midpoint Reference Zone
As agreed in the collective agreement, an employee who, after 7 years of continuous service in the same Pay Band (e.g. PB-6) and whose performance evaluations meet or exceed expectations should be at the Midpoint Reference Zone.
It means that in 2017, an employee who meets these requirements should receive at least a salary of:
PS-4: $ 59,900
PS-5: $ 67,800
PS-6: $ 76,600
PS-7: $ 86,600
If you meet the criteria listed above and your salary review is under the Midpoint Reference Zone, contact your union representative.
Please do not hesitate to contact your union representative or the National Secretary if you have any questions.
Dominique Barrette, National Secretary
Association of Professionals and Supervisors
2017 Salary Review Guidelines: Salary review
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ
The employer is persisting in its crusade to prevent APS employees from receiving « On-Call » premiums for work accomplished outside of regular hours of work. This is the unfortunate result of the exchange on the subject following the National Joint Committee meeting held in Montreal on May 1, 2017.
On April 6, 2017, we had sent the alert to prevent our members concerning abuses in the interpretation of the clause providing for premiums for multiple calls during rest periods. The text clearly states, « On-call employees will receive a minimum of three (3) hours regular pay when required to work ». And the ending of the clause reaffirms the notion of a minimal payment: « Employees who are [on call ] assignments will be paid a minimum of three (3) hours ».
The employer maintains its position that this payment is restricted to a single payment during a 24-hour period. However this restriction is nowhere to be found in the text of the clause nor was it ever considered during negotiations.
This provision was introduced in the collective agreement to stop cases of abuses during rest periods. The employer is persisting in its intentions to limit payments to a one time only during a 24-hour period. The failure to resolve the problem at the National Joint Committee table leaves us with the alternative to resort to legal recourses. This is the option we will undertake to follow in the coming weeks.
The new collective agreement brings about new dispositions pertaining to « On-Call » Procedures. More precisely, Art. 18.2.1 provides for a minimum payment of three hours for each call to work during rest periods. This new disposition is covered in the fourth paragraph of the article: « On-call employees will receive a minimum of three (3) hours regular pay when required to work ». Moreover the same paragraph reiterates this notion of a minimal payment at the tail end: « Employees who are [ on-call ] assignments will be paid a minimum of three (3) hours ».
APS negotiated this provision with the intention to restrain abuses while employees are on rest periods. The disposition is to be interpreted for example in the case of an employee having completed a normal shift of work at 17.00H. A first call at midnight triggers a minimal payment of three hours while a second call at 4:00 am, after completion of work for the initial call, triggers another three-hour minimal payment.
We are presently receiving many notices of erroneous interpretations of this new provision. APS intends to clear up the air at the upcoming National Joint Committee meeting to be held in Montreal on May 1st, 2017. In the meantime, we are asking all of the members feeling they could be the victims of wrongful interpretations to keep track of abuses that might have been committed against them. More precisely, in situations where they would have been deprived of a second or a third minimum payment during a rest period.
We are seeking an understanding with Management over the interpretation of the clause. This is the reason we will get back to you after the May 1st meeting to disclose the course of action we intend to follow.
Andy Libby leaves the CBC
The last round of cuts produced significant damages to the top ranks of APS with the elimination of Andy Libby’s position in Toronto. Andy was the long-standing president of the Toronto Local Branch, also affected by this new round of job suppressions was Jordan Sweigman, Toronto Local Director. A high price to pay for a modest total of five positions eliminated altogether.
A meeting of the APS national Executive Committee was held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, to adopt transition measures to cope with the vacancies tied to the jobs eliminations. Nathan Farr has been appointed to replace Andy as Toronto Local President. He will be completing the mandate which will expire at the end of the summer, 2017. To replace Nathan as the Ontario representative the Committee proposes the nomination of Jennifer Barrett also from Toronto to bridge the gap until the end of the same summer mandate.
The move is tied to the representation rights of the Toronto Local at the National level. Toronto has two seats on the National Executive Committee which were previously filled by Andy Libby and Nathan Farr.
The new inductees will be soon at work as the next face-to-face compulsory bi-annual meeting of the National Executive taking place in Montreal during the week end of April 29, 2017.
During the April 4 National Executive telephone conference, the participating members had the opportunity to salute Andy’s unwavering contribution to APS as the uncontested leader of the English Network for a great many years. In fact, Andy has been there since the very start of the APS movement back in 1995. He has left his mark as the President of the most important Local of the organization but also as a key player on the National Joint Committee as well as on the Negotiation Committee. Through the years he has helped hundreds of Toronto members by way of his solid coaching talents as well as by outright assistance in solving work-related problems. A big chapter in our short history is thus coming to a close.
Conversion of Contract Workers
The period to convert contract workers to permanent status has now come to an end. Originally set to finish on March 15, 2017, the period was extended to the end of the month of March. With files still being processed, we know for sure that a great many of contract employees have opted to switch to permanent status. A total of 42 have opted to change while some 20 members have filed their refusal by opting to remain under contract. Montreal had the largest contingent of changes with 20 while Toronto turned in 12 transfers. Although the final results are not yet available, we can safely confirm that the campaign was a true success with such an impressive number of conversions already confirmed. Previous campaigns had registered much more modest results. This time, however, the stakes were higher in light of the new differences brought about by the new collective agreement. This is the reason both parties had come to an agreement to open the door to changes of status to give employees the freedom to choose the status best suited for their purposes.
Discussions will continue at the start of next month at the National Joint Committee meeting to be held in Montreal on May 1, 2017.
APS has endorsed the CBC proposal for status conversion to be presented before long to the contract workers who are members of its bargaining unit.
The period for the decision on the choice of status will run until March 15, 2017. This means that contract workers wishing to switch status will be given approximately one month to make their choice.
The obligation to present written offers of conversions will be in the hands of each of the supervisors responsible for each of the eligible contract worker. The written offer is made up of a presentation text coupled with an acceptance form to be signed by the employee. Each Supervisor will be hand delivering the documents to each employee.
The Human Resources personnel responsible for each of the Departments or the Services where eligible contract employees (with three or more years of seniority) are located, will be available to provide assistance for those employees wishing support.
During the negotiations for the renewal of our collective agreement there was an agreement between the parties that an offer to change status would be offered to the contract workers in light of the changes brought to art.16 of the agreement. Even though APS was expecting an earlier offer, the terms and conditions of the present offer meet the requirements that were expressed at the time; an open and free option, without constraints, afforded to each eligible employee.
Consult your individual Supervisor for any information concerning your personal situation because this will be the starting point for every conversion offer.
During the last negotiations for the renewal of the APS agreement, the topic of job displacements (bumping) introduced important changes for movements of personnel in cases of job suppressions. This is the reason the employer is now opening the door for contract employees with more than three years of seniority who wish to convert their status to permanent employees.
Changes to ART 16
Before launching negotiations in the spring of 2015, APS had submitted to the voting members the proposal to change the movements of personnel in cases of job cuts. In the preceding agreement the victim of a job cut could displace a limited number of other employees in order to maintain his or her status of employment at the CBC. Positions on probation as well as temporary assignments were the only possibilities of displacement for employees losing their jobs. The suggestion to introduce a distinction between Contract employees and Permanent employees in cases of job cuts was therefore submitted to all to provide new possibilities of job continuation for permanent employees. The results of the consultation were clear and solid: the vast majority of members were in favour of added security for job protection for permanent employees.
The union’s proposal to establish new displacement possibilities for permanent employees was brought to the negotiation table and the employer agreed to the change.
Both parties also agreed to give contract employees the possibility to switch status if they so desired in light of the change. In the future, contract employees with more than three years' seniority will be subject to be replaced by a qualified permanent employee facing a job cut.
Exceptions are provided to the rule but in essence this is the reason for contract employees to evaluate if they wish to remain at present status. The employer will proceed in the days to come to canvass contract employees to find out if they want to maintain their status or to switch to permanent status.
It is up to each individual to decide. Your immediate supervisor will serve as the transmission point. Changes to the status will therefore originate from each job supervisor. However, the employee is the only person responsible to make the decision. This is the opportunity both parties have agreed to; contract employees are the ones deciding on the job status they wish to hold in the future providing they have three years or more seniority.
The corporation will assist to provide necessary information to facilitate inquiries for the technical aspects related to the question. If you are a contract worker in this situation, make sure you are made aware of your new option.
In case of difficulties in obtaining the proper information regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your APS officers. Consult the Contact list on the website or click on this link: Contact - APS Officers .
Collective Agreement Distribution
We have just received the printed version of the new collective agreement between APS and the CBC covering the working conditions of our bargaining unit until March 31, 2020. In fact the duration could be prolonged for an extra two years if the two parties agree to extend the period.
The agreement was officially signed on November 21, 2016, following a massive vote of approval from the participating members of the union of more than 85% thus endorsing the recommendation from the APS Executive Committee. In technical terms, this means that the new contract is effective as of July 1, 2016, which is the first day following the expiration of the previous agreement that ended on June 30, 2016.
Distribution to the Members
APS is continuing its long-standing tradition to supply each of its members a personalized copy of the agreement. In this regard, the different APS Officers will be distributing the new collective agreements during the next few days. Each of the copies bears the name of the member it is intended for. If you are not contacted, consult the list of your local representative on the website (click on Contact) to find out how to obtain your copy of the agreement. Presently all copies are in the hands of the Local to which you belong.
For those wishing to inquire about becoming participating members of APS, the distribution of the agreement is an excellent opportunity to find out about the meaning of the status. A member in good standing also provides the opportunity to meet the people you work within a context of shared common interests.
APS National Council in Toronto
Delegates from all parts of the country gathered to meet in Toronto on the weekend of November 6, 2016, to attend the once-a-year main event in the APS universe. The two-day meeting is split into three different events: the Council itself, the Annual General Assembly of members and a face-to-face meeting of National Executive. The National Council is open to all delegates and deals with the orientation of the union along with activity reports summarizing work accomplished during the past year. The Members meeting is the disclosure of the National consultations made through elections involving participating members while the Executive meeting is the decision-making process of the weekend with the elected officers of the union.
Focus on the Votes
The three events are well enshrined in our By-Laws and over the years, delegates know very well that the whole of the first day (Saturday) is dedicated to the National Council topics while the two other events are held on Sunday. This year the attention was clearly focused on the election results as the two top jobs of the union were at stake and the fate of the collective agreement was also on the line. The results are already posted on the website but the major news coming out of the voting results was undoubtedly the tremendous rate of approval for the proposed collective agreement. With more than 85% of favorable votes, this year’s consultation also set a record for participation among eligible members. Members present at the Annual General Assembly congratulated the Negotiation Committee headed by Mario Poudrier along with the two Local Presidents (Andy Libby, Toronto and Stéphane Désautels, Montreal) who were assisted by two newcomers both representing their respective provinces (Directors Nathan Farr and Isabelle Benoit). Acknowledgment was also directed towards Dominique Barrette, Ottawa Regional Director who participated in the all-important negotiation survey to set the table for the union demands. As for the positions up for election, the winning candidates were Mario Poudrier for President and Dominique Barrette for Secretary General. Runner-up Charles Deschênes-Bolduc, a newcomer on the scene made it clear he was there to stay. Furthermore, Jennifer Ostler who made a comeback after a few years’ absence from the CBC, also stated her intentions to get involved in the APS union life again. Both defeated candidates extended their congratulations to the winners. It was all in all, an election very promising for the future of the Association. For his part, Mario Poudrier thanked supporters for their endorsement noting that he enjoyed the thrill of a first time ever balloting experience.
Although many new faces showed up at the opening of the National Council meeting on Saturday morning, the palm for the farthest delegate to travel the distance for attendance belonged once again to Jeff Gardiner from Yellowknife. Jeff is still holding the fort up there in the North as one of our longest-standing participating members.
The first part of the meeting was dedicated to a thorough examination of the collective agreement which will apply for the next four years with an option to extend for a period of an extra two years if the two parties agree to a prolongation. Mario Poudrier was responsible for the presentation fielding questions from the floor as the description went along. The traditional Regional Round Table followed with reports coming from the Officers responsible for the different areas of the country. Marcel Arsenault for the Maritimes, David MacFarlane for the West, Dominique Barrette for Ottawa, along with the two Presidents for Toronto (Andy Libby) and Montreal (Stephane Désautels).
Reports from Health and Safety and Employee Assistance Committees followed, made by Marcel Arsenault and Nathan Farr to cover H&S and by David MacFarlane for EAP. The very last financial report was then presented by Martine Flipot on the last day of her mandate. She showed once again her ability to make numbers talk by taking delegates into the meanders of this year’s financial statements. She was given a well-deserved round of applause after her presentation. Yves Ledoux also presented his ultimate report as Secretary General before stepping into the shoes of National Treasurer. Yves had an elaborate analysis of the membership variations to make us understand the effects of the different waves of job cuts in the make-up of our union.
Mario Poudrier and Claude Beausoleil then took turns to summarize activities for the Presidency and General Management of the Association. Maria Gaglione handled once again the organization of the event to everyone’s delight as the event unfolded smoothly and on schedule throughout the weekend.
Members’ Annual General Assembly
The Annual General Assembly of Members is held each year at the same time as the National Council with one major difference as to the participation of delegates present on site. The agenda reflects national consultations only. Because of the widespread geographical location of the membership, all the decisions of the Assembly are the result of elections submitted to every individual participating member of the union. APS has adopted many years ago the usage of electronic consultations conducted by neutral specialized firms responsible for conducting the voting procedure in accordance with our By-Laws. To oversee the elections two Election Officers each representing their respective Networks are nominated by the National Executive Committee. This year David MacFarlane was representing the English Network while Marcel Arsenault represented the French Network. At 8:30 am, on Sunday morning, both men opened their computers to connect with Big Pulse to disclose the results of the votes.
Three sets of items were on the ballots of voters this year:1- the nomination of the external accounting firm to prepare the Financial Statements for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, 2- the approval or rejection of the collective agreement and 3- the election for the positions of National President and National Secretary.
The poll results were as follows:
- Nomination of the external accounting firm: Adopted at 85.65%
- Approval of the Collective Agreement: Adopted at 85.65%
- Election for the position of National President: Mario Poudrier
- Election for the position of National Secretary: Dominique Barrette
The National Executive Committee Meeting
The last event to end proceedings for the weekend was a face-to-face meeting of the National Executive Committee. Although that meeting is for the decision makers of APS, Mario Poudrier invited all delegates to sit in and to participate in discussions as observers. There were new seats occupied by experienced members of the Executive as Dominique Barrette and Yves Ledoux experienced their first tenures respectively as National Secretary and Treasurer.
Location of the next face-to-face meeting of the Executive will be in Montreal in the month of May 2017 as provided for in the APS By-Laws.