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Local Voice November 2013

Local Voice November 2013

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The fall edition of the quarterly member magazine from the Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union, Local 378.
The fall edition of the quarterly member magazine from the Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union, Local 378.

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COPE 378 Social EventsStrong Steward TrainingCall Centre Action MonthAfrican Grandmothers TribunalBC Hydro Accountability
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Quarterly publication for members of the Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union, Local 378
Local Voice
VOLUME 8 | Issue #4Fall 2013
together FAIRNESS WORKS
 
President's Word on a New CampaignCOPE 378 EventsCall Centre Action Month
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In This Issue
CONTENTS
 
3
 
PRESIDENT’S OPENING MESSAGE
 by David Black 
4
 
TRANSLATIONS
 
6 SOCIAL EVENTS 7 NEW TRAINING FOR STRONG STEWARDS 8 PRESIDENT’S WORD 10 CALL CENTRE WORKERS DESERVE RESPECT AS PROFESSIONALS 11 STAFF PROFILE: CATHY HIRANI 12 AFRICAN GRANDMOTHERS TRIBUNAL 14 WINNING A TRANSIT REFERENDUM 15 STANDING UP FOR SICK TIME AT ICBC 16 AIRCARE IS PEOPLE CARE 17 LESSONS FROM LABOUR COLLEGE 18 FORCING ACCOUNTABILITY ON HYDRO FINANCES 19 DAY OF RECKONING COMES FOR BC LIBERALS ON HYDRO RATES
by John Horgan
20 BARGAINING BRIEFS22 FRASER INSTITUTE ATTACKS PENSIONS 23 BARGAINING UNITS 24 ORGANIZED LAUGHTER
 
President’s Opening Message
M
y twin daughters started kindergarten this fall. Of course, my wife and I have done our best at home to encourage their kindness and empa-thy, and instill a sense of fairness. But it’s one thing to do that with us and their older sister, it’s another thing altogether within a group of strangers. They’re doing great – perfecting the alphabet and counting higher, and each day brings a new lesson about fairness, sharing and teamwork. When I hear about their days at suppertime I’m reminded how much these early lessons form the foundation of your union’s daily work. To that end we’ve enthusiastically joined the Canadian Labour Con-gress’
together 
 
FAIRNESS WORKS
 campaign, which you can visit online at fairnessworks.ca. The goal of the campaign is twofold: to engage members with their unions by sparking open, honest dialogue; and to talk to Canadians about the benefits unions bring to our broader society – not just for union members. Read more on page 8. We are refining the education we offer our stewards for this fall. In response to feedback from members, classes will focus on worksite-specific training. This addition will allow activists to delve more deeply into their collective agreements and talk about strategies specific to the culture of their employers. Starting on page 12 we feature a sto-ry on an event COPE 378 was proud to sponsor the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s African Grandmothers Tribunal. Partici-pants heard directly from women whose adult children had died of AIDS and are now raising their grandchildren under de-plorable circumstances. Despite success in stemming the tide of the pandemic, in-ternational funding for HIV and AIDS pro-grams is dropping. But as the grandmoth-ers’ stories were in turn heartbreaking and inspirational, there is hope that bearing witness to this tribunal will spark renewed help from Canadians and the rest of the international community. And, as always, we’re working on serv-ing and supporting our members in their worksites. I’m proud of the lessons my daughters are learning in kindergarten, and I hope we at COPE 378 are making them proud through our commitment to fairness and teamwork.
USW 2009
The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378, is affiliated with the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, the British Columbia Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour Congress, UNI Global Union and IndustriALL.
Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378, Executive Board Members:
President:
 David Black
Secretary-Treasurer:
 Lori Mayhew
Vice Presidents:
 Annette Toth (ICBC), Gwenne Farrell (Utilities), Heather Lee (Combined Units)
 Accenture Business Services Executive Board Members:
Melanie Greenlaw, Nancy de Vries
BC Hydro Executive Board Members:
 Calvin Jonas, Rysa Kronebusch
ICBC Executive Board Members:
 Yasmin Carroll, Karin Cirez, Mike Ferguson, Joyce Galuska, Trevor Hansen
FortisBC Energy Board Member:
 Tim Bouzovetsky
FortisBC Inc. and FortisBC Customer Service Centres:
 Stephanie Smith
Combined Units Executive Board Members:
 Colleen Finn, Laurie Kirk, Petro Koromvokis, Keith Parkinson, Tim Weigelt
COPE 378 Communications & Campaigns:
Communications Director: Sage AaronCommunications Officer: Jarrah Hodge
COPE 378 Senior Union Representatives:
Brad Bastien, Glen MacInnes, Jaime Zygmunt
COPE 378 Union Representatives:
Carrol Edwards, Jack Gerow, Cathy Hirani, Barry Hodson, Ken Howie, Barbara Junker, Pat Junnila, Sarah Melsness, Bonnie Merriman, Brian Nelson, Kevin Payne, Cheryl Popeniuk, Kelly Quinn, Karen Rockwell, Stephen Von Sychowski
COPE 378 Administrative & Office Staff:
Joanne Banfield, Karen Caston, Elaine Chilman, Lise Cluff, Adele Earwaker, Yudon Garie, Shelley Lockhart, Carol McLuskie, Karen McRae, Kim Smith, Miriam Spinner
COPE 378 Financial Staff:
Damen Bring, Sandi Malhame, Donna Morris, Barbara Liang, Amandeep Sandhu
COPE 378 Legal & Advocacy Department:
Jim Quail (Legal Director), Leigha Worth
Occupational Health & Safety & WCB Appeals:
Steve Milne
Organizing:
Georgi Bates, Caitlin Gilroy
Job Evaluation:
Teresa Davie
LTD Trust Administrator:
Jim MoynhamCOPE 378 Local Voice is the official quarterly magazine published for the members of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378.ISBN 1918-9753 COPE Local 378 VoiceLetters to the editor are welcome but may be edited for brevity and clarity. Please contact COPE Local 378 for permission to reprint articles, graphics, or photographs.Address all correspondence to: COPE 378 Communications2nd Floor, 4595 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 1J9Phone: 604-299-0378 Toll Free: 1-800-664-6838Fax: 604-299-8211Visit COPE 378’s website at www.cope378.caOr contact us via email at editor@cope378.caEditor: Sage Aaron
 David Black President, COPE 378
COPE 378 Local Voice
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