Members who work for the Yukon Government have a contractual right to severance pay.
When do you get it and how much is severance pay?
Why does the employer try to take it away from members at every round of bargaining?
In this 1-hour Zoom session, you will learn all about your severance pay.
James Infantino, PSAC's pension and benefits specialist, will be on hand to answer all your severance-related questions.
Join us by Zoom on Tuesday November 1st at 7 pm.
Please RSVP by clicking the red Send RSVP below.
Every worker has the right to speak up about hazards, including bullying and psychological hazards, in the workplace. If work is unsafe, you can file a complaint. It is illegal for employers to punish you for making a complaint. Join us in this 2-hour session to find out how to make a health and safety complaint and what to do when the employer does not adequately deal with the issue.
You can take Union Leave if you are scheduled to work during this session.
Tuesday, October 18th, 9am to 5pm by Zoom
Please click on the SEND RSVP button below to register.
Stewards and staff regularly encounter members with stories and symptoms of trauma. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of one's own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful.
This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experiences and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a personalized plan to repair negative effects as well as accelerate their resilience.
The YEU has contracted the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute to facilitate this important course.
Some of the topics included:
- Signs of Vicarious Trauma
- Anchor Points that Keep You Solid and Steady
- Empathy – A Vicarious Experience
- Building Self-Awareness of the Impact of Working with Trauma
- External Factors Impacting the Effects of Trauma Work
- Individual Factors Impacting the Effects of Trauma Work
- Recognize the Sound and Feel of Your Alarm
- Strategies for Building Empathic Resilience
- Practicing Vicarious Resilience
- Building a Personalized Plan
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Describe the process of vicarious impact on a helper from working with trauma
- Distinguish between the concepts of secondary stress, vicarious trauma, and vicarious resilience
- Identify key vulnerabilities and strengths in one’s own practice as a helper
- List strategies for the transformation of vicarious impact into resilience
Can't join us on October 18th? Click on the link below or a free 1-hour webinar on vicarious trauma:
Are you an experienced Shop Steward who wants to support newly trained Stewards in your Local?
Apply to become a mentor and come to our 1-day course to learn coaching skills and share your experiences. We will cover the YEU Shop Steward Learning Path, how to give feedback, and tips to help new Stewards feel supported, connected, and engaged in the union.
Spaces are limited. Deadline to apply is September 9th.
Contact us for details about this important role.
2285 2nd Ave
Whitehorse, YT y1A 1C9
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Unionized members fight hard to obtain and protect strong workplace pensions. Pensions are deferred wages that allow workers to retire in dignity. Defined benefit pension plans are the best and most efficient way to provide a secure and predictable income in retirement. In this 2-hour Zoom session, you will learn how your Whitehorse General Hospital pension is calculated, how unpaid leave periods affect your pension, and many other aspects of your defined benefit pension plan.
James Infantino, PSAC's pension and benefits specialist will be on hand to answer all your pension-related questions. If you are not a WGH employee but are interested in a similar session for your workplace, let us know and we'll plan a session for you and your co-workers.
Join us by Zoom on Monday, September 26th at 7 pm.
Please RSVP by clicking the red Send RSVP below.
"The Labour Movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress"
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We're excited to launch a one-year pilot project that will help build a stronger union at the local level. The YEU with support from PSAC is developing a network of trained Local Organizers who will connect with members and plan engaging activities.
Unions give workers a strong collective voice so that we have dignity and respect at work. Organizing is necessary to have strong unions. Workers can win big in the face of big challenges if we build power and unity in the workplace. We organize to build knowledge and power and then use it when we need to. An organized workplace engages members through the lens of union values of solidarity, safety, interdependence, inclusion, and the common good.
Click here to read more about organizing in a union Local.
How will Local Organizers do this work of organizing?
Local Organizers participated in a 2-day workshop in June of 2022 to learn organizing skills: how to have engaging conversations with members, how to map workplaces, and how to develop a plan of action for each Local.
Throughout the year, Local Organizers will run activities that the Local wants and needs. They can range from orienting new members to the union to building support for upcoming negotiations.
The amount of time that each Local Organizer will spend on organizing activities will vary from Local to Local. At least 18 days over the year is planned.
For more information about the Local Organizer role, check out the FAQ.
Who can be a Local Organizer?
Any member of the YEU can be a Local Organizer. Local Organizers are selected from applicants who demonstrate an interest and a commitment to building a stronger union.
Interested members can still step up and be Local Organizers.
There is a 3-day course coming up on September 21-22-13 that will give you many of the skills to engage your co-workers. The deadline for applying to this course is August 31st.
Please contact Lynne Pajot for more information on Local Organizing.
Are you a supervisor, or team lead? It isn't always easy navigating the fine line between the supervisory role and some other roles that management may be nudging supervisory members to take on.
Don't get stuck between a rock and a hard place!!
Join in this is one-day workshop that will help you further develop effective relationships with co-workers and with management. You'll get tips on how unionized supervisors can carry out their duties and how tensions and conflicts in the workplace can be addressed without undermining solidarity. This course is designed for supervisors who are members of any Bargaining Unit. Local Shop Stewards and Local Executive leaders are also encouraged to register for this in-person workshop. Spaces are limited so please RSVP now to save a spot. You can attend this workshop with no loss of pay by taking Union Leave.
Deadline to RSVP is September 2nd.
Your collective agreement is an indispensable tool.
For most of us, knowing what the wording in the Collective Agreement really means can be a challenge. Yet, the Collective Agreement is the most important document in a union member's working life.
This one-day workshop will enhance your understanding of this important document. You will get to know some of its key provisions as the workshop introduces you to an easy, four-step approach to collective agreement interpretation. Using case studies, you will practice applying the collective agreement to real workplace situations.
Any member who works at YG can take this course on paid union leave. All YG Shop Stewards and supervisors are strongly encouraged to take this workshop.
Click here for some pre-course reading.
The deadline for RSVPing is October 7th.
Are you a new employee and want to learn how you and your co-workers are stronger as union members?
Get the information you need to get connected to your Union Local and know more about your rights at work.
We meet by Zoom for 45 minutes. You will have the chance to ask questions about the probation period, your rights and anything else you want to know about being part of the YEU.
All members are welcome, even those who have been around a while but never participated in a union orientation session.
If you like to take self-paced online courses check out the new PSAC Learner's portal. There is a short 1-hour introductory course that is very informative for new members.