Report of the Regional Vice-President, Charlottetown Head Office – May 2021

I would like to respectfully submit my RVP activities for the period of September 2020 to March 2021.   It is hard to believe that it has been over a year that we have been adapting to working in this new virtual world under these pandemic restrictions. I hope you and your family have remained safe during this unprecedented time.       Health and Safety continues to take most of my time, as I Co-chair the Local H.O. Occupational Health and Safety Committee (OHS) and Co-chair the National Occupational Health and Safety Policy Committee (NOHSPC) as well as sitting on the Bill C-65 Working Group.  I have met with National Joint Council representatives and Labour Program representatives and had several discussions and meetings on various H&S issues.         Here is some of the continuing items that I have been are working on in my role as RVP:   OSH Action Report/Plan, Business Continuity Plan, Business Response and Recovery Plan, COVID-19 Building Evacuation Plan, COVID-19 Management Action Plan, Draft Office Guidelines, Easing Restrictions, Equipment and Furniture Guidelines, Equipping Employees Remotely, First Aid Plan, Extreme Heat, Office Checklists, Hazardous Occurrence plan, OHS Gap Analysis, OHS Management Response and Action Plan, OSH Newsletter, Pandemic Plan, Survey Results, Terms of Reference, Virtual Training, H&S Floor Inspections, Employee/Employer Toolkits, Accessibility Network, Infrastructure-Draft Readiness checklist, Bill C-65 Working Group, Ergonomics, VAC-329 process just to name a few of the projects that I need to meet, discuss, review and provide feedback on.  It remains extremely busy here at H.O. from the day-to-day routines of working with the local executive and UVAE’s largest Local, virtual meetings with the DM, ADM’s, DG’s, Managers, grievances and then there’s Phoenix. I am happy to report that the ongoing issues that local 90001 was having with their inaccurate PSAC members list (we were missing roughly 300 to 400 members) is getting closer to being resolved. The local’s member list has gone from 650 members to over 1000 members. We successfully completed our first virtual Annual General Meeting and elections in March.           I have attended all UVAE H.O. Local 90001 meetings and have weekly scheduled check-in meetings with the local executive to keep both them and me up to date.       I continue in my role as an Executive Board member on the PEI Federation of Labour. I attended all PE-IFL monthly meetings, PSAC Area Council Meetings and PSAC Human Rights meetings (all virtual). Working in this new virtual world has been an adjustment for sure. Your day is no longer 8:00 to 4:00, as it often runs into the evening with meetings covering all the different time zones across the country. You also must adapt to the virtual screen time and the mental fatigue that comes along with the multiple back-to-back Teams and Zoom meetings in the virtual world. It is an adjustment for us all, your NEO has adapted well to these changes. We continue to adapt and improve our virtual processes to represent our members to best of our abilities.
In Solidarity,
Jody LaPierre