Victoria Regional Office

210 – 1497 Admirals Road

Victoria BC, V9A2P8

tel: (250) 953-1050

toll-free: 1 (866) 953-1050

$5000 Free Life Insurance

"Did you know you can get $5k free life insurance?" "If you are under the age of 70, you are eligible for this free insurance. Mail to: PSAC Victoria Office, 210 – 1497 Admirals Road, Victoria BC, V9A 2P8. Download Enrolment Card

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We are proud to be one of PSAC’s

Directly Chartered Locals.

PSAC members perform an impressive array of functions. We preserve Canada’s natural and historic heritage. We collect statistics for the business community. We maintain airport runways and navigation systems. We monitor fish stocks. We provide support to the military and RCMP. We administer pensions and employment insurance. We respond to emergencies at airports and at sea. We predict the weather. We do agricultural research. We help new Canadians get settled. We stop guns and drugs at the border. We make sure our food is safe to eat. We work with inmates and parolees. We support veterans and their families. We send out tax refunds. We do all of these things, and many more.

Dave MacLauglin - Luc Guevremont & Kevin Bendal at March AGM 2017

History of the Local

Presidents: Ches Bennett, Jim Sidel, David Schinbein

The original Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 by Captain Edward Walter, a retired officer of the Crimean War who wished to help England’s veterans make the difficult transition back to civilian life and employment. Although our Governor General proposed during the aftermath of World War I that a similar organization be formed in Canada, it wasn’t until 1925 that Commissionaires offices were established in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Today, there are seventeen autonomous divisions, and a Commissionaires presence in every province.

In 2000, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) began canvassing Commissionaires to sign union membership cards. Our Local, known as the Commissionaires Union of BC (Victoria, the Islands and Yukon) PSAC Local 05/20500, was created as a Directly Chartered Local shortly thereafter. At that time, management provided only two benefits to Commissionaires: minimal bonuses and a 2.5% RRSP contribution. Wages hovered around $9.00 per hour in 2000, and there was no grievance procedure in place.

We’ve come a long way since then; our occupational environment has improved considerably in terms of working conditions, compensation, and benefits. One of the most important benefits we’ve been able to offer is proper representation – the vast majority of employee grievances filed in the last decade have resulted in a fair and acceptable outcome for all involved. Your Local has also cooperated with management in setting up bodies such as the Joint Union Management Committee (JUMC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

Most importantly: we have, with the help of direct input from our membership, negotiated three Collective Agreements, each one better than the last. As our membership continues to grow stronger, so too does our position at the bargaining table. And thus, with an ever-expanding base, we’ve been able to press for increases in remuneration, the expansion of benefits, and upgrades to the overall quality of the Collective Agreements that protects us.

Union activity in the workplace: The real rules

PSAC members have the right to promote and build our union in the workplace. Members have the right to be kept informed on the employer’s premises during non-work time, before or after shifts and during paid or unpaid breaks and lunch periods. This is the law.

Members have the right to:

Read union literature. Members can also sign petitions and share information about the union’s campaigns during non-working time.

Talk union. Members can talk to co-workers about the union at work as they would any other subject – and help keep everyone informed about PSAC activities.

Hand out leaflets before and after work. Members can distribute materials outside or inside the workplace. Even if the entrance is in a commercial area, members have a legal right to engage in this activity. The employer is prohibited from interfering with these lawful union activities.

Desk drops. Members can “drop” information at members’ work stations, providing they have permission from the employer. With the employer's permission, the union may distribute publications that reflect the union’s perspective on workplace issues, as long as the information is accurate and non-defamatory. This is a great way to invite members to information sessions, provide updates on union business and recruit new volunteers.

Post information on union bulletin boards. Collective agreements generally allow members to use workplace bulletin boards for union purposes. Make these boards “communication central” for the union by keeping them up to date. Remember to include contact information for local representatives.

Wear the union message. Members can wear buttons, lanyards, stickers, t-shirts and other items that communicate the union’s message. Even if members wear a uniform, there are ways of wearing a union message!

If management interferes with the rights of members or discourages them from participating in our union in any way, stewards must take action:

get information from the affected member(s)

contact their supervisor to resolve the issue

if there is no satisfactory response, file a grievance

if management insists on interfering, advise the member to comply and then grieve.

If management interferes with your rights or discourages you from participating in our union in any way, contact your steward, local officer, component or PSAC regional office.