2018 APS National Council


This year’s National Council was held on the weekend of November 3, 2018, at the Toronto CBC Broadcast Centre.

This annual meeting serves as a forum for the Association’s orientation and is also as a reference point for an update on the activities which took place during the year coming to a close. As a matter of fact, the APS timeline chart brings to understand why this major event leads to the beginning of November as the end of our annual cycle.

Why in November?

The Association’s fiscal year ends on June 30 of each year. As of that date, our By-Laws provides a schedule to plan out all the series of events closing with the National Council meeting in November.  The call for applications are submitted in August, the publication of the financial statements at the end of September and the Members’ Annual General Assembly in November. These events are structured around the end of our fiscal year.

As first obligation ensuing from the end of the fiscal year is the production of the Association’s financial statements. This process consists in transmitting the Association’s financial data to the external auditors who are given a deadline of 60 business days to submit the statement of income results. However, it is in August or after the end of the fiscal year that the nominations are launched for the positions to be filled in the organization. The duration of this period extends to 10 business days.  All the APS positions entail two-year terms. Alternating every two years, we have a Notice of Election for the National President, the National Secretary and the National Treasurer and the other year the regional directors’ positions. The local elections in Toronto and Montreal are covered in the same year as the regional officers.  

The elections are supervised by way of the Office of the APS National Secretariat, via an electronic procedure by using the services of an external firm specialized in the organization of ballots. This year we asked to withdraw the obligation to proceed by electronic vote for the selection of the firm of external auditors since the positions are filled by acclamation most frequently. In these circumstances, the appeal to the national vote to confirm the appointment of the external auditors turns out in a costly expenditure only to confirm a decision already adopted by the National Executive Committee. In regard to the local votes, the elections to fill the positions of Montreal and Toronto Officers are held before September 7, at the annual meetings of each local organization.

Although there is no target date for the voting process with the participating members, the consultations are done in October so that the results are unveiled during the Members’ Annual General Assembly at the beginning of November. The sequence of the activities stems from provisions in Article 10.05 of the By-Laws which sets a term of 15 business days after the audited financial statements approved by the National Officers, to communicate to the members the date and the information relative to the National Council meeting and the Members’ Annual General Assembly.

The Content of the National Council

Along the years, the National Council agendas steadied around the reports delivered by the main actors of the organization. There was a time when these meetings revolved around joint discussions or in the presence of guest speakers. But with the increase of various committees and complexity of the workloads, the councils of today serve especially to shed light on the union’s actions carried out through the course of the year coming to an end.

This year, the beginning of the session starred the officers responsible for the several regions of the country who reported the activities and locally real-life concerns. Marcel Arsenault’s absence on a work mission in Iqaluit prevented us from receiving news from Eastern Canada, but all the other regional officials provided their activity reports.

For Montreal – Stéphane Désautels, President

For Toronto – Nathan Farr, President

For Ottawa – Daniel Lavigne, Director

For Western Region – David MacFarlane, Director


The meeting followed with the activity reports from the National Treasurer and the National Secretary.

Yves Ledoux drafted a final broad outline of his mandate as National Treasurer during the last two years by presenting an overview of the new investment policy he implemented, the reduction in telecom, licenses and maintenance fees. He also pointed that he centralized the billing system.

Dominique Barrette also presented her last membership presentation outlining the fluctuations to the end of the year.


The officers responsible for their specialized committee also gave an overview of their activities:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) from David MacFarlane

National Health and Safety  from Nathan Farr

Website status from Jennifer Barrett


At the core of the various activities’ reports are the ones from the National President, Mario Poudrier and the General Manager, Claude Beausoleil.

The first one announced we had a very busy year including the renewal of a ten-year agreement on the 0.1% contributions per employee for the increases in expenses of the social benefits and mentioned the numerous litigation before the courts. The General Manager provided a general profile of the many grievances settled throughout the year as well as those which are still active. He also announced a new plaint for the claims of a large majority of the APS membership from the SCRC (FNC-CSN) and from the Guild (Canadian Media Guild) before the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).

During the Council’s deliberations, the delegates intervene as they please as much for the questions as for the suggestions. For example, changes were brought to the website structure resulting in important savings. It is also there that originated the consultation with the members to poll the perception of the individuals towards their union through a perception survey.

 As usual, President Mario Poudrier led the proceedings so that the day would end as scheduled at 17:00 sharp. It is definitely a great improvement on past meetings that dwelled into the evening or worse until the next morning.

 


 





Daniel Lavigne

Calum McLeod


The APS By-Laws provide the obligation to hold two face-to-face National Executive Committee meetings each year. This is the reason that the Sunday following the National Council is always used to fulfill half of that obligation. The other Executive meetings are held through telephone conferences.

It was on Sunday, November 4, that President Mario Poudrier declared the opening of the meeting regrouping some ten members of the Executive. As he has done now for many years, Mario enlarged the attendance by inviting all participating members of the National Council held the day before to join in as observers.

Two major decisions were on the agenda; the replacements Dominique Barrette and Isabelle Benoit. The first one was due to Dominique’s departure from CBC and the second due to the election for the position of National Treasurer. Dominique had been elected to the position of National Secretary by acclamation in mid-August causing the National Executive to appoint a successor to replace her.  Daniel Lavigne, the Ottawa Regional Director, got the nod from the executive to replace Dominique. On a practical side, the nomination made sense because of the physical proximity involved. One of the major responsibilities of the National Secretary is representation duties on the CCSB (Consultative Committee on Social Benefits). That Committee is established in Ottawa where it holds all of its meetings, therefore eliminating travelling expenses for Daniel’s attendance. But there is much more to Daniel’s appointment. That nomination promotes him to the second-highest level of authority in APS. Among others, the National Secretary has the responsibility to replace the President in case of absence.

For Isabelle, the situation was more complex. She was sitting on the Executive as the second representative of the Montreal local Branch. In such capacity, she was representing members from outside Montreal, in the rest of Quebec. Each of the two largest branches, Montreal and Toronto are allowed two representatives on the National Executive. Those nominations originate from the local executive levels. The replacement, therefore, will be coming out of a decision made by the Montreal Local Executive according to the By-Laws. But Isabelle was also sitting as a member of the Investment Committee which is the responsibility of the National Executive Committee. For that strategic nomination, the Executive Committee chose Calum McLeod from Toronto. Calum comes to us with a solid background in finance having held similar positions with another union of the CBC. He is also the one representing us on the Pension Fund Board as one of the only two union representatives sitting that committee. Calum will then become part of our team for CCSB dealings along with Mario and Daniel for the APS team.

Outstanding issues remain to be settled: the replacement of Isabelle Benoit as the second Montreal member of the National Executive Committee to be decided by the Montreal Branch. Also, the replacement of Daniel Lavigne as Director for the Ottawa Region, by an interim mandate will be decided by the National Executive. APS Regional Directors are elected on two-year mandates; besides Ottawa, the other Regional Directors represent the Eastern and Western parts of the country. When a vacancy occurs, the interim nomination stands until the end of the mandate which will be in 2019 in this case.

In closing then, the National Executive is pleased to announce the arrival of those two new players in their respective new roles; Daniel Lavigne from Ottawa and Calum McLeod from Toronto.



This year’s National Council held in Toronto on the weekend of November 3 marked an important changing of the guard at the top of the APS pyramid of power.

On one side there was the opening left for the position of National Treasurer as a result of Yves Ledoux’s retirement from CBC after a long and productive career while the other was the opening for the position of National Secretary as the result of a career change on the part of Dominique Barrette.

For the National Treasurer’s position, the replacement was organized through the voting process which resulted in the election of Isabelle Benoit as our new Treasurer. For the National Secretary’s position, we had to rely on the Association’s By-Laws due to Dominique’s resignation date. Dominique was selected for her new job outside the Corporation in September, after her election to the National Secretary’s position. In such a situation, our rules provide for the nomination of an interim replacement by the National Executive to complete the mandate. Daniel Lavigne, also from Ottawa was designated as Dominique’s interim successor at the National Executive Committee Meeting at the Broadcast Centre in Toronto, on November 4, 2018.

In both cases, the APS family was losing officers that had left their mark in their respective functions.


In the case of Yves, the commitment was a long-standing affair dating from the very beginning of APS. He had been recruited by the very first APS National Secretary, Marc Lapierre while both of them were working at the ex-Engineering CBC Headquarters in Côte-Saint Luc. Yves’ union career evolved at all the levels of the organization. Starting as a participating member, he reached the local executive level as a Director for the Montreal Branch followed by National level responsibilities as National Secretary and then as National Treasurer.

He is retiring by leaving us with the legacy of our new Investment Policy which will give us access to higher returns on interests while preserving as always the integrity of our capital assets



As for Dominique, she is leaving with much shorter seniority standing but still with a sound legacy. She reorganized our membership monitoring system to provide stronger fluctuation control and mainly, a user-friendly monthly report system opening up easy access to all.

Dominique was the one who also launched our very first feedback survey system to measure the members’ perceptions toward their union (Perception Survey). Her involvement with APS was the spark leading her to a career switch in favour of union work.


Thus two departures saluted warmly by all those who attended this year’s National Council. The weekend also marked the ultimate attendance of Jeff Gardiner at an APS National Council. On top of his unfailing presence through the years, Jeff is also leaving us with a record which will prove hard to beat for distance travelled as our delegate from Yellowknife.

The best for your retirement Jeff !


This year the Annual General Assembly of Members was held at the Toronto Broadcast Centre in the heart of Ontario’s capital. More precisely, it started promptly at nine AM on Sunday, November 4, 2018, because of the procedure tied to the electronic voting arrangements. The two Election Officers responsible for the disclosure of the results represented respectively the English and the French Networks. They were the ones connecting to access the results and afterward unveiling them to the General Assembly. David MacFarlane from Edmonton was representing the English Network while Sébastien Fleurant was officiating for the French Network. Sébastien was replacing Marcel Arsenault, the original nominee who could not attend.  Marcel had to be excused because of a work assignment in Iqaluit.

Three different votes were submitted to the 407 voting members of APS. The participation rate for the election was recorded at 45.45%, a percentage slightly higher than the ones recorded in previous years.

For the position of National Treasurer of the Association the winner is Isabelle Benoit from Montreal, a clear choice with an impressive 55.68% of the votes (103 votes). In order, the two other candidates Jerry Ding and Gary Gornik respectively received 29.19% and 15.14% of the votes. Members attending the event were enthusiastic in congratulating the winner. The President Mario Poudrier also congratulated the other candidates while saluting the presence of Jerry Ding and extended his invitation to continue participating in the association as a valued member of the Investment Committee.

The Other Votes

Two other votes were submitted to members: the nomination of external auditors and the abrogation of the compulsory national consultation for the nomination of those auditors.

The proposal from the National Executive Committee to appoint the accounting firm Désormeaux Patenaude Inc. to produce the financial statements for the fiscal year 2018-2019 was accepted with a 77.84% approval rate (144 votes).

However the vote to abandon a national election for the selection of the auditors did not reach the standard affixed in our national By-Laws. To authorize a change in the By-Laws a minimum of 66% of the votes recorded at the election has to be reached. In this consultation only 57.30% of voters (106 votes) opted to support the proposal to eliminate the national vote for the nomination of external auditors; in other words, less than 10% of the requirement.  However strict opposition to the proposal was not that strong with only 32 members (17.30%) actually voting against the measure. The failure to reach the mark was caused by the large number of 47 abstentions (25.41%). Grounds for reflection as this result means we will again hold a national vote next year for the nomination of external auditors.

In order to provide members the opportunity to know the candidates seeking election for the positions to be filled on the October 22 vote, APS offered each one the opportunity to use our Website to deliver a message of their choice.

Guidelines were sent to each candidate to ensure a fair and equal process. Also the individual messages are to be made available to the voters by the company responsible for the electronic consultation.

The following presentations are made by each of the candidates running for an election to be conducted from Monday, October 22 to Sunday, October 28, 2018, inclusive, with the voting members of APS. Three candidates are seeking election for the position of National Treasurer: Isabelle Benoit from Montreal, Jerry Ding, from Edmonton and Gary Gornik from Toronto.






Hello,

 

My name is Gary Gornik and I am running for the position of National Treasurer for APS.  I decided to volunteer my services to APS and its members in the best way I thought possible.

 I have been with the CBC for 28 years and 20 of those years have been dedicated to the Engineering Department (MTIS). My present position is as Senior Systems Designer / Senior Project Lead, which involves the management and tracking of millions of dollars amongst a variety of projects and responsibilities.

 I have also been a member of the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Canada as a volunteer for 25 years. During that time, I held the position of District Treasurer for two years and Club Treasurer for 12 years.  With this experience, I have acquired the knowledge and skills to account for every dollar and, given the chance, I would be honored to share this with you.

 While usually known as a background role, the position as Treasurer, for me, is of the utmost importance for an effective operation of any establishment or organization. I understand that detail and accuracy are critical in this role and I demand nothing less. I have the ability and the means to perform the duties as National Treasurer and I am eager to do so, given the opportunity.

 While this simple introduction may make it difficult for you to choose between myself and the other candidates, it is still important that you make the right choice.

 So, when you take the time to vote, I am requesting that you vote for me.  I will not disappoint you.


Many thanks,

 

Gary Gornik

 

 

 



Fellow APS members,

My name is Jerry Ding and I am offering my service to APS as the National Treasurer.

I was trained as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with specializations in Corporate Finance and Internal Audit in 2013, and later obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Alberta specializing in business strategies, financial management and investments.

I joined APS and CBC/Radio-Canada in 2015 and, since then, have been managing accounting, reporting and budgets for CBC Edmonton in a financial controller’s capacity. I provide professional advice to members of APS, CMG and Management to ensure policy adherence, budget compliance, and financial accountability.

I am a member of the APS Investment Committee. In the past year, I worked with the incumbent National Treasurer and other committee members in evaluating and recommending investment opportunities for APS assets, aiming at maximizing overall rates of returns while protecting investment principals. I also participated in the 2017 APS National Council and General Assembly in Montreal as an observer and advisor.

According to the APS By-laws, the National Treasurer is an important and specialized position that is tasked with a host of professional accounting duties including:

  1. Ensure preparation and submission of audited financial statements
  2. Coordinate and respond to external auditors’ requests
  3. Safeguard and invest union assets
  4. Review travel and expense claims
  5. Ensure policy and by-law adherence

These tasks require specialized knowledge and training, and call for a candidate with thorough knowledge of accounting, auditing, investment and financial management, and a candidate with honesty, integrity and unbiased judgment in order to protect the interest of the members.

If elected, I will commit myself to improving the union’s operation and promoting financial transparency through:

  1. Quarterly easy-to-understand  financial updates to members through website postings
  2. Timely publication and interpretation of annual financial statements and auditor’s report
  3. Disclosure to members of all significant union travel and expense claims

I would make myself available to members, and respond to your questions, concerns, or suggestions whenever needed.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Jerry Ding


Hello to you!

 My name is Isabelle Benoit, thank you for taking the time to read my story!

 I have been working at CBC/Radio-Canada for 24 years. I am a TV Technical Producer for variety shows, but I have also worked on news and drama programs in the past.

 I have been involved in the APS Executive Committee for over 11 years, first as a local director in Montreal, then as regional director for Quebec. I am proud to represent you at the highest level of decision-making in our association, the National Executive Committee. I was also part of the Bargaining Committee and I helped in the creation of our new investment policy by serving as a full member of the Committee responsible for the conception of this policy.

 I am now seeking the position of National Treasurer that I have come to know well by working closely with our current treasurer, Yves Ledoux, in setting up an investment strategy that brings a higher growth rate for our savings while preserving the capital. An initiative that is likely to bring us more wealth in the future.

 By participating in the recent negotiations between APS and CBC/Radio-Canada management, I have the necessary experience to know from within the structuring of collective agreements and relations with senior management.

 I speak French and English and those who know me will acknowledge how rigorous and honest I am. I want to continue serving our members and I would like to get more involved in the core of APS by becoming the National Treasurer.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Isabelle Benoit

 

National Council

This year, Toronto will host the APS National Council. During the week-end of November 3, at the CBC Broadcast Centre. Delegates from the different regions of the country will meet to decide on the orientations of the association as well as learning about the various work activities in the life of the union. The President, the National Secretary, the Treasurer as well as the General Manager will provide accounts of the outputs from their respective areas of concern while delegates will inform the assembly of their preoccupations and realities in the regional Round table event.

Members in good standing wishing to attend may contact their local APS officers to obtain the status of delegate. Our By-Laws provide the possibility to nominate one delegate per share of 50 members. Members in good standing residing in the location of the National Council can also attend as observers. Maria Gaglione, APS Coordinator, is responsible for overseeing the operation.

Members’ Annual General Assembly

The day after the National Council, Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Members’ Annual General Meeting takes place at 9 am at the same location (CBC Broadcast Centre). The purpose of the meeting is to disclose election results following the vote held electronically during the week of October 22, 2018. This year three topics will be submitted to voting members. 1- the proposal to renew the mandate of the APS external auditors (Désormeaux, Patenaude Inc.) as submitted by our National Executive Committee (50%+), 2- the proposal for a modification to APS By-Laws - the removal of section d) Article 10.05: a draft resolution to appoint the external auditor for the next fiscal year (66%); 3- Notice of the election for the position of National Treasurer: (candidates - Isabelle Benoit, Jerry Ding or Gary Gornik).

The National President Mario Poudrier and the National Secretary Dominique Barrette have both been elected by acclamation.

Two election officers representing each network, have been appointed to oversee proceedings; David MacFarlane Regional Director in the West and Marcel Arsenault Regional Director in the East. They will be responsible for announcing the results by connecting to the company conducting the consultation, Big Pulse.

The beginning and duration period during which members in good standing will be able to cast their vote will be held from Monday, October 22, 2018, to Sunday, October 28, 2018, at midnight.

 National Executive Committee Meeting 

Immediately following the Annual General Assembly, the National Executive Committee will meet for one of its yearly two face-to-face compulsory meetings.

This marks the start of the new mandates for officers facing elections while the rest of the members engage in the second year of their two-year mandates. All APS positions are submitted to two-year rotating mandates.

 Financial Statements year ended 30 June 2018

Members in good standing who require access to the Association’s financial statements are invited to submit their request to the Coordinator at aps@apscbcsrc.org.


 

 


Nomination Deadlines for the Positions of National President, National Secretary and National Treasurer

At the end of the period to file applications for the three national positions that were up for election this year, only one will be the object of a call for an election with the APS participating members to select the National Treasurer of the Association. The positions of National President and National Secretary have been awarded by acclamation. Mario Poudrier from Montreal has been reappointed for a ninth consecutive mandate at the helm of the Association while Dominique Barrette from Ottawa will serve her second mandate after her election to the position two years ago.  Congratulations to the newly elected National Officers!

There will be three candidates bidding for the position of National Treasurer: Isabelle Benoit from Montreal, Gary Gornik from Toronto and Jerry Ding from Edmonton. All three applicants met with success the eligibility requirements specified in our By-Laws to qualify for the purpose of becoming candidates in a national vote to be held next October 2018.

As in the past, APS will make available its Web site to give the opportunity for the candidates to make personal representations to promote their candidacies with the voting members of the Association. Equal conditions will prevail for all candidates should they wish to use the platform on a voluntary basis.

The official start of the mandates will begin at the APS National General Council to be held on the week-end of November 3rd , 2018 in Toronto. Until then, the position of National Treasurer will continue to be filled by Yves Ledoux who is also taking the opportunity to join the ranks of CBC Pensioners. Yves will have been one of the true pioneers of the Association, having been there since the very outset in 1995. First as a participating member, then as a member of the Montreal Executive as National Secretary and finally as National Treasurer. It’s notably under his tenure as Treasurer that APS adopted the first Investment Policy to ensure the optimization of the union’s assets while preserving its capital.


Two Different Elections

On top of the choice of their future National Treasurer, voting members will be asked to vote on a change to the By-Laws in the next national election. The National Executive Committee will be submitting a proposal to require an acceptance rate of 66% approval for ratification. The proposal will be to do away with the obligation to hold a national vote for the selection of the firm of external auditors selected for the production of the yearly Financial Statements for the Association. This procedure has been there since the outset with voting members being asked to accept the Executive Committee’s choice for an external auditing firm. And year after year the result is always the same with almost unanimous acceptance of the Executive Committee’s choice. The procedure is costly as it entails the hiring of a specialized firm to conduct the voting consultation to confirm a choice already made by the Executive. The financial responsibilities of the Executive Committee would be in no way changed or modified if the proposal was adopted. The purpose is to cut down on spending as well as to simplify procedures. But in the end, as always, the choice will be in the hands of the voters.




Any member in good standing wishing to solicit a two-year mandate for the positions of National President, National Secretary or National Treasurer needs to file an application at the Union’s head office by mail at 1212 Panet Street, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 2Y7, by fax at (450) 575-0572 or E-mail at aps@apscbcsrc.org before August 27, 2018.

The call for applications will run from August 10 to August 27, 2018 at midnight, as provided for in our By-Laws.

The attached nomination form to be filed by the applicant also requires the endorsement of five (5) members in good standing currently registered with APS.


apscbcsrc.org/display/en/Forms

 Nomination Form 2018 - National Executive Elections- August 2018



Membership Application Form to become member in good standing:

APS Membership Application Form.pdf



2018 Salary Review


CBC / Radio-Canada published the 2018 salary review guidelines and is available on MySource, under My Compensation/Total Compensation Statement/Program details. Your manager should communicate your salary revision shortly. Similar to last year, after your manager has finalized and approved the content of your annual review, you are asked to go to MySource, 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

For a second year in a row, salary ranges are showing significant increases, particularly for the PB-6 and PB-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.

 

That means that, in 2018-2019, an employee who meets these requirements should receive at least a salary of:

PB-4: $ 59,900

PB-5: $ 68,900

PB-6: $ 80,600

PB-7: $ 94,600

 

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

(613) 288-6225

dominique.barrette@apscbcsrc.org

 

For more information :

2018 Salary Review Guidelines:   Salary review

Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ

 


A few weeks ago, CBC / Radio-Canada informed us that a theft had taken place in one of its establishments and that the stolen equipment could contain confidential financial data. Each potentially affected person should have received a letter at their home containing more specific information, a proposal of surveillance at Equifax and the number of a helpline to answer additional questions.

 APS takes the situation very seriously and as part of a joint action by all the unions of CBC / Radio-Canada, we sent a letter to Monique Marcotte, Vice-President, People and Culture, in order to obtain more information on the situation and to answer the requests from our members. Therefore, do not hesitate to communicate with your union representative or manager if you have additional questions.

 


Perception Survey

At APS bi-annual National Executive Committee meeting, the poll results on the perception survey of the members towards their Union were unveiled. It took place at one of the two face-to-face compulsory meetings where APS Officers of the National Executive Committee have to meet in person to fulfill their responsibilities. The other meetings are usually held by teleconference.  It is Dominique Barrette, APS National Secretary and responsible for this project since the beginning, who presented to the attendees the results of this consultation conducted between February 27 and March 16, 2018. It was a new initiative endorsed by the executive as a result of a proposal formulated by Dominique whose professional specialty correlates with the same area of expertise. Therefore, with full knowledge of the facts, she reported the polling results by highlighting the most significant aspects of this consultation in which participated 42% of the members.


Active Participation of the Members

The survey was directed to all APS members and called for the participation on a voluntary basis.  Both voting and non-voting members were solicited which amounts to approximately 800 participants. The external firm Ad Hoc was delegated to invite the members in participating in the electronic voting process over a period of two weeks.  In terms of response rate, 42% of the total solicited members completed the survey which ensures a sufficient participation rate to guarantee the accuracy of the results. The content of the survey focused on measuring the individual member’s point of view vis-à-vis their union by polling their level of satisfaction as much as their evaluation of the actions taken to serve their needs efficiently. The survey also covered the knowledge of the members with respect to the various components of their union structure and its contribution to their working conditions. Overall, there were about fifty questions including the participants’ demographic data.


A Positive Image

Generally, the survey presents a rather positive view from the members towards the union.  Three questions referred to the global perception of the union.

 The crucial question which addressed it directly « Overall, I am satisfied with the union, » resulted in a high satisfaction level as high of 68% in favoring a positive view from the members towards their union. Furthermore, on the question which dealt with the importance for members to be represented by a union in their professional life also resulted in a positive score, in this case, 67%. Finally, in regards to the relevance of the actions taken by their union to defend all its members’ interests, a percentage of 78% of the respondents certifies that the union indeed defends their interests with the employer.


Areas of Improvements

Now for the less flattering aspects of the survey results, they can be summed up by weaknesses in communication. This will guide the executive committee in concentrating on an action path for improvement.  Only 41% knew the identity of the union representative closest to their work environment. This leads to bringing about a remedial action the Executive Committee will not hesitate to undertake. Likewise, 74% of the members would appreciate that the union communicates with the members more often. Again, the executive committee understands the message clearly and improvements are imminent, but it is necessary to make the proper improvements. As an example, a few years ago an awareness campaign on this issue was launched with a weekly column on our website entitled « The question of the week ». Communications pertaining to topics related to working conditions were forwarded to the members’ personal mail every week. The project had to be abandoned as the result of negative reactions. Finally, feedback which surprised more than a few; 70% of the members wish to see APS getting more involved in public campaigns involving the Corporation. It is a significant change of orientation since APS always maintained a discretion policy towards this type of communication. Despite the new costs, the switch in orientation will be taken into consideration since APS has always invested only in the direct defense of the interests of its members.


Conclusion

So, this first incursion in the scientific measures of the members’ perception towards the union representing them, uncovered revealing results. The members are widely favorable with the group of their peers representing them at the executive level, but they wish for changes especially regarding communication. The executive officers took due note and in the next months, they will implement the required changes. It is imperative to thank the one who initiated this course of action, Dominique Barrette, APS National Secretary who launches a new approach within the union. It is an unprecedented measure, along with the same lines as building the union demands for the negotiation of the collective agreement to start with scientific polls with the voting members. APS adheres to its values based on the individual will of the members. The use of the scientific polls ensures the best consultation source for the decision makers of the union. APS hopes to continue in the interest of the democratization of its union activities.

 

A NEW CLAIM FROM THE CSN


NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES


The Canada Industrial Relations Board has just issued to the CBC the obligation to post an application from the CSN union in the French Network to claim a large majority of jobs occupied by APS members. Filed on March 22, 2018, the application is aimed at the French Network and it comes from the SCRC (FNC-CSN) the union now representing the majority of unionized workers in the French Network as the result of the unification process similar to the one undertaken in the English Network many years ago. More precisely the claim is aimed at all APS members who are not Supervisors or holders of diplomas at the Master’s level or higher. In French, the words of the CSN claim, target members holding Bachelor’s degrees or lower level diplomas).  The Notice To Employees will, therefore, be posted in the French Network locations available for consultation by CBC employees.

This new claim is a first as it targets more employees than previous attempts made by other unions in the past. It was in the year 2000 that the very first such claim was filed against members of APS by another union. We have been successful in preserving the composition of or bargaining unit for more than 18 years now despite numerous claims coming from the English Network as well as from the French Network.

APS is committed to defending the integrity of its bargaining unit and it will continue to do so successfully as it has been doing for the past 18 years. It was founded by CBC employees and will continue to defend the values that belong to them.