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.
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.
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.
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.
APS Perception Survey conducted by the research firm AD Hoc closed on March 19, 2018 with a participation rate of 41%.
THANK YOU to all the members who completed the survey.
The research firm Ad Hoc sent the invitation to participate in the first APS Perception survey. It is now the opportunity for all of you, APS members to express your opinion vis-à-vis your union and for the elected APS representatives to better understand the members’ needs and expectations.
Be assured your answers will remain strictly confidential.
We invite you to participate in large numbers and thank you in advance for your collaboration.
The Association of Professionals and Supervisors of CBC / Radio-Canada
At the last National Council held in November 2017 participating members brought up the topic of self-evaluation to explore the ways to upgrade services provided by the union to its membership. While many suggestions were brought to the table, the idea to proceed by direct consultation with the members stood out as the best option for future endeavours. It was then Dominique Barrette, the National General Secretary, seconded by David MacFarlane, Director for the Western Region who took on the task of piloting the advent of an evaluation survey to capture the pulse of the APS membership.
We are now at the eve of launching our first consultation with the members as a brand new initiative pursuing our goals of transparency as well as made to measure tools to service our clientele solely comprised exclusively of CBC employees, the only masters of this organization.
Thus in February the 800 members of the APS will be convened individually via email, by Ad Hoc Research, a firm specializing in perception surveys. The approach will be under the seal of confidentiality and will be compiled anonymously. We invite all members to participate, because your voice is important to us. When we will be closer to the start of the operation we will send you an invitation to collaborate as a personalized message.
The New Year marks a new beginning
New people to meet
New adventures to enjoy
New memories to create
Here’s wishing you the Happiest New Year ever!
The new Investment Policy will be enacted under the supervision of the National Treasurer of APS. No change at that level but many improvements to hope for better returns on investments. The policy officializes a long-standing tradition in APS since its beginnings; a no risk position for the association’s capital « The selection of investment products will never at any time place the capital at risk, neither causing its reduction. » (Excerpt from the Policy).
It is by a more efficient management of the cash flow as well as a more judicious choice of the sequences for investments that APS is aiming to maximize returns. The choice of investment tools could also provide better results. The work of the brand new Investment Committee should serve to supply the National Treasurer with new avenues to lead to success.
Supervision and Accountability
To best understand the new system for investments we need to look at the way it works. The National Treasurer (Yves Ledoux) still reports to the National Executive Committee. Both for each investment as well as for the approval of the lines of conduct, it’s at the National Executive level that final decisions are made. Twice a year during the compulsory face-to-face meetings of the National Executive members, the Treasurer will be presenting the status results for the investments of APS funds including sources, returns, the terms and the promises on the rate of returns. During the year the current investment management will be subjected to the same rules of supervision which means the approval of the Executive for each renewal or new investment. On its side, the Investment Committee will serve to enlighten the moves of the Treasurer by being made aware of all pertinent data concerning investments.
The members of the new committee are made up of a minimum of four representatives, two from each Network of the CBC. The founding members are Nathan Farr and Jerry Ding for the English Network with Isabelle Benoit and Nicolas Ouellet representing the French Network.
Results remain to be seen with the hope that the initiative will bring rewards as early as in the coming year.
Two main courses of action animated the discussions at the National Council held this year in Montreal:
Communications; Build a stronger relationship with the members
Finance; Maximize return on investments
The participants to the APS annual meeting targeted improvements to the Association’s communication channels and financial security. The changes will be applied in the following months and there is reason to believe that the membership will notice the results in the near future.
Undoubtedly, the improvement of communication with the members of the Association will be the most visible initiative.
As a result of the intervention from APS National Secretary, Dominique Barrette, the idea to proceed with an in-depth analysis of the members’ expectations towards their association led the way to the development of a perception survey to be implemented soon. This unprecedented initiative to date will allow APS elected officers to thoroughly identify the members’ vision towards their Association. Every one of the eight hundred members will be invited to participate in individual feedback. This initiative belongs to the same family of measures which gave us the individual survey method to submit union demands for the collective agreement negotiations.
By taking this course of action, it will be possible to capture a realistic snapshot of every member’s current state of mind with regard to his or her Union. The whole survey will be conducted professionally and in complete confidentiality. The hope is to reach a participation rate as high as the CROP surveys on the negotiations, to confirm a validated representation of the members’ perceptions.
Still on the communications topic, the Executive Committee supported a resolution to review the layout of our current Website. By modernizing its framework, APS will also considerably reduce the related expenses. For example, the advent of virtual servers wipes out our obligations to pay the substantial costs for physical servers hosted in highly secured locations. These changes will also impact the website operations as a communication tool. Based on the data received from the perception survey, APS’s objective is to further improve the communication with its members.
MORE PROFITABLE INVESTMENTS
A roundtable discussion on the organization’s financial issues at the National Council on Saturday allowed us to perceive a consensus for a new approach to benefit from the Union’s assets. The APS financial security issue has been in the works for quite a while now. The introduction of an investment policy is at the heart of this change. Essentially, APS wishes to maintain its tradition of investing the assets of the organization without ever risking the capital. However, this constraint does not prevent from managing the capital resourcefully. This is why the Executive Committee created an Investment Committee to study more sophisticated options resulting in returns on investment superior to those we have presently. So far, as funds became available, the Treasurer of the Association invested the surplus money in guaranteed certificates of investment (GCI). Going forward, the Investment Committee will be responsible for submitting their recommendations to the Treasurer. The latter will then submit a proposal to the National Executive Committee before making any investment. This is what the policy will bring about for the future. The advent of the process has been a continuous long-term endeavor for the last two years. The Executive reviewed the latest draft of the policy during the meeting on Sunday, November 5th. The final version should be adopted soon.
However, the Investment Committee members have been already appointed and they participated in the National Council’s deliberations on Saturday, November 4th. Nicolas Ouellet from Montreal, Jerry Ding from Edmonton and Nathan Farr from Toronto provided some examples of the potential gains with the investments of the Association assets by introducing a more structured plan. A more effective plan in managing APS funds will positively impact our economic position and give us access to higher return on investments while maintaining the established zero risk in the capital invested.
The members of the Investment Committee are appointed to represent equally both Networks of the Corporation. There is a minimum of four (4) members on the Committee, two from the French Network and two from the English Network. The idea emerged last year as the result of discussions at the National Council. The National Executive Committee subsequently proceeded to the nomination of Nathan Farr and Jerry Ding to represent the English Network while Isabelle Benoit and Nicolas Ouellet were chosen to represent the French Network.
We will supply you a detailed account of the Investment Policy as soon as its finalized version is adopted by the Executive Committee. As for the detailed summary of the weekend’s deliberations, simply follow the link below:
Our By-Laws determine the required information to be made available every year to the APS voting members for the holding of the Members’ Annual General Assembly.
It is on the website of the Association, in the section reserved for members in good standing that the following official communication for this year is posted including:
a) the agenda of the Members’ Annual General Assembly;
b) the location, date and time of said Assembly;
c) the audited financial statements;
d) a draft resolution to appoint the external auditor for the next fiscal year;
e) The beginning and duration of the period during which members will be able to cast their vote.
However, all members can access to some content of this information in the communiqués previously published on the subject. Thus, the meetings will take place in Montreal on Saturday, November 4 (National Council) and Sunday, November 5 (the Members’ Annual General Assembly). We also communicated the voting procedure. The specific information is published on the website for the voting members and conforms with the obligations of our By-Laws. For example, the APS Financial statements were posted on September 18th in the restricted section for the voting members.
To consult the page, simply click on the following link:
This year, Montreal will host the APS National Council, the most important event in our Union’s environment. The National Council maps out the orientation of the APS by gathering the lead actors of the union in interaction with the members in good standing eager to get more involved in the Union. It is also an opportunity to summarize the activities and accomplishments of the past year. In fact, the By-Laws interconnect this annual consultation with the APS fiscal year which ends on June 30 each year. At the end of the fiscal year, the Treasurer submits the audited financial statements within 60 days following its approval and posts them in the section of the APS website available to the members in good standing. Afterwards, a proposal is submitted to the members in good standing to appoint the external accounting firm to prepare the financial statements for the 2017–2018 fiscal year. This election must take place entirely through a consultation among all members in good standing. The voters spread throughout the country are solicited by a voting process conducted every year at the end of October or at the beginning of November.
Some Historical Background
The APS predecessors, ACMA elaborated the Association’s main activities stemming from these financial commitments to facilitate the organization’s operations. Thus, the national and regional elections granted with a two-year mandate end at the same time as the financial vote. The candidates must apply to concur the voting period with the resolution for the selection of the external auditors. In fact, all national consultations such as the acceptance or refusal of the collective agreement, for example, follow this same path. ACMA also instituted one national meeting covering these electoral duties so that the members involved could discuss the orientations of the organization. Jean-Jacques Bérard, one of ACMA founders and the last General Manager upon its dissolution, recently stated that the traveling costs were always a preoccupation.
« It is the reason for alternating between Montreal and Toronto in choosing a location to hold the National Council and mainly the reason for the ratio of one delegate per share of 50 members. It is also the reason that the Members’ Annual General Assembly which is held the day after the National Council can only deal with voting results coming from the members everywhere in the country, said Jean-Jacques, otherwise, there would be only a small minority who would have decision-making authority.»
Always in great shape in spite of his entrance to the octogenarians club, Jean-Jacques recovers at present from a surgical operation, his first-lifetime hospitalization; undeniably a force of nature. As a result of the ACMA’s disappearance, the first APS Officers tried to reduce expenses by spacing out the National Council every two years and by restricting the face-to-face National Executive Committee meetings to once a year. This plan was quickly discarded especially with the general outcry it raised. Thus we always have this large annual gathering during which all the participants are invited to express their views.
National Council: Activities Reports and Participation
The National Council is an opportunity to know what is happening all over the country. At the round table, the National Councils reunite the elected Officers and the delegates from across the country. The event starts with an overview. Every regional Officer underlines the concerns of the local members to the Council as well as the particular events impacting the Union’s regional locals.
The National Council’s mission also consists of hearing the activities reports from the Association’s main Officers. The President’s report tops the list. It covers a broad range of topics and Mario Poudrier, the National President always concludes his interventions by encouraging the attendees to provide feedback or comments. The following items on the agenda are the reports by the National Treasurer, the National Secretary, the General Manager as well as the Presidents of the various committees such as the Health and Security in the Workplace, the Employee Assistance Program to name a few.
This meeting always held on a Saturday takes a closer look at all aspects of the Union’s operations, but mostly, it gives an opportunity to meet the members and exchange on topics of common interests.
The following day, Sunday, November 5 of this year, the Members’ Annual General Assembly takes place. This is the forum where the national consultations are disclosed. The Election Officers each representing their respective networks are responsible for unveiling the voting results communicated by the specialized firm in charge of conducting the electronic voting process. They announce the voting results to the members in attendance. This year, the only resolution submitted to a vote will be the appointment of the external auditors. The current regional directors have all been re-elected by acclamation. The General Assembly is followed by the National Executive Committee meeting. Over the past years, Mario Poudrier invites the other delegates in attendance to assist to the National Executive deliberations as observers. The Executive meeting is one of the two mandatory face-to-face meetings to be held during the year.
The invitation is launched to those who wish to join the Officers attending in Montreal during the weekend of November 4 and 5, 2017. The number of eligible delegates is counted per share of 50 members per sector. Therefore for most of the locals, there is a seat for one delegate whereas, in the locals such as Montreal and Toronto, the 1/50 rule must be applied.
For more information do not hesitate to communicate with Maria Gaglione at 514-845-0411 or by E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of the application period to fill the Reginal Directors positions at midnight, yesterday August 31, 2017, the three incumbents running for election were officially elected for a new two-year mandate to represent their respective regions.
For Daniel Lavigne, the Director for our National Capital, this was a first electoral victory since he was sitting as the replacement for Dominique Barrette after her election as National General Secretary last year. Daniel, a Technical Producer in Ottawa, was named in interim by the National Executive Committee last year to complete the vacant two-year mandate. Marcel Arsenault, who represents de Maritimes, is occupying a seat left vacant a few years ago by the retirement of long-time Director, Donald Leblanc.
At the other extreme David MacFarlane is a veritable pillar of APS representing his region since the very beginning of the existence of our Union. Since his first election, David was quick to stand out as a respected spokesperson to defend the members’ interests of his region as well as for the major decisions of the union. He then stands as the dean of regional representatives.
Congratulations to all three winners!
With the confirmation of the three regional elections there now remains a single voting exercise left in our agenda for the coming year. Our By-Laws provide for a compulsory national election for the selection of our external auditors to supply financial statements for the organization. APS proceeds every year with a complete audit of its financial situation by an independent external firm for the benefit of all its participating members. The statements are posted in the section of our Website available to all members in good standing who wish to consult results. To become a member in good standing any member of our bargaining unit, you can apply by clicking on the following link Forms/APS Membership Application Form.pdf. APS has an open-door policy with regard to participation available for all those who wish to have an active role in the decision-making process of our union.
This year the National Executive Committee is recommending the nomination of Desormeaux, Patenaude Inc., as our external auditors. The Accounting firm is the same as last year and their work has been satisfactory in all the mandates they have carried in the past. They have submitted the first draft of this year’s version of the statements and the complete finalized document will be posted on our Website in the near future. In other words, the statements for the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be available to consult before the national vote is held for the nomination of the firm.
The voting results for the election of the external auditors will be disclosed during the week end of November 4, in Montreal. More precisely the Annual Member’s General Assembly will be held on Sunday, November 5 with opening of ballots to be made by 10:00am, as provided for in our By-Laws. The nomination to choose the Accounting firm will cover the examination of the financial situation and the production of the financial statements for fiscal 2017-2018 our fiscal year terminating on June 30. The firm chosen to conduct the electronic vote for this consultation will be Big Pulse, the same organization from Toronto responsible for our last vote again open to all participating members.
We will keep you abreast of all the other aspects of this annual event in our future Website postings. However for those of you wishing to participate in our most important annual encounter you can reach Maria Gaglione, our National Coordination as of now. She will be pleased to explain conditions and details pertaining to the event.
At the conclusion of the Annual General Assemblies of the two main APS Local Branches, the participating members opted to support the incumbent local leaders for a new two-year mandate. In Montreal, the meeting was held earlier in the summer while Toronto held its Assembly last week on August 17.
Nathan Farr in Toronto and Stéphane Désautels in Montreal will then continue to lead their respective teams for this renewed mandate both having been re-elected by acclamation.
The By-Laws of our organization provide an active role for the two main Local Branches at the top level of the decision-making process for the union. The two local Presidents also become de facto members of the National Executive Committee, the ultimate national level body for the decisions of the Association.
The By-Laws also provide for the presence of one Director from each Branch to sit on the National Board. The two Directors also elected by acclamation are Isabelle Benoit from Montreal and Jennifer Barrett from Toronto. The other elected Directors are for Toronto Robert Chen and Amy Moylan and for Montreal, Charles Deschênes-Bolduc, Sébastien Fleurant, Nicolas Ouellet and Karl Plante.
Congratulations to both teams!
There are presently three other electoral periods running in APS until the Members’ Annual General Assembly to be held in Montreal, on November 5, 2017. Those elections are to fill the position of the Regional Directors representing the East, the West and the Ottawa regions. To elect the representatives for those seats, only local members in good standing from each region are allowed to vote.
Those three Directors also have a seat on the National Executive Committee which is made up of a total of 10 positions. The APS National Executive Committee is composed of the following Officers: the National President, the National General Secretary, the National Treasurer, the Regional Directors for the East, the West and Ottawa presently under election, with two local Directors from Montreal and Toronto designated to represent other members from Québec and Ontario. Of course, the two Presidents for Montreal and Toronto complete the National Executive Committee.
Marcel Arsenault from Moncton, David MacFarlane from Edmonton and Daniel Lavigne from Ottawa are presently sitting as incumbents representing the three Regions in the election. Their mandate will expire at the members’ Annual General Assembly. At present all three have filed applications for the renewal of the two-year mandate. The period for other candidacies is, however, still running. Interested members should file applications to the National Office to the attention of Maria Gaglione, APS Coordinator by e-mail at: email@example.com or by fax at 450-575-0572.
In accordance with APS By-Laws, the positions of Directors for the East, West and Ottawa Regions are open for election. The mandate is for a two-year term.
We invite all members in good standing wishing to submit their candidacy, to fill out the Call for Candidacy form below. Please ensure that your application is endorsed by the signature of five (5) other members in good standing currently registered with the APS. You can forward your duly completed nomination form by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax, (450) 575-0572 or by mail at the Union’s head office, 1212 Panet Street, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2Y7, at the latest by August 31, 2017.
ONLY MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING can be elected or cast their vote when required. For those wishing to become a Member in good standing, kindly complete the Membership Application form herewith or click: www.apscbcsrc.org/display/en/Forms .
Please note that only members from the Eastern, Western and Ottawa Regions can vote for the candidate of their respective branch.
Conformément aux Statuts et règlements de l’APS, les postes des Directeurs des sections de l’Est, l’Ouest ainsi que la région d’Ottawa seront soumis à une élection. Les mandats sont pour une période de deux ans.
Nous invitons tous les membres intéressés à poser leur candidature, à remplir le formulaire de Mise en candidature ci-joint. La demande doit comporter la signature de cinq (5) autres membres en règle présentement inscrits à l’APS pour parrainer votre candidature. Veuillez faire parvenir votre formulaire par courriel à : email@example.com par télécopieur au (450) 575-0572 ou par la poste au siège social du syndicat au 1212 rue Panet, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2Y7, au plus tard le 31 août 2017.
SEULS LES MEMBRES EN RÈGLE peuvent se porter candidat(e) ou voter lors d’élections. Pour acquérir le statut de membre en règle, veuillez compléter le formulaire Demande D’Adhésion ci-joint ou consulter la section : ( www.apscbcsrc.org/display/fr/Formulaires ).
Seuls les membres des régions de l’Est, de l’Ouest et de la région d’Ottawa peuvent voter pour les candidats de leur section respective.