Sunday, April 18, 2010

Canada: End the Harvest of Death!

It's been 14 months since a public enquiry into the death of farm worker Kevan Chandler told Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach that farm workers in the province should be granted the same health and safety rights as everyone else.

To date, Premier Stelmach has ignored that advice, and since then 13 more people have been killed on Alberta farms in work-related accidents.

Despite asking for Alberta Justice Peter Barley's advice, Premier Stelmach doesn't want to hear it, and farm workers in the province are paying the price. After being asked by the Premier to investigate the workplace death of farm worker Kevan Chandler, Justice Barley found that farm workers must be included in Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to prevent future workplace injuries and deaths.

Send the Premier an e-mail demanding that his government implement the inquiiry's reccomendation. 30 seconds of your time might literally save a life.

Go HERE to send a message.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Know anyone who's looking for a four month communications gig?

PSAC is looking for a Communications Officer.

Competition start date: April 1, 2010
Position title: Communication Officer
Competition number 9020-0001A-010
Position number: 9020-0001
Branch/section: Membership Programs Branch – Communications and Political Action
Employment type: Term assignment – up to 4 months
Classification: Band 11
Language: English (bilingual preferred)
Group: AEU I
Location: Headquarters, Ottawa
Purpose of position:
The Communications Officer offers a broad range of advisory and support communications
services to the PSAC.

* This position requires a Post Secondary diploma in communications, public relations,
journalism or a related field is required, with a minimum of seven years related
experience. Prior experience working with a labour or political o rganization will be
* Knowledge of the political and operational structure of the PSAC;
* Knowledge of union and social issues;
* Knowledge of issues affecting the union movement and PSAC members;
* Knowledge of government decision making and of th e Canadian political system;
* Ability to assess and analyze in order to develop appropriate communication strategies;
* Ability to conceptualize and design variety of communication materials;
* Ability to strategize in order to mobilize members into action;
* Ability to plan and organize in order to meet deadlines;
* Demonstrated ability to communicate both orally and in writing in French and English;
* Ability to edit for style and length and proofread French and English documents;
* Knowledge of media relations including the ability to establish a working relationship with
and influence members of the media;
* High degree of initiative, tact and good judgment;
* Candidates are expected to demonstrate their commitment to union principles and social justice.

Interested individuals who wish to submit their application to HR may do so by April 9, 2010