Local 517 has a combination of Standing, Ad hoc, and Executive-appointed Committees.
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Current Standing Committees
Communications - The Communications committee shares important information with the membership, develops and implements educational programs, promote the benefits of the Union, and increases transparency by providing updates on labour relations matters in a timely manner.
Members - Marisa Barbetta, Yvonne Choachuy, Chris Clarke, Michelle Patterson, Taleen Tchakedjian*
Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) - The Employee and Family Assistance Program committee reviews the usage rate of the services provided by Morneau Shepell. Committee members promote the benefits of the Morneau Shepell program, encourage employees to use it when necessary, and answer related questions.
Members - Patrick Murphy, Wally Oyama
Grievance - The Grievance committee receives and vets grievances on behalf of the union and assists members in navigating the grievance processes outlined in Article 10 of the Collective Agreement.
Members - Kevin Ball, Kristina Basto, TJ Janz, Candace McLellan, Doug Mills, Deepinder Nahal, Vilius Uloza
Harassment - The Harassment committee makes employees aware of behaviours that may be considered discriminatory or harassing. Committee members help to ensure that employees are aware of the procedure for dealing with concerns and complaints.
Members - Wendy Clayford, Michael Macfarlane, Gerry Marino, Jennifer Tyler, Heather Watson
Job Evaluation - The Job Evaluation committee works with their management counterparts to rate positions in our organization in order to ensure fair compensation.
Members - Jennifer Anderson, Gerry Marino, Candace McLellan, Gary Olszewski, Victoria Ostrzenski, Shane Pittman*, Katherine Ramsay, Heather Watson
Nominations & Elections - The Nominations and Elections committee facilitates any nominations and elections processes required at the local, regional, or international level for 517 members, and ensures that said processes are carried out in accordance with the governing constitution and bylaws.
Members - Stephen Burtenshaw (Maintenance)*, Kim Drinkwater (16K), Gary Olszewski (16K), Satnam Senghera (16K), Jeff Marshall (CP Ops), Sarah Pilgrim (Hastings office)
Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Policy - The Occupational Health and Safety Policy committee develops the VFPA’s OH&S Policy in compliance with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) regulations.
Members - Ken Berglund, Derek Birch, Spencer Chaisson, James Hoffele, Darcy Lesueur, Nathan Smith
Safety - The Safety committee discusses, resolves, and ensures issues of health and safety in our work environment are in accordance with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) regulations and pursuant to the VFPA’s OH&S Policy.
Members - Ritch Haselhan (Maintenance), Wayne Leslie (Boat Crew), Jeff Marshall (CP Ops), Roxana Mousavi (10K), Richard Pendziwol (16K), Satnam Senghera (16K), Gerry Marino (21K)*, Andy Sekhon (21K), Vilius Uloza (21K)
Sunshine - The Sunshine committee brings “light” to members experiencing an unpleasant or tragic event such as sickness, injury, or loss of family member through cards or flower delivery when appropriate.
Members - Betty Perverzov
Current Ad hoc and Executive-appointed Committees
Constitution - The Constitution committee is composed on ad-hoc basis for the purpose of reviewing the Constitution for required updating and amendments.
Members - Stephen Burtenshaw*, Mandy Chan, Gary Olszewski, Wally Oyama, Sarah Pilgrim
Defined Benefit - The Defined Benefit committee meets with management approximately once per year to review the status of the VFPA Defined Benefit Pension Plan.
Members - Raymond Tsow
Defined Contribution - The Defined Contribution committee meets with management approximately once per year to review the status of the VFPA Defined Contribution Plan (Group RRSP).
Members - Gavin Beaudin-Ball, Troy Gebhart
Employment Equity - The Employment Equity committee promotes, reviews, communicates, and advocates for the employment equity plan.
Members - Mandy Chan, Wendy Clayford, Gary Olszewski
Joint - The Joint Union-Management Committee
Members - Mandy Chan, Wendy Clayford, Darcy Lesueur, Shane Pittman
Individual Incentive Program Dispute Resolution - The Incentive Bonus Program Dispute Resolution committee gathers feedback from the bargaining unit regarding the Individual Incentive Bonus Program, including any issues, disputes, disagreements and/or appeals relating to the Program.
Members - Derek Birch, James Hoffele, Darcy Lesueur*
*Denotes Committee Chair or Co-chair.