It is with mixed feelings that I advise the membership of my departure from the RCEA as President. This is a bittersweet moment for me, in 2001 I was first elected as union steward and in 2004 I was elected as the 2nd Vice President. In 2005, I was elected as the 1st Vice President and held that position until 2014. In 2014 I was elected as your President and have taken great pride in representing the membership for the last 22 years.
However; it is with great excitement that I share I have been appointed as the General Secretary of the National Joint Council Secretariat (NJC).
The General Secretary of the NJC is an appointed position, from either the Bargaining Agent representatives or Employer representatives, where nominations alternate every 5 years. I will remain working with the Public Service in this new role, as the activities of the NJC directly affect represented members and employees, including the RCEA and the NRC.
From the NJC website:
- co-developing public service-wide terms and conditions of employment through various NJC directives. For the RCEA and NRC, this includes Directives for Bilingual Bonus, Commuting Assistance, First Aid to the General Public – Allowance for Employees, Relocation, Occupational Safety and Health, Travel and Uniform
- by co-developing public service-wide health care coverage; Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP)
- by providing joint management of health care plans; Dental Care Plan and Disability Insurance Boards
- by developing and reviewing occupational health and safety policies and providing advice and leadership to departments and agencies in this field.
As per Article 9 in the RCEA’s Constitution, the interim President will be Marvin Zaluski, the RCEA’s 1st Vice President since 2014. Marvin will assume the interim position as of May 29, 2023. An election will be held closer to the RCEA Annual General Meeting in October 2023. Please refer to the RCEA website for more information.
I would like to thank the membership for your continued support of your union, and for myself. It has been my tremendous honour and privilege to represent the members and the Association.