Doing the Pronoun Dance with Chase Blodgett

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During the YEU’s recent Human Rights Speaker Series, YEU was happy to welcome Yukon Trans* man Chase Blodgett to our hall to give a presentation. Invited by the PSAC’s very active Pride Committee, Chase walked us all through the complicated world he is navigating as he completes paperwork, plays hockey and plans the medical care his transition will require. A reporter from the Yukon News attended Chase’s YEU Human Rights Speaker Series talk, and wrote this great article. http://www.yukon-news.com/news/trans-man-pushes-for-human-rights-changes/

Chase has been a powerful advocate for the rights of transgendered people in the Yukon. Very recently the Whitehorse Women’s Hockey Association announced a ground breaking policy, allowing Chase to continue to play in the league while creating a safe space so that anyone who was born or identifies as a woman is welcome. While Chase is working through the issues surrounding his own journey, the groundwork will be laid for those who follow in his footsteps… or skate tracks. Read more here: http://www.whitehorsestar.com/Sports/women-s-league-oks-inclusive-transgender-policy

If you weren’t able to join us and want to watch the talk, please watch all three parts below or on the Yukon Employees’ Union’s YouTube channel

At YEU’s recent Triennial Convention, the delegation voted to ensure language and policy is adopted by our organization to create a truly inclusive union. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (of which YEU is a component) is a leader in equity advocacy and trans rights. YEU is proud to work with groups like the PSAC Pride Committee and outstanding individuals like Chase.

Taking Union leave? Make sure you get paid!

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Union work takes time; Shop Stewards, Committee members and elected Local Executive members know it! If you’re doing sanctioned union work, your CA allows for you to do so without losing pay. You MUST, however, cite the correct article from your agreement if you don’t want to end up in a sticky situation. In some contracts, the language requires that YEU reimburse you for your loss of salary but in most workplaces we reimburse your employer for your time.

YEU Finance Officer Tammy Olsen spends hours trying to reconcile our records with the invoices your employers send us for your time. If you do NOT cite the correct article, your loss of salary will not be reimbursed to your employer; you will have that time taken off your pay. If you attend training, Convention, a national or regional event; check your Collective Agreement and get it right!

Here are the articles for union members in some of our larger bargaining units; if yours is not listed here, please read your CA or go to http://www.yeu.ca to check the language in your contract.
YG: Article 11.13- ensures you stay on payroll. You must also cite the specific sub-article that covers the reason for your leave. These include training, conventions, bargaining, representation etc. (11.01-11.15 depending on the situation).

COW: Article 18 keeps you on payroll but you must also cite the sub article (18.07 for paid leave along with sub .04, .05 or .06 as appropriate.
Yukon College: Article 19 – Cite 19.10 to stay on payroll and the sub-article (19.01 – 19.08 as appropriate).

Remember: be specific and make sure you provide YEU with a copy of your signed leave form every time!

If you would like to review the language in your collective agreement, visit YEU’s website and read up.