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PSAC Local 610 Committees:
The Bylaws Committee reviews the Local’s Bylaws, proposes amendments to the Bylaws, and vets members’ amendments to the Bylaws.
Members will assist in preparing and coordinating training sessions for the Local’s Stewards; preparing and facilitating biannual information sessions; evaluating existing communications strategies and assist in improving these strategies.
The finance committee is a standing structural committee that collects data related to the financial goals and actual spending of the local and assist the treasurer in the performance of his duties including preparation of budgets.
The Women’s Committee seeks to foster a greater sense of community among women graduate teaching assistants and advocates for improved accessibility, resources, and working conditions for women graduate teaching assistants.
Financial Assistance Committee
The Financial Assistance Committee adjudicates the Financial Assistance Applications during regular (monthly) meetings starting. The Financial Assistance Fund exists to provide assistance to members who experience unexpected financial need.
Committee members shall meet and coordinate efforts to choose the scholarship awardees.
Food Bank Committee
The Foodbank Committee shall endeavour to find ways of supplying members with sustainable and socially responsible food options without reducing the overall amount of food they are able to purchase with the funds distributed.
The Mobilization Committee (MC) mandate is to work through direct communication, workshops, and awareness campaigns, in support of PSAC 610's stewards' network, and to cultivate opportunities for members to actively engage and agitate for their collective rights.
While the MC is a new standing committee, it is modelled off of and formerly known as the Bargaining Mobilization Assembly (BMA). Please see the below report from the 2013 Annual General Meeting for more information on the BMA's activities during the 2012 round of collective bargaining.
The Negotiating Committee assists the Bargaining Team in communicating bargaining updates to the general membership and mobilizing the membership on bargaining issues.
Political Action/Social Justice Committee
The work of the Political Action/Social Justice Committee addresses concerns in three contexts: the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and internationally and may also work with other progressive groups and coalitions to promote alternative policies which benefit workers, their families and communities.
The Grievance Committee assists in the co-ordination of potential Grievances.