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  • CIU leadership and PSAC legal counsel meet with CBSA | Customs and Immigration Union
    our contract and federal law We also believe that CBSA s recent arming communications represented an attempt to intimidate coerce and harass employees Last Wednesday CIU representatives along with PSAC legal counsel met with CBSA representatives in Ottawa In the meeting our union s representatives reiterated that CBSA s recent communications around arming violate our collective agreement federal law and CBSA s own accommodation policies We called on CBSA to rescind its communications around the arming initiative and instead follow what is prescribed under our contract and the law CBSA committed to provide us a response within three weeks In the meantime we have filed both our policy grievance and our Unfair Labour Practice complaint with the Public Service Labour Relations Board Our complaint to the Human Rights Commission will be filed on Thursday We will take CBSA to court if they do not rescind their communications concerning arming and CDT We will defend our rights We will update as things progress Our collective agreement states that the employer cannot harass intimidate or discriminate against employees by reason of physical or mental disability If you manager is in violation of this clause of the collective agreement follow up with your

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/05/ciu-leadership-and-psac-legal-counsel-meet-with-cbsa/ (2015-04-05)
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  • CIU/PSAC’s response letter to CBSA’s communication on arming | Customs and Immigration Union
    states As per the FB Collective Agreement if you were hired into the FB group prior to August 31 2007 you have the following options to consider if you are eligible retire on or before March 31 2016 If retirement is not an option begin proactively searching for a position that does not have as a condition of employment that you to carry sic use and maintain CBSA issued defensive equipment The other option listed states You have until the date you are scheduled to attend the Use of Force Training program and its prerequisites to consider these options If you do not want to attend the Use of Force Training Program and have not found an alternate position or if you have been deemed not successful in the Use of Force Training program at that time you will be placed on leave without pay for up to two years and registered in CBSA Internal Placement Process for referral to vacant equivalent positions that do not require the condition to carry use and maintain CBSA issued defensive equipment as well as lower level positions at the CBSA After one year if you have not been successfully placed within the CBSA you will be concurrently registered in the Public Service Commission s Priority System for referral to vacant or equivalent or lower level positions in Public Service wide As you are well aware the Collective agreement does not state this The Collective agreement specifically states If the employee fails to meet the criteria for firearm training and certification the Employer will make every reasonable effort to find them a placement opportunity within the Public Service for employees hired prior to August 31 2007 if the employee is trainable and mobile CBSA s Questions and Answers document also states that the FB collective agreement provides a training schedule for achieving successful results on March 31 2016 There is no such training schedule contained in the Collective agreement Specifically the Collective agreement states The parties agree to maintain a joint consultation committee to discuss the strategy for the selection of firearm training participants These committees have not yet met as the Collective agreement was just recently signed Regardless of this CBSA has decided to proceed on its own with this strategy CBSA adopted an accommodation policy in 2011 The 2011 policy applies to CBSA Officers who may require accommodation due to failing CDT training including sidearms Your recent communications with employees describe a process that contravenes this policy To our knowledge this policy is still in force Furthermore it has come to our attention that CBSA management is informing our members that any previous agreements regarding accommodation are now null and void CBSA is propagating this information in its statement in the questions and answers document A reading of all distributed documentation seems to suggest that CBSA is completely disregarding its obligations under human rights law and does not recognize its obligation to accommodate employees up to the point of undue hardship We

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/04/response-letter-on-arming/ (2015-04-05)
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  • PSAC to Take CBSA before Labour Board and Human Rights Commission over Arming Communications | Customs and Immigration Union
    members in the FB bargaining unit It is our position that CBSA s communications concerning the arming of officers misinformed employees of their rights under both our contract and federal law We also believe that CBSA s recent arming communications represented an attempt to intimidate coerce and harass employees We will uphold our rights As a result in addition to the filing of a policy grievance PSAC will be filing both an Unfair Labour Practice complaint with the Public Service Labour Relations Board as well as a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission over CBSA s recent communications concerning the arming initiative Defending the right to strike Both CBSA and Treasury Board have recently expanded the list of designated positions ESAs in an effort to remove our right to strike PSAC has already filed a constitutional challenge in response to the government s passing of Bill C 4 last December Our union also recently filed suit with Federal Court and submitted a complaint with the PSLRB over Treasury Board s stacking of the designations list and the government s disregard for previous Labour Board decisions concerning FB designations We will update as things progress Please see your union representative

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/04/psac-to-take-cbsa-before-labour-board-and-human-rights-commission-over-arming-communications/ (2015-04-05)
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  • CIU/PSAC Taking Action in Response to CBSA Communication on Arming | Customs and Immigration Union
    out a statement to union members concerning the arming initiative The statement included information that is misleading and inaccurate In response the PSAC and CIU will be filing policy grievances as it is our position that CBSA s communications violate our Collective Agreement In addition to the filing of policy grievances we are consulting legal counsel to determine if additional legal action may be taken against CBSA for its recent communications The Union has received a number of questions concerning the Confirmation of Conditions of Employment letter that members are being asked by management to sign Members should be advised that signing the letter acknowledges receipt only Whether or not a member signs the letter a signature on the letter has no impact whatsoever on the union s ability to challenge the content of the letter Our union will be holding the CBSA to its legal obligations both in terms of the protections provided under our collective agreement and in terms of rights afforded under federal law We will update as things progress Please see your union representative or Branch President with any questions This entry was posted on April 14 2014 by Jonathan Choquette Other articles posted in Arming

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/04/ciupsac-taking-action-in-response-to-cbsa-communication-on-arming/ (2015-04-05)
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  • CIU/PSAC Statement on Employer Arming Communication | Customs and Immigration Union
    s Q and A document states that As per the FB Collective Agreement if you were hired in the FB group after August 31 2007 and refuse to participate in training or are not successful in obtaining any of its pre requisite components this may result in the termination of your employment for not meeting the conditions of employment of your position Our collective agreement does not state this Another such example CBSA s Q and A document states that the FB collective agreement provides a training schedule for achieving successful results on March 31 2016 Our collective agreement provides for no such arming schedule The Q and A document states that officers who are unable to meet the condition to carry a firearm will be placed on leave for up to two years This contravenes the employer s obligations under human rights law In fact it contravenes CBSA s own policy These are but 3 examples of the many inaccuracies in CBSA s communication We have rights Our Union will uphold and defend them The collective agreement mandates two joint committees to meet and discuss firearm training participant selection and placement post training These committees have not met yet as the contract was just signed The collective agreement provides clear processes for selection for firearm training participants This process must be respected It also calls for protections that must also be respected The employer has a duty under federal law to accommodate up until undue hardship This means that regardless of when an officer is hired there are a great many scenarios under which an officer must be accommodated if he she is unsuccessful in passing CDT and Arming We will update as things progress Please see your union representative or Branch President with any questions This entry was

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/04/ciupsac-statement-on-employer-arming-communication/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Border SecurityCustoms and Immigration Union
    in Montreal Brother Charles Dudemaine Intelligence Analyst was awarded an honorary plaque for having helped put a stop to human trafficking that was occurring in Quebec Those entering Canada illegally were using unguarded roads in the regions of Stanstead and Trout River as well as waterways on CIU s National President meets with Public Safety Minister 16 May On May 13th 2014 CIU s National President Jean Pierre Fortin met

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/issue/border-security/ (2015-04-05)
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  • CIU’s National President meets with Public Safety Minister | Customs and Immigration Union
    some regions and as an example referred to the Agency s April 10 th communications in which some of our members are threatened with the loss of their job and could be up to two years at home on leave without pay The Minister was also informed that CIU believes these actions to be illegal He was provided with CBSA s correspondence as well as our communiqués outlining the union s response filing ULP complaint Human Rights complaint and policy grievance Brother Fortin also suggested that a step in the right direction would be to remove the penalty for those who have 25 years of service so that some of our members could retire with dignity This initiative would put us on the same footing as other law enforcement agencies specifically with Correctional Services With the Beyond the Border Agreement in place and increased technology at the border CIU s National President reminded the Minister that to be effective we needed to remain unpredictable He also raised the subject of port runners and the need to create mobile units border patrol This was the first formal meeting between CIU s National President and the Minister Brother Fortin was pleased that

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/05/cius-national-president-meet-with-public-safety-minister/ (2015-04-05)
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  • CIU appears before the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence | Customs and Immigration Union
    and Defence CIU appears before the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence 24 March 2014 Posted in Border Security By National Office On March 24 2014 Brother Jean Pierre Fortin National President appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence as part of the Committee s study of the policies practices and collaborative efforts of Canada Border Services Agency in determining admissibility to Canada and removal of inadmissible individuals National President Jean Pierre Fortin submitted a Brief elaborating on the Union s 5 main preoccupations on this matter 1 Ensuring no cuts to front line services and intelligence services 2 Modernizing the persons of interest lookout system at Ports of Entry and point of departure and ensuring inter agency information sharing 3 Modernizing CBSA enforcement authority between and away from Ports of Entry patrol and port runners 4 Expedited removal of criminal deportees 5 Revising Temporary Residency Permit issuance in defined circumstances appeal from outside Canada This entry was posted on March 24 2014 by Jonathan Choquette Other articles posted in Border Security A Brother honoured at the Quebec Police Awards 2 December At the November 20 2014 16th annual Quebec Police Awards in Montreal Brother

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/03/ciu-appears-before-the-senate-committee-on-national-security-and-defence/ (2015-04-05)
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