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  • Government tables “Go-to-work-sick” proposal for federal public service | Customs and Immigration Union
    the sick leave provisions for employees of the federal public service Treasury Board proposal for short term disability plan PSAC copy Treasury Board proposal for paid sick leave PSAC copy If implemented workers will be forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay for basic necessities The proposal would eliminate all accumulated sick leave for public servants reduce the amount of annual sick leave to 37 5 hours a year subject to the absolute discretion of the employer and institute a 7 day waiting period without pay before people can access short term disability benefits The government is proposing to carve out this important negotiated benefit from collective agreements Instead of promoting a healthy workplace the government is once again showing its disdain for its workers and for public services in general said Robyn Benson National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada We will not entertain any proposal that weakens public services or the working conditions of our members The PSAC will continue to focus on measures to improve the delivery and quality of public services and make the federal public service an efficient and healthy workplace for the benefit of Canadians Source Public Service

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/09/government-tables-go-to-work-sick-proposal-for-federal-public-service/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Sick leave doesn’t cost government extra: PBO report | Customs and Immigration Union
    civil servants This is because most departments don t have policies in place to backfill for sick leave Read the report PDF Fiscal Materiality of Sick Leave in 20 Departments of the Core Public Administration According to the report the incremental cost of paid sick leave was not fiscally material and did not represent material costs for departments in the Core Public Administration That means most employees who call in sick are not replaced resulting in no incremental cost to departments The report found that sick leave can range from a low of 0 16 per cent of total departmental spending to 2 74 per cent on the other end of the scale where workers are routinely replaced when they are on sick leave This cost also reflects the fact that departments with workers in high risk and high stress workplaces such as correctional services and those performing shift work use more sick leave because of the nature of their work Cost effective This report confirms PSAC s position that federal public sector sick leave is both crucial and sustainable says Robyn Benson National President of PSAC The current system ensures that employees do not have to work when they

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/07/sick-leave-doesnt-cost-government-extra-pbo-report/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Any changes in sick leave must be negotiated | Customs and Immigration Union
    email notice to employees at CBSA promoting a Workplace Wellness and Productivity Strategy for federal government employees This notice promoted a new employer strategy for managing sick leave and long term disability across the federal public service but it failed to mention one very important fact this new strategy has not been negotiated with our union PSAC and CIU have not agreed to the employer s strategy The current sick leave and disability systems remain in place No changes have been made to our collective agreement Any modification to the current sick leave system must be negotiated with our union Changes cannot be unilaterally imposed by the employer no matter how badly they may wish to do so And the national leadership of both PSAC and CIU have stated that we will be fighting to defend our sick leave provisions in the coming round of bargaining Negotiations have yet to begin between PSAC and Treasury Board CBSA is once again spreading misinformation We are consulting our legal counsel to determine if additional legal action may be taken against CBSA for this latest communication This entry was posted on May 2 2014 by Jonathan Choquette Other articles posted in Sick Leave

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/05/any-changes-in-sick-leave-must-be-negotiated/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Duty to AccommodateCustoms and Immigration Union
    The period in which the federal government could seek to appeal in the case of PSAC member Fiona Johnstone has closed This brings to an end her long legal battle to gain accommodation for her childcare needs The government finally seems to have recognized that working families need help In May the Federal Court of Federal Court of Appeal rules CBSA discriminated against PSAC member Fiona Johnstone by failing to

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/issue/duty-to-accommodate/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Family status accommodation: Government will not appeal Johnstone case | Customs and Immigration Union
    could seek to appeal in the case of PSAC member Fiona Johnstone has closed This brings to an end her long legal battle to gain accommodation for her childcare needs The government finally seems to have recognized that working families need help In May the Federal Court of Appeal unanimously upheld a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision in Ms Johnstone s favour The Canada Border Services Agency had refused to give her a fixed shift schedule so that she could make arrangements for childcare The case has been ongoing since 2005 when PSAC supported her complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission The government was found to have breached its human rights obligations at every step in the process The Federal Court of Appeal confirmed that family status includes childcare and other legal family obligations While it recognized that there is a legal obligation to accommodate family status the reality is it is still lacking for many working families There is still much work to be done to implement this and other family friendly practices in the workplace This entry was posted on August 11 2014 by Jonathan Choquette Other articles posted in Duty to Accommodate Federal Court of Appeal

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/08/family-status-accommodation-government-will-not-appeal-johnstone-case/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Federal Court of Appeal rules CBSA discriminated against PSAC member Fiona Johnstone by failing to accommodate her family obligations | Customs and Immigration Union
    the Canada Border Services Agency CBSA discriminated against PSAC member Fiona Johnstone by failing to accommodate her family obligations Ms Johnstone worked as a Border Services Officer at CBSA requiring a fixed shift schedule to arrange for child care The employer refused to consider her request given its view that it had no obligation under the Canadian Human Rights Act to accommodate her personal choices around childcare PSAC supported Ms Johnstone throughout this lengthy human rights and Federal Court battle In upholding the decision of the Tribunal the Court of Appeal rejected the narrow approach to family status accommodation argued by the government The Court confirmed that human rights legislation is to be interpreted in a broad and liberal manner and that family status includes child care and other legal family obligations The Court emphasized that there should be no hierarchy of rights such that the test for family status accommodation was more difficult to meet than the other grounds of discrimination Instead employers are required to conduct a case by case analysis with a view to accommodating the particular needs of individual employees PSAC wishes to congratulate Fiona on yet another win in this long legal saga which advances

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2014/05/federal-court-of-appeal-rules-cbsa-discriminated-against-psac-member-fiona-johnstone-by-failing-to-accommodate-her-family-obligations/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Statement of Duties Feedback | Customs and Immigration Union
    National Representatives Life Honourary Members Publications Rules Regulations Reports Home Representation Statement of Duties Feedback Statement of Duties Feedback Job or Grievance or Job Title First Name Last Name Would you like to receive a copy of this form at your email address Yes No Home Email Address Home Email Address Section 3 Client Service Results Section 4 Key Activities Section 5 Skills Section 6 Effort Section 7 Responsibilities Section

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/representation/statement-of-duties-feedback/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Jonathan Choquette | Customs and Immigration Union
    15 to put forward a number of proposals to advance PSAC s vision for a healthy workplace Continue reading This entry was posted on January 16 2015 by Jonathan Choquette Our National President visits the Alberta Branch On November 26 and 27 CIU National President Jean Pierre Fortin and newly elected Alberta Branch President Dave Degenstein met with Border Services Officers in Edmonton and Calgary to discuss employment contracts and labour management relations This entry was posted on December 2 2014 by Jonathan Choquette A Brother honoured at the Quebec Police Awards At the November 20 2014 16th annual Quebec Police Awards 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 the Akwesasne reserve CIU continues to promote the creation of a Border Patrol to strengthen CBSA s ability to carry out checks between crossings Sister Chantal Rajotte CIU s Fourth National Vice President and Brother Normand Lespérance Second Vice President of the Montreal Branch attended the Gala This entry was posted on December 2 2014 by Jonathan Choquette FB members send out a clear message to the Canadian public FB members are wearing badges in support of a fair contract Our message to CBSA and the government is clear PSAC CIU members in the FB bargaining unit keep our communities safe and deserve to be treated with respect The following are the different messages on the badges I find missing children with or without a contract I keep drugs out of Canada with or without a contract I keep weapons out of Canada with or without a contract Check out all

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/author/jchoquette/ (2015-04-05)
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