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  • Two Days of Contract Talks & No Contract – Today is our Day of Action | Customs and Immigration Union
    to be told at 5 am Thursday that we deserve less For two and a half years we have gone without a new contract During that time Treasury Board has negotiated with and reached settlements with all other Treasury Board groups This includes other federal law enforcement agency employees such as Parole Officers and Corrections workers In the meantime we have been subjected to ultimatums forced votes and attempts to by pass our elected Bargaining Team We have been indicating for months since the spring in fact that we are ready to bargain We have also indicated that we seek the same terms and conditions of employment as those that are currently in place for other federal law enforcement agency employees After the government s forced vote was thrown out by the federal court we again reiterated our willingness to meet and bargain After weeks of delay Treasury Board finally agreed to meet We met with them over the last two days Tuesday the 8th through to 5 am on Thursday the 10th There was much discussion on the issues outstanding between the parties Early Thursday morning Treasury Board CBSA indicated that the government is not prepared to agree to improvements to our collective agreement that reflect what was agreed to for Corrections Canada workers two months ago This when Corrections workers already enjoy superior pension benefits compared to FB workers We work in the same department the same ministry for the same government We keep Canadians safe We deserve better than this We continue to be ready to negotiate and are willing to set additional dates for bargaining But we are not second class federal workers We deserve the same as others no more and certainly no less We deserve a fair contract This entry was posted on October

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2013/10/two-days-of-contract-talks-no-contract-today-is-our-day-of-action/ (2015-04-05)
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  • FB Contract Talks to Resume Next Week | Customs and Immigration Union
    vote was thrown out by the federal court last month We have also indicated that we seek a fair contract comparable to what Treasury Board has agreed to for union members employed at other federal law enforcement and public safety agencies On Tuesday evening Treasury Board CBSA contacted us to set dates to reconvene the negotiating teams in Ottawa We have agreed to reconvene next week beginning Tuesday morning Day of Action October 10th On October 10th activities have been organized in locations across the country in support of our efforts to achieve a fair contract Given that we have spent two years without a new contract and given that we have been repeatedly offered significantly less than what Treasury Board has agreed to for workers at other federal law enforcement and public safety agencies we are taking action to impress upon Treasury Board CBSA that we deserve better We deserve to be treated with respect If no agreement is reached by the morning of October 10th our Day of Action will proceed as planned In several locations preparations are well under way for the 10th For more information speak with your Shop Steward Branch President or Regional PSAC Representative

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/2013/10/fb-contract-talks-to-resume-next-week/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Collective BargainingCustoms and Immigration Union | Page 4
    settlement are kept secret by both parties because Treasury Board insisted as part of the agreement that the details not be released PSAC National President Puts CBSA On Notice Over Employer Communication 15 July CBSA TREASURY BOARD COMMUNICATION TO EMPLOYEES CONTAINS MISLEADING AND INACCURATE INFORMATION On Friday July 5th CBSA and Treasury Board contacted employees in the FB bargaining unit with information concerning the employer offer that the government is submitting to a forced vote The information posted by the employer contains a number of misleading inaccuracies For example Top 10 reasons to vote NO 12 July On June 7 2013 the Minister of Heritage James Moore ordered that a vote on the employer s final offer be imposed on the FB bargaining unit Here are the top 10 reasons to vote no 1 DANGEROUS PRECEDENT We must reject CBSA and Treasury Board s heavy handedness and complete disrespect for the collective bargaining process To FAQ PSLRB notice on the forced vote process 28 June On June 7 2013 the Minister of Heritage James Moore ordered that a vote on the employer s final offer be imposed on the FB bargaining unit You will be seeing notices of the vote in your workplaces WHO ADMINISTERS THE VOTE The Public Service Labour Relations Board is responsible for administering the vote That means FB bargaining team and CIU leadership call on co workers to vote NO to final offer 11 June On Wednesday June 5ththe Public Interest Commission released its recommendation concerning our negotiations with CBSA Treasury Board Early the morning of Friday the 7ththe FB Bargaining Team issued a statement reiterating that the union is ready to negotiate Later that same day the PSAC was notified that at CBSA and Treasury Board s request the government is Statement from FB Bargaining

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/issue/collective-bargaining/page/4/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Jonathan Choquette | Customs and Immigration Union | Page 3
    actions that helped keep the community safe local CBSA management advised that the officers would be investigated for leaving the port of entry for an unauthorized purpose Last week CBSA imposed suspensions of between 4 and 25 days to the Officers CIU National President Fortin was emphatic in his support of the officers involved These officers responded to a time sensitive emergency request from a local RCMP officer to assist in the arrest of a reportedly armed suspect Our Agency works in partnership with the RCMP and other law enforcement agencies on an ongoing basis and they also had a legal obligation to assist the officer pursuant to the Criminal Code CBSA s decision to discipline our members contradicts our law enforcement and public service mandate to protect and serve The CIU will contest this matter on behalf of our members using every means available to us This entry was posted on August 18 2014 by Jonathan Choquette Family status accommodation Government will not appeal Johnstone case 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 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 Federal court upholds PSAC alternation victory The Federal Court of Canada recently confirmed the PSAC s alternation victory by dismissing Treasury Board s application In February 2014 the Federal Court heard an application for judicial review brought forward by Treasury Board challenging the alternation policy grievance decision issued by the Public Service Labour Relations Board PSLRB which was in favour of PSAC The court rejected Treasury Board s argument that employees about to lose their jobs had limited rights when it comes to alternation The PSAC successfully argued that Treasury Board s view made no sense and directly violated the key WFAA objective of maximizing employment opportunities for affected employees This decision confirms PSAC s policy grievance and strengthens the employer s obligation to establish an effective alternation system Treasury Board now must take responsibility for its

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/author/jchoquette/page/3/ (2015-04-05)
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  • National OfficeCustoms and Immigration Union | Page 3
    PA bargaining team met with our Treasury Board counterparts for three days during the week of September 8 2014 The government presented the same proposal to gut sick leave to all of the Treasury Board bargaining tables Among other things the government s proposal calls for a short term disability plan the elimination of sick leave FB bargaining team tells CBSA that workers deserve better 12 September Our FB bargaining team met with Treasury Board and CBSA from September 9 12 to continue talks for a new collective agreement At the outset of bargaining our team put management on notice that recent events in Emerson Manitoba and at Pearson Airport in Toronto only serve to strengthen our resolve to achieve enhanced protections for Government tables Go to work sick proposal for federal public service 11 September During negotiations with the Public Service Alliance of Canada yesterday federal government negotiators tabled a proposal that would gut the sick leave provisions for employees of the federal public service CBSA responds to CIU in regards to the three suspended officers from Manitoba 10 September On September 5th CIU received a letter from CBSA President Luc Portelance in response to its request that the Agency rescind the disciplinary measures it imposed on three Border Services Officers from Emerson Manitoba Mr Portelance acknowledged the importance of the issue He instructed Ms Camille Therriault Power Vice President of Human Resources and Mr Martin Bolduc Vice President of Negotiations continue next week for Treasury Board bargaining units 4 September Negotiations for PSAC s five Treasury Board bargaining units FB EB PA SV and TC Groups will continue from September 9th to 11th 2014 PSAC bargaining teams will continue to focus on strengthening public services and improving the working conditions of the people who deliver them Interim Memorandum

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/by/national-office/page/3/ (2015-04-05)
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  • Customs and Immigration Union | The voice of over 10,000 Canadians working to protect our country | Page 5
    first on the left was reelected Regional Executive Vice President by acclamation Watch new video featuring PSAC members take a stand against the cuts 16 June Today the federal government launches the National Public Service Week PSAC and CIU have boycotted it but it doesn t mean we are staying silent Cuts to public services are having a negative effect on Canadians from all walks of life Watch our new video featuring PSAC members take a stand against the cuts CIU National President meets with PA group negotiator 13 June CIU National President Jean Pierre Fortin met yesterday with Sister Gail Lem PSAC negotiator for the PA group They took advantage of their meeting to establish a PSAC CIU communication protocol that will ensure all PA bargaining updates reach the membership CIU delegates at the PSAC Ontario Convention 6 June CIU s Ontario caucus met this morning to prepare for the upcoming PSAC Ontario 6th Triennial Convention taking place this weekend in Mississauga The National President and the two National Vice Presidents representing Ontario were present to welcome and discuss with the delegates Message of condolence to Moncton 5 June Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our fallen Brothers Peace Officers in Moncton We pray for the safety of our members from New Brunswick their community and those who work on the ground to protect the lives of Canadians You can make a donation or buy a Moncton Proud t shirt Treasury Board bargaining teams to meet with employer in July to start negotiations 3 June The PSAC s newly elected bargaining teams for the PA FB TC SV and EB groups will be meeting in Ottawa from July 7th to July 11th for the start of negotiations with Treasury Board First FB Bargaining Dates

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  • Unions say Canadians have a right to know how public safety is being compromised by federal government cuts | Customs and Immigration Union
    we are learning said UCCO SACC CSN president Pierre Mallette whose members serve as correctional officers in federal penitentiaries across the country It is unfortunate that the minister chose not to consult us before imposing these cuts Now we hope he ll at least listen to our concerns about what they will mean he added USGE president John Edmunds says that because of the cuts parole officers working in federal penitentiaries who are already stretched beyond capacity now have to take on even bigger caseloads In maximum security institutions for example caseloads have increased from 25 to 30 offenders for each parole officer This makes no sense and will inevitably put our members and community safety at risk he said Mallette says his members and the public are at risk because of cuts that will leave federal penitentiaries even more overcrowded We know from experience that when prison living conditions are deteriorating we no longer fulfill our rehabilitation mandate said Pierre Mallette That s when we see a revolving door syndrome in federal prisons the inmates leave the prison go on committing other crimes and go right back in said Mallette We fear that the federal government cuts will only make this situation worse At the borders we are seeing big cuts to intelligence work including sections such as the money laundering unit What we don t know is how the government plans to make up for this said CIU president Jean Pierre Fortin When it comes to gun control illegal drugs and national security the border is Canada s first line of defence said Fortin How can the federal government possibly defend decisions to cut back on intelligence work at the borders given the recent shooting sprees in Toronto and Montreal UVAE president Yvan Thauvette said his members are

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  • Current IssuesCustoms and Immigration Union | Page 5
    19 conducts food drive in support of the Inn of the Good Shepherd 3 February 2015 On Friday December 19th members of the PSAC Customs and Immigration Union CIU Local 19 conducted a quick food drive in support of the Inn of the Good Shepherd Both on duty and off duty members attended with donations In addition bargaining team member Lauren Baert was in attendance to answer any questions in relation FB team raises health and safety issues in bargaining 16 January 2015 This past week January 12 through 15 our FB bargaining team met with Treasury Board CBSA representatives to continue talks for a new collective agreement In negotiations our team made a number of proposals geared towards making CBSA a much better place to work PA bargaining team puts forward proposals for a healthy workplace 16 January 2015 The PA bargaining team met with Treasury Board from January 13 15 to put forward a number of proposals to advance PSAC s vision for a healthy workplace 2014 CBSA agrees to affix reflective tape identifiers to flaps on BSO vests 15 December 2014 After discussions with CIU in particular Brother Mark Weber Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Committee and Brother André Beaulieu member of the CBSA Uniform Committee the CBSA has agreed to amend its position regarding the reflective tape identifiers On December 12 CBSA wrote to its managers indicating The concerns of officers regarding the CIU PSAC and TB CBSA resolve Unfair Labour Practice Complaint concerning erroneous information posted on CBSA intranet 3 December 2014 CIU National President Jean Pierre Fortin and CIU Labour Relations Officer Laurel Randle represented by Chantal Homier Nehmé PSAC Legal Officer and Andrew Raven of Raven Law are pleased to announce that the PSAC CIU and Treasury Board CBSA have resolved

    Original URL path: http://www.ciu-sdi.ca/issue/current-issues/page/5/ (2015-04-05)
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