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  • NHU - News - December 2013
    the Canada Labour Code that have protected federal employees for decades Your health safety and very life on the job are now threatened as never before There was no groundswell of demand from either management or the public for these sweeping changes to the status quo They came out of the blue with no good faith consultation or advance warning They were the spiteful actions of schoolyard bullies Thousands of positions have been lost across the federal government in the past year NHU members have shared the pain and dislocation of these politically motivated cuts The National Office has worked closely with management throughout this process to minimize the impact of this downsizing where possible As such I want to draw a clear distinction between the good faith of departmental management and the ill will of the Clement crowd that unleashed these unprecedented attacks on NHU members The Treasury Board President claims a supposed zeal for the efficient expenditure of taxpayer dollars However as we recall that did not extend to questionable spending in his narrowly won Muskoka Ontario riding during the 2010 meeting of the heads of the G8 nations Clement had no hesitation in diverting tens of millions of dollars into his own riding building fancy gazebos and foot trails that led nowhere The Auditor General questioned both the expenditures and the lack of a paper trail documenting this shameful pork barreling And the Globe and Mail newspaper a supporter of the Conservative government called futilely for Clement to be disciplined or dropped from Cabinet or at the very least to be Performance Managed No there have always been two sets of rules for Harper and Clement and the rest of us They say their goal is to place federal government employees on a level playing field with

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  • NHU - News - December 2012
    now virtually completed at both Heath Canada and the PHAC As distasteful as the past months have been we are heartened that we were able to considerably limit the human costs of the Conservatives short sighted attack on our membership I want to note the extraordinary effort made by our National Office staff throughout a highly challenging period I would also like to emphasize that this initiative was not orchestrated by either of our two departments and we continue to work with our national counterparts to ensure everything is proceeding in a fair manner However we must always be watchful and aware that no short cuts in our procedures or violations to our member s rights are taking place under the WFA provisions Looking ahead as a new year dawns we must all remain vigilant While we can only hope that the next federal budget will not be a repeat of the last we know there are likely more cuts to come As well there is a real danger that some management decisions will make a bad situation worse by exploiting remaining staff piling on more work or adding to already stressful jobs Please make us aware when such situations arise so we may address them at the National Table Come what may as always your union will be there for you None of us are perfect but with your continued support we will continue to fight full out for your rights I do want to end my thoughts on a note of optimism This time of year reminds us that no matter what our difficulties we have much for which to be thankful There is always hope and the view tomorrow will be a better day Believe it and then work to make it so On a personal note

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  • NHU - News - December 2011
    of our members and the hard work of our activists NHU representatives at every level are addressing the concerns and needs of our members Be it labour management consultation representation on grievances health and safety classification employee assistance programs and a host of other issues too numerous to mention You have shown that by working together in solidarity gains can be made in the face of major challenges As we enter 2012 we can also be satisfied that the relationship with our employers is on a sound footing While we will always face ups and downs in dealing with senior management one example of real progress was made in the areas of employer policies on harassment and administrative investigations We intend to build on these successes in other areas Yet all was not roses The devolution of aboriginal health services in British Columbia to First Nations communities with its ramifications for similar moves across the country has proved worrisome on a number of levels And armed with a majority mandate the Harper government has signaled its intention to take a sharp knife to government spending The next federal budget may well touch off the largest fight for the employment security

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  • NHU - News - January 2010
    recalls the adage that it is better to give than to receive That was indeed the case when Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health in Winnipeg recently marked its tenth anniversary Our members joined with other employees in collecting funds for a generous gift to Rossbrook House a neighbourhood centre for children and youth Both the CSCHAH and Rossbrook are located in Winnipeg s inner city Rossbrook offers

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  • NHU - News - January 2009
    Martel the recipient of the NHU s 2008 Apprenticeship Scholarship Meet Brent Tolley Martel the recipient of the NHU s 2008 Apprenticeship Scholarship Posted January 5 2009 Congratulations to Brent Tolley Martel Brent who turns 20 this month has been awarded the National Health Union s Apprenticeship Scholarship for 2008 The photo above shows the young man receiving a union cheque in the amount of 2 500 from National President

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  • NHU - News - January 2008
    in the NHWU s I m Building My Union campaign our grassroots initiative to restructure our union in the wake of last summer s departure of our Income Security Program members As part of his extensive travels to sound out membership views National President Tony Tilley is meeting with our Locals in Calgary Edmonton and Regina the last week of January to hear their ideas and gather input Locals and Sub Locals sent new By Laws for ratification Posted January 18 2008 It may not seem so at first blush but it s arguably one of the most important meetings NHWU members will ever attend The National Office is asking Locals and Sub Locals to organize special meetings over the next few weeks to ratify a new set of NHWU By Laws The By Laws are our union s de facto constitution a guarantee of continued membership control and authority The proposed By Laws were mailed to all Locals and Sub Locals in mid January They have been approved by both the NHWU National Executive and the Public Service Alliance of Canada As National President Tony Tilley pointed out in his letter to Locals and Sub Locals failure to ratify

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  • NHU - News - January 2007
    and Parental Leave Mobility Rights 2 Pre Retirement Transition Leave 2 Term Employees Increments 2 Term Employees Sick Leave Credits 2 Term Employees Vacation Leave Credits 2 We will be sure to post the final PSAC Program of Demands when it becomes available NHWU sends strong delegation to PSAC National Health and Safety Conference Posted January 19 2007 Health and safety has always been a central issue for our union As the photo below shows the NHWU is well represented at this week s 2007 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference The Conference under the theme Regulation Works is being held in Ottawa from January 19 to 21 The goals of the Conference include strategies to address the government s move towards occupational health and safety deregulation and its impact on enforcement of current health and safety law The delegates are also examining the impact of wellness programs implemented by employers on workplace health and safety protections and determining ways of improving law enforcement and worker safety NHWU to be well represented at PSAC National Bargaining Conference Posted January 16 2007 Our bargaining agent the Public Service Alliance will hold its all important National Bargaining Conference for Treasury Board units in Ottawa this February 1 4 And the NHWU will be well represented PSAC Bargaining Teams will sit down with Treasury Board negotiators later this year to hammer out new collective agreements for the bulk of the unionized federal public service The following NHWU members showing their Local region and negotiations group were chosen at the Eastern and Western Regional Bargaining Conferences held by the PSAC in late November and early December of last year Sharon Desousa Local 00009 Ontario Region Program and Administrative Services PA Group formerly known as Table 1 Niru Channan Local 30015 Prairies Region Program and Administrative Services PA Group formerly known as Table 1 Del Duffield Local 50012 Prairies Region Operational Services SV Group formerly known as Table 2 and Claude Ouellette Local 50012 Prairies Region Technical Services TC Group formerly known as Table 3 All of us wish these members the best of luck in their important roles at the upcoming Conference Strike writes new Seniors Minister to raise NHWU s concerns with ISP delivery Posted January 11 2007 National President Ray Strike has sent a speedy letter of congratulations to Senator Marjory LeBreton newly appointed federal minister for seniors matters and a key player in the Harper administration Strike took the opportunity to raise the NHWU s concerns with the level of Income Security Program services now being offered seniors within Service Canada He also renewed our union s call for the creation of a stand alone Seniors Ministry The full text of Strike s January 10 letter is as follows January 10 2007 Honourable Marjory LeBreton Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State Seniors The Senate of Canada Ottawa ON K1A 0A4 Dear Ms LeBreton Allow me first of all to offer my congratulations on your new appointment

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  • NHU - News - February 2010
    true Whenever the Canadian economy falls attacks against federal public service pensions rise The Harper government is poised to bring down its 2010 budget on March 4 Thanks to the severe economic crisis that has persisted since 2008 the Conservatives are facing a huge deficit And their private sector pals are egging them on to fill the fiscal hole with your pension Our pensions don t come cheap they cost us dearly This year federal public service workers will contribute 10 45 per cent of every dollar they make under 47 200 and 8 4 per cent of every dollar above 47 200 towards their pension which is a combination of CPP and the federal public service pension plan That s why we say that our pensions are in fact deferred wages Our bargaining agent the Public Service Alliance of Canada has launched an aggressive campaign to defend and protect your right to a fair and equitable retirement The PSAC has produced leaflets and stickers developed an on line petition and organized meetings demonstrations and regional tours to make sure the stakes are well understood However at the end of the day all these campaign efforts count on your participation

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