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  • NHU - News - February 2009
    high demands of her current position Melinda finds time to contribute to both the wellbeing of her community and her personal growth Last year she served as Chair of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign for the Winnipeg United Way And now well on her way to a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Manitoba Melinda hopes that her part time studies will eventually lead her to a masters of Business Administration graduate degree The National Health Union is pleased and proud to acknowledge the many contributions Melinda continues to make to her workplace and community To retire or not to retire that is the question Posted February 11 2009 Over the next few years many of our members will become eligible to leave the Public Service without penalty because they will have reached the age of 55 and have more than 30 years of service Are you in this situation Are you toying with the idea of getting out of the rat race and enjoying life at a more leisurely pace Well here s the best advice we as your union can offer you First unless you are on some sort of predetermined program that has unalterably fixed the date of your retirement make sure to obtain all possible information about your specific situation from your pay specialist BEFORE you publicly announce your retirement plan Here are some of the questions to put to your pay specialist What particular date should I used to calculate my pensionable service What is the average of my best five years for the purpose of calculating my pension What current benefits would I be eligible to keep and would benefit levels be changed What would be the estimate of my monthly pension payment Could I cope with one pension cheque

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  • NHU - News - February 2008
    on the headline of your choice to see the entire text of the article Can you design us a new union logo Can you design us a new union logo Posted February 8 2008 If NHWU Locals end up ratifying our suggested new By Laws we ll soon be formally known as the National Health Union While a provisional NHU logo has been prepared we d also like to give

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  • NHU - News - February 2007
    deserving First Nations schools in Northern Ontario and the three Territories Many of these are located in isolated fly in settlements with few resources to purchase books to nurture young minds A vote of thanks and hearty congratulations from all of us to these generous members NHWU proposes Essential Services draft framework to Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada Posted February 15 2007 The NHWU has asked Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada for early meetings to review our proposed framework for negotiating Essential Services Agreements ESAs are the method under the newly amended Public Service Labour Relations Act designed to replace the old designations process Such Agreements must be negotiated for all bargaining units where the chosen dispute resolution route is conciliation with the right to strike For our purposes this means the Program and Administrative Services PA and the Operational Services SV Groups The NHWU began discussions on ESAs with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada last autumn We took the initiative of proposing our own draft framework documents that will be used in the negotiation of ESAs in order to expedite the process The clock on this round federal public service negotiations is ticking and it is critical that the employer obtain the required information from the regions so that we can propose essential services as defined in the Act Failure to negotiate ESAs for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada will result in delays in the bargaining process Once NHWU Health Canada and NHWU Public Health Agency of Canada agreements are signed off they will be sent to the respective union and employer bargaining agents the Public Service Alliance and Treasury Board for final approval Treasury Board s guidelines currently state that services should be identified as essential where there are reasonable grounds for accepting the probability or even the possibility that human life or public safety would suffer if a work stoppage interrupted the duties of these employees Chatham s Jan Liberty recognized for health and safety work Posted February 6 2007 Jan Liberty is a familiar name to any NHWU member involved in health and safety issues over the past several decades The Local 00037 activist from Chatham Ontario has been a tireless crusader for a healthy working environment both for her NHWU colleagues fighting sick building syndrome and for workers in the broader labour community So it was both appropriate and welcome that Jan was this month awarded the 2006 Health and Safety Activist Award by the Chatham Kent Labour Council and the Workers Health and Safety Centre As the Chatham Daily News noted During her years of union work Liberty has succeeded in winning many significant WSIB cases on behalf of her members related to environmental hypersensitivity Indeed the fact that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board now recognizes environmental illness as a legitimate occupational disease in Ontario is in no small part due to the Jan s efforts Jan

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  • NHU - News - March 2010
    dealt with a set of grievances challenging the employer s failure to implement a 2005 version of the SDA II work description Union and management representatives had jointly developed the work description and a final level grievance reply confirmed its application for the period 1996 to 2005 However the employer took steps that saw only a portion of the SDA II workforce both re classified to the PM 2 level and paid retroactively to 1996 Those who were not raised to the PM 2 level are seeking similar treatment through their grievances Before the PSLRB hearing began the employer and union worked out a process to guide further talks What emerged was a Letter of Understanding for Process which is aimed at making discussions more productive than those in the past Through the Letter of Understanding timelines are established which will see the union and the department have an initial meeting before April 9 2010 and additional meetings at least once a month The department has also agreed to have a person present at all meetings with the mandate and authority to settle between the parties This was never the case in the past a major cause of frustration for union representatives but is a requirement for all sessions in the new talks If the discussions with the department do not result in an agreement the Letter of Understanding allows the union to return to the PSLRB for a hearing of the grievances before an adjudicator So while it is hoped that the fresh talks will lead to a satisfactory settlement the grievers have retained their option to return to the PSLRB if an agreement cannot be reached For reference here is the Letter of Understanding SDA II HEARING LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING FOR PROCESS March 23 2010 The employer agrees

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  • NHU - News - March 2009
    the January 29 signing of a new collective agreement for the Program and Administrative Services group At that time the Public Service Alliance of Canada our bargaining agent and Treasury Board agreed to a 150 day period to make the retro payments Public Works and Government Services Canada as the department that actually issues the cheques planned to complete 10 per cent of the processing by end of February 2009 with subsequent tranches of 30 per cent by the ends of March April and May To its credit Health Canada s Compensation Operations Unit in the NCR decided to put forward its own timeline to see that the retro money was in our members hands as soon as possible Thanks to a great effort on their part 90 per cent of our roughly 2 300 PA members in Ottawa Gatineau had received their cheques by the end of February The remaining 10 per cent of the retro payments involve manual calculation for such issues as leave with income averaging pre retirement leave maternity top ups vacation cash outs and so on Nonetheless these more complicated situations are expected to be completed within the next two weeks We have indications that

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  • NHU - News - March 2008
    We are continuing to move ahead with our promise to rejuvenate and modernized our Component to meet the needs and requests of you the members A simple click on the logo will take you to a newly created Web page offering important Convention information and forms Additional Convention info will be added in the weeks and months ahead as we get closer to this landmark event National President inaugurates regular conference calls with NVP Local Presidents Posted March 7 2008 It s an initiative that is as practical as it is necessary National President Tony Tilley has instituted regular planned conference calls between himself National Vice President Patricia Todd and all NHU Local Presidents The first of the bi monthly calls was held on Tuesday February 26 Tilley says it was highly productive and received uniformly favourable feedback from the participants Our Locals Presidents are the heart and soul of the National Health Union he noted The National Office relies on them to ensure that communication flows freely both ways between the membership and the President s office It s all too easy to lose sight of the need to communicate and work as a team These calls allow me to update our Local Presidents on urgent or critical issues and to report on the results of talks and consultation with senior management at the national level In exchange I m better able to keep my finger on the pulse of the membership And the Local Presidents themselves get the previously rare opportunity to exchange information and raise concerns about issues happening in their Locals or region Establishing regular bi monthly conference calls ensures that we are all able both to schedule these important discussions well in advance and properly prepare for them New By laws overwhelmingly ratified by Locals

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  • NHU - News - March 2007
    children in lesser developed countries can be found under the Our Union menu tab These three Web pages were planned for and built into our site at the time it was redesigned and re launched a year ago With this content now updated and published our ever evolving NHWU Web site is more informative than ever Rest assured that these Web improvements won t be the last Visit these regional PSAC Web sites to check Service Canada Component Representation voting procedures Posted March 19 2007 Due to the importance of the imminent Component Representation vote the NHWU is providing our Service Canada members with direct links to the regional Web sites of the Public Service Alliance The PSAC will be overseeing the vote Therefore it is extremely important that all our members be aware of the unfolding of the balloting procedure in each PSAC region across the country So please make frequent visits to the PSAC site in your region to stay up to date on the administration of this crucial vote Here are the regional links ATLANTIC QUEBEC In French only ONTARIO NATIONAL CAPITAL PRAIRIES BRITISH COLUMBIA NORTH NHWU s Service Canada call centre initiative draws questions on the status of casual employees Posted March 18 2007 Our March 1 Web article on the wide range of Service Canada call centre issues recently brought before management has raised a number of questions on the status of casual employees in the workplace As casuals can be found in almost every federal government workplace we thought all NHWU members could benefit from a quick primer Staffing as we know is the exclusive prerogative of the employer under our restrictive public service labour relations system Casual workers are most often hired as short term replacements for staff and to help manage heavy workloads At more senior levels they are a quick fix to find expertise needed for a special project In fact you could even be supervised by a casual employee as they run the gamut from entry level positions to senior executive ranks Casual employment can be a preferred employment opportunity for a tiny minority For most it is better than nothing but light years from the security compensation and protection enjoyed by NHWU members Casuals are very much an underclass in the federal public service If you think that s too strong a comparison consider the following Casuals are only permitted to work 90 days for a department or agency in any calendar year The Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada bluntly states that Casuals are not considered to be employees Casual hiring is not covered by the Public Service Employment Act There is no competitive process The only measurement is that a manager believes the person is qualified to carry out the work involved in the job Casuals are barred from the internal competition and appointment process There are no standard guidelines on the hiring and working conditions of casuals Each department or agency can draw up

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  • NHU - News - April 2010
    due to workplace disease or injury This year s theme is Is today the day you die at work More than one thousand Canadians were killed on the job and thousands more injured in 2008 the last year for which we have reliable data This National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job was initiated in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress and is now observed around the world The NHU is affiliated to the CLC through our bargaining agent the Public Service Alliance of Canada In most major communities Federations of Labour or District Labour Councils organize solemn observance ceremonies marking the National Day of Mourning These memorial events provide an opportunity to remind our fellow union members and the general community of the valuable and often dangerous work NHU members perform in the line of duty We urge all our Locals to get involved this April 28 National Day of Mourning SDA IIs asked to identify themselves to speed resolution of long standing grievance Posted April 16 2010 The Public Service Alliance of Canada on April 7 entered into mediation talks with Human Resource and Skills Development to reach a settlement on a long standing grievance relevant to those members who worked at Income Security Programs Human Resources Development Canada as Service Delivery Agent 2 s from 1995 2006 One of the first steps in this process is to identify those individuals who had worked in both the in person or front end units and those who had worked within the telephone units To that end the employer has asked for our assistance in obtaining both the names and PRI numbers of the members concerned The PRI number is required to assist in both identification and calculation for settlement purposes To speed this process

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