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  • NHU - News - June 2009
    annually The NHU Scholarship Committee is pleased to annouce that effective this year each scholarship has been raised an additional 500 The new amounts are as follows Two scholastic scholarships in the amount of 3 000 each One scholarship to an apprenticeship program in the amount of 3 000 One scholarship to a member returning to school on a full time basis in the amount of 2 000 The deadline

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  • NHU - News - June 2008
    5 and 6 National President Tony Tilley was on hand to answer questions as to the future direction of our restructured union There was also much discussion of this summer s National Triennial Convention in St John s The photo above from left to right shows a number of the Conference participants Sarah Caribou Debbie Linkletter Rita Lemick Tony Tilley Ronda Evans Pat Todd and Yvonne Morriss Bonnie Beaumount Stewart and Stella Schimmens who were also in attendance were not available at the time the photo was taken NCR s turn to turn up bargaining heat Posted June 12 2008 Last month saw a flurry of activity across the country as members of PSAC Component unions including the NHU undertook numerous activities to show support for the bargaining teams now locked in a tough round of contract talks with the employer Now it s the turn of members in the National Capital Region As our bargaining agent the PSAC is organizing a June 19 March for Respect in front of Treasury Board s offices to protest the almost total lack of progress in negotiations over the past year The NHU joins the Alliance in urging our Ottawa and Gatineau members

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  • NHU - News - June 2007
    out in detail for the member concerned We want a seamless transition for the case files of incoming members said Meunier McKay and the file transfer agreement is designed to accomplish this The CEIU welcomes the participation of incoming members in the life of the union In some instances this will best be achieved by having locals chartered under their former component continue as independent locals within the CEIU In other cases it will make better sense to have incoming members join established CEIU locals More information on this subject will be available soon Both Tilley and Meunier McKay agree that incoming members will need a voice within the CEIU CEIU locals receiving incoming members have been asked to consider steps to provide the newcomers with representation on their executive or steward body At the national level a representative group selected from call centres large locals and small locals will be established to provide input In addition President Tilley will be invited to attend meetings of the CEIU National Executive until the 2008 national convention The movement of members between components will likely have a few snags but the commitment to handle them cooperatively will keep the larger process on track According to both component presidents this cooperation is what the members expect and it s what they are determined to provide Public Service Week Show us the cash not the tokenism Posted June 13 2007 It s Public Service Week That silence you hear is the sound of one hand clapping Like a cynically contrived Hallmark Holiday this one week of 52 is designed to make us forget about the reality of our work lives the rest of the year Fat chance Take as an example our SDA II members at Service Canada For them it may as well

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  • NHU - News - July 2010
    skills career expectations and concerns of public service employees it enables Deputy Heads to identify emerging human resources challenges and needs in their organizations The ultimate outcome is ensuring that Canadians are served by a dynamic and effective public service now and into the future However this past June Statistics Canada was ordered by Treasury Board not to proceed with the 2010 survey Instead federal government workers will have to wait until 2011 the date of the next planned triennial survey if it survives to have an opportunity to air their views and concerns Tony Tilley NHU National President said he deplored the Harper government s self serving move to cancel the annual PSES He noted without the hard survey data obtained from our members at Health Canada it would have been nigh on impossible to have successfully pressured the employer to establish the recently announced joint union management committee to address workplace harassment This is a damning example of the very worst type of political interference in the objectivity of the public service Tilley said Just over a year ago the Public Service Survey was described by Treasury Board as an important tool for supporting people management Now the annual survey has been relegated to the Tory trash can Tilley urged NHU members to call their Member of Parliament and condemn this latest action by the Harper government to choke off important sources of objective data that can be used to develop policies that Canadians want and need Ironically this highly partisan decision was made in the midst of a rising furor over the Harper government s ideologically motivated decision to gut the effectiveness of the national census program by getting rid of the mandatory long form census form Everyone from insurance companies to municipal governments has condemned the

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  • NHU - News - July 2009
    the most recent received from employers Other events such as collective bargaining and changes in Local dues can alter these numbers For instance the current dues data do not reflect the June 21 2009 contract raise adjustments arising from decisions taken at the May 2009 PSAC Convention and the as yet unresolved TC group arbitration ruling Going forward the NHU National Office will review dues data on a twice yearly basis and if required adjust the information contained in our Dues Checker It s a point of pride at the NHU that we strive to provide the best in service while making careful and efficient use of every dollar of dues income Our Dues Checker is just another way of delivering the goods for our members The TC group and the arbitration process What s going on Posted July 6 2009 As we are all aware collective bargaining in the federal public service is a lengthy and convoluted process Our bargaining agent the Public Service Alliance of Canada sensibly groups the classification groups it represents into Tables sharing common work conditions and interests Each table has two dispute resolution paths available to it in the event negotiations break down conciliation with the right to strike and binding arbitration However before a round of new contract talks begins members belonging to each Table have the opportunity to choose a dispute settlement route Should 10 per cent of the Table membership ask to switch dispute settlement paths the PSAC will hold a vote of all Table members The prevailing option carries the day So it was that members of the TC Technical Services group became the second of the four Treasury Board PSAC Tables to opt for the arbitration dispute settlement path Those TC negotiations have dragged on well past the date that the other PSAC represented Tables reached an agreement with Treasury Board At this point the two bargaining teams are set to meet from July 6 to 8 with the Arbitration Board to put forward their respective positions Reports will be written and a binding decision will be imposed on both parties In a first the arbitration board must take the following five criteria into consideration prior to making its decision a the necessity of attracting competent persons to and retaining them in the public service in order to meet the needs of Canadians b the necessity of offering compensation and other terms and conditions of employment in the public service that are comparable to those of employees in similar occupations in the private and public sectors including any geographic industrial or other variations that the arbitration board considers relevant c the need to maintain appropriate relationships with respect to compensation and other terms and conditions of employment as between different classification levels within an occupation and as between occupations in the public service d the need to establish compensation and other terms and conditions of employment that are fair and reasonable in relation to the qualifications required the work

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  • NHU - News - July 2008
    welcome The number of first time delegates is at the same time both a challenge and a source of great satisfaction said Tilley These new activists along with our exsting seasoned leadership are together a strong force to represent our membership going forward PSAC dues rate changed as of this month Posted July 18 2008 You may have noticed that your overall union dues have changed this month That s because as of July 1 the dues levied by our bargaining agent the Public Service Alliance of Canada have decreased a bit Here s why At its 2006 Convention the PSAC adopted a 5 dollar per member per month strike fund recovery amount with a subsequent reduction to 2 75 for members earning more than 30 000 00 per year and 2 00 per month for those earning less than 30 000 00 per year This was in addition to the flat rate of 0 35 cents per month for strike issues that has existed for many years On July 1 2008 the 2 75 and 2 00 reduced amounts ended However at the same time the 0 35 cents amount was increased to one dollar As an example a CR 05 would have paid 35 83 in PSAC dues before July 1 2008 This was calculated by taking the first level of the salary grid 43 826 00 at the PSAC rate of 0 8963 divided by 12 months for a total of 32 73 per month Adding the 2 75 and 0 35 cents produced a grand total of 35 83 After July 1 PSAC dues for this same CR 05 total 33 73 for a savings of 2 10 per month As soon as we have the first membership list with the new calculations we will be adjusting our Dues Checker on the NHU Web site NHU Convention Update Meet your Host Committee Posted July 17 2008 National President Tony Tilley is alerting mainland delegates to next month s NHU Triennial National Convention in St John s that they should prepare themselves to be screeched in This long standing island tradition is one of several being prepared by the Convention Host Committee drawn from the following members of Local 90001 Jeremy Wickens Donna Croke and Patricia Kemuksigak We are all grateful for the efforts they are putting into making our first convention as the National Health Union a memorable one Tilley himself a Newfoundlander hastens to add that the screeching in ceremony creates no lasting effect as long as you don t mind kissing a cod This true taste of Newfoundland excuse the bad pun is only one of a number interesting events already organized by the Host Committee including a whale watching expedition and local entertainment following the Convention banquet We are also pleased to note that Jeannie Baldwin PSAC Regional Executive Vice President for the Atlantic Region will be conducting the elections for the NHU National Council comprising the positions of President National Vice President

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  • NHU - News - July 2007
    union will continue to seek fairness and justice for those members who over that 10 year period provided the same level of quality service to our senior and disabled clients as our brothers and sisters in the processing units We will also continue to keep you updated as to the actions we will be undertaking to achieve this end The divide and conquer tactic now the management standard when dealing with its employees should not and must not be successful The employer s decision to divide the 2005 grievance decision is patently unjust And if there is injustice for one then all of members must take up the challenge and fight on The NHWU would accordingly ask that all affected ISP members within the Service Canada in person and phone units provide their names and addresses to their Local representatives to be added to a group grievance one of the avenues we will use in accomplishing our goal NHWU launches far reaching review of our structure with Health Canada PHAC Local executives Posted July 13 2007 Our members at Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada can be assured that their interests have not been overlooked in the recent flurry of activity around the transfer of our ISP members to another PSAC component There is no question that the NHWU can continue as a viable and effective union In fact the NHWU has begun a far reaching review of our resultant structure and activities with an eye to ensuring an even higher level of service to our membership Between now and next year s NHWU National Triennial Convention we will be consulting with our Local executives about their vision of our union going forward This will present a rare and exciting opportunity to reshape the NHWU from the

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  • NHU - News - July 2006
    SDA II classification panel to determine if we need to reactivate the classification grievance Update on SDA II Classification Panel Results Posted July 27 2006 In response to the many questions about our ability to force the senior management of Service Canada to release the results of the May 2006 classification panel on the mediated SDA II work description we have contacted the employer to see if any possible movement can be made on this file in light of July 25th announcement Phil Jensen a Service Canada ADM has agreed to meet with NHWU Executive Vice President Tony Tilley on July 28th to look into this issue SDA IIs to become PM 1s as of September 14 2006 Posted July 25 2006 The NHWU is pleased to note the announcement on the reclassification and certification program by Maryantonett Flumian Deputy Head of Service Canada that will see all of our SDA II s become PM 1 s as of September 14 2006 It is important to note that NH WU considers this as a down payment that does not have any effect on our long standing SDA II classification grievance NHWU union dues DROP Posted July 10 2006 At a time when it s getting harder to balance the family budget the NHWU has given its members a real break an actual drop in union dues The action flowed from a decision taken by delegates to our National Triennial Convention held last year As a result effective June 21 the Component share of overall dues paid to the NHWU dropped from 0 435 to 0 425 Given that dues are paid on a percentage of the bottom salary level of a member s classification this in fact meant an actual cut in NHWU dues It will also result in an effective freeze of the NHWU s portion of overall dues when the next scheduled increase in annual rates of pay takes effect While the annual savings are not great they nonetheless stand out in a world where costs seem to increase without respite The dues freeze reflects both prudent budgetary expenditure and a commitment to continue to provide real value for our members dues For instance even though our dues revenue is frozen we have moved to provide even greater membership services Our campaign against the incorporation of our Income Security Program members into Service Canada and the launching of a vastly improved new NHWU Web site are but two recent initiatives It is unfortunate that despite the NHWU s actions the overall dollar amount of our members union dues will still increase as a result of decisions taken by delegates to last May s PSAC Convention As of next January 1 there will be an average dues increase in the PSAC portion of overall union dues of 29 cents per member per month The actual dues percentage will rise to 0 8963 from the current 0 8889 The PSAC our bargaining agent has provided an explanation for these increases

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