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  • NHU - News - September 2007
    Posted September 11 2007 Look for this slogan and logo to become increasingly visible as the NHWU kicks off a grass roots process that will see every aspect of our union s structure and services put under the microscope leading up to next summer s National Convention National President Tony Tilley is set to launch what is formally called a structure consultation process in Toronto on September 13 The initiative became necessary when our union saw its longstanding Income Security Program members transferred on August 1 to another Component union of our bargaining agent the Public Service Alliance of Canada Tilley will travel extensively in the months ahead meeting Local officers and members and urging everyone to get involved in this bottom up building process We deliberately emphasized the I and My in our I m Building My Union process he said This is not a top down exercise The NHWU has always been proud of our slogan of Putting Members First We re not about to change now in fact we re offering our members a rare chance to refashion a union in their own image Tilley said that everything is on the table from the composition of our

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  • NHU - News - September 2006
    indicating that a signature on the Work Description only indicated that the WD had been seen and that signing in no way limited employees from grieving the content The Letter of Offer now becomes the point of contention All staffing actions resulting in a Letter of Offer situation should provide the recipient with at least a week to sign Those newly reclassified SDA IIs and SDRs who were asked to sign the Letter of Offer upon receipt and did so have not eliminated their option to file a grievance on either the content or its classification Not signing the Letter of Offer in a reasonable time frame could create consequences that we are still investigating ie Work Force Adjustment and or overpayment if management has already processed the reclassification This would not be beneficial to members in this situation as they will be overpaid until such time as the problem is amended They will in fact have performed PM 01 work but for CR 05 pay As is always the case in these situations the NHWU recommends that you sign the Letter of Offer now and if necessary grieve later However until this situation is resolved keep the PM 01 money in your pocket and consider it a down payment PM 01 Work Description has little to do with actual SDA work performed Posted September 13 2006 When it comes to actual work performed by SDA s Service Canada s proposed work description to convert CR 05 s to PM 01 s is a classic case of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole September 14 is still the supposed conversion date for all CR 05 jobs However it is obvious from the new PM 01 Work Description that the employer s attempt to create blended positions has failed Of no surprise to the NHWU there are clear indisputable differences between the responsibilities of SDA s and SDR s working in Service Canada This goes a long way in explaining why management has opted to delay the release of the results of the classification panel held on the SDA II Work Description The National Office is seeking clarification of the situation from senior management of Service Canada in order to avert a nationwide grievance campaign National Office sends info to Locals on Regional Bargaining Conferences Posted September 8 2006 The NHWU National Office has sent information on the PSAC s Regional Bargaining Conferences to all Locals representing Treasury Board employees Click on your choice of RTF or PDF icons below to read this memo NHWU welcomes new head of Service Canada seeks early meeting Posted September 7 2006 The National Health and Welfare Union has written Hélène Gosselin to congratulate the new Deputy Head of Service Canada on her appointment and to seek an early meeting to discuss our members concerns with the structure and operations of the mega agency Our union is counting on a more constructive and productive relationship with Gosselin than was the case

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  • NHU - News - October 2010
    the year ahead The NHU prides itself on being a member driven bottom up union But obviously we need you to be in the driver s seat So keep a sharp eye on the union bulletin board for information regarding the date time and place of your Local s AMM Better yet ask around However only full members in good standing may vote on issues before the AMM including the election of your Local officers A full member in good standing is one that has signed a Union card and has not been suspended for any reason Autumn means it s time to organize Local Annual Membership Meetings and sign up Rands Posted October 14 2010 Each autumn in preparation for our Local Annual Membership Meetings the National Health Union asks our executives and activists to reach out to those co workers who for one reason or another have yet to sign a union card Some of your colleagues may not appreciate that the requirement to pay union dues does not mean they are members in good standing Only those employees who complete and sign an application for membership can be members of the PSAC and NHU While full membership costs nothing more it does entitle the member to such benefits as life home and automobile insurance at reduced rates Non members also have no voice or vote when it comes to making critical decisions that impact their working lives These non members are as Rands The term comes from a landmark ruling made by Mr Justice Ivan Rand some 60 years ago The principle is that all workers whether union members or not benefit from a union negotiated contract While no one would be forced to join the union free loading would not be permitted If you got the

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  • NHU - News - October 2009
    reach out to those co workers who for one reason or another have yet to sign a union card Some of your colleagues may not appreciate that the requirement to pay union dues does not mean they are members in good standing Only those employees who complete and sign an application for membership can be members of the PSAC and NHU While full membership costs nothing more it does entitle the member to such benefits as life home and automobile insurance at reduced rates Non members also have no voice or vote when it comes to making critical decisions that impact their working lives These non members are as Rands The term comes from a landmark ruling made by Mr Justice Ivan Rand some 60 years ago The principle is that all workers whether union members or not benefit from a union negotiated contract While no one would be forced to join the union free loading would not be permitted If you got the benefit he ruled you should help pay the cost So Rands are required in fairness to pay union dues So now is the time to approach your co workers to sign a union membership application We

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  • NHU - News - October 2008
    The AGM should be held in November unless there are extenuating circumstances These AGM s are the best way for members to get involved with their Local We urge all our members to take the time for this key annual meeting You ll get the latest information on workplace issues and this year s all critical contract negotiations Even more importantly you will have the chance to become more involved with the day to day operations of your Local for the year ahead The NHU prides itself on being a member driven bottom up union But obviously we need you to be in the driver s seat So keep a sharp eye on the union bulletin board for information regarding the date time and place of your Local s AGM Better yet ask around However only full members in good standing may vote on issues before the AGM including the election of your Local officers A full member in good standing is one that has signed a Union card and has not been suspended for any reason If you are not certain of your status start by looking at your union card If you have one then at some point you did sign a membership request card If you know you have a card but cannot find it please ask a member of your Local executive to give you a form to request that a new membership card be issued If you have never signed a membership application card you can request one from a member of your Local executive An important point to remember is that paying dues does not automatically make you a member You must in fact sign a membership application form to become a member in good standing To find out more about the many benefits

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  • NHU - News - October 2007
    smart union if we didn t try to deal with workplace issues before they spin out of control Which is why the NHWU joins with the employer in marking Conflict Resolution Day an internationally recognized annual event held annually on the third Thursday in October The date this year is October 18 Our practical interest revolves around the so called Informal Conflict Management System ICMS was introduced as part of

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  • NHU - News - October 2006
    no appointments are to be made for a month Mr Gosse said in an interview with The Chronicle Herald He contacted the office on Dorchester Street in Sydney last week and was told only two staff members are processing information where once there were 14 They ve had so many applications that they took the girls that regularly meet with the seniors and told them not to make any appointments to sit here instead and process other applications he said adding that nothing has been done to replace the 12 employees who have left It is unfair to shunt seniors to the back of the line especially at a time when they are seeking help the Cape Breton Nova MLA said I just don t think it s right for a senior citizen to be told they can t get an appointment because they are backed up he said This isn t a time to be cutting seniors off it s time to help them Globe and Mail exposes more cracks in the Service Canada facade Posted October 11 2006 The bad news about Service Canada is getting around And that s good news for NHWU Income Security Program members A major article appearing across Canada in the October 10 edition of the Globe and Mail newspaper zeroed in on the much unloved Service Canada School in Regina The article primarily dealt with the excessive costs of attending this managerial white elephant and the toll this was taking on Service Canada employees While the entire Globe and Mail article of Service Canada is reproduced below a few of the damning points it makes are particularly noteworthy There is no good reason that training could not take place in existing regionally based facilities Besides the exorbitant costs the required two week residency is placing a great strain on employees and their family members The new Director General of Learning Program at Service Canada couldn t even be bothered to read his own publicity materials The NHWU and our ISP members have consistently argued that the outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars poured into Service Canada could and should have been much better spent on improving accessible services to seniors and the disabled Our numerous attempts to meet with the new Deputy Head of Service Canada Hélène Gosselin have gotten us nowhere While we may have an opportunity to briefly discuss our concerns at the next National Labour Management Consultation meeting the format and time constraints are not conducive to a full and frank exchange of views Given that Mme Gosselin seems to have no time available for a meeting with her employees representative the NHWU will continue to seek out those with a higher level of interest in Service Canada the media and Members of Parliament As noted above the October 10 Globe and Mail article is reproduced below in its entirety Ten days in Regina spark civil service outcry By Gloria Galloway Globe and Mail Parliamentary Bureau Ottawa The agency that

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  • NHU - News - November 2010
    month are listed below Click on the headline of your choice to see the entire text of the article Revitalized Yukon Local up and running with new executive Revitalized Yukon Local up and running with new executive Posted November 24 2010 A newly elected energetic executive has set about revitalizing the Local that represents our Health Canada members in Yukon The above photo shows Local President Prema Ladchumanopaskeran flanked by

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