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  • NHU - News - November 2009
    to express management s support for union involvement by employees Union representatives together with management strive to foster a labour management partnership that works to identify problems and find solutions Being a union representative or participating in a union can offer many benefits to an individual as well Representing employees or participating in consultations with management on various workplace issues offers a chance to learn more about our work environments and the public service as a whole and to develop career enhancing skills in areas such as communication mediation and negotiation We look forward to continuing to develop strong productive working relationships with all of our union partners in the months to come It s not often one hears such words from the upper levels of management This should serve as a clear example to other regional managers of the importance of mutually respectful and productive labour relations practices in HC and PHAC workplaces right across the country Atlantic NHU leadership in Halifax this week for intensive Local Officers development Posted November 17 2009 NHU Local Officers from across the Atlantic Region will meet in Halifax this week to participate in an intensive day and a half session designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills to confidently represent their members in the workplace Delegates to our August 2008 National Convention the first since our former Income Security Program members were transferred to another PSAC component union recognized the need to provide skills development to the many new Local Officers who stepped up to serve their members as NHU Locals were reorganized A one time expenditure was authorized for this purpose The result was the creation of Local Officers Development our own in house program specific to the needs and concerns of NHU Local leadership The course is being

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  • NHU - News - November 2008
    exchanges Session participants covered a wide variety of topics during the three days including roles and responsibilities of Council members and the National Office financial management at the Local and Regional levels an overview of the NHU s place in the broader labour movement the Duty of Fair Representation RVP roles in Union Management Consultation and Health and Safety Committees human rights and the Duty to Accommodate disability and Workers Compensation issues and the role of the Public Service Staffing Tribunal It was an intensive orientation session but a highly worthwhile undertaking that will see all NHU members benefit in the months and years to come NHU members active participants at NCAFE National General Meeting Posted November 10 2008 Given Health Canada s mandate many NHU members are deeply involved in Aboriginal health issues In fact a large number of these members are themselves from the First Nations Métis or Inuit communities So it came as no surprise that NHU members were active participants at the recent 3rd National General Meeting of the National Council of Aboriginal Federal Employees The theme of the Meeting held in Edmonton on October 28 30 was Developing Paths for Success The above photo from left to right shows Local 0009 President Rhonda Evans NHU national Vice President Patricia Todd and Local 0009 Vice President Sarah Caribou NCAFE serves as the voice and face for issues concerning its membership within the federal Public Service It provides recommendations and guidance to the federal government in such areas as Aboriginal recruitment retention advancement and promotion Those interested in learning more about this important organization are encouraged to visit the NCAFE Web site by clicking HERE Time to give Rands the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of NHU membership Posted November 6 2008 Each autumn in preparation

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  • NHU - News - November 2007
    Executive meeting available for downloading Posted November 5 2007 National President Tony Tilley s Report to the October NHWU National Executive meeting can be downloaded by clicking on your choice of the following RTF or PDF format icons I m Building My Union campaign building momentum Posted November 2 2007 NHWU National President Tony Tilley continues to travel widely across the country as our union restructures itself after last summer

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  • NHU - News - November 2006
    to Canada s 1 5 million poorest seniors In July Stephen Harper s government suddenly cut off the supplement to Doris and over 90 000 other impoverished seniors That left them with only 113 a week of basic old age security Doris is convinced the feds would cut off that too if we used her real name PUNISHING SENIORS The reason for so savagely punishing Canada s most needy and helpless citizens was they were late filing their income tax returns It s not that these frail Canadians owed the government a pile of cash if anything the feds owed them money The problem is the bureaucrats rely on Doris s previous year s tax return to determine if she is entitled to the income supplement It doesn t seem to matter that Doris hasn t had any other income since she turned 65 almost 20 years ago No tax return no food money for her It gets worse The first Doris heard that the government was cutting off more than half of her already minimal income was by letter in the final few days of June warning that until she filed a tax return or completed and returned the special form attached she would not be receiving her July cheque nor any thereafter Problem was the letter arrived three weeks before her July pension was due to arrive but she was told it would take the government four to six weeks to process the information requested in the letter In other words by the time she opened the letter it was already too late to save her July cheque An official answering the toll free number printed on the letter told the Sun about 75 of all the calls in June were from terrified seniors like Doris many of them sobbing on the phone and not knowing where to turn Doris was lucky she turned to her kids for help until the bureaucrats could shuffle their papers scratch their heads and finally issue her a cheque weeks late NO ONE TO TURN TO But how many of the other 90 000 seniors who got cut off had no one to turn to When the Sun s Kathleen Harris first broke this story back in July a senior official said the human resources department goes the extra mile to reach out and keep supplement recipients informed but the responsibility ultimately rests with the applicant Ross MacLeod then director general of benefits processing said People do have a responsibility if they see that kind of thing happening when we ve sent the form to them they should get it back to us as soon as they can When we checked back with MacLeod for an update this week we were sure the whole problem would have been corrected at least for next year Sadly no Instead MacLeod argued the matter was flagged to all seniors in a newsletter mailed out to pensioners with their T4 slips in February Sure enough there

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  • NHU - News - December 2010
    we do have much to be thankful for As individuals it is a welcome time of rest peace and joy As NHU members it is an occasion to review the past year and look forward to the next I want to take this opportunity to offer up my own heartfelt thanks To our Local Executive members whose dedication and efforts see to it that our members interests are protected in the workplace To the members of the NHU National Council for their strength and support To our National Office staff who are always ready to go the extra mile to assist NHU members And last but far from least thanks to members like you who have backed and encouraged us through a challenging year With your continued help and support we will ensure that the NHU continues to vigorously protect the rights and interests of all our members It is noteworthy that our Triennial National Convention will also be held in the upcoming year next August in Ottawa This gathering of the NHU s leadership from across the country will provide an important opportunity to adapt and advance our union As your National President I am proud of our spirit

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  • NHU - News - December 2009
    year ahead is to continue to address this deplorable attitude forcefully at the highest departmental levels I am immensely proud of and gratified by the work we have accomplished together over the past year On behalf of all of us at the NHU National Office I want to thank our National Council our Local leadership and you the members for helping in the task of forging a stronger and even more effective union The past year has shown us what can be accomplished when we stand together Going forward I am convinced we will achieve even greater success I personally wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas a happy holiday season and the hope of a successful year to come for all God bless Tony Tilley National President Latest Report of the National President posted on our Web site Posted December 17 2009 The official Report of National President Tony Tilley to the recent meeting of the NHU National Council has been posted on our Web site The Report covering the first eights months of this year is available for viewing and or downloading ON THIS PAGE Congratulations to our two scholarship winners Posted December 15 2009 Two young Winnipeg men are the recipients of National Health Union Scholarships for 2009 The photo above shows Justin Ozunko and his parents receiving the scholarship cheque from Patricia Todd NHU National Vice President The photo immediately below shows Dennis Le accepting his cheque from Todd Dennis who worked for three years as a lab technician at the Public Health Agency of Canada is returning to university to further his career by becoming a pharmacist Justin is enrolling in Red River College s carpentry program to learn this high demand trade Derek his father is a PHAC lab technician and member of NHU Local 50012 Scholarship applicants whether NHU members or their family members were required to complete a detailed application form along with a 500 word essay on the topic What is the impact of the economy on unionized workplaces Justin s and Dennis essays along with detailed information on our scholarship program can be read on the Scholarships page of our Web site by clicking HERE So congratulations and best wishes to Dennis and Justin and best of luck in your future endeavours Winnipeg Local President ambushed by surprise award Posted December 11 2009 Monique Willman didn t see the ambush coming And the Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada members of Local 50012 couldn t have been happier Willman the Iong serving and hard working President of our Winnipeg Local was caught totally unawares by the recent presentation of a 10 year service award from our bargaining agent the Public Service Alliance of Canada More than 80 members attending the Local s November 19 annual general meeting witnessed the surprise presentation of the commemorative pin and plague by National Vice President Patricia Todd The above photo shows Todd left and Willman during the presentation

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  • NHU - News - December 2008
    complications which flow from the employer s use of older software Holiday Message from National President Tony Tilley Posted December 15 2008 The holiday season is once again upon us A chance to pause and reflect To gain from the past and anticipate the future Certainly the past year was as eventful as any I can remember Faced with the departure of our former Income Security Program members we turned our attention and energies into rebuilding and reshaping the old NHWU into the emergent National Health Union I truly believe that last August s First NHU Triennial National Convention in St John s was a major turning point in the evolution of our union We have a new image and a new Web site to go along with it We are growing Our finances are sound We are building constructive working relationships with our employers The year to come will of course present its own share of new challenges Yet such challenges also present opportunities Working together I am confident that the NHU will adapt to ever changing circumstances and will continue to vigorously protect the rights and interests of all our members The festive season reminds us that despite our all too imperfect world we do have much to be thankful for This also holds true for us as union members Thanks to our Local Executive members those volunteers whose dedication and efforts see to it that our members interests are protected in the workplace Thanks to the NHU staff who are always ready and willing to go the extra mile to defend our members And last but far from least thanks to all of you who have supported and encouraged us through a transformative year for our union On behalf of the entire NHU National Council and National

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  • NHU - News - December 2007
    your National Executive has made wonderful progress in recent weeks in creating a new invigorating structure for our Component that if ratified will ensure stability for many years to come We are at present readying ourselves to finalize our new By laws all Locals should receive them by the third week of January Our Component has struggled over this past year However with the cooperation of the PSAC leadership the hard work of the National Executive and the fortitude of those many members who have stood up to accept leadership roles within our Locals we have persevered We now head into 2008 with the knowledge that we will be ready for our National Triennial Convention pride in the fact we have overcome adversity and confident we will be able to meet the challenges and needs of you the members in the coming years Over the next several months we will be escalating our activities Locals will be asked to endorse our new structure by ratifying a complete set of revised By laws I will make myself available to attend all Local meetings to respond to any questions and concerns The Christmas holidays are a wonderful time for all of us to take a time out from the rigors of our jobs our everyday commonplace problems and perhaps even the seemingly endless harshness of the real world We enjoy the company of family friends and the general goodwill and warmth of people we don t even know It is truly a grand time of the year We all need and deserve this break so let s enjoy it to the fullest As I get ready to head home to Newfoundland my island in the sea for the holidays I would like to leave you with a personal salutation and my sincere hope you will all have a joyous and peaceful holiday To you and yours from me and mine God Bless Tony Time for Locals to schedule meetings to ratify new By Laws Posted December 17 2007 The NHWU s By Laws are its de facto constitution the document that sets out the rules and requirements that must be followed by all levels of our Union The enshrining of a new set of By Laws is a major step in our I m Building My Union campaign to reshape and reinvigorate the NHWU In mid January the National Office will be sending out proposed new By Laws for ratification by all NHWU Locals Accordingly we are asking all Locals to set a date for a special general membership meeting in late January or early February for the purpose of discussing and ratifying these new By Laws As National President Tony Tilley will be attending as many of these meetings as possible to answer members questions directly please inform the National Office as soon as a Local meeting has been scheduled A great deal of thought has gone into the drafting of these By Laws and we would ask that Locals endeavour

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