TREASURY BOARD PROPOSALS FOR SICK LEAVE WITH PAY
Government threatens collective bargaining rights in federal budget
WE WILL PROTECT OUR SICK LEAVE
The federal government announced in the budget that it plans to eliminate the existing sick leave provisions for federal public service workers, whether or not an agreement is reached at the bargaining table.
As a Local President, I often hear members say that their leave was denied for operational reasons (requirements). There are circumstances when operational requirements are legitimate reasons for decisions made by management but those special circumstances are not encountered often.
There are times when an employee needs a few weeks (up to 3 months) in order to deal with a life situation. The Public Service Alliance of Canada recognizes the possibility of that need, and the following Leave With Pay (Income Averaging) may be helpful:
This option will mean a reduced salary but not an elimination of salary and may prove very useful .
The government recently tabled Bill C-4, the “2013 Budget Implementation Act, Part 2.” Bill C-4 weakens collective bargaining rights in the federal public service and has implications for the health and safety of workers under federal jurisdiction.
I wonder how many government employees are finding it hard to relate to the Treasury Board of Canada’s National Public Service Week slogan: “Proudly Serving Canadians”?
Times are not easy financially for anyone and I fully recognize that we need to have value for our dollars and we SHOULD receive value for our dollars.
A message from Rotha Lennox, President of Local 70713
Union Membership is like an insurance policy…
How many people would buy a house or a car and not insure it against accidental loss or circumstances beyond your control? Being part of a union is no different than insuring the income that provides the means to buy and maintain those material things.
This past September, Environment Canada employees nominated our Component President of the Union of Environment Workers (UEW) Mr. Todd Panas, for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to acknowledge and show appreciation for his exemplary achievements that have helped to build the Canada of today.
The Federal Court last week upheld a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations.
The ruling means that the employer has the obligation to find workable solutions on a case-by-case basis so that workers like Fiona Johnstone can balance work and family, to the point of undue hardship.