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Employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations

Adapted from the PSAC website posting of February 4, 2013 entitled: Federal court upholds Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision on family status accommodation

The Federal Court has upheld a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal saying that employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations.

The Federal Court decision, released late last week confirms that family status must be offered the same protection granted to all the other prohibited grounds of discrimination under human rights legislation.

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When Trouble Hits!

Having been a union representative for many years, the number of members who come to us for the 1st time after 15-25 years of trouble-free service in the Federal Government never ceases to amaze me.  Generally speaking, the reasons for the meeting are because something changed and that change has negatively affected the member’s work life.  The problem may stem from organizational changes or reporting hierarchy, or a manager whose management “style” makes the member’s life difficult, and it gets tougher and tougher for them to get motivated to come to work each day.  Finally, the situation becomes unbearable and the member either has to leave (retirement or stress leave) or work with us to resolve the problems and restore respect and productivity.

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Message from the President – October 30, 2012

I know that this year hasn’t been an easy one for our members who are dealing with the stress of organizational changes, program cuts, shrinking budgets and affected letters.

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Living With a Lack of Job Security

Coping with Uncertainty

As most of you are aware, it is a very stressful time to be a government worker.  Where working for the government once felt like a sure thing – pension, salary, benefits – it is now a place of uncertainty, layoffs and short term contracts.

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Compensation Program for Recipients of Last-resort Financial Assistance Who Are Homeless

2011: individuals and single-parent families who were homeless and received last-resort financial assistance on October 1, 2011, are entitled to compensation under the program.

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Destination: Home program

The following is an excerpt from Destination: Home’s website about how they are helping to find homes for homeless people:

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Turning Lives Around

(an excerpt from the United Way Ottawa website)

IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS, FOR YOUTH FACING ADDICTIONS, AND FOR PEOPLE AND FAMILIES DEALING WITH POVERTY, MENTAL ILLNESS AND VIOLENCE.

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Unions are still as necessary as ever

Copied from PSAC Facebook Feed – article written by Troy Bridgeman – a Guelph author and journalist.

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Notice of Contact Changes During Summer Holidays

Notice of Contact Changes During Summer Holidays:

Please note that members with urgent matters between August 10 and 28th, 2012 should contact Jason Hubert, Vice President of Local 70713 at (phone # 613-998-7633).

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Work Force Adjustment and Alternation

Last week, the Ottawa Citizen ran a news story about the two largest Public Service unions in Canada (PSAC and PIPS) joining forces to urge Treasury Board to get the alternation program up and running quickly – moving from words to action.  I believe that a well-functioning alternation program is critical for our affected members.  Alternation offers a possible solution to deal with the current threat of lay-offs – one that could potentially be entirely managed through this program.

The intent of the alternation program is to allow those who want to leave the public service (such as those considering retirement), to swap jobs with those who received surplus letters, thus avoiding an heart-breaking lay-off situation.  Delaying or standing in the way of a timely and properly managed alternation program, would not be in-line with the intent of the WFA directive as outlined in our collective agreements.

Some are speculating that the seeming reluctance to get this program moving could be because of the financial costs associated with allowing potential retirees to access the Transition Support Measures (available to opting surplus employees) should they be permitted to alternate.

Our union executives are aware of the issue and our members’ concerns about the WFA alternation program.  They will work  together to push for the alternation program to be put in place quickly, as a practical means to help save many of our members from job loss, while meeting the employer’s budget reduction objectives.

Local 70713 will continue to provide web updates on this and other issues that are of concern and affect our members. Members are also welcome to attend our weekly drop-in sessions every Thursday (see website for boardroom locations) to talk about this and other issues that may be of concern.

Rotha Lennox, President of Local 70713