Disability Insurance Member Resources

Disability Insurance and Medical Retirement

The following website links will provide you with the information you need in order to be well informed about disability insurance and medical retirement:

If you become disabled, and your claim is approved by the insurer, your monthly benefits will equal 70% of your insured annual salary. Benefits under DI or LTD begin once you have used up all your sick leave and provided that you have met a minimum waiting period of 13 weeks. Benefits continue for as long as you meet the test of total disability under the plan. If you are permanently disabled, your DI or LTD benefits will continue until you reach age 65. 

Member Resources

Information for Members on the Performance Management Initiative: A Local Perspective

Performance Management Program – What is it?

The Performance Management initiative has been advertised as a tool for managers to use in order to establish realistic expectations for employees – expectations that are to be defined, measurable and achievable.

Member Resources

Message from the President of Local 70713, Rotha Lennox Canada’s Working Class

I wanted to share with our members a recent article featured in the Ottawa Citizen that talks about Canada’s working class. The author shares his thoughts about the Temporary Foreign Workers program in Canada and its implications for the Canadian working class. 

Member Resources

The 3 R’s & The 3 A’s – Feeling Keys

One of the most important tool – ever! This stuff really should be taught in schools.
This is an awesome tool when someone is having problems coming to terms with uncomfortable feelings, which applies to almost everyone at some time or another..

The Problem: Pain

When we feel sad, lonely or hurt our natural tendency is to choose not to feel these feelings because they are painful.

We resist them, and then alternate between running away from them in panic and running after them to try to catch and control them.

This running to and from painful feelings, reinforces them because they want to be felt and are shouting, “Feel me!”

These 3 R’s set up a vicious cycle…

  1. Resisting Reinforcing Resisting
  2. Running Away & Running After
  3. Reinforcing Running

However, the real problem is not our painful feelings but our reaction to them.

The Solution: Acceptance

The solution is to learn to become aware of the feelings, to befriend and accept them.

This then establishes a virtuous circle …

  1. Awareness Awareness Acknowledgement
  2. Acknowledgement
  3. Acceptance Acceptance

Tool: The 3 A’s

  1. Become Aware of the feeling. What is it? Use single words to describe it.
  2. Acknowledge the feeling, thank it for showing up!
  3. Now what is often the hardest part, Accept, Experience and Allow the feeling.

* By accepting the feeling and allowing it to be in your life, you acknowledge that there is room for all feelings – room for tears and room for laughter.

Jackie Lee Agnew –SSW Life Success Coach

Workplace Stress and Illness

Dealing With Depression at Work: What You Need to Know

Many of you who have heard me speak know, how a series of life ‘crises’ catapulted me into a severe depression…and then to my story of recovery.   The response I received since then tells me that I’m not alone in this plight, and that many of us have experienced a similar personal crisis.

One of the hardest parts of my ordeal was that, in the midst of it all, I still had to be a functional adult and stay on top of my job responsibilities. And while there are many great books and websites about how to deal with depression or anxiety at work, I also want to share some suggestions based on my own experience for making it through the tough times — and even thriving.


Ask a Life Coach: Stress

Dear Jackie Lee

I have a lot of stress in my life right now and I am using a lot of my sick days because of it.  I am going through a nasty divorce and I come to work and my manager is constantly yelling at me or putting me down.  I just can’t take much more and feel like something is about to give.  I know I’m on the verge of a breakdown and don’t know what to do.


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Ask a Life Coach: Performance Reviews

Dear Jackie Lee

Our yearly performance reviews are coming up and it has never bothered me before but now I heard you can be let go or terminated if you get a poor performance review.  Please give me some strategies for getting through my review.


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Little Habits That Can Change Your Life, and How to Develop Them

Jackie Lee Agnew

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  Aristotle

Life is so stressful and we all have hundreds of things on the go.  Add to that Facebook, Twitter, email and cell phone us – many of us are now on call 7days a week, from sun-up to sun-down.  How can we make life easier?  Would you leave the cell phone downstairs at night or shut off during dinner? Would you take a break from Facebook?  I have written down some of the habits that I am practicing to help recreate my life. I hope you enjoy them.

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Ask a Life Coach: Finances

Dear Jackie,

I am in a financial mess.  I have bill collectors calling and I live in fear of my wages being garnisheed.  I use money marts and high interest loans to pay off my debts then I can’t pay that off.  I am using credit to pay credit.  Please help.


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Ask a Life Coach: Cancer

Dear Jackie,

I’ve been diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and feel like I don’t know which end is up.  I am angry, depressed and sad.  I can’t think straight, I’m worried about my health, my finances and my job.  I also feel like a burden to my family.

Not sure what to do or where to start, hope you can help.