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Message from the President: Bangladesh Garment Factories Disaster Update

I am following up on my recent post about this tragic story. Already this tragic story is receiving less and less media coverage, but it is one of the most horrific industrial tragedies in recent history involving innocent people who simply went to work for starvation wages in order to feed and clothe their families. I wanted to share the following article with our members so that we continue to remember and honor the lives lost.

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Mental Health Week (May 6-12, 2013) – A Focus on Bullying and Mental Health in the Workplace

In his recent post, Mr. Todd Panas speaks out about the need for a shared commitment between union  and management to address bullying in the workplace and reduce toxic work environments for improved employee mental health and performance.

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The Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) website: http://www.cmha.ca/, is a place where anyone can find critical information about mental health and how to deal with day-to-day problems that create stress or depression. Continue reading

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Message From The President – Globalization and Outsourcing

I wanted to share with our members the following story which is directly quoted from CNN, CNN News, April 26, 2013 by Anna McMullen – More than 300 dead in Bangladesh building collapse. Here the writer talks about outsourcing and globalization better than I ever could, and in her opinion, cheap labour goes hand-in-hand with avoidable death. By the end of this very sad story, there may be over 800 innocent people dead in a very avoidable manner.

My heart goes out to all the innocent people working for poverty wages, under terrible and unsafe conditions.

Rotha Lennox,
President of Local 70713

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Ask Your Local – Dealing with a difficult manager

Q: My manager never offers me any praise for the good work I do and he takes credit for everything. Nothing is ever quite right and he makes minor tweaks and then criticizes me because he had to make “major” changes in order to get a credible product. The constant criticism is wearing me down and I feel as though I can’t face it lot of days so I take a sick day – which also gets me criticized. I’m feeling depressed all the time and its even affecting my family because I’m a mess most evenings and Sunday nights I can’t sleep. I’m at the end of my rope. Can someone help me?

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Ask your Local – Please explain what the “Right To Work” legislation means?

Q. Please explain what the “Right To Work” legislation means?

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Ask your Local – Canadian jobs and temporary foreign workers

Q: I read that there is a policy called foreign-worker policy that was created by the federal government and that employs as many as 300,000 temporary foreign workers in Canadian jobs at lower pay than normally given and without benefits or hope of permanent residency or access to Canada’s labour laws. Is that true? Is it legally allowed and are foreign workers being abused and Canadian jobs being lost?

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Ask Your Local – Sick Leave Advances

Q – I had surgery twice in recent months and require a 3rd surgery. Management advanced sick leave in the past and it has been repaid but they are somewhat reluctant to advance the 5 weeks that I need this time. Are they required to do so?

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Emergency Distress Lines for Ottawa & Region

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Message From The President – The Value of Union Dues

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.

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