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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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Sometimes bad things happen to good people…being a member of Union Local 70713 is your best interest

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.

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Todd Panas, Component President of the Union of Environment Workers (UEW), received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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.

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Federal Court ruling on family status accommodation: what this means for you

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.

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