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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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What are compassionate care benefits?

The text below has been copied from the Service Canada Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits publication

One of the most difficult times for anyone is when a loved one is dying or at risk of death. The demands of caring for a gravely ill family member can jeopardize both your job and the financial security of your family. The Government of Canada believes that, during such times, you should not have to choose between keeping your job and caring for your family.

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Mental Health Strategies – Videos

The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace has a website that contains a lot of helpful and interesting information on creating mental health strategies in the workplace.

The link below features a number of short videos that deal with these issues and may be helpful to members who affected by friends, family or co-workers who are struggling with mental health problems, or may themselves be dealing with their own mental health issues.

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Ask a Life Coach

Question:

Dear Jackie Lee,

I am going through a divorce and I am so depressed. I can barely function at work. I feel like I am just putting in time. I am so worried that I am going to lose my job and I need my pay. I don’t know how to get through this.

Please help,

Sonia

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Ask a Life Coach

Question:

Dear Jackie Lee,

I just received my yearly performance appraisal and it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. There were a lot of areas I am expected to improve on, that I thought I was doing great at. I work hard but now I feel like I just want to quit.

How could my manager do this?

I’ve talked with my co-workers, and they feel that I am being treated unfairly as well.

What do I do?

Thanks,

Luc

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Ask a Life Coach

Question:

Hi Jackie,

I am a single mom with a teenager at home who is getting into trouble and has no respect for me. I am constantly receiving calls at work from school about her. She never pays her phone so I end up covering the bill. She doesn’t work but wants new clothes and makeup. She has friends over constantly and they leave everything a mess. I am exhausted and tired of all the fights.

Please help,

Lisa

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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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Who owns the rights?

Without a union, employers have almost all the rights. They can change your pay and working conditions at any time as long as they do not violate certain laws, like the minimum wage.  Any benefits you receive are at the discretion of your employer.

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