Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
September 7, 2006

Union’s CIC Advisory Committee tackles key issues at department

The new staffing rules, the use of casuals in processing sites and the Montreal call centre, and safety and health concerns were among the issues addressed by CEIU’s Advisory Committee for members working at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

The new staffing rules give local management increased power in the staffing process and are seen by many members as open to major abuse. The new rules came into effect at the end of 2005, but their full impact has only recently been recognized (information on the new rules is available elsewhere on this site).

In the case processing centres, as well as the Montreal call centre, management has been making improper use of casuals. Casuals have been hired to replace students and to implement special projects rather than using current staff or hiring indeterminate employees. Steps to address this issue will be taken in the coming weeks.

Exposure of members to infectious diseases was the main focus of concern in the discussion of safety and health matters.

In the months ahead, the Advisory Committee will be organizing the triennial CIC conference planned for Ottawa in 2007. Support and development of the union at the local level has been a traditional part of the conferences, and a call for additional agenda items will be circulated later this year.

The committee’s meeting was co-chaired by CEIU National President Jeannette Meunier-McKay and new National Vice-President for CIC, Terry Boss, who pledged his commitment to improve conditions for all CEIU members in the department.

Paul Croes, the new alternate National Vice President for CIC, was sworn into his position before the committee members.

A full report on the meeting will be circulated in the near future.

Lynn Mongeon, P.J. Finczak, Janet Letwinka, Terry Boss, Jacques Lambert, Paul Croes, Jeannette Meunier-McKay, Gwen Harper, Helen King, Jacques Archambault

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