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May 13, 2016

Deputy Trustees meet in Ottawa on May 3rd and 4th, 2016

On May 3rd and 4th, 2016, the CEIU Deputy Trustees who were available met in Ottawa with Chris Aylward, the CEIU Trustee, and John Gordon, the CEIU Administrator.

The Trustee and Administrator provided updates on their activities for CEIU, details of which will be released in the minutes of this meeting in due course to the locals. The group discussed several issues affecting members with a special emphasis on the Phoenix pay system. A communication was released to the locals on behalf of the Trustees regarding this issue. It advised those members that had not been paid correctly to make a formal request to their manager for “priority pay” and to contact their local president to file a grievance. Updates on their respective portfolios were provided by the Deputy Trustees, and consultations on issues of concern were discussed, such as health and safety. The Trustees agreed that mental health and wellness is of primary concern for the members. The Deputy Trustees also discussed the importance of participating in the national action being planned across the country on June 8th in support of the PSAC Bargaining Teams. Information will be shared with the locals as received from PSAC.

On the morning of May 4th, the Deputy Trustee responsible for Fort McMurray provided an update regarding the well-being of CEIU members working in the area. The Deputy Trustees spent the majority of the second day discussing the structure and options for the best path to move the component towards a convention. An agenda was set for the next meeting with a commitment to begin submitting proposals for possible structural reform, considerations regarding the by-laws, and discussions on administrative efficiencies.

The Deputy Trustees unanimously wish to thank the former National Vice-Presidents, and alternate National Vice-Presidents for their hard work in serving their union. Their time, efforts, and hard work are sincerely appreciated by all members of CEIU.

During these challenging times, the Trustees encourage the members to respect our union’s values and ethics, and to endeavour to work in solidarity.

The next in person meeting of the Deputy Trustees is set for early June. More information, as it’s available, will be posted on the website and sent to the locals.

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