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May 27, 2011

CEIU’s New Brunswick region suspends labour-management consultation with Service Canada

In the face of unresolved issues and a consultation process lacking the respect due to the union side, the New Brunswick CEIU executive has decided unanimously to suspend labour-management consultation meetings. The union will deal with members’ issues, but on a case-by-case basis.

A major issue in dispute is Service Canada’s designation of New Brunswick as a unilingual English administrative region. “This is simply unacceptable,” said National Vice-President Debbie Gray, “the Province of New Brunswick is designated as officially bilingual and is home to over 250,000 Francophones. The right to bilingual services and the right of our Francophone members to work in French must be respected.”

The quality of consultation at the Atlantic regional level is a further point of contention. Union leaders often gain information about staffing, movement of work, casual workers and hours of work from members rather than through consultation with the employer.

Health and Safety committee meetings will not be affected by the union’s decision.

“We will continue to press for solutions to members’ problems, including issues around staffing and telework, but will not use the consultation process until we see a change in management’s attitude and actions,” said Gray.

Jeannette Meunier-McKay, CEIU President, offered her support, saying, “Improvements are clearly needed in the Atlantic Region, and I think the New Brunswick leadership is standing up for their members. Together we will work for the changes our members have every right to expect.”

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