Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
January 25, 2011

Mounting frustration leads to break in union-management relations

The Newfoundland & Labrador region of CEIU has cut consultation ties with Service Canada management. The unanimous decision by the union’s regional executive follows rising tensions with the employer across a range of issues. The union will be pursuing alternative courses of action to seek improvements for its members in Newfoundland & Labrador.

National Vice-President Denise Richey pointed to growing problems in areas that include sick and vacation leave, telework, variable hours of work, and leave with income averaging. “Conditions have deteriorated in our offices, stress levels are up and many staff are struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance. We want to do the best we can for our EI and CPP clients, but there’s a limit to what our members can take.”

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

According to Richey, the regional executive will be reviewing developments on a regular basis and devising alternative approaches in the push for workplace improvements. “Members expect us to find a path to change things for the better, and we will. It won’t be business as usual, but we will get down to business. In the past, there has been a reasonable give-and-take with the employer, but this won’t necessarily be the case now.”

National President Jeannette Meunier-McKay supported the region’s decision, saying, “They need to find solutions that fit the needs of members in Newfoundland & Labrador, and our union leadership has the determination to see this through.”


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