Updates

Remembering Janice Froats, USJE member, colleague and friend

On Friday January 20, 2023 a long time USJE member, colleague and friend to many, Janice Froats passed away unexpectedly. Janice was a Parole Office at Millhaven Institution and fulfilled numerous roles at various sites within the ‘Kingston corridor’ during her decades long career with the Correctional Service of Canada when she acted as a Manager of Assessment and Intervention for the sexual offenders’ program.

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Condolences to the family and friends of Kenneth Hazard

Ken was actively involved with the USGE since the 1970s, holding numerous positions within his Local and was elected as Regional Vice-President for the National Parole Service/National Parole Board from 2005 until 2011 when he retired.

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Raising the issues that impact our members with New Brunswick opposition MP

Regional Vice-President Carol Osborne met with Conservative MP John Williamson in St. Stephen, NB to discuss USJE and the 18 departments we represent. The meeting gave RVP Osborne the opportunity to raise member concerns with the MP, including issues affecting our Parole Board, RCMP, Public Prosecutions and Correctional Service members, to name a few.

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Treasury Board directive flies in the face of research on productivity

Despite recent assurances of some flexibility, the new Treasury Board directive is clear that federal employees must report to the worksite “a minimum of 40 to 60 percent” across the board, no matter the job, role, department or location. While a lack of consultation was hardly a good move, more problematic is that this new approach flies in the face of what we learned about workplace productivity during the pandemic.

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President Neufeld aims to bring concerns of Northern members to the National Joint Council

National President David Neufeld has been appointed to a committee of the National Joint Council (NJC) that is responsible for the Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive. The National Joint Council is comprised of employers and bargaining agents (unions) for the purpose of sharing information, consulting on workplace policies and developing directives for the Public Service.

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Open letter to the Hon. Mona Fortier from National President, David Neufeld

While USJE is glad to see that the Treasury Board has recognized the value of a hybrid work environment, USJE strongly objects to the lack of consultation with federal public service unions in regards to the development of this policy. Further, USJE is deeply concerned about a lack of flexibility in the application of this policy, regardless of the particular work circumstances or capacities of individual employees.  

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