Newsletter – February 28

USJE Hosts Parliament Hill Breakfast on Improving Mental Health Supports for Federal Public Safety Personnel

On Tuesday, February 13, the Union of Safety and Justice Employees hosted a breakfast reception on Parliament Hill to highlight the urgency of its proposed changes to the federal Government Employees Compensation Act (GECA).

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Union Safety Net Episode 1–Listen now!

It’s here! USJE’s new podcast, Union Safety Net | Le filet de sécurité syndical is now streaming on all platforms!

The first episode focuses on presumptive injury, with guests Dr. Rosemary Ricciardelli and USJE RVP Kirsty Havard. Learn about how common it is for public safety personnel to experience traumatic incidents at work, the research being done, and the changes we can make to better protect these workers.

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Equity Committee selection announcement

Congratulations to USJE’s newly selected Equity Committee members! 

CSC Pacific – Laura Wildly
RCMP Pacific – Shari Scheifele
CSC Prairies – Tonya Missens
RCMP Ontario – Tracy Coates
CSC Ontario – Joe Brathwaite
OIC NCR – Kevin Kakonge
RCMP Québec – Nawel Dendani
CSC Atlantic – Valerie Richardson

USJE thanks all who submitted a nomination for the Committee and extends its congratulations to individuals who have been selected.

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Negotiations continue for RCMP civilian members, dues collection to begin in April

RCMP and Treasury Board have confirmed that union dues will begin to be deducted starting on April 3. 

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Local Union Leader Joe Brathwaite attends Ottawa’s Prestigious Black History Gala 

Ottawa’s annual Black History Gala is an opportunity to mark Black History month in Canada and attracts a broad array of high-profile attendees from business, government and academia. 

USJE was honoured to have local union leader Joe Brathwaite attend on its behalf and represent its diverse memberships.  

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Research Participants Needed for Research on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Experiences of Legal Support Staff

USJE is inviting legal assistants, clerks, and support staff from Justice Canada and PPSC to take part in a study about the stress they experience on the job. By participating in a one-hour interview, employees will help USJE advocate for improved mental health supports, reduced workloads and better compensation.

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Upcoming events

FOS Campaign meeting
May 7, 2024 18:00 EST

Town Halls with National President
May 14, 2024 20:00 EST – Register
May 15, 2024 18:30 EST – Register

USJE National Local Presidents Meeting
Ottawa, June 11-12, 2024

Taxability of Phoenix damages: Victory for members across the country

In a victory for PSAC members impacted by the Phoenix pay fiasco, PSAC has secured an agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency to treat up to $1,500 of the Phoenix general damages compensation members received in 2021 as non-taxable. 

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