Newsletter – November 3

2024 National Public Safety Awards on Parliament Hill 

USJE is pleased to open the call for nominations for the 2nd Annual National Public Safety Awards which will be held in April 2024. Nominations are now open until December 22, 2023.  

The seven individuals who are chosen will be invited to the Public Safety Awards ceremony on Parliament Hill event that brings together Canada’s elected officials and outstanding federal public safety personnel. 

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National Executive Develops Three-Year Strategic Plan

During the week of October 23, USJE’s National Executive met to establish a three-year strategic plan which will equip and empower the Union to advance its key priorities:

  • address the considerable grievance backlog
  • Presumptive Injury campaign
  • advocate for RCMP public service employees whose jobs may be at risk
  • advocate for better compensation for members of the CR group
  • prepare for future rounds of collective bargaining
  • membership engagement

These priorities were built upon the feedback and information obtained through several USJE member surveys conducted during the past term of office and what our members shared as priorities/concerns at the recent USJE Triennial Convention. 

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Support USJE’s Proposed Changes to Protect the Mental Health of Federal Public Safety Personnel

USJE is seeking all party support for the proposed changes to GECA, as quickly as possible, so that the thousands of federal public safety personnel who keep Canadians safe everyday, are no longer left behind to suffer in silence when they develop an occupational stress injury. 

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Join the National Equity Committee – apply now

USJE is currently seeking applications for its National Equity Committee chaired by Regional Vice Presidents Shauna Ward, and Vice Chair Kirk McIntosh. Please complete the application form by November 26 in order to be considered.

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New DSA Survey: is your workplace experience improving?

In March 2022, USJE released a report entitled: “The Mental Health and Well-Being of Detachment Services Assistants”. This report contains 12 recommendations meant to improve the occupational experiences of DSAs.

Now, 20 months later, we want to evaluate if these recommendations are being implemented, and whether you feel your workplace experience is improving.

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There’s something new in the air in 2024!

Coming spring 2024: USJE to launch its very own monthly podcast! With a varied and exciting program, it will be your reference point for an in-depth dive into all those crucial issues of our union.

Hear from members and experts in conversations that unite our membership from Coast to Coast to Coast.

Building on the original idea of a member, the USJE podcast is the voice of our membership. Let us know what you want us to talk about! All suggestions will be considered.

What are we going to name this brand new project? We turn to you! Suggest a recognizable and memorable name for the USJE podcast in either of our national languages and have a chance to win $100 at the USJE store! Deadline: Decebmer 1, 2023.

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PSAC 2024 calendars now available!

Plan ahead for 2024 with our PSAC calendars, now available at PSAC regional offices across the country!  

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Take action: Turn up the pressure to improve Canada Life insurance

If you have been or continue to be impacted by the transition to Canada Life, write to your MP to pressure Treasury Board President Anita Anand and Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada Yves Duclos to take accountability for improving insurance benefits for PSAC members.  

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Shelter Cost Differential: Help restore housing subsidy for northern homeowners

As part of changes to the revised Shelter Cost Differential methodology implemented August 1, homeowners working for the federal public service in five northern communities will no longer receive a housing cost subsidy to offset the high cost of living in the North. 

Take action – tell MPs that homeowners should continue to receive the subsidy. This financial support plays a key role in recruiting and retaining federal public service workers in northern communities. 

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