National WFA Committee Meeting

National WFA Committee Meeting

The National WFA Committee met on March 1st, 2012 with Brother Daryl Hoelke, Executive
Assistant, and Sister Manon Desormeaux, Service Officer, attending. Below is a summary of

the discussions that took place.

Review of Workforce and Workforce Adjustment Report – January 31, 2012
The Committee reviewed the January 31, 2012 Report and the statistics contained therein, a copy
of which is attached for your information. Two hundred and thirty-two (232) surplus employees
have been identified. All surplus letters should have now been delivered with the exception of

those employees who are on leave without pay.

UEW noted that there was a spike in the number of casual employees (i.e., 36 to 108) and
requested examples. The example provided was that at the end of a fiscal year, there are projects
that need to be completed and the necessary funds are therefore released at the end of the fiscal

year to achieve this objective.

UEW requested a list of temporary help employees including their names, respective Branch,
locations, the period for which they have been contracted, and their respective duties, etc.
The Department responded that there are a number of temporary help employees identified in the
Corporate Services Branch. There are no resources available to pull together the data being
requested and the Department suggested that if there are particular issues of concern, those issues

could be discussed separately.

The Department did acknowledge that it was aware of an increase in the number of ATIP
requests on that particular issue.

Update – Use of Contracts

UEW requested an update on the use of contracts and requested that the following information
be made available to bargaining agents: i.e., their names, Branch, locations, the period for which

they have been contracted, their respective duties, etc.

The Department advised that it does not have the capacity and the resources to provide the
information and suggested that particular concerns could be discussed directly with the Human

Resources Branch.

Should you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to communicate with the

national office.

Submitted on behalf of the National Office

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Fisheries Act

The Union of Environment Workers is aware that the Government intends to amend Section 35 of the Fisheries Act which will result in removing the provision relating to “habitat” protection from that Act.

A communiqué has been sent to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, as well as to many Government officials and the PSAC NBOD, concerning our concerns should the Government proceed to follow this path. The letter is attached in both official languages and is self-explanatory.

The Union of Environment Workers strongly recommends that all Locals encourage their respective memberships to communicate with their respective Members of Parliament concerning the intent to amend Section 35 of the Fisheries Act and to initiate a discussion on this issue through any venue available to them to ensure that that dialogue takes place; e.g., Federations of Labour, District Labour Councils, and their communities.

His is the first step in what will be a continuing process in communicating our concerns with the Government of the Day – we all know that the upcoming March 2012 budget will have a major impact on our members and the Canadian public at large. It is important that the Union of Environment Workers and its Locals work as a team in promoting our message. Members must become involved in the political process if there is to be any hope of enacting change. We cannot operate in isolation. If we work together, we can make a difference.

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