Long Awaited Victory for UHEW Member in Grande-Rivière

Long-time conflicts between management and the employees of the Grande Rivière (DFO Quebec) detachment, culminated with the employer’s decision to reassign a certain number of employees from their Grande-Rivière posts to other posts across the province. Essentially, the targeted members were suffering the consequences of management’s failure to resolve the issues within the detachment. For  Sister Colette Major, the employer ordered her to report to Quebec City but, upon contesting and refusal to do so, was terminated from employment for abandonment of her post.


The employer argued that they had a right to order Sister Major to the Quebec City detachment by referring the adjudicator to the mobility clause of her contract of employment and that they were justified in terminating her employment because she refused an order to report to the Quebec office.


The adjudicator found that the mobility clause in the grievor's job offer letter allowed the employer to deploy her to anywhere in Canada, which had already been done when the employer deployed Sister Major to Grande Rivière, but not to assign her for two years to the Quebec office without her consent. The adjudicator found that since the reassignment was not a deployment, her position remained at the Grande-Rivière office, and that the fact that she did not report to the Quebec office could not constitute abandoning her position. Therefore, the termination was without cause. The adjudicator ordered the deputy head to reinstate Sister Colette Major to her position at the Grande-Rivière office.

For full decision, please refer to : http://pslreb-crtefp.gc.ca/Decisions/fulltext/2017-27_e.asp

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UHEW Scholarships

The Union of Health and Environment Workers (UHEW) believes that everyone has the right to achieve his/her goals through education and hard work. In a world where technology and society are changing at a rapid pace, education is critical to remaining on top of issues and building a better future. With this in mind, UHEW is pleased to offer five scholarships:

1. Two scholarships are awarded on scholastic achievement for $3,000 each and named the Tony Tilley Scholastic Award and the Mary Stewart Scholastic Award;
2. One scholarship in the amount of $3,000 for a candidate entering into an apprenticeship program;
3. One scholarship in the amount of $3,000 is awarded to a member returning to school on a full-time basis to further his or her education; and
4. One Human Rights scholarship in the amount of $3,000 for a candidate struggling with a disability while striving for a higher education.

Please note the eligibility requirements as described in the Scholarship Awards Guidelines.

You will note that the 2017 Essay Topic for all scholarships is What benefits do you see workers have when holding jobs in unionized organizations as opposed to non-unionized jobs? Please explain in your answer the benefits to workers not only in their workplace but in their home life and in their community.” 

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 30, 2017. (Application Form)

Should you have any questions concerning the above, please do not hesitate to communicate with the national office.

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Allocation of Service Officers' Portfolios

Please be advised that as of April 1st, the following changes will be implemented regarding allocation of Service Officers’ Portfolios.


This change will allow the Service Officers to be engaged with members’ issues and with the policies, actions and activities of all departments and agencies represented by UHEW which result in the ability for each of the Service officers to more easily and more comfortably interact with all departments and agencies on all issues.


The allocation will also maximize office coverage based on the Service Officers’ hours of work in order to cover the various time zones across Canada.


  1. Pacific / Alberta / Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the North - Stephen Vanneste -  613 736 5533 ext. 230
  2. Ontario / NCR - Luc Paquette – 613 736 5533 ext. 229
  3. Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland/Labrador – Mark Hockley 613 237 2732 ext. 224


Should you have any comments or observations please feel free to communicate with the National office.

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