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The CEIU National Executive held their meeting by videoconferencing from October 6th to 9th, 2020.

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Since the last update was posted on our site in July 2020, CEIU has held two meetings with the ESDC Labour Relations team on August 13 and September 24, 2020, to monitor the file processing. Here are the highlights of these meetings:    

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The CEIU National Office with the help of SimplyVoting will be conducting an electronic vote for the vacant position of Alternate National Vice-President for Human Rights (A/NVP for HR).  This position will take effect after the election, up to the close of the CEIU Convention which will be held in August 2021.

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With the postponement of the CEIU National Triennial Convention from September 2020 to August 2021, the National Executive has voted to extend the deadline for national, regional or any local meetings of members to prepare and submit their resolutions to the National Office by no later than 9:00 p.m. (EST), on March 31st, 2021.

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With the postponement of the CEIU National Triennial Convention from September 2020 to August 2021, the deadline date to receive nominations for CEIU delegates to the 2022 PSAC Convention is extended to July 19th, 2021.

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With the present pandemic, the CEIU National Executive (NE) held their meeting by videoconferencing with ZOOM, on June 25th and 26th, and resumed on July 17th and 20th.  For four (4) hours on each of these four (4) days, the NE was hard at work for its membership.

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The Public Service Alliance of Canada has organized an anti-racism webinar entitled An Introduction to Antiracism for White Folks. This webinar is open to all PSAC members. CEIU supports this initiative and we encourage all CEIU members to sign up and take this course.

 

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PSAC has reached a tentative agreement that provides fair wages, no concessions, and improved working conditions for the 70,000 members of the PA group, and Treasury Board common issues.

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Since the last update was posted on our site in May 2020, CEIU has held two meetings with the ESDC Labour Relations team on May 28 and July 2, 2020, to monitor how the public health situation is affecting file processing. Here are the highlights of these meetings:    

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A Call for Nominations is being sent to fill the positions of two (2) Alternate NVP positions, as follows:

  • Alternate NVP for Human Rights
  • Alternate NVP for IRB (Immigration and Refugee Board)
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Every year, National Public Service Week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the work of our members and colleagues who work in all departments and agencies of the federal government of Canada.

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The Canada Employment and Immigration Union is pleased to be able to offer fifteen (15) $2,000.00 National Scholarships to CEIU members in good standing, their spouse, their common-law spouse (including same sex partners) and/or their dependant(s).

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While there are still no definitive return to the office dates, CEIU has been meeting with our three departments regarding the topic of return to work plans.

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The National Leadership of CEIU joins the chorus of voices in standing in solidarity with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Colour) at this time when we witness yet another escalation of activism denouncing yet another racist murder by police brutality on a black man in the United States; we are shocked and appalled at the murder of George Floyd by suffocation, in public and despite oppositions from the public and protests from medical professionals. This death is unacceptable.

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The CEIU National Executive, at their May 13th, 2020 meeting, voted to postpone the CEIU National Triennial Convention to 2021. The CEIU Convention will now be held from August 16th to 20th, 2021, at the Hilton Lac Leamy Hotel in Gatineau, Québec.

 

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The elections for CEIU’s Alternate NVP positions have concluded following a full week of electronic voting, beginning on April 29th and ending on May 6th, 2020.

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Since the latest update was posted on our site in January 2020, CEIU held two meetings with the ESDC Labour Relations team on March 25th and April 29th, 2020 in order to assess the impacts of the public health situation on the processing of the file. Highlights of those meetings are as follows:    

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The Canada Employment and Immigration Union is pleased to be able to offer fifteen (15) $2,000.00 National Scholarships to CEIU members in good standing, their spouse, their common-law spouse (including same sex partners) and/or their dependant(s).

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CEIU was shocked and saddened to learn of the news of a shooting incident in Portapique, Nova Scotia and in its surroundings on April 18th, which you have certainly heard about in the news. Our thoughts are first and foremost with the loved ones of those who lost their life in these dramatic events.

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With the deadline date of April 15th now passed to receive nominations for A/NVP positions and alternate delegates, the CEIU National Office would like to start by congratulating the three (3) candidates that were acclaimed to Alternate NVP positions:

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Are you thinking of submitting your name as one of the Alternate NVP(s) for CEIU?  Then this is the time to do it. 

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The Call for Nominations for Alternate Delegates to the 2020 CEIU Convention has now been sent to the Local Presidents for all locals in electoral districts that have no alternate delegates.

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With everything that is happening around the globe, CEIU will be extending the deadline date to submit resolutions to the CEIU National Office from March 27th, 2020 to May 1st, 2020

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The elections for CEIU’s NVP positions have concluded, following a full week of electronic voting, beginning on March 18th and ending on March 25th, 2020.

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The Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU) is joining other Canadian unions to call on the federal government and the provincial governments to offer immediate supports to all workers who have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including those who do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI).

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Dear CEIU members,

As you may be aware, it is important that we ensure the core business of our union continues so that our structure and operations can continue to support our members. The voting period is currently in effect, and the deadline to vote is March 25, 2020. You must provide us with a PERSONAL email address (not an employer email address), to be able to vote.

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Dear members,

Union leadership are working around the clock to protect our members amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We are very concerned about the health and safety of our members and staff, and all the loved ones who are affected by possible exposure to this virus in our work sites and service centres. Our top priority currently is to continue to pressure the employer to implement safety measures, as we continue to deliver essential services to our fellow Canadians.

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Ottawa, March 17, 2020 - As the financial impact of COVID-19 forces many Canadians into Service Canada offices to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) and other critical services, we are urging the government to take immediate steps to safeguard the health & safety of their employees and the public they serve.

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International Women's Day has become recognized as a day to celebrate how far women have come in society, in politics, in economic achievements, in our workplaces and last but not least, in our union (The Roses of IWD)!

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STRONGER THAN EVER

CEIU has launched its first national newsletter, entitled “From the Ground Up”.

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PARTIAL RESULTS

Last Friday, February 14th, 2020 was the deadline date to submit nominations for all CEIU National Vice-President positions.

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Black History Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the many contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada. 

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With the upcoming elections of CEIU National Vice-Presidents, Alternate NVPs and delegates to the CEIU Convention fast approaching, the Nominations and Elections Chairperson would like to remind everyone of the DO’s and DONT’s of campaigning, when running for an elected position at CEIU.

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In response to the nationwide call for solidarity by Unifor leadership, Canada’s labour movement is responding to the call, and the leadership and members of the Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU) are adding their voices to the message of solidarity.

 

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Since the latest update was posted on our site in October 2019, CEIU met with the ESDC Human Resources team on January 15th, 2020 in order to follow up on actions in progress, of which the highlights are as follows.

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The National Executive, at its September 2019 meeting adopted a new Regulation and made an amendment to Policy 18.

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On December 9, 2019, the NCR Region undertook a community outreach activity by way of donated food and sundries to the Gite Ami in Gatineau, Québec. 

Jacques. Claude Mayer and Dan Carrière raided Costco.

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CEIU observes Human Rights Day every year on December 10th, as we commemorate the day on which, in 1948, the United nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Accordingly, on December 10th we reflect on human rights in Canada and around the world.

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We’ve all heard the story of the terrible events on December 6, 1989. It has been 30 years since an armed man walked into an Engineering class at École Polytechnique de Montréal, forced the men to leave, murdered 14 women and injured 10 others before taking his own life.

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2020 CEIU National Triennial Convention, Gatineau, Quebec, September 11-15, 2020

In accordance with CEIU By-Law 11, sub-section 11.8, notice is hereby given that the 15th National Convention of the Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU) will be held at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec, from September 11 to 15, 2020.  

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CEIU remembers the millions of lives lost in conflict so that we have the rights and freedoms that we have today. On behalf of all our members, CEIU National President Eddy Bourque was present at the Remembrance Day observance in Ottawa on November 11th. Thank you for your service.

Lest we forget.

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The 9th CEIU National Human Rights/Race Relations (HRRR) Conference was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from September 14th to 15th, 2019.  The conference theme was the following:  Honour, Respect, Recognize and Reconcile.

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CEIU’s new logo is the vision of hundreds of members sharing what CEIU means to them.


Our union’s mission is to protect the rights and promote the interests of all workers. Responding to this, our new logo is built on the idea that strength is a result of diversity, community and mutual support.

 

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The following Reports of the National Vice-Presidents from the September 2019 National Executive meeting are available should you wish to read one or more of them by clicking on the respective one below:

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From the 15 candidates who are receiving a $2,000 CEIU National Scholarship, CEIU is publishing a few essays that drew our attention. Here are the essays from 5 candidates:

 

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Since the latest update was posted on our site in July 2019, CEIU met with ESDC senior management on October 2nd in order to deal with several issues of which the following are the highlights.

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This year, CEIU received a total of 26 applications from across the country. The National Executive approved the following 15 candidates to receive a $2,000 CEIU National Scholarship:

 

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The National Executive (NE) met in Ottawa, Ontario from Friday, September 20th to Monday, September 23rd, 2019, with the afternoon of Sunday and the morning of Monday being In-Camera from 9 am to 11 am to discuss the direction of the Union.  The NE went on record from 11 am to 12 pm on Monday, so that the resolutions discussed would be recorded in the minutes of the NE Fall 2019 meeting.

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A call for nominations for two (2) positions of Alternate National Vice-Presidents has just been sent out to all CEIU Local Presidents in the respective regions to post on their Union’s bulletin boards.

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The following Reports of the National Vice-Presidents from the April 2019 National Executive meeting are available should you wish to read one or more of them by clicking on the respective links.

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Since the latest update was posted on our site in March 2019, CEIU has continued to meet regularly with management in order to deal with several issues of which the following are the highlights.

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In response to the email sent to employees at Service Canada yesterday regarding the phoenix compensation, Eddy Bourque, National President and Crystal Warner, National Executive Vice-President of CEIU sent the following to the ESDC Deputy Minister.

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The Canada Employment and Immigration Union is pleased to be able to offer fifteen (15) $2,000.00 National Scholarships to CEIU members in good standing, their spouse, their common-law spouse (including same sex partners) and/or their dependant(s).

 

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A message brought to you by the Human Rights and Race Relations Committee

June 21 is Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day, which is meant to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of the nation's indigenous peoples.

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Courageous restaurant workers at the Rainforest Café in Niagara Falls have been seeking a first contract from their employer Canadian Niagara Hotels for over a year and have been on strike since April 7th.

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We were invited by our Liberal MP, Jean Rioux. We met him in the reception area to talk about the status of collective bargaining. We also had a chance to meet the following MPs: Jean Rioux, Denis Paradis, François-Philippe Champagne, Diane Lebouthillier and Joyce Murray.

We asked Minister Murray to return to the bargaining table with reasonable offers.

 

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The CEIU National Human Rights/Race Relations (HRRR) Conference is fast approaching and matters dealt with by this conference will be in the form of resolutions which are either adopted or defeated by the accredited delegates in attendance at the Conference.

 

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The Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU) is calling for nominations for the positions of Representative(s) and/or Alternate(s) to sit on the CEIU National HRRR Committee.

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May 17 of every year is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).  It is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.

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The CEIU National Office and Simply Voting, is conducting an electronic vote for the following positions:

  • Alternate NVP for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut
  • 2nd Alternate NVP for Ontario
  • 2nd Alternate NVP for Quebec
  • 2nd Alternate NVP for Women’s Issues, Western Region
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Mental Health Awareness Week is May 6th-12th, 2019.  In that light we would like to ask a few questions on mental health in the workplace.

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The Canada Employment and Immigration Union is pleased to be able to offer fifteen (15) $2,000.00 National Scholarships to CEIU members in good standing, their spouse, their common-law spouse (including same sex partners) and/or their dependant(s).

 

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The National Executive (NE) met in Gatineau, Quebec from Friday, April 5th to Sunday, April 7th, 2019 with training on the morning of April 5th.

The February 5th, 2019 minutes of the NE conference call were approved at this meeting and are now available on the CEIU website.  Should you, as a member of CEIU, wish to read or view these minutes or the previous minutes of the National Executive meetings, please contact a member of your Local Executive, as they have been provided with the password to access these minutes.

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The four thousand five hundred Service Management Structural Model “SMSM” job description (JD) grievances at ESDC are coming to a closure. Here are the details on the status of these files:

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On March 21st, 2019, CEIU sent Locals throughout the country an update on the SMSM-1102 file, including documents for the members. We invite the members to contact their local union officers for further information.

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The employees and members of CEIU extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to our Muslim friends, to the victims and their families, and, to the community for the senseless attack at the New Zealand mosque that claimed 50 lives.  

 

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International Women's Day is observed annually on March 8th. It is this day that we celebrate women around the world and the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women while continuing to campaign for greater progress.

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In response to grievances filed in 2008, hundreds of CEIU members working at Service Canada have been given new job descriptions that reflects the work they have been doing for years, and will be receiving retroactive pay going back, in some cases, to 2006.

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CEIU was invited to an in-person meeting yesterday with senior management at ESDC/Service Canada.

The purpose of the meeting was to share with our union the results of the interdepartmental classification committee assessment of the new job description presented in September 2018. The meeting was held in camera.

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Black History Month is a time to learn and celebrate the many contributions Black Canadians have made all areas Canada’s landscape, Enriching the Education, Politics, Business, Religion and Culture.

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A call for nominations for the position of 2nd Alternate National Vice-President for the Quebec Region has just been sent out to all CEIU Local Presidents in Quebec to post on their Union’s bulletin boards.

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The CEIU Human Rights / Race Relations (HRRR) Committee is pleased to announce the CEIU Human Rights / Race Relations Conference to be held September 14 and 15, 2019, at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg.

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At the October 2017 National Executive (NE) meeting, a decision was made that the minutes of each National Executive meeting should be available to our membership.

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A call for nominations for three (3) positions of Alternate National Vice-Presidents has just been sent out to all CEIU Local Presidents in the respective regions to post on their Union’s bulletin boards.

 

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Thousands of holiday memories have been ruined for members of the Canada Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU), a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). In response to their third holiday season as victims of the Phoenix pay system, federal public sector employees working at Service Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB),and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are delivering coal and grievances to the federal liberal government for Christmas.

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This month marks the third holiday season that we have suffered under the debacle of the Phoenix pay system with no relief in sight.  It seems that our employers still do not comprehend what it means to be, once again, going into the holidays uncertain about how much we will be paid for our labour, or even if we will be paid at all!

 

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Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

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It has been nearly 30 years since December 6, 1989, when an armed male student walked into an Engineering class at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, forced the men to leave, murdered 14 women and injured 10 others stating he was “fighting feminism”.  Then he shot himself. 

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Earlier this year, CEIU put pressure on the employer to remove the 3-strike rule in call centres.

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The National Executive met in Ottawa from October 10th to 14th, 2018.   Prior to the actual meeting dates of October 12th to 14th, each NE member attended their respective sub-committee meeting.

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Members of Local 80226 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, held a “Day of Action” to show their support to the bargaining team.

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The elections for the following positions have now been concluded.

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