most meat processing and slaughter establishments in the province operating with fewer meat inspectors than are required
New and renewed support from the Agriculture Union’s Social Justice Fund (AUSJF) is improving the lives of people in North, Central and South America
Members are advised to continue to apply for overtime and mileage as they always have
Members are receiving notification letters.
A highly-successful Bargaining Conference for the Agriculture Union’s Canadian Food Inspection Agency members wrapped up in Ottawa on January 28.
PSAC will be conducting a large poll of the membership
The Agriculture Union is gearing up for a fresh round of negotiations with CFIA.
Members of Agriculture Union Local 00978, have been gathering for a weekly soup meal this autumn in support of Kingston, Ontario’s United Way campaign.
Harassment and psychological bullying within the scope of the definition of ‘workplace violence’.
One of the country’s most respected research bodies has confirmed the Agriculture Union’s contention that significant reductions in the budget and staffing of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are taking a major toll on the country’s food safety and security.
On-line petition opposing efforts by the Conservative government to gut the current sick leave benefits of our members
It’s mean, petty and partisan. It’s Bill C-377
The long struggle to win a new contract for our Canadian Food Inspection Agency members will end this month with the signing of a new collective agreement.
Delegates to last month’s Triennial National Convention have elected a new National Council to chart our union’s course through the next three years. The Council – comprising the National Executive, Regional Vice-Presidents and the National Director for Human Rights – is the Agriculture Union’s governing body between Conventions.
A very deserving Winnipeg charity has received what it calls a “windfall” gift of nearly $10,000 from the generosity of the Agriculture Union and its delegates to last month’s Triennial National Convention. The recipient of this unsolicited donation is Sunshine House, a community-based resource centre that works to increase the health and well-being of the least fortunate Winnipeggers — the homeless, the marginalized, AIDS sufferers and multiple drug users.
Please be informed that unfortunately there were delays in receiving the translated copies from the Employer to proof read. This meant that proofreading won’t begin until September. More information will follow shortly. Thank you.
Delegates from Agriculture Union Locals across Canada got down to business this week as our Triennial National Convention opened in Winnipeg.
It’s the most important event in the life of the Agriculture Union. It only comes around once every three years. And it starts next month.
An official exchange of proposals has started the clock on a new round of contract talks for Agriculture Union members falling under Treasury Board jurisdiction.
With the transition of pay services to Miramichi, a number of members have experienced problems and delays with pay issues and services. Some examples we have to date are: delay payments for acting pay, overtime, increments, errors in payments, and inability to contact for services.
If you haven’t yet voted, time is quickly running out for out Canadian Food Inspection Agency members to cast their ratification ballot for a proposed new collective agreement.
Voting is now well underway on a new collective agreement for our members employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. A tentative agreement was reached between the CFIA and our bargaining agent, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, last February.
Food safety inspectors and managers at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency all share a common view concerning the adequacy of available resources to do their job.
The Agriculture Union were front and centre as delegates to the Canadian Labour Congress convention took to the streets of Montreal May 8 in a mass demonstration against an ‘austerity agenda’ that is seeing attacks on public services across the country.
The Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund (AUSJF) has announced funding for two projects that meet its mandate of “building capacity in our communities and around the globe for people to participate and flourish fully in their daily lives.”
Agriculture Union members employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will soon have the opportunity to view comprehensive details of the proposed collective agreement reached the first week in February.
Epidemic of stress sweeps ‘dysfunctional’ CFIA: employees seek counselling at rate three times the federal average
Canadian Food Inspection Agency employees and their families are turning to counselling for work-related issues at three times the rate of other federal government workers.
Congratulations to Subir Aryal! The new member of Toronto’s Local 00014 was the lucky winner of the draw for an Apple iPad that brought a close to the Agriculture Union’s latest Rand sign-up campaign.
After more than two years of intense negotiations, our members at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have a tentative agreement.
As CFIA contract talks resume, a reminder that the collective agreement restricts how union information is communicated in the workplace
Contract talks for a new collective agreement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency resumed February 6.
PSAC urging CFIA members to write Health Minister over inequitable and unfair implementation of the ‘alternation’ process
Our bargaining agent, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and the Agriculture Union are urging our members at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to write Health Minister Rona Ambrose to protest CFIA’s latest disregard for the wellbeing of its employees.
Locals are reminded that during this round of Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and Regional Seminars resolutions to conventions and selection of delegates to conventions are to be made.
The annual cross-country round of Agriculture Union Regional Seminars kicks off later this month and continues through March.
According to the audit, basic sanitation problems and cleanliness concerns continue to haunt facilities that produce ready to eat products and meat slaughter facilities whose products are eaten by Canadians and Americans alike.
Strike preparation courses underway for CFIA members as employer makes a farce of serious negotiations
Long-awaited contract negotiations for our Canadian Food Inspection Agency members, which resumed in Ottawa on December 4, look to be short and not terribly sweet.
Further information on this unfortunate turn of events can be found HERE on the PSAC’s Web site page on CFIA negotiation.
Parliament Hill news conference part of growing momentum to halt proposed gutting of workplace health and safety protections
Agriculture Union National President Bob Kingston is warning that workers will be forced to choose between their job and their health or even life if the Harper government’s planned gutting of current workplace health and safety protections proceeds.
Kingston’s pointed comments came as part of his remarks to a November 20 Parliament Hill news conference called to condemn the watering down of workplace health and safety protection contained in the Harper government’s omnibus budget bill, C-4.
The Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund is making a $10,000 contribution to the massive relief effort now underway following the devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines with incredible force on November 8.
The donation, which was moved by the National Executive, is being made to Oxfam Canada. As the federal government has pledged to match private contributions dollar-for-dollar, the impact of our donation will be doubled.
The Conservative government is set to ram through unprecedented changes to federal labour laws that will dramatically undercut your workplace rights and our ability to protect you and advance your interests.
These radical actions were buried in a massive ‘omnibus’ budget bill tabled in the House of Commons on October 22. The measures – amendments to various labour laws, including the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Canada Labour Code – were brought down without either advance warning or consultation.
Donation from our Social Justice Fund will help rebuild lives in wake of last summer’s Lac-Mégantic tragedy
The Agriculture Union Social Justice Fund is making a one-time $10,000 donation to help the people of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec rebuild their community – and their lives – following last summer’s horrific train car explosion.
The request for the donation was made by Jacquelin Carrier, President of Local 10008, whose work as a meat inspector often took him to the picturesque Eastern Township town.
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