A decision by the Ontario WSIB (aka Workers’ Compensation) to recognize chronic mental stress as a compensable injury is a major step forward in ensuring Agriculture Union members in that province do not have to choose between their mental health and financial well-being.
Our members at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on September 7 received a joint email from the employer and the Agriculture Union urging their participation in this year’s Public Service Employee Survey.
After much effort and support from our members working in Inspection at CFIA, we are nearing the completion of the Primary Products (PI) Review and its resulting mass grievances filed in 2000 and 2007.
Contract talks for our members employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will resume in Ottawa the first week of October.
When it comes to contract talks with the Trudeau Liberals, it’s a case of ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’!
The Agriculture Union is launching our latest campaign to sign-up ‘Rands’ – co-workers who, for one reason or another, have never signed a membership card in our bargaining agent, the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The six-month campaign runs from now until the end of this year.
As part of every negotiations round for a new contract, all bargaining units must have essential service positions ‘designated’ as being essential to the ‘safety and security of the public’. No legal strike can take place without one and employees occupying those positions must remain on the job in the event of a walkout.
Every meat slaughter inspection group in Toronto and throughout Ontario is working short-handed, often operating below staffing levels required to ensure meat packing houses are following all safety requirements.