PI Review Update

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.

New process for designating essential services can cause confusion

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.

Inspection understaffing threatens summer BBQ season

A backyard or cottage BBQ is one of the great Canadian pleasures that banish thoughts of frigid Februaries. However, BBQers in Ontario and across the country should be on their guard as chronic understaffing in food inspection could well impact the safety of the meat...

Bar-b-quers beware

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.