Union News:

Newly-elected National Council ready to face challenges of next three years

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.

Convention delegates raise major donation for very deserving Winnipeg charity

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.
Margaret Ormond, Sunshine House’s Special Projects Manager

Update on CFIA agreement

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.


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.

CFIA members ratify new contract

It’s official. Agriculture Union members employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have ratified a new collective agreement. Our bargaining agent, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, announced the result of the contract vote on June 6. Pay increases negotiated at the table, are retroactive to January 2012. Our CFIA members owe a large debt of thanks to the members of their bargaining team, who never let up their determination to achieve the best possible agreement through two years of very difficult negotiations. Details of the new contract may be found HERE on the PSAC Web...

Voting on new CFIA contract underway

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.

Friendly reminder to all locals

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.

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.

Our Social Justice Fund donates $10,000 to Philippines typhoon relief

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.

Conservatives’ changes to health and safety protections will literally put your life at risk

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.