|Re:Are Correctional Officers who have signed a collective agreement with the Federal Government going to have their negotiated salary increases reduced following the adoption of the budget last February 3, 2009?|
|Recently CSC tabled a document which apparently is supposed to govern scheduling and deployment. This document came from management and was discussed with the Union side on January 13th. . During the meeting, the Union raise several objections to language in this document and has thus far quashed a number of items in it.|
|In September, UCCO-SACC-CSN asked the federal political parties represented in Parliament to respond to the following questions by October 4. The Union received one response before the deadline, from the Bloc Québécois.|
|The National Uniform Committee met on the current issues in Ottawa on September 5. There are a number of outstanding issues that remain unresolved.|
|(MONTREAL — May 22, 2008) Canada’s correctional investigator, Howard Sapers, yesterday endangered frontline prison workers by publishing a highly unorthodox and speculative report that raised unsubstantiated allegations of staff racism in the suicide of an aboriginal inmate at Warkworth Institution in 2006.|
I feel compelled to respond to the yellow journalism practiced by Mike Duffy during his May 21 show on the CTV network, which reviewed the death of an inmate at Warkworth Institution and the highly speculative allegations contained in a report by Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers.
|The March issue of Let’s Talk, CSC’s in-house magazine, was headlined “Respect, Trust, Honesty, Integrity.” Unfortunately, the publication’s contents fell far short of its self-imposed goal. An article based on an interview with Donna Morrin, the Director General of Learning and Development in CSC’s Human Resource Management Sector, insinuated that correctional officers are violent, corrupt and “look the other way” when their colleagues break the law.|
|We have recently been informed about a change to HRSDC procedures with regard to work accident claims involving a third party. In this instance, however, this does not involve the introduction of a new procedure, but rather the enforcement of section 9(3) of the Government Employees Compensation Act (GECA).|
|When members of UCCO-SACC-CSN ratified their collective agreement by a score of 89.5 per cent in 2006, it was difficult to foresee all the effects of the massive changes contained in the new contract. Almost two years later, despite some need for adaptation, the benefits are readily apparent. However, it’s still useful to recall some of the agreement’s highlights in the context of the Teamsters’ raid and the unfounded charges the Teamsters are making in their pitch to correctional officers.|
|Recently CSC took a decision to pilot 2 drug strategy programs (Kent and Joyceville) which would include the searching of staff.|
|The recent dismissal and criminal prosecution of three correctional officers and the four sixty day suspensions at GVI, raise serious problems with CSC directives, protocols and orders.|
|But Correctional Service Canada managers blame the messenger|
(Abbotsford, BC — January 24, 2008) The union representing federal correctional officers today raised concerns that some inmate visitors in British Columbia are using their infants to smuggle drugs into penitentiaries. Just as astonishing is the fact that, rather than following up on the revelation last fall, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) managers instead chose to threaten a disciplinary investigation against the correctional officer who reported the incidents to BC’s child welfare authorities. The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) sees the episode as symptomatic of a larger problem: CSC’s half-hearted attempts to stem the rampant drug smuggling behind an increasingly violent gang war in the region’s federal prisons.
|June 26 2007|
USGE reps were upset by references in the UCCO-SACC-CSN report and refused to attend the meeting.
The national Employee Assistance Program- Critical Incident Stress Management advisory committee meeting in Ottawa at NHQ, which was scheduled for the entire day of June 15, was cancelled by the employer to pacify the representatives of USGE. Katherine Moynahan, DG CSC, was not prepared to hold the meeting without the participation of USGE.
|On May 28, 2007, we met with the CSC to discuss the new dog handler job description. This time, the CSC was represented by the Director of Security Operations and the acting Deputy Director of Security Operations. The Union was represented by Paul Harrigan, Atlantic Regional President and Sylvain Martel, the former National President.|
|The Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Cheryl Fraser, has recently been sending out a letter to some of our members in response to grievances that have made their way to the third level. In her letter, Ms. Fraser indicates that “your union representative has refused to make representations regarding your grievance.” We would like to forthwith rectify her allegations.|