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YOU ARE WITH US
2014 April 23
This survey is your voice at the table!

FROM APRIL 22 TO MAY 6, take the time to strengthen our negotiation arguments by participating in our online survey
WE NEED YOU
2014 April 14
In 2003, UCCO-SACC-CSN published a ground-breaking study on the impact of working conditions on the health, security and general well-being of correctional officers. The study, completed by the CSN Labour Relations Service, was a crucial tool during the union’s first round of negotiations.

IT’S TIME TO UPDATE OUR RESEARCH
OUR WORKPLACE IS CHANGING
OUR WORKLOAD IS GREATER
WE FACE MORE DANGER
WE NEED YOU WITH US

Get ready for a new survey on working conditions being conducted April 22 to May 6. The results of this study will help your negotiating committee during the bargaining to come later this year.
National Labour-Management Meeting
2014 April 09
April 3, 2014

Deficit Reduction Action Plan = Lack of Consultation with Canada’s 7,400 front Line Correctional Officers
TREASURY BOARD’S APRIL FOOL IS NO JOKE
2014 April 01
After seven years, Treasury Board changes its sick leave interpretation


Today we show our appreciation for what we can only surmise is an April fools joke being played by CSC and the Treasury Board of Canada in their interpretation of our sick leave provisions.
Parole Board of Canada must have adequate resources to govern temporary inmate absences
2014 March 28
Press release

Montreal, March 28, 2014 — Federal correctional officers expressed support yesterday for Bill C-483, which would amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to transfer authority for temporary absences for inmates convicted of first- and second-degree murder from penitentiary wardens to the Parole Board of Canada.
Grande Cache puts local MP on notice
2014 March 27
More than 50 members of the Grande Cache local attended a town hall meeting hosted by local Conservative MP Rob Merrifield in his Yellowhead riding March 11 to ask several pointed questions about the Harper government’s attacks on the working men and women of UCCO-SACC-CSN.
Tentative agreement reached on health coverage
2014 March 26
Federal public service union members of the National Joint Council (NJC), including UCCO-SACC-CSN, have reached a tentative agreement with Treasury Board on changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). The agreement includes coverage improvements, but higher premiums, particularly for retired public servants.

New benefits coming into effect October 1 include lifetime coverage up to $1000 for laser eye surgery, an annual maximum of $300 for sleep apnea machine repairs and an increase up $2000 per year to the psychological services.

As well, deductibles for all active and retired PSHCP members will be eliminated as of January 1, 2015.

However, Treasury Board insisted under threat of legislation to move to a 50-50 share of PSHCP premiums for current and future pensioners, to be phased in over four years beginning April 1, 2015. Low-income retirees who are eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement will continue to pay a 25% share.

Finally, the NJC obtained a written commitment that the employer will not bring coverage reductions to the table during ongoing PSHCP negotiations before March 2019.

Members can expect Treasury Board President Tony Clement to trumpet the agreement as a successful effort to protect taxpayers, but once again his efforts come at the expense of those who actually serve and protect Canadians.
TB files notice to Bargain
2014 March 21
March 2014
Despite their evident lack of preparation to do so, the employer filed notice February 17 to begin bargaining for our next collective agreement.

Never before has the employer been the first to file this notice. Meanwhile, despite having several months to do, the employer has still not settled all pay issues related to the agreement we signed just last November.
Harper’s budget hides another attack on public servants
2014 February 18
In typical fashion, the Harper government has buried another ambush on public servants in the federal budget, tabled in the House of Commons February 11.

This time, however, Harper is attacking current and future retirees by reducing the government’s contribution toward the Public Service Health Care benefit from 75% to 50%. This means that retirees on fixed budgets will see their costs more than double. On average it will increase a pensioner’s share of these costs from $261 a year to $550.

This move is in keeping with the mean-spirited style of the Harper government to attack those who are most vulnerable and who have contributed their lives to public service.
National Labour-Management Meeting
2014 February 14
February 6, 2014

As the Harper government continues its attack on public servants on many fronts, the ripple effect of budget restrictions is having widespread impacts on correctional officers.
Ring for Correctional Officers
2014 February 12
The ring was designed and created with the mindset that CX and their duties are unique from other departments within the service.
National uniform committee
2014 January 20
Increase to Boot Allowance & Uniform Update

UCCO-SACC-CSN has just successfully negotiated an increase to our boot allowance.
Dog handler's committee bilat
2014 January 20
On November 25, detector dog handler (DDH) Jason Layman and Second National Vice-President Jason met with CSC representatives Mr. Woodward and Ms. Matthews to discuss a number of issues. Here is a summary our conversations.
National Labour-Management Meeting
2014 January 01
December 5, 2013

National President Kevin Grabowsky informed the Commissioner that meetings around the interpretation bulletins and implementation of the new global and collective agreements are going well with national and regional managers, labour relations personnel, wardens and union representatives. These meetings have taken place in the Atlantic and Ontario regions so far and will continue until all regions are complete. The Commissioner is supportive of this process and was pleased with the feedback.

We expressed our opposition to comments made in the Office of the Correctional Investigator’s annual report, unsubstantiated statements of discrimination towards inmates which amount to attacks on the integrity of correctional officers. CSC also refuted these allegations earlier in the week, at a parliamentary Public Safety Committee meeting, due to the lack of any evidence whatsoever.

We discussed the steps we have undertaken towards the production of a video which we intend to create in collaboration with CSC. The video will be used as a training tool on the importance of principal entrance security in keeping contraband out of institutions.

We raised the issue of a recent CSC initiative to offload on our members the bulk of the work pertaining to the treatment of a multitude of requests being filed by inmates for reductions or waivers of food and accommodation deductions (CD 860). The employer will come back to us on this issue.
Harper government prepares attack on pensions
2013 December 21
In 2005, the then-Liberal government passed a budget bill that included a special provision to allow correctional officers and those in other public-safety occupations the possibility of negotiating a higher pension accrual rate (from 2% to 2.33% per year). This amendment to the Income Tax Act received all-party support. However, the Treasury Board, which was then led by the late Reg Alcock, refused to negotiate this provision with the union.
Federal correctional officers endorse Ashley Smith recommendations
2013 December 20
Toronto, December 20, 2013—The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) is pleased that the jury in the Ontario Coroner’s inquest into the 2007 death of inmate Ashley Smith made several recommendations yesterday that could vastly improve how high-risk female offenders are managed in federal institutions for women.
Sober second thought Union asks Senate Liberal leader to amend Bill C-4
2013 December 12
National Vice-President Jason Godin and union advisor Lyle Stewart met with the Liberal leader in the Senate, James Cowan, last week to discuss the union’s objections to Bill C-4, the omnibus budget bill that is stuffed with dangerous anti-union provisions.
Kevin Grabowsky - National President
2013 December 11
Video
Bill C-525: An attack on union democracy
2013 December 11
Bill C-525 is the Harper government’s attack on the very existence of unions in job sectors governed by the Canada Labour Code, including the federal public service, which governs the job rules for 800,000 Canadian workers. Dressed up as a way to increase union democracy by the party that brought us robocalls, voter suppression, election-expense violations and the Senate scandal, the bill in fact does exactly the opposite.
Opening eyes: A discussion with MP Gord Brown
2013 December 08
Second National Vice-President Jason Godin met with Conservative MP Gord Brown (Leeds and Grenville) in Ottawa November 26 to discuss the concerns of federal correctional officers, many of whom live in Mr. Brown’s eastern Ontario riding. The MP requested the meeting following a short encounter at the Conservative convention in Calgary earlier this month.

 

A rush to judgment

A report on the death in custody of Ashley Smith, an inmate at Grand Valley Institution for Women.

October 2008


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Union of Canadian Correctional Officers - Syndicat des Agents Correctionnels du Canada - Confédération des Syndicats Nationaux
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