UTE Sets the Record Straight

November 17, 2011

By email : letters@ottawacitizen.com

Mr. Gerry Nott
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Ottawa Citizen
1401 Baxter Road
Ottawa ON

Dear Sir:

Kathryn May’s article on page 1 of the Thursday, November 17, 2011 edition reads “PS unions fear battle over severance”.  I can assure you that in my role as National President of the 26,000 members of the Union of Taxation Employees, that this is far from the truth.

During my many visits to the worksites and in volumes of phone calls and emails from members, the message is clear. Our members are not prepared to accept concessions on their severance pay and they are prepared to fight the government on all fronts to maintain this long-held right. We will fight the employer at the bargaining table; we will fight the employer at the workplace; we will take our fight to the Courts; and we will fight the government at the polls. One thing is for sure – the Union of Taxation Employees will stay true to the mandate given by its members – we will not give away or trade off their severance pay.

The Union of Taxation Employees has worked diligently during its last two rounds of bargaining to achieve collective agreements before the expiry dates of the previous ones without work stoppages and we are prepared to do so again.  Rest assured, however, if we must, that we will fiercely defend our members’ hard-earned benefits and we will not be fearful to battle over their severance.

Yours truly,

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Robert Campbell
National President
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