President's Report - Executive Council

December 2007

Betty Bannon - Item 6

Bargaining:

I would be remiss if I didn’t include comments on this round of Bargaining in my report.  Once again, UTE has broken new and this time historic ground in the field of Bargaining.  Never before has a Tentative Agreement been reached prior to the old Collective Agreement expiring.  This is a historic first for the PSAC and my congratulations go to the entire Team.  The Tentative Agreement was also reached at the Table for the very first time and not in the Commissioners Board Room.  Well done everyone!  It takes two parties to negotiate and this time we had a real partner in the process.

With my travels to AGMs and Ratification vote meetings I have seen and heard that the majority of the members appreciate the fact that the agreement was reached in record time without abandoning the substantive issues that make up the Tentative Agreement.  We have talked about our goal of achieving this since 1999 and finally our goal was reached.  Let’s hope that it extends to future rounds of Bargaining.

Non UTE Events:

RECIPIENT
BÉNÉFICIAIRE

REASON
RAISON

 

AMOUNT
MONTANT

BUDGET

 
 

2006 Carry Over / Report de 2006

8,651.47

       

20,000.00

       

28,651.47

         

Bev MacLean

PSAC Health & Safety

 

783.70

27,867.77

Crowne Plaza

Bev MacLean PSAC Health & Safety

 

475.38

27,392.39

Paula Benoit

PSAC Health & Safety

 

842.27

26,550.12

Paul Galbas

PSAC Health & Safety

 

787.08

25,763.04

Esther Burt

PSAC Health & Safety

 

764.66

24,998.38

Colette Fortin

PSLRB Mediation Training - Halifax

 

750.00

24,248.38

Carisa David

PSAC Prairie Region Women's Conference

 

100.00

24,148.38

Joanne Chelick

PSAC Prairie Region Women's Conference

 

100.00

24,048.38

Terry Bellec

CLC Winter School

 

1,120.00

22,928.38

Heather Ford

NBAEAP Spring Conference

 

906.37

22,022.01

Ginger Cole

NBAEAP Spring Conference

 

934.12

21,087.89

Julie Toulouse

OFL - The First Aboriginal Gathering

 

674.00

20,413.89

Aileen Duncan

OFL - History Ours for the Taking

 

539.12

19,874.77

Jamie Mills

CLC Winter School

 

1,245.38

18,629.39

Joanne Chelick

Refund - PSAC Prairie Women's Conference

-100.00

18,729.39

Dawn Hardy

PSAC Martimes H & S Conference

 

480.00

18,249.39

Bruce Darling

PSAC Martimes H & S Conference

 

480.00

17,769.39

Elmer Parcon

Gander H & S Conference

 

698.76

17,070.63

Gerald Skanes

Gander H & S Conference

 

378.36

16,692.27

Corina Gladney

Gander H & S Conference

 

378.36

16,313.91

Heather Hanlon

Gander H & S Conference

 

378.36

15,935.55

Helen Whitty

Gander H & S Conference

 

378.36

15,557.19

Jennifer Smith

Gander H & S Conference

 

378.36

15,178.83

John Hart

Gander H & S Conference

 

378.36

14,800.47

       

14,800.47

         

NO CLAIM RECEIVED

     
   

Approved
Approuvé

Advance Only
Avance

 
 
 

PSAC Martimes H & S Conference

960.00

 

13,840.47

Susan MacArthur

PSAC Maritimes H & Safety Conf.

555.00

500

13,285.47

Bob Black

CLC -  Campaign Organizer Training

1520.00

 

11,765.47

Carisa David

AFL school Jan 20-25/08

1436.66

490

10,328.81

Cheryl Lucier

PSAC Women's Conference Nov 22-25/07

800.00

 

9,528.81

Susan Yaciw

BC Reg. Women's Conf

50.00

 

9,478.81

Val Williams

PSAC Women's Conference Nov 22-25/07

1388.50

 

8,090.31

Andra Sawatsky

PSAC Women's Conference Nov 22-25/07

1388.50

 

6,701.81

Jan Rourke

PSAC Women's Conference Nov 22-25/07

495.00

 

6,206.81

Katherine Lonsdale

PSAC Women's Conference Nov 22-25/07

1555.78

 

4,651.03

Donations/ Sponsorships:

RECIPIENT/BÉNÉFICIAIRE

CITY/VILLE

AMOUNT
MONTANT

BUDGET

APPROVED BY
APPROUVÉ PAR

         
     

18,000.00

 

Sydney Bantam AA Girl's Hockey Team

Sydney

1,000.00

17,000.00

Council/Conseil

Humber Park Minor Baseball Association

Dartmouth

1,000.00

16,000.00

Council/Conseil

Neighborhood News

Ottawa

265.00

15,735.00

Betty/Bob

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer

Hamilton

500.00

15,235.00

Council/Conseil

The Martial Artist

Rockland

300.00

14,935.00

Betty/Bob

UTE Taxes Rangers Slo-Pitch Team

Saskatoon

200.00

14,735.00

Betty/Bob

Sofa Kings Slo-Pitch Team

Saskatoon

200.00

14,535.00

Betty/Bob

Tiny Hearts Magazine

Ottawa

450.50

14,084.50

Betty/Bob

The Sharpshooters Association Inc.

Charlottetown

300.00

13,784.50

Betty/Bob

Dystrophie Musculaire Canada

Jonquiere

1,000.00

12,784.50

Council/Conseil

Roxanne Fraser

Shawinigan-Sud

1,000.00

11,784.50

Council/Conseil

Joshua Quick

Torbay NL

300.00

11,484.50

Betty/Bob

Autism Speaks

Toronto

300.00

11,184.50

Betty/Bob

Canadian Cancer Society - Relay for Life

Barrie

300.00

10,884.50

Betty/Bob

Super Kick Karate Scholarship Fund

Toronto

1,000.00

9,884.50

Council/Conseil

Canadian Cancer Society - Relay for Life

Saskatoon

300.00

9,584.50

Betty/Bob

Ottawa Heart Institute - Marjorie Cassidy

Ottawa

100.00

9,484.50

Betty/Bob

Canada World Youth - Dominique Roy-Lajoie

Montérégie-Sud

600.00

8,884.50

Council/Conseil

Wellington Park Community League

Edmonton

1,000.00

7,884.50

Council/Conseil

Révélations 2007 - Jannick Brière

Ottawa

200.00

7,684.50

Bob/Betty

George Matthew - pitcher's screen

Halifax

250.00

7,434.50

Bob/Betty

Thunder Bay AAA Kings Hockey

Thunder Bay

250.00

7,184.50

Council/Conseil

VP Bearcats Hockey "Peewee"

Thunder Bay

500.00

6,684.50

Council/Conseil

Thunder Bay "Relay for Life"

Thunder Bay

300.00

6,384.50

Council/Conseil

Silver Juballee 2007

Ottawa

500.00

5,884.50

Bob/Betty

Ottawa Professional Firefighters

Ottawa

212.00

5,672.50

Bob/Betty

Ottawa Foodbank

Ottawa

242.74

5,429.76

Bob/Betty

Urban Promise

Toronto

500.00

4,929.76

Council/Conseil

Diana Gee Memorial Trust

Toronto

1,000.00

3,929.76

Council/Conseil

Ottawa Oldtimers Hockey Challenge

Ottawa

185.50

3,744.26

Bob/Betty

Optimist Club of Nepean Show Fund

Ottawa

143.10

3,601.16

Bob/Betty

Edmonton Human Rights Committee Tools for Schools

Edmonton

200.00

3,401.16

Bob/Betty

Devilettes Peewee A

 

500.00

2,901.16

Council/Conseil

Vote for MMP

 

200.00

2,701.16

Bob/Betty

Canadian Council for the Blind

 

450.00

2,251.16

Bob/Betty

         

Presidents' Use/A l'usage de la présidente

   

2,000.00

 
         

The Mission - Christmas

Ottawa

200.00

1,800.00

 

Ottawa Food Bank - IN LIEU OF CARDS

Ottawa

200.00

1,600.00

 

Since my last report, all IT systems have been running well.  Regular software maintenance of internal computers and servers was performed. We purchased a new Dell server to replace the last out of warranty server. It will perform file and print services for the users in the National Office. We also renewed our support contracts/licenses for the following software (Exchange, Anti-Virus, and Anti-SPAM). We purchased visual aid equipment for a staff member of the National Office. This equipment will permit the staff member to be more functional in her duties. The upgrade to Vista is still on hold for the internal computers till early 2008 when the first service pack for Vista will be released by Microsoft.

Web Report:

We have put various documents on the site, as needed, took pictures at the EO conference and then posted them.  The bargaining information was posted almost on a daily basis while the Team was at the Table.  All information from the Tentative Agreement was also made available on our site.  Information was also sent to all members who have “subscribed” for news as it became available.  We also continue to monitor the media.

We are currently working on the Convention site, as well as, the new grievance forms that will eventually be posted. 

2008 Convention (Vancouver):

We made the final tour of the hotel, met with the hotel management  and met with representatives of the host committee in November.  I will be updating the Council members with details that they will need to know and provide input to me regarding Suites, seating arrangements, banquet etc. 

Pension Theft Case:

As you know the decision of the Court case came down and none of the Component Presidents were notified.  I have asked why this occurred one again but have yet to receive a response from the PSAC President.  I was advised of the event by a member in the field.  This is certainly not the best way to conduct business.  The following is what is currently on the PSAC website:

November 20 , 2007

Pension Surplus litigation decision a big disappointment
The Court submitted its decision on our pension surplus litigation today, rejecting all of our claims.

Justice Panet dismissed our claims on the Employer's breach of trust, fiduciary duty and the obligations to plan members. In his judgment, he found that Bill C-78 (the amending legislation), authorizes the Employer (the government) to essentially steal the more than $30 billion pension surplus and found that our members cannot claim discrimination under the Canadian Charter.

The judge's findings seem to rest solely on the basis that our pension plans are legislated plans. We are deeply disturbed that because these pensions are established by legislation, the workers who have contributed to the surplus are barred from having access to that surplus.

We will be studying the Court's decision in detail in the next few days, and, in consultation with our lawyers, we will determine the best way to proceed. Watch our web site for updates and more details on the Court decision.

GRIEVANCES

Since our last Executive Council meeting, fifty-seven (57) grievances, other than classification, were received at the National Office.
During the same period, forty-eight (48) grievances were presented dealing with a variety of issues, including: one (1) termination, five (5) suspensions and one (1) harassment case.

OPENED INVENTORY

RECV’D

TO BE
PRESENTED

AWAITING
REPLY

ADJ.

CLOSED

Nov. 96 – Dec 01/00

2699

7

2692

Dec. 02/00 – Feb. 28/01

176

31

173

March 01/01 – Sept 01/01

63

63

Sept. 02/01 – Feb. 28/02

90

1

89

March 01/02 – May 31/02

59

6

53

June 01/02 – Aug. 31/02

54

21

52

Sept. 01/02 – Dec. 31/02

64

2

62

Jan. 01/03 – Feb. 28/03

64

8

93

47

March 01/03 – May 31/03

126

33

81  3

133

102

June 01/03 – Aug. 31/03

32

2

30

Sept. 01/03 – Nov. 30/03

36

1

35

Dec. 01/03 – March 31/04

100

5

1

12

82

April 1/04 – May 31/04

38

4

3

11

20

June 01/04 – Aug. 31/04

66

3

15

48

Sept. 01/04 – Nov. 30/04

24

2

1

3

18

Dec. 01/04 – Feb. 28/05

36

11

25

March 01/05 – May 31/05

48

3

2

14

29

June 01/05 – Aug. 31/05

35

6

29

Sept 01/05 – Nov 30/05

62

4

2

9

47

Dec.01/05 – March 31/06

51

4

3

44

April 1/06 – May 31/06

18

2

2

6

8

June 1/06 - Sept. 1/06

38

2

10

6

20

Sept 2/06 – Nov 30/06

62

17

10

8

27

Dec 1/06 – March 31/07

65

35

10

2

18

April 1/07 – June 15/07

47

19

11

3

14

June 16/07 – Sept 12/07

53

33

10

10

Sept 13/07 – Nov 27/07

57

52

2

3

Outstanding due to Currie decision

4 of these 7 are pending the Schneidman decision

Outstanding due to MG

reply held in abeyance at the request of the grievor

There are presently one hundred and ninety-five (195) grievances in the National Office inventory which have not yet been presented at the Final Level.

CLASSIFICATION GRIEVANCES

During this quarter, we received six (6) classification grievances.

OPENED INVENTORY

RECV’D

CLOSED

OUTSTANDING

Jan. 01/02 – Feb. 28/03

116

95

21

March 01/03 – May 31/03

64

7

57

June 1/03 – Aug. 31/03

2

2

0

Sept. 01/03 – Nov. 30/03

2

2

0

Dec. 01/03 – March 31/04

8

5

3

Apr. 01/04 – May 31/04

6

1

5

June 01/04 – Aug. 31/04

17

1

16

Sept. 01/04 – Nov. 30/04

5

2

3

Dec. 01/04 – Feb. 14/05

3

2

1

Feb. 15/05 – May 31/05

4

2

2

June 01/05 – Aug. 31/05

0

0

0

Sept 01/05 – Nov 30/05

2

2

Dec. 01/05 – March 31/06

0

0

April 1/06 – May 31/06

2

2

June 1/06 - Sept. 1/06

4

4

0

Sept 02/06 – Nov 30/06

7

1

6

Dec 01/06 – March 31/07

11

7

4

March 31/07 – June 15/07

5

4

1

Jun 16/07 – Sep 12/07

2

2

Sept 13/07 – Nov 27/07

6

1

5

ACS-SP Work Description Grievances

Attached is a complete list of the ACS-SP Short Format Work Descriptions that are being grieved by UTE.  The list represents those work descriptions for which we were unable to achieve resolution with the employer related to the job content.  We are currently working on the schedule for presentation, but expect this work to take place over the first two weeks in February.  Classification issues and grievances related to these work descriptions will not proceed until the content grievances are presented, responded to and closed.

JOBS THAT ARE BEING GRIEVED
(ACS)

Local
Section Locale
Job No.
No. de poste
00011 (Kingston) PM0140
00013 (Toronto) PM0735
00017 (London) PM4028
10005 (Shawinigan) CR4000 – CR4029
10006 (Quebec) PM0736
10008 (Montreal) PM4003
10028 (Laval) PM0328
30025 (Edmonton) PM0776
50031 (Winnipeg TC) PM0732 - PM0947 - CR4030
60005 (Saint John) CR0277 - PM0727
70000 (Ottawa HQ) AS4032
80003 (Halifax) PM0667
90006 (Summerside) CR4003

INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY REVIEWS (ITPR'S)

During this quarter, four (4) ITPRs were received in the National Office and one (1) ITPR was withdrawn as no persuasive arguments could be advanced.  There are currently fourteen (14) ITPRs that have not been presented to date by UTE.  These fourteen (14) ITPR’s, however, reflect 5 groups of members and will result in only five (5) separate hearings.  All have been assigned and are being actively handled. 


President’s Itinerary
Executive Council
December 2007

September:
17  Meeting with AC-HR
17 to 23  Executive Council and Presidents Conference
25  Met with University student doing their Thesis
26  Meeting with the Minister
26  National Strike Co-ordinating Committee
October:
2 to 4 PSAC NBOD
PSAC Collective Bargaining Committee meeting
PSAC Roles and Responsibility Committee meeting
Meeting with the Calgary Director
Conference Call regarding a Compensation overpayment problem
10 to 11  Term Sub-Committee meeting
15  Term Sub-Committee meeting
17  Winnipeg TC AGM
18  Winnipeg CSCC AGM
22  Saint John AGM
23  Charlottetown AGM
24  Toronto West AGM
25  Met with the Negotiating Team and signed the Tentative Agreement
25 to 28 National EO Conference
November:
Sydney AGM and Ratification vote meeting. (Cast the first ballot in the country)
Kitchener AGM and Ratification vote meeting
Windsor AGM and Ratification vote meeting
14  PSAC Holdings meeting
15  St John’s AGM
16  Toured the Newfoundland Call Centre building in Mount Pearl which is under construction
19  Met with the Commissioner
19  Conference Call regarding Supplemental Business Insurance reimbursement
20 to 22  Tour of the Convention Hotel and meeting with hotel management
21  Met with representatives of the Convention Host Committee
25 to 30 Ontario Federation of Labour Convention
26 Toronto Centre Ratification vote meeting
26  Toronto West Ratification vote meeting
27  Barrie Ratification vote meeting
27  Toronto North Ratification vote meeting
28  Toronto Centre Call Centre Ratification vote meeting
29  Toronto East Ratification vote meeting

SEPTEMBER/SEPTEMBRE 2007

  REGULAR

RAND

  SUSPENDED

TOTAL

  RÉGULIER

RAND

 SUSPENDUS

ATLANTIC REGION / RÉGION DE L'ATLANTIQUE

Saint John

282

282

Bathurst

70

70

Moncton

64

10

74

Halifax

312

19

331

Sydney

78

78

St.John's TC/C.F. de St.John's

508

12

520

St.John's DO/BD de St. John's

351

2

353

Summerside

649

7

2

658

Charlottetown

74

3

77

2388

53

2

2443

QUEBEC REGION / RÉGION DE QUÉBEC

Jonquière

531

4

535

Québec

305

3

308

Shawinigan-sud

1017

11

1

1029

Trois-Rivières

45

45

Chicoutimi

48

48

1946

18

1

1965

MONTREAL REGION / RÉGION DE MONTRÉAL

Sherbrooke

123

1

124

Montréal

855

19

874

Rouyn-Noranda

38

38

Montérégie

176

19

195

Laval

343

5

348

Outaouais T.S.O./B.S.F. Outaouais

71

6

1

78

1606

50

1

1657

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION / RÉGION DE LA CAPITALE NATIONALE

Ottawa Headquarters/Administration centrale d'Ottawa

2167

343

6

2516

I.T.S.O./B.S.I.O.

333

110

20

463

Ottawa T.S.O./B.S.F. d'Ottawa

461

10

15

486

Policy & Planning

328

79

29

436

Ottawa T.C. /C.F. d'Ottawa

1353

301

21

1675

4642

843

91

5576

NORTHERN & EASTERN ONTARIO REGION / RÉGION DU NORD ET DU SUD DE L'ONTARIO

Kingston

80

2

82

Belleville

171

3

174

Peterborough

71

71

Thunder Bay

104

2

106

Sudbury T.C. /C.F. de Sudbury

1205

122

1327

1631

127

2

1760

SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO REGION/RÉGION DU SUD-OUEST DE L'ONTARIO

Hamilton

526

14

3

543

Kitchener

319

2

321

St. Catharines

202

202

London

322

6

328

Windsor

213

2

215

1582

24

3

1609

GREATER TORONTO REGION/RÉGION DU GRAND TORONTO

North York

534

108

11

653

Toronto

730

58

3

791

Toronto West / Toronto Ouest

559

28

6

593

Barrie

125

2

1

128

Toronto East/Toronto Est

387

13

400

2335

209

21

2565

PRAIRIE REGION/RÉGION DES PRAIRIES

Regina/Régina

216

216

Winnipeg

380

14

394

Winnipeg CCSC

212

12

1

225

Winnipeg T.C./C.F. de Winnipeg

1465

68

1533

2273

94

1

2368

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION/RÉGION DES MONTAGNE ROCHEUSES

Calgary

760

96

4

860

Edmonton

832

35

11

878

Saskatoon

223

2

225

Lethbridge

77

77

1892

133

15

2040

PACIFIC REGION/RÉGION DU PACIFIQUE

Penticton

229

4

1

234

Vancouver

828

125

953

Victoria

248

3

251

Burnaby Fraser

466

15

481

Surrey

893

105

998

Kelowna

78

78

Northern B.C. & Yukon

135

10

145

2877

262

1

3140

Unallotted

43

43

GRAND TOTAL:

23172

1856

138

25166