President's Report - Executive Council

December 2011

Robert Campbell - Item 6

It has been a very busy time sinse my last report in September.  We are all getting used to our new positions and the changes this has meant. However, the office and the new executive are working very hard.

Meeting with Assistant Commissioner, Human Resources and the New Deputy Commissioner.

I have had at least two face-to-face meetings and a phone call or two with Cheryl Fraser.  We will continue our informal meetings from time to time.

I have spoken with the new Deputy Commissioner, Bill Jones; he will be attending the NUMC this week and has advised that he will be attending these meetings in the future as well.  He recognizes that Union Management relations need to be strong and that these meetings are one way to ensure good relations.

DEADLINES:

This is a friendly reminder on deadlines as we head into, campaigns and conferences.

Why do we have deadlines and why is it important to adhere to them?  Well, we do not have them for the good of our health or just because.  In most cases, there needs to be a great deal of planning and organizing going into an event and to give the National Office sufficient time to do so in a professional manner, we need time............  We calculate the time required and set deadlines for input, no matter what it is (information / names / responses / reports etc) and set a deadline.  If the deadlines are not met then the planning and organizing becomes more difficult and sometimes next to impossible.  However, apparently, some people do not seem to care.  Some expect the National Office to adjust to their schedules and timing at will and make wholesale changes to events to accommodate them.  Well, let me be clear, it is not going to happen.  If you miss a deadline, it is missed and we are not going to do double the work to accommodate you.  When we ask for names, it is to fill up a course/conference etc trying to apply equality for all 10 regions, prepare and send in rooming lists on time as required under our hotel contracts, prepare and send advances etc. and frankly, this cannot be done overnight.  Making changes up to the very last minute of the event does not help things either.  Please, I beg of you, make an extra effort to adhere to the deadlines that are set.  We try not to make them unreasonable and we do it for a reason..................we need the time to prepare to ensure a professional quality event.  Thank you all.

Annual General Meetings (AGMs):

I have attended many AGMs and have been able to speak to and with the general membership from all parts of the country.  Listening to the debates and the questions of the members is one part of the position of President that is the most rewarding.  Hearing firsthand the interests and issues of the members is very valuable in keeping the President in touch with what is going on in our locals and what is important to the members.

At all of these events I took the opportunity to address the political economic realities of our current round of bargaining along with the difficulties that we will probably face, as well as, the fight that is still ahead with this Government regarding our Pension and its survival in the current state.  I also discussed the comments being made by the CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB), Catherine Swift, regarding our wages and Pension and suggested to the membership that if they see the CFIB logo in a business window, they go in and explain to the owner why they may not be able to shop there since their CEO would like to take money out of our pockets and in fact is blaming us in part for the country’s current economical woes.

Next Round of Bargaining:

I cannot reiterate loud enough or often enough that the next round of bargaining will be a tough round.  It all stems back to the fact that this current Government is a majority government.  They can, and I suspect they will, dictate to the CRA the parameters of our bargaining.  If the Severance Pay is not taken away in budget then it will be at the negotiating table. I have continued to advise every CRA official from Assistant Commissioner down that we will not accept any diminishing of the current Severance Pay article that is in our Collective Agreement.  It will continue to be  part of the presentations made by all of the National Officers at every AGM and we have heard from many of the members that they do not want us to even think about going down that road of concession bargaining.  We will continue to publish articles in our Newsletter on this issue and we will keep the members informed of our position.  We will continue to have “Bargaining” as a standing item at every National Union Management Consultation Committee meeting (NUMCC) and I will continue to reiterate our position to the CRA Management.

PSAC Convention:

The Convention Call has been issued.  Convention deadlines and dates to remember: December 5, 2011Registration opens for convention observers; January 6, 2012 Delegate registration and deadline request for accommodation of a disability, January 23, 2012 Delegates may begin to call W.E. Travel to make air and train reservations for convention, March 1, 2012 On-site childcare registration, Reimbursement of loss of salary form and Travel and hotel arrangements deadline, Saturday, April 28, 2012: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 2012: 7:30 a.m. to  2:45 p.m. Registration at convention. Sunday, April 29, 2012 - Convention begins, Component & Directly Chartered Locals (DCL) Caucuses 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Regional Caucuses 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Orientation for First-Time Delegates 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Official Opening Session 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Welcome Reception 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WFA Policy Grievance

UTE has filed a WFA Policy Grievance (Article 18.37) regarding the failure of the CRA to consult and consider the transfer of some of our IT members to Shared Services Canada (SSC) an Alternative Delivery Initiative (ADI) as per the Workforce Adjustment Appendix. This file has been assigned to Brothers Kent MacDonald and Shane O’Brien and they will keep you informed of further developments as they occur.

Letters

I have written letters to the Commissioner, and the Minister responsible for CRA, along with the President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB), Catherine Swift to let them know that our members have the right to speak out about the way they are being treated. There also have been letters written to the press about our support for our members in regards to the NDP’s request for an enquiry into the ethics of CRA employees.  I have also written to the President of the Bank of Nova Scotia about their relationship with the CFIB and our continued use of their bank.

Staff Meeting

We held an all Staff meeting on November 1st, where all the staff was asked to tell us what was working and what was not and to get ideas for us to better represent our members and the Executive Council. There were some great ideas and suggestions that we will be looking into and we will discuss some of this at the upcoming Executive Council retreat January 16th to 18th.

Meeting with PIPSC Executive

On November 2, 2011, representatives from the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) met with members of the National Executive of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) to discuss common emerging issues and ongoing relationships between the parties.  The parties readily agreed that every effort would be made to improve relationships between the parties.  Moreover, the parties agreed that to the extent possible, UTE and PIPSC would work collaboratively on those issues affecting all of our members and where possible, establish a common front when dealing with representatives of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and other government organizations.

The parties also acknowledged that there might be occasions when they may not agree on the strategy or resolution of a specific issue, but that each would endeavour to respect the position taken by the other.

Web/Communications:

This fall has been busy with many committee reports, changes to committees, and changes within locals. We sent out more 2011-2012 UTE calendars to those who needed more.  We still have a supply at the office.  Please contact Sister Duncan if you need more. 

Information Technology:

All IT systems have been running well.  Regular software maintenance of internal computers and servers was performed. The new Dell PCs have been deployed to all office staff. The old PCs were reformatted and put for sale to the locals. We renewed our Symantec anti-SPAM and anti-virus software for another year. We also replaced our UPS system, which was out of warranty,  in our server room. PSAC is introducing a new ‘Membership’ application that is part of the Unionware software package. It will provide a better user interface, more functionality and it will be operational by January 1st 2012. We’ve renewed our efforts to use ‘Docushare’ as our content management system. We will be adding more content to this system and we will try to incorporate our grievance file procedures to Docushare.

Non-UTE Events:

RECIPIENT

REASON

AMOUNT

BÉNÉFICIAIRE

RAISON

MONTANT

     

BUDGET

 

20000.00

 

2010 Carry Over / Report de 2010

5096.47

 

Total

25096.47

     

Madonna Gardiner

CLC Human Rights Conference

   

1289.61

Neil Quinto

PSAC Racially Visible Conference

   

1610.04

Sylvie Masse

PSAC-QC regional H & S Conf.

   

236.38

Julie Deslaulniers

PSAC-QC regional H & S Conf.

   

236.38

Gilles Bélanger

PSAC-QC regional H & S Conf.

   

540.72

Louis Tremblay

PSAC-QC regional H & S Conf.

   

531.44

Jacques Marengère

LGBT Conference

   

      2325.64

     

18326.26

         

No Claim Received/Aucune réclamation reçue

     
     

Approved

Advance

     

Approuvé

Avance

         

Sharon Fletcher - Local 00001

PSAC Racially Visible Conference

April 1-3/11

1379.67

1300.00

Christine Day

NBAEAP

May 1-4/11

945.00

 

Darlene Noonan

NBAEAP

May 1-4/11

855.00

 

Gordon Ellison

OFL Walking in our moccasins

June 17-19/11

510.00

 
         
         

Balance

     

14636.59

Donations/Sponsorships:

RECIPIENT/BÉNÉFICIAIRE

CITY/VILLE

AMOUNT

APPROVED BY

       
       

BUDGET

 

18,000.00

 

Bluewater Hawks Midget AA

London ON

500.00

Betty/Bob

Diana Gee Memorial Trust

Toronto ON

1,000.00

Council/Conseil

Cyclo-Défi contre le cancer

Shawinigan-Sud

500.00

Betty/Bob

The Midget Hockey Association Baie des Chaleurs

Bathurst

300.00

Betty/Bob

Ricky Frenette (NB Youth Orchestra)

Bathurst

300.00

Betty/Bob

University of Moncton Right to Play Club

Bathurst

300.00

Betty/Bob

East Prince Women's Information Centre

Summerside

200.00

Betty/Bob

1st Summerside Sparks

Summerside

200.00

Betty/Bob

Prince County District of Girl Guides of Canada

Summerside

200.00

Betty/Bob

1st St. Eleanor's Brownies

Summerside

200.00

Betty/Bob

1st Summerside Guides

Summerside

200.00

Betty/Bob

Atlantic Hockey Group

Saint John

275.00

Betty/Bob

Weekend to end women's cancers - Sarah Herb

Victoria

250.00

Betty/Bob

Weekend to end women's cancers - Deanne Bayley

Victoria

250.00

Betty/Bob

Oldtimers Hockey Challenge

Ottawa

565.00

Betty/Bob

Tiny Hearts Magazine

Ottawa

367.25

Betty/Bob

Parkside Elementary School

Summerside

250.00

Betty/Bob

SOMBA Tigers Midget AAA - Donovan Abbott

Penticton

300.00

Betty/Bob

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Toronto ON

100.00

Protocol

Natalie Rodriguez - CIBC Run for the Cure

Barrie

250.00

Betty/Bob

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County

Barrie

250.00

Betty/Bob

Southside Lynx

Albany PE

350.00

Betty/Bob

Tantramar Regional High School

Saint John

200.00

Betty/Bob

Leucan

Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel QC

300.00

Betty/Bob

Sydney & District Little League All-Stars

Sydney

400.00

Betty/Bob

CLC - Kids Camp

Winnipeg

500.00

Betty/Bob

P.S.A.C. Golf Tournament

Ottawa

400.00

Betty/Bob

Ken Zwicker - WPW Baseball

Dartmouth

300.00

Betty/Bob

Atlantic Hockey Group

Saint John

300.00

Betty/Bob

Business is Jammin'

Sydney

250.00

Betty/Bob

Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation

Saint John

100.00

Protocol

Smile Train Canada

Toronto  

500.00

Bob/Chris

The Metropolitan Community Church

Toronto

300.00

Bob/Chris

Rébecca Beaumont-Club Cyclone d'Alma

Alma QC

300.00

Bob/Chris

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Ottawa

125.00

Bob/Chris

Cape Breton Regional Minor Football

Sydney

300.00

Bob/Chris

Neebing Bantam AA Hawks

Thunder Bay

300.00

Bob/Chris

TASA Ducks

Upper Tantallon

300.00

Bob/Chris

Cape Breton Midget Girl's Hockey Team

Sydney

250.00

Bob/Chris

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginals

Ottawa

300.00

Bob/Chris

Cole Harbour Female PeeWee A Hockey Team

Dartmouth

300.00

Bob/Chris

Jolaine Richardson-The Guana Slavery Rescue Project

Saint John

500.00

Bob/Chris

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario

Toronto

500.00

Bob/Chris

       

Total spent

 

13,832.25

 
       
       

Balance – UTE Donations

 

4,167.75

 
       

President's Use/A l'usage du président

 

2,000.00

 
       

The Mission - Christmas

Ottawa

200.00

 

Ottawa Food Bank - IN LIEU OF CARDS

Ottawa

200.00

 

United SteelWorkers Local 1005

Hamilton

500.00

 
       

Total spent

 

900.00

 
       

Balance – President Donations

 

1,100.00

 
       

Total Balance - Donations - UTE and President

 

5,267.75

 
       
       

The Humanitarian Coalition - Japan Earthquake

 

5,000.00

 

Real Medicine - Japan Earthquake ($5,000.00 USD)

 

4,955.95

 

The Canadian Red Cross - Slave Lake Relief Fund

 

5,000.00

 

GRIEVANCES:

Since our last Executive Council meeting, eighteen (18) grievances, other than classification, were received at the National Office.

During the same period, nine (9) grievances were presented dealing with a variety of issues.  In this quarter, we received seventeen (17) grievance replies from CRA which consisted of one (1) grievance being settled, fourteen (14) being denied and or dismissed and two (2) withdrawn.

OPENED INVENTORY

REC’D

TO BE
PRESENTED

AWAITINGREPLY

ADJ.

CLOSED

Nov. 96 – Feb 28/03

3269

11

3268

March 01/03 – Aug 31/05

541

1

540

Sept 01/05– May 31/06

131

131

June 1/06 - Sept. 1/06

38

1

37

Sept 2/06 – Nov 30/06

62

1

61

Dec 1/06 – June 15/07

112

112

June 16/07 – Sep 12/07

53

5

48

Sept 13/07 – March 31/08

114

2

112

Apr 1/08 – May 31/08

60

4

56

June 01/08 – Sept 26/08

46

8

38

Sept 27/08 – Nov 21/08

33

2

31

Nov 22/08– March 27/09

54

2

52

March 28/09– June 10/09

26

8

18

June 10/09 – Sept 04/09

36

5

31

Sept 05/09 – Nov 30/09

35

2

3

30

Dec 1/09 – March 5/10

47

12

35

March 6/10 – June 1/10

41

6

7

28

June 1/10 – Aug 31/10

15

15

Sept 1/10 – Nov 29/10

26

3

23

Nov 30/10 – Feb 28/11

25

1

3

1

20

Mar 1/11 – May 20/11

25

10

5

2

8

May 21/11 – Sept 8/11

45

23

13

9

Sept 9/11 – Nov 18/11

18

17

1

0

1 We have received the decision of the Federal Court concerning Currie and are engaging in discussions with the employer concerning all related grievances

There are presently fifty-one (51) grievances in the National Office inventory which have not yet been presented at the Final Level. 

As noted in previous reports, the number of outstanding adjudications and the delays in same remain a concern for our office.  Discussions have been held with the PSAC, but to date, no resolution has been found. 

Additionally, we have been having difficulty scheduling hearings with representatives from the CRA, but discussions are ongoing to resolve this matter.

CLASSIFICATION GRIEVANCES

There were no new classification grievances received during this quarter.

OPENED INVENTORY

REC’D

CLOSED

OUTSTANDING

Jun 04/00 – Dec 31/01

168

136

32

Jan. 01/02 – March 31/06

229

229

April 1/06 – Sept. 1/06

6

5

1

Sept 02/06 – Nov 30/06

7

7

Dec 01/06 – March 31/07

11

11

March 31/07 – Sept 26/08

76

76

Sept 27/08 – Nov 21/08

26

25

1

Nov 21/08 – March 27/09

4

2

2

March 28/09 – June 10/09

1

1

June 10/09 – Sept 04/09

3

2

1

Sept 05/09 –  March 5/10

2

2

March 6/10 – June 1/10

2

2

June 1/10 – Feb 28/11

4

4

Mar 1/11 – May 20/11

2

2

May 24/11 – Sept 8/11

0

0

Sept 9/11 – Nov 18/11

0

0

ACS-SP CLASSIFICATION CONVERSION GRIEVANCES

To date, we have provided representation for thirty-seven (37) of these grievances and await the employer’s decisions with respect to one (1) of these grievances. 

OPENED INVENTORY

REC’D

PRESENTED

WITHDRAWN

OUTSTANDING

June 01/08 – Sept 09/09

57

10

11

36

Sept 10/09 – Nov 30/09

0

14

0

22

Dec 1/09 – March 5/10

0

5

0

17

March 6/10 – June 1/10

0

3

0

14

June 1/10 – Aug 30/10

0

0

0

14

Aug 30/10 – Nov 29/10

0

0

2

12

Nov 30/10 – Feb 28/11

0

0

0

12

Mar 1/11 – May 20/11

0

5

0

7

May 24/11 – Sept 8/11

0

0

0

7

Sept 9/11 – Nov 18/11

0

0

0

7

INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY REVIEWS (ITPRs)

During this quarter, three (3) new ITPRs were received in the National Office.  One ITPR was subsequently withdrawn, two are pending hearing dates and one was not accepted by the National Conflict Resolution Office.  Five non-disciplinary terminations or demotions are still pending hearing dates and have been assigned to the PSAC for representation.   

CRA POLICY REVIEW GRIEVANCES

During this quarter, no grievances were heard by the Joint Review Committee. One grievance was settled and one was presented by our office to the second level of the grievance procedure and allowed.  There are currently no CRA Policy Grievances in our inventory. 


President’s Itinerary

SEPTEMBER  
26-28 Executive Council – Ottawa
29 Oct 1 Presidents’ Conference – Ottawa
OCTOBER  
4-7  NBoD – Ottawa
14-15 AGM Local 60005 – Saint John NB
17-18 AGM Local 90006 – Summerside PEI
19 AGM Local 90002 – Charlottetown PEI
20-21 AGM Local 80003 – Halifax NS
25 AGM Local 80004 – Sydney NS
26 AGM Local 00051 – Mississauga ON
27-28 AGM Local 00052 – Barrie ON
NOVEMBER  
1 UTE Staff Meeting – Ottawa
2 Meeting with PIPS AFS Executive – Ottawa
Meeting with Deputy Comm. Of CRA – Ottawa
8 AGM Local 00015 – Kitchener ON
9-10  AGM Local 00018 – Windsor ON
15   Meeting with UTE PAC/Communications Committees – Ottawa
21  PSAC Members Plan Committee – Ottawa
22 AEU Grievance Arbitration – Ottawa
DECEMBER  
1 NBoD Special Meeting on the Budget – Ottawa

Membership:

SEPTEMBER / SEPTEMBRE 2011

     RAND

          SUSPENDED

     TOTAL

     RAND

          SUSPENDUS

ATLANTIC REGION / RÉGION DE L'ATLANTIQUE

Saint John

300

1

301

Bathurst

73

73

Moncton

71

71

Halifax

311

11

322

Sydney

88

88

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

415

22

437

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

373

373

Summerside

683

13

2

698

Charlottetown

78

1

79

2392

48

 

2

2442

QUEBEC REGION / RÉGION DE QUÉBEC

Jonquière

404

7

411

Québec

243

4

247

Shawinigan-sud

872

20

892

Trois-Rivières

56

56

Chicoutimi

74

74

1649

31

0

1680

MONTREAL REGION / RÉGION DE MONTRÉAL

Sherbrooke

98

2

100

Montréal

802

12

814

Rouyn-Noranda

37

37

Montérégie

210

210

Laval

306

6

312

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

59

4

1

64

1512

24

1

1537

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION / RÉGION DE LA CAPITALE NATIONALE

Ottawa Headquarters/Administration centrale d'Ottawa

2891

320

28

3239

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

367

31

9

407

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

331

27

2

360

Policy & Planning / Politique et planification

351

66

15

432

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

1310

156

11

1477

5250

600

65

5915

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

Kingston

90

90

Belleville

158

9

1

168

Peterborough

78

78

Thunder Bay

115

115

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

1411

119

1530

1852

128

1

1981

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

Hamilton

602

70

672

Kitchener

309

1

310

St. Catharines

197

5

202

London

356

1

357

Windsor

225

1

226

1689

78

0

1767

GREATER TORONTO REGION/RÉGION DU GRAND TORONTO

Toronto North / Toronto Nord

555

84

6

645

Toronto

863

68

1

932

Toronto West / Toronto Ouest

470

13

5

488

Barrie

125

2

127

Toronto East/Toronto Est

419

10

429

2432

177

12

2621

PRAIRIE REGION/RÉGION DES PRAIRIES

Regina/Régina

189

1

190

Winnipeg

363

27

390

Winnipeg CCSC/CASR de Winnipeg

200

1

201

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

1408

24

1432

2160

51

2

2213

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION/RÉGION DES MONTAGNE ROCHEUSES

Calgary

839

24

1

864

Edmonton

737

59

8

804

Saskatoon

200

1

201

Lethbridge

65

65

1841

84

9

1934

PACIFIC REGION/RÉGION DU PACIFIQUE

Penticton

228

1

229

Vancouver

605

57

1

663

Victoria

272

2

274

Burnaby Fraser

575

3

578

Surrey

857

68

925

Kelowna

75

4

79

Northern B.C. & Yukon/le Nord de la CB et du Yukon

119

6

125

Burnaby Fraser Call Center/CA de Burnaby Fraser

301

47

348

3032

188

 

1

3221

 

 

 

 

 

Unallotted

3

184

 

 

187

23812

1593

93

25498

In Solidarity,

Robert Campbell
National President