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News - January 2017


The headlines for news items published during this month are listed below.

Click on the headline of your choice to see the entire text of the article.

A call-out to creative minds – UHEW members invited

to submit designs for our new union’s logo

Stop the Liberal attack on your pension…now!

NHU Local membership gives overwhelming support

for merger with Union of Environment Workers


A call-out to creative minds – UHEW members invited to submit designs for our new union’s logo

Posted January 27, 2017

At its first meeting, the Union of Health and Environment Workers National Council decided to go out to the membership, by way of a contest, in order to have them design a logo for our new union. Any and all UHEW members in good standing can participate and submit a logo for consideration.

The logo and colours need to encompass and represent our membership’s workplaces: Health Canada; Environment Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Canadian Forest Service; Public Health Agency of Canada; Canadian Environment Assessment Agency; and the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corp.

As a guide, here are the logos of the former National Health Union and the Union of Environment Workers:


NHU logo

UEW logo

All submissions will be reviewed by the Honours and Awards Committee. The Committee will pick its top three choices to be voted upon by the National Council. The winning logo will be announced following the National Council’s decision. A prize will be presented to the winning designer.

The deadline date for submission is February 28, 2017 and should be sent electronically to info@uhew-stse.ca. Please include your name and Local number with your submission.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the National Office.

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Stop the Liberal attack on your pension…now!

Posted January 27, 2017

Justin Trudeau wants to block your hopes for a financially secure retirement. Don’t let him!

Using the busy pre-Christmas period as a smokescreen, the Liberal government quietly moved to adopt Bill C-27, an Act to Amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act.

In a nutshell, C-27 would allow the federal government, Crown Corporations and companies in the federally-regulated private sector to unilaterally end defined-benefit (DB) pension plans and shift all the risk of providing retirement income from employers to employees.

Under DB plans, such as the current federal public service pension plan, employers are legally obliged to fund employees’ earned benefits. Employees pay a fixed amount based on salary. Employers contribute an amount determined every year based on what it costs to deliver the agreed-upon predictable benefit.

The result is secure and predictable pension benefits throughout your retirement years. This is now very much at risk. C-27 flies in the face of the Liberals’ pre-election commitment to improve retirement security.

In 2015, Trudeau said that defined benefit pension plans that workers and retirees have already paid into should not be retroactively changed into target benefit plans. Yet, this is exactly what Bill C-27 would do. It’s another in an ever-lengthening list of Justin’s broken promises.

In removing employers’ legal requirements to fund plan benefits, those benefits could be reduced going forward – or even retroactively. So, even when you retire, C-27 would open the door to changing benefits you earned under the old rules, despite having contributed to the DB plan all your working years.

Yet the Liberals introduced C-27 with no advance notice and no consultation with affected parties. The big winners would be the employers and brokerage bosses who are ponying up the cash at Trudeau’s scandalous ‘cash for access’ fundraisers recently revealed by the media

Just how bad is C-27? Even the former Conservative government decided not to proceed with such legislation!

The UHEW’s bargaining agent, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, is asking our members to take a few minutes to send a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau opposing the Liberals’ betrayal on Bill C-27.

The PSAC has provided a sample letter HERE that can be quickly and easily completed and sent to Morneau.

As you work your way through your New Year’s resolutions, do yourself a favour and add a message to the Finance Minister to your list!

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NHU Local membership gives overwhelming support for merger with Union of Environment Workers

Posted January 17, 2017

2017 is looking to be a landmark year for the National Health Union as our members have overwhelming endorsed our merger with the Union of Environment Workers.

Effective December 31, 2016, we are all now members of the new Union of Health and Environment Workers.

Almost nine of 10 NHU members who voted, – 87 per cent – gave their backing to the creation of the new National Health and Environment Workers Union. The merger was backed by all but one Local.

The months ahead will be exciting as we move ahead to create a solid communications network that will embrace all of our Locals, Regions and the National Office. This summer’s united National Triennial Convention will be the catalyst that moves us forward into the future.

Members can continue to follow developments on the special merger page set up last autumn on our Web site. It can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Stronger Together’ logo on our main page.

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