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September 16, 2013
Article 1.1.3 of the WFAA states that, “Departments or organizations shall establish Work Force Adjustment Committees, where appropriate, to manage work force adjustment situations within the department or organization.” Work Force Adjustment Committees help us ensure the employer is meeting its obligations to workers who may be or will be work force adjusted.
September 13, 2013
In addition to having the right to refuse dangerous work under Part II of the Code, a worker who is pregnant or nursing can cease, for a very short period, to perform her job with full pay and benefits if she believes that continuing any of her current job functions could pose a risk to her health or that of the foetus or child (s.132(1)). The worker must consult with a qualified medical practitioner of her choice as soon as possible to establish whether there is a risk (s.132(2)).
September 13, 2013
The Canada Labour Code gives employees the right to refuse dangerous work. Here are some guidelines:
September 13, 2013
The Hierarchy of Controls refers to primary prevention for hazards in the workplace.  Not all workplace controls are equal. Those controls which focus on the source of the hazard – elimination, substitution or isolation of the hazard – are generally the most effective means of preventing and controlling worker exposure. Where possible, controls at the source should be a union priority.
September 13, 2013
“Danger” includes any existing or potential hazard or condition or any current or future activity that could reasonably be expected to cause injury or illness to a person. Two key concepts are: “potential hazard or condition” and “any current or future activity”. However there has to be a reasonable expectation of an injury or illness before the hazard or condition can be corrected, or the activity altered, or before workers can exercise their right to refuse unsafe work (s.122(1)).  
September 13, 2013
The Joint Workplace Health and Safety Committee is to be involved in all investigations, and these will include accident/injury investigations, and similarly a Health and Safety Representative will be involved in all investigations, including accident/injury investigations. The Co-chairs of the Workplace Committee will appoint the member or members of the Committee that shall participate in such investigations.
September 13, 2013
This process has to be used before other recourses available under Part II of the Code, except for the right to refuse dangerous work and the right of pregnant or nursing workers to temporarily withdraw from dangerous work.
September 11, 2013
The Public Service Alliance of Canada has a long history of standing up for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights. Whether at the bargaining table, in the courts or on the streets, our union has been fighting for LGBT rights for more than 30 years.
July 24, 2013
Getting up to speed, accommodation, confidentiality, and the employer
June 28, 2013
The Senate has voted to amend Bill C-377, making major changes to a deeply flawed piece of legislation that singles out unions to provide detailed and intrusive reports to the Canada Revenue Agency. The amended Bill will now go back to the House of Commons in the fall. Constitutional experts, privacy commissioners, provincial ministers of labour and unions have pointed out the Bill's many flaws.  Regardless of the amendments, many of the expressed concerns remain.  C-377 doesn't need amending, it needs defeating.

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