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Canadian Food Inspection Agency - VM

2014 FALL NEWSLETTER Veterinary Medicine Group

Please use these personal email addresses to communicate with Executive members on PIPSC issues rather than on the CFIA Group Wise System.

Ravi Rai President (Ontario Rep)
Ayman Soryal Vice President & NOSH (Member-At-Large)
Ann Allain Secretary (NCR Rep)
Lina Johannson Treasurer & NUMCC (Prairies Rep)
Valérie Coupal (Quebec Rep)
Doug Aitken Parliamentarian (Member-At-Large)
Dave Cartledge Communications (Member-At-Large)
Witold Wince (BC & Yukon Rep)
Krista Ann Puddester (Atlantic Rep)

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Should you have an interest in learning more, please contact any of the group Executives to discuss becoming a union steward. Many hands make for light work. As you can see, we try to have FUN occasionally :)


As per CFIA-VM By-Laws, the following positions on the CFIA-VM Executive need to be filled:

  • Two Member-at-Large positions: incumbent : Doug Aitken, Ayman Soryal
  • Ontario Representative: incumbent: Ravi Rai
  • Quebec Representative: incumbent : Valerie Coupal
  • Atlantic Representative: incumbent : Krista Puddester

The term of office for each position is two years. Regular members interested in one of these positions must complete the attached form. The Member-at-Large position is open to all areas. The Nomination Form must be signed by at least three (3) regular members of the CFIA-VM Group supporting your nomination, and returned to PIPSC National Office by 4:00PM (Ottawa time) Wednesday, December 24, 2014. If more than one nomination is received for a region or for the two Member-at-Large positions, an election will be held.

Witold Wince, Chair
CFIA-VM Elections Committee

Completed nomination forms are to be forwarded by mail, email (with scanned nomination attached) or facsimile to:

VM Group Elections Committee,
c/o Kristopher Pelletier
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
250 Tremblay Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3J8
Fax (613) 228-7440
Email: Kristopher Pelletier

A 200 word write-up on why the members should vote for them must be submitted electronically to Kristopher Pelletier by the deadline date (4:00 PM Ottawa time) Wednesday, December 24, 2014 for inclusion in the kit if an election is required. Please note that it is the responsibility of the candidates to review their résumés before they are submitted. The résumés will not be proofread and corrections will not be made. They will be inserted into the Elections newsletter as submitted by candidates.

October 30, 2014

The CFIA-VM Group Executive is currently calling for nominations as the two year mark is coming to a close for the following positions

  • Two Members-at-Large positions: incumbents : Doug Aitken, Ayman Soryal
  • Ontario Representative, incumbent: Ravi Rai
  • Quebec Representative, incumbent: Val Coupal
  • Atlantic Representative, incumbent: Krista Puddester

The closing date for this call is Wednesday, December 24, 2014.


PIPSC has been in touch with the PSLRB to ascertain the procedure they wish to follow in order to ensure the validity of as many of the 643 job content grievances as possible. We do not as yet have a specific direction, but expect one very soon. We are hoping that we will be able to use a similar process to the 2009 grievances whereby one representative griever completed the required form and the remaining members signed a roster type form. It is likely that there will need to be a representative griever for each separate work description, which would mean 23.

The remainder of the administrative work has begun in terms the organization for the filing itself. The development of tables to coordinate signatures with work descriptions as well as to track our progress in the collection of data is underway.

Once the filing is complete (realistically mid-October) we will be awaiting information from the PSLRB in terms of potential mediation and/or scheduling of the hearing. This is likely to take upwards to a year to receive a date.


From Top Management:

“when the Meat Hygiene Allowance (MHA) was developed and implemented by PWGSC on a bi weekly basis there was some errors in the coding which created the problem of the data not getting to the pension system. Over the years compensation has made the corrective actions manually upon end of termination only, as the addition of the MHA has a minimal effect on the value of the actual pension or pension estimates.

CFIA has been in contact with PWGSC over the past years to find a way to correct this issue and are close to fixing this once and for all. This however will require some considerable time as there is a requirement to review all MHA payments and update the pay, pension and the human resources system accordingly. We are currently looking at strategies to have this completed with a view of any additional requirements which may be part of the payroll transition to Miramichi.

Once we have come to a decision on the most efficient way of correcting or adding the data, a strategy will be put in place to do it in a timely manner. All corrective actions and data integrity will be completed prior to files being transferred to the new pay centre.”

This issue is ongoing with our back-pay not having the MHA included as yet, and our new paychecks appear to have 4% of our previous pay, not our new pay?

In Solidarity,
Dave Cartledge – Communications Office

Publish Date: 26-NOV-2014 11:28 AM
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