This page is now archived. Please visit for the new website and update your bookmarks


Canadian Food Inspection Agency - VM


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

Ayman Soryal President (Member-At-Large)
Valérie Coupal Vice President (Quebec Rep)
Ann Allain Secretary (NCR Rep)
Lina Johannson Treasurer & NUMCC (Prairies & NWT Rep)
Doug Aitken Job Action Lead & Essential Services Lead (Member-At-Large)
David Brown (Member-At-Large)
Witold Wince (BC & Yukon Rep & Western Area Consultation Lead)
Krista Ann Puddester NOSH (Atlantic Rep)

Also, Dave Cartledge Communications (alias Charlie Ligament from classmates, and now as there are two Daves at our meetings)

Val is also our Grievance & Negotiations Chair; Krista is our NOSH representative, with support from Ayman; Lina continues as our Consultation Chair, with support from Krista & Ayman and leads from each area.

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.

Phoenix Grievances &:

Many Pay Action Requests (PAR) have been sent in! Many grievances, through our PIPSC Employee Relations Officers (ERO) have been sent in. These are in the ‘que’! PIPSC has offered financial assistance for desperate situations. All groups in PIPSC have this issue. CFIA supposedly has a designated group working with Phoenix and/or the Pay Centre? PLEASE, keep us informed of your issues, and we can then keep track of how many, and what they are. Your ERO should be able to help as well. A NEW PAR is now available and MUST be used to submit any Pay Action Requests today! The PARs submitted before August 15th have been set aside. PLEASE submit PARs for any Veterinary Dues not paid, or Grievances through you ERO as soon as possible. Many have just received their Veterinary Dues balance after their grievance. Others have not, and need a transmittal to the 3rd level.

CFIA-VM Bargaining Update #2

Your VM bargaining team met with the employer between May 25 and 27, 2016. We received presentations from Gerard Etienne on agency transformation, and John Morgan from the Learning Division, on training and learning initiatives in CFIA.

The parties discussed a number of issues including labour relations, harassment and professional development and training. The Employer tabled its sick leave proposal which parallel’s the proposal being discussed at Treasury Board Bargaining Tables in the core Public Service. PIPSC Groups, including the VM Group, have decided to form a central table to address the employer’s sick leave proposals, as all groups are being impacted by the Treasury Board’s demand on sick leave and short term disability. For more information on PIPSC’s approach to sick leave and short term disability

The employer still has a number of proposals they have not tabled particularly around working conditions such as hours of work, shift work and travelling time, the meat hygiene and supervisory allowances and wash up time. The parties will meet again to discuss issues between June 21 and 23.

Publish Date: 02-JUN-2016 08:19 AM

NEW name for Alberta North (ABN) and Saskatchewan is NORTH WEST CENTRAL!

CFIA-VM Job Content Grievance Update

November 2016

Pursuant to the February 2015 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CFIA and PIPSC, joint consultation committee meetings were held in May 2015. At these meetings, PIPSC and representative grievors provided CFIA with their concerns and supporting information related to the content of 15 generic work descriptions issued by CFIA in 2011. In November 2015, CFIA finally advised us that, following the consultation process, they determined it was necessary to revise one generic work description only, the VM-05 National Veterinary Program Manager.

After four (4) months of requesting hearing dates, we finally began the job content hearing in March 2016. As was agreed by the parties and to make the grievance process easier to manage, PIPSC decided to make one presentation per work description with one or two spokespeople. The Agency would then issue one (1) response for each generic work description, which would be applied to all grievers. Before the end of summer, PIPSC heard almost all job content grievances.

The Institute will complete the presentation during this fall. We still have two positions in Operation Branch that need to be heard. PIPSC is now in the process of confirming final dates for theses grievance hearings and anticipates that the final level will be heard by the end of the years.

August –September 2016

CFIA issued four decisions for the following work descriptions:

#59631 Vet Lab Specialist
#59639 Sr. Vet Science Specialists
# 59653 National Training Specialist
#59669 Supervisory Veterinarian Multi Commodity
#56 999 VM-01- Veterinarian
#59668 VM-02 Supervisory Veterinarian
# 59667 VM-02 Vet Biologic
#59652 VM-03 Vet Program Officer/EVE/Analyst

The result of theses grievances; Two (2) grievances were allowed (position #59 639 & #59669). For one decision, member will receive 1.5 years of retroactive pay. For the position #59 669 Supervisory Veterinarian Multi Commodity and Vet Biologic PIPSC is awaiting the classification decision. We asked CFIA to provide the decision before the end of December 2016.

Next Steps

For grievances that will be rejected by CFIA at the final level and where PIPSC concludes that there is merit to proceed, the next step in the process will be referral to adjudication before the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB). Please note that PIPSC will undertake a thorough review and evaluation of all documentation and information for each grievance file following the final level hearing to determine whether a recommendation can be made to proceed with the grievance to adjudication. In cases where PIPSC recommends not proceeding with the grievance, the members tied to the work description in question will be provided with the reasons for the recommendation and an opportunity to appeal the recommendation not to proceed before the PSLREB. We are currently gathering all of the information on reference to adjudication.

The Institute will continue to put pressure on the Agency with the goal of ensuring that all VMs have a current and complete work description.

If you require additional information or have any questions, please contact Émilie Gagné, Classification Officer, at


Consider updating your resume, as this appears as a review of your competencies (used to be skills) for the job you presently have? This way you can let your management know about your professional and volunteer activities, and awards you received. That may even influence your management?

That is my approach.

Your team mentioned at our November 5th meeting that TMQ is still being worked on at many levels.

NEW T-SHIRT FOR ALL Stewards and Members:



CONTACT your National Executive Member (emails above) with your size and we will arrange to get them to you ☺. Available in Extra-Large (XL), Large (L) and Medium (M) at no charge to you!


Nominations for the open CFIA VM Group Executive positions were received by these candidates only and thus, the following members are acclaimed to the positions indicated:

Dr. Valérie Coupal       Québec
Dr. Krista Puddester       Atlantic
Dr. Ayman Soryal       Ontario
Dr. David Cartledge       Member-at-Large
Dr. Douglas Aitken       Member-at-Large

As per Article 7.3.6 of the CFIA VM By-Laws - The newly elected Executive shall take office immediately following the announcement of the results of the election.

Congratulations to you all!


Dr. Witold Wince
Elections Committee Chair

Publish Date: 25-NOV-2016 09:24 AM

NEXT National Executive meeting will tentatively be on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 in Ottawa!

Publish Date: 16-DEC-2016 10:09 AM
Recent Posts      
CFIA VM Group - AGM Notice - May 27, 2017
Publish Date: 25-APR-2017 11:44 AM
CFIA-VM Bargaining Update - February 2017
Publish Date: 17-MAR-2017 07:56 AM
CFIA-VM Bargaining Update - January 2017
Publish Date: 16-JAN-2017 02:51 PM