Local 00625 Toronto

DND Treasury Board Members in PA,SC,TC and FB Groups in GTA

Minutes

News

History

UNDE 625 was originally formed on Canadian Forces Base Downsview on 16 Nov 1968, Founders Day. Later the Depot formed a separate Local and the DRDC Agency also form a separate local.

The Membership has been greatly reduced from those days. However, the spirit of innovation and synergy remain to continue addressing the challenges we face in the GTA and beyond within the Department of National Defence’s various Commands and Formations.

Local Executive List

  • Carolyn Handley

    Chair/President AGM 2017 - AGM 2019

    32 CF H Svcs C Toronto

    Sister Handley was elected as President in 2014 She also serves as UNDE625 deputy RVP for Ontario She has also served on various Component and National Convention Committees, As alternate UNDE RVP and in various Local representative roles

  • Vacant

    Vice-President AGM 2015 - AGM 2018
  • Cheryl Wright

    Treasurer AGM 2016 - AGM 2019

    CMSG

  • Dan Barrett

    Secretary AGM 2016 - AGM 2019

    NDQAR

  • Suleman Jasat

    Correspondence Secretary AGM 2017 - AGM 2019

    4 CDSG Tech Svcs

  • Duane Guerra

    Chief Steward AGM 2015 - AGM 2018

    4 CDSG Tech Svcs

Committee Contacts

  • B. Finance Committee AGM 2017 - AGM 2018

    Chair/Treasurer ………………………………………………….. Cheryl Wright – CMSG
    1st Auditor Till AGM 2018…………………………………….. Mario Fioroni-  4 CDSG Tech Svcs
    2nd Auditor Till AGM 2018……………………………………. Andrea Collinson – 32CFHS
    ( best wishes in for a career outside of UNDE625 to outgoing Auditor Floyd Anandappa formerly of 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto
    Ex-officio member ……………………………………………….. Carolyn Handley – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto

  • C. Grievance Committee Jan 2016 - Jan 2018

    Chair/Chief Steward/4 CDSG Tech Services Steward….Duane Guerra – 4 CDSG Tech Svcs
    4 CDSG Pers Svcs Steward……………………………………..Kris Krishna – 4 CDSG Pers Svcs
    4 CDSG Tech Svcs Toronto Gsn Transport…………………Suleman Jasat – 4 CDSG Tech Svcs
    1 Dent Toronto………………………………………………………..Paola Restrepo – 1 Dental Det Toronto
    Steward At Large West……………………………………………..Pat Wynne – DCCCA
    Steward At Large……………………………………………………Dan Barrett – NDQAR
    Ex-Officio ……………………………………………………………..Carolyn Handley – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto

  • D. JOSH Committee Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

    Chair/TBD

    CFC JOSH SV ……………………………………………………….Jose Flores – CFC
    CFC JOSH PA………………………………………………………..Yves Chateauneuf- CFC*
    32 CBG…………………………………………………………………Mai Truong – 32 CBG
    33 CBG Oshawa…………………………………………………….C. Walton – 33 CBG
    NDQAR…………………………………………………………………Dan Barrett – NDQAR
    Denison 1st Floor…………………………………………………..Shelley Calder – 1 Dental Det Toronto
    Denison West………………………………………………………..Cheryl Wright – CMSG
    Denison 1st Floor……………………………………………………D Guerra- 4 CDSG Tech Svcs
    Denison 1st Floor……………………………………………………Kris Krishna – 4 CDSG Pers Svcs
    Ex-Officio………………………………………………………………Carolyn Handley – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto

  • E. Bargaining Committee Jan 2016 - Jan 2018

    Chair…………………………………………………………………………..Sheila Hackett – 32CFHS Toronto
    PA Rep……………………………………………………………………….Carolyn Handley 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto
    SV Rep……………………………………………………………………….Mario Fioroni/Sol Jasat – 4 CDSG Tech Svcs
    TC Rep………………………………………………………………………Dan Barrett – NDQAR
    EB Rep………………………………………………………………………J. Creighton – CFC
    NDQAR LMRC Employee Co-Chair……………………………….Dan Barrett – NDQAR
    CFC LMRC Employee Co-Chair…………………………………….Jeff Creighton – CFC
    LMRC 4 Cdn Div Maintenance………………………………………Duane Guerra – 4 CDSG Tech Svcs
    LMRC 4 Cdn Div Transport……………………………………………Mario Fioroni-  4 CDSG Tech Svcs
    LMRC 4 Cdn Div Supply…………………………………………………Kati Leppikangas 4 CDSB Tech Svcs
    LMRC 4 Cdn Div Traffic…………………………………………………Anthony Rothram 4 CDSB Tech Svcs
    LMRC 4 Cdn Div CE…………………………………………………….J. Warack – 4 CDSG Eng Svcs
    LMRC 4 Cdn Div TSO…………………………………………………..Kris Krishna – 4 CDSG Pers Svcs
    LMRC DCCCA……………………………………………………………Cheryl Wright – CMSG
    CFC LMRC SV……………………………………………………………J. Flores – CFC
    CFC LMRC TC…………………………………………………………….M. Lyons – CFC
    Ex-Officio……………………………………………………………………Carolyn Handley – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto
    Alternates will be designated on an as required basis in consultation with the primary rep

  • F. Action Committee Jan 2016 - Jan 2018

    Chair GTAC Delegate 1………………………………………………….Dan Barrett – NDQAR
    MDAC Delegate……………………………………………………………Martin Rosenthal – 2 MP Regt
    TRWC Delegate…………………………………………………………..Sheila Hackett – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto
    RVAC Delegate……………………………………………………………Eileen Lessey – CFC
    Pride Rep…………………………………………………………………….Dave Ilkew – CFC
    GTAC Delegate 2/Ex-Officio…………………………………………..Carolyn Handley – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto

  • G. Recreation and Welfare Committee Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

    Chair Denison……………………………………………………………..Sheila Hackett – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto
    GCWCC Labour Co-Chair 2017 Campaign……………………..Dan Barrett – NDQAR
    NPSW Rep…………………………………………………………………..Linda LeBlanc – 4 Cdn Div JTFC HQ
    EAP Liaison………………………………………………………………….
    Ex-Officio……………………………………………………………………..Carolyn Handley – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto

  • H. Membership Committee Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

    Chair ………………………………………………………………………..Suleman Jasat – 4 CDSG Tech Svcs
    Communication……………………………………………………………Sheila Hackett – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto
    Awards and Recognition…………………………………………………Carolyn Handley – 32 CF H Svcs C Toronto
    Orientation……………………………………………………………………Dan Barrett – NDQAR
    Intervener……………………………………………………………………..Eileen Lessey – CFC

Documents

Bylaws for 2016 have now been approved with administrative changes to remove honorariums .

Local Committees

Mandate and Records of Discussion

Local 625 currently has 8 Committees according to local bylaw 9 and related Component Bylaws and regulations.  The Mandate of the comittees and approved minutes are as follows:

  • 1. Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee  is scheduled to meet once every other month or as required to address priority matters. The Committee is Chaired by the President who’s leadership creates the vision and mission to be executed in accordance with the mandate from the membership. The Vice President addresses operational matters in the local and ensures that priority issues can be addressed in the absence of the President. The Treasurer ensures that the best practices of financial transparency and accountability are pursued to enhance confidence in the value offered by the services provided by the local.  The Secretary and Communications officer ensure that members received timely and useful information.
    Minutes for Executive meetings are anticipated to be posted through a link below once approved.
    UNDE Website update lost previously updated records. Reconstituted versions to be  uploaded ASAP. Records for 2014-2015 attached to Recreations and Welfare committee link

    Executive Record of Discussion May-September 2018

    Executive Records of Discussion 1Oct2017-11Apr2018

    Executive Committee Records of Discussion 1Oct 2016-30Sep2017

  • 2. Finance Committee

    is Chaired by the Treasurer and includes the two auditors as full members with vote and voice. The President is an ex-officio member of the committee. The Committee is required to meet once a year. This last session it has greatly increased the visibility of local expenses in an structured and effective manner. The advance distribution of the Financial Report to members for whom the local has e-mail addressed for is also  considered a further beneficial initiative to enhance confidence in the Local.
    Minutes for meetings are anticipated to be posted through a link below once approved.
    UNDE Website update lost previously updated records. Reconstituted versions to be  uploaded ASAP. Records for 2014-2015 attached to Recreations and Welfare committee link

    20180926 Finance Committee Record of Discussion

    Finance Record of Discussion 18Oct2017

  • 3. Grievance Committee

    is Chaired by the Chief Steward and includes all local stewards as full members with voice and vote. In addition, the Bargaining Demand Reps have standing in this committee to ensure Demands can address some of the matters that stem from grievance issues. In addition, the President is an ex-officio member of this committee. The committee is required to meet 4 time a year.
    Minutes for meetings are anticipated to be posted through a link below once approved.

    Grievance Committee Meetings 1Oct2017-9May2018

    Grievance Committee Annual Summary 2016-7

    UNDE Website update lost previously updated records. Reconstituted versions to be  uploaded ASAP. Records for 2014-2015 attached to Recreations and Welfare committee link

  • 4. Bargaining Committee

    is Chaired by the Vice President and includes all local representatives of UMCCs, LMRCs and the 4 Bargaining Demand Representatives. In addition the President is an ex-officio member. The Committee addresses key issues that impact the effectiveness and efficiency of Local Commands and Formations. Matters include standing items on HR Plan Transparency (how vacancies will be addressed…), Personal Learning Plans (orientation, JLP and Union presentations, completion rates), HR/Personal resources available to members, Cyclical Policy review (Strike Protocol…), Recognition Programs (NPSW…) Joint Initiatives (GCWCC…)
    Minutes for meetings are anticipated to be posted through a link below once approved.
    UNDE Website update lost previously updated records. Reconstituted versions to be  uploaded ASAP. Records for 2014-2015 attached to Recreations and Welfare committee link

     

  • 5. JOSH Committee

    is Chaired is selected by the Committee members in January of every other year. The Members of the Committee include UNDE625 Labour reps from the CFC or Denison JOSH Committees and appointed OSH rep for members in commands/formations not covered by the existing JOSH Committee.  The Committee ensures the requirements of the Canada Labour Code Part II are upheld. This has recently included ensuring meetings of committees are being held, DGSAFE requirements are being addressed (weekly safety briefings) and Office inspections are being conducted at the monthly frequency required and Safety investigations for civilian employees include the appropriate Labour Rep.
    Minutes for meetings are anticipated to be posted through a link below once approved.
    UNDE Website update lost previously updated records. Reconstituted versions to be  uploaded ASAP. Records for 2014-2015 attached to Recreations and Welfare committee link

  • 6. Action Committee

    is Chaired by one of the local delegates to regional councils and committees. It is comprised of two delegates to the Greater Toronto Area Council and one delegate from Youth, Women, Racially Visible, Indigenous and Members with Disabilities committees.

    Current Campaigns being pursued include: Make It fair ( 15 and Fairness) We Own It, Save Canada Post, Hands off our pension and Regional committee initiatives to increase awareness of equity issues and engagement in relevant campaigns

    Minutes for meetings are anticipated to be posted through a link below once approved.
    UNDE Website update lost previously updated records. Reconstituted versions to be  uploaded ASAP. Records for 2014-2015 attached to Recreations and Welfare committee link

  • 7. Membership Committee

    is chaired by the Communications Officer and coordinates the locals communication strategy and orientation presentations . A weekly subcommittee meeting is currently being held to address a WFA priority placement situation and membership outreach

    Minutes for meetings are anticpated to be posted through a link below once approved.
    UNDE Website update lost previously updated records. Reconstituted versions to be  uploaded ASAP. Records for 2014-2015 attached to Recreations and Welfare committee link

  • 8. Recreation and Welfare Committee

    coordinates initiative for recognition, celebration, remembrance and sympathy campaigns.
    Minutes for meetings are anticipated to be posted through a link below once approved.
    UNDE Website update lost previously updated records. Reconstituted versions to be  uploaded ASAP. Records for 2014-2015 attached to Recreations and Welfare committee link

    ****Records of discussion attached as a consolidated document for previous sessions as available***

    ROD 2014-15

    RoD 2013-14 (till5Oct2014)

Local Profile

Includes Members Accomplishments and Contribution to a Stronger Canada

The Local profile is intended to raise awareness of the contributions our members provide to the effective operation of the Department of National Defence. This Page is intended to provide members with an appreciation of the work done by members in the Local, and raise awareness of the quality public services provided by our Brothers and Sisters.

The Local invites members to submit generic examples of the work done by our members and how it enhances the safety security and public interest of all Canadians.

The Local is comprised of approximately 150 members in central Ontario mainly in the GTA. The services provided include Inspection, Maintenance, Clerical, Administration, Finance, Safety, Security, and Logistics.

Together with CF Members and Reserves, we address the mission, vision and goals of approximately 7 Commands and various formations in the region.

Grievances

UNDE 625 duty to represent with respect to grievances extends primarily to Labour Relations Grievances, 1st level NJC grievances, and Group grievances.  However the Local is in a positiion to assist the component with classification grievances, staffing complaints to Public Service Staffing Tribunal (PSST Complaints) and Policy grievances.

When you require representation, contact your assigned steward or Chief Steward.  Steward assignments are identified above in Committee contact tabs

The primary trends of grievances seem to relate to three primary issues:

1. The absence of a transparent HR plan for members.  This impedes the ability to translate the units mission and vision into goals that can be effectively implemented.  Although this document does exist for most commands and formations, it is not easily understood many cases. In the absence of clarity on required position competencies, core activities for each level of the organization the duties performed by memebers become difficult to relate to the statement of duties and way to develop ones career.
2. CPRR Objectives are often vague. The subjective nature of expectations lead to misinterpretations and dissatisfaction with assessemnts and the way in which performance councelling is conducted. SMART goals in CPRRs is believed to be the best way to enhance effectiveness of the employee and provide meaning to a process that is currently in flux to an undetermined form.
3 PLP under-utilization appears to be another key issue in preventing misunderstandings and in efficiencies. Too many members do not obtain approval for requested traning in April  and October. In addition, the use of orientation sessions from the Local and an attempt to provide access to JLP training through LMRC need to be better developed. All public servants have certain core training requirements. Coordinating such training regionally with other commands and formations would be a much more cost effective approach than not spending training budgets.

Best Practices:

Resolution to concerns should be pursued through a timely (not more than 25 working days to get to step 2) and persistent approach (ensuring follow-up every 25 working days is pursued). The following steps have helped many members resolve situations quickly before a formal grievevance was required.

1. Orientate yourself to the issue:
-ensure you are aware of the resources available to you to resolve an issue (ie: policy procedure your co-workers perspectives on the issue, etc.)

2. Seek clarification on the matter of concern from your supervisor:
-request informal discussion in accordance with your collective agreement

3. Request consideration of matters that may seem missing from managements visibility:
-generate a record of discussion of matters of consideration to ensure common understanding is held by yourself and your supervisor

4. Suggest a resolution of the matter based on past practice

5. Recommend a resolution of the matter based on previous suggestions and new information

Communication with your supervisor is key to a rewarding career in the Government. Ensure you advise management of what they need to know in accordance with professional standards of privacy and ethical considerations.

Education

Orientation presentation and training opportunities

The Local’s orientation program is based on the introductory orientation to ones steweard. As the Local composition changes, so to does the orientation program, thus members are oriented to changes in the Local structure processes and procedures through monthly presentations of approximately 10 minutes in duration. In this way, the Local promotes a continuous learning opportunity and is able to respond to recent developments in a cyclical manner

Orientation Presentations for this session includes:

  • Joint Management Labour Consultation
  • Building Unit Coheasion (Enhancing a Mutually Benefitial Relationship with Management)
  • Duty to Represent and Right to Inform
  • CLC Part II and the DND General Safety Program
  • NJC Cyclical Review and Collective Agreement Negotiations
  • NPSW (Proudly Serving Canadians)
  • Social Justice Fund (Local Outreach Developments)
  • Union Benefits, Dues and the Rand Formula
  • Accountability (Transparency and Confidentiality)
  • Conflict Resolution (Harassment, Discrimination, Human Right Legislation)

 

Campaigns

Campaigns Local 625 participates in are related to UNDE/PSAC and Local Committee actions. As a member of the Federal Public Service it is important that you participate in these campaigns to have your voice heard and ensure that the Union is meeting its obligation to represent you. Please ensure your contact information is current and complete. Identify your preferred mode of contact and preferably your cell phone info to ensure the local can reach you in an emergency.
See the Action Committee mandate and Records of discussion for more details on Local campaigns

  • Current Campaign

    Standing up for Canada. With the various commitments by the Federal government to repeal antiunion legislation Members are asked to keep encouraging their MPs to do the right thing and follow through on commitments to ensure fair collective bargaining, health workplaces and the protection of employee rights.

    The Ontario We Want Campaign. Based on the OFL’s Nov2015 Action Plan  the local is supporting efforts by PSAC’s Greater Toronot Area Council to engage members in efforts to participate in Rallies and  speak to their MPs around the opening of labour legislation. Of particular emphasis is the $15 for fairness initiatives that have been endorsed by the OFL

  • Ongoing Campaigns

    We Own It is a campaign to keep public assets public prevent improper privatization

    Protect Our Pension is a response to the proposed unilateral change to federal public service pensions recently introduced into legislation and hoped to die on the order paper.

    Election Reform is a long standing goal of unions to replace the current first past the post process with a method that is more inclusive and representative of the electorate

    See GTAC Facebook Page for more details

  • Past Campaigns

    We Are All Affected Campaign. With the downsizing of government to meet sustainable and effective goals some services are being lost, contracted out or compromised. In the end it may be that the public interest will not manafest the political will to act on these issues. Most often this is because the context and implications are not apparent. Please contact your steward if you have not signed your Pledge card. The pledge cards are a measure of support and help the Local and PSAC to ensure its contact information is current

    Respect our Rights Clement Petition to Respect Collective bargaining rights in relation to NPSW was extended due to the postponement of the event. Contrary to initial indications the employer opted out of the event during NPSW this year. The local is looking at rescheduling the event at which time the clement petition should be completed. Preliminary signatures have been submitted to the PSAC regional office.

    19 Minutes on the 19th Campaign started on the 7th of Sep2014 with the first Local video on political action. It is in support of our bargaining teams and to prepare for the 2015 Federal Election. the Local has generated a series of short videos on YouTube to raise awareness the avenues available to members to address concerns with the pace of bargaining, the cuts to staffing levels and how members can effectively interface with their MPs. The projected completion date is 19Oct2015 the date of the next federal election. Members are encouraged to review the videos comment and provide feedback on how the current round of bargaining and election run up has affected them.

    Local Petition to eliminate division 20 from Bill C59. activities were completed on 19June2015. This petition was submitted to MP for consideration by the house.to remove the provision that eliminates collective bargaining related to sick leave.The bill was passed without ammendment. Thanks from the Local and MP were extended to those who signed the petition.

    The Standing Together Campaign related to labour law changes in the omnibus Budget Bill C-4 bill passed 13Dec2013 T-Shirts were distributed to members in relation to the We Are All Affected Campain. The Shirts front speaks to the fact that Unions have the interests of Canadians when they stand up for their rights and  the rights of all. The back of the shirt reminds us of the many victories labour has won over the years.The campaign was completed during the summer of 2014. The law was appealed to the ILO as being contrary to the canadian governments signing of International Declaration.

    Defending Quality Public Services this campaign was focused on raising awareness of

     

Future updates to this Campaigns will include past Campaign activities and local initiatives to enhance unit coheasion and a mutually benefitial relationship between management and employees.

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