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The Canadian Union Of Labour Employees represents over eighty unionized staff employed in the regional offices of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). In addition, CULE represents all employees of the Nunavut Employees Union, a Component of the PSAC.


March 25th, 2017

Sisters and Brothers:

After five weeks of bargaining for a total of 15 days at the Table with the Employer, CULE and the PSAC have reached a tentative agreement which will need to be ratified by both parties.

As you are aware, the Employer’s original proposals contained a high number of concessions and some of those concessions remained on the Table until the last hour.  It has been a difficult round of bargaining due to the employer’s proposed concessions, however, we are pleased to bring you a tentative agreement with NO concessions.

Below are some of the highlights of the tentative agreement which we will be voting on in the next couple of weeks.  We will also provide you, prior to voting, a more detailed ratification package.

  • 3 year contract retroactive as of May 1, 2016 expiring April 30, 2019;
  • 1.5% wage increase in 2016, in 2017 and in 2018;
  • $250 per employee per annum Healthcare Spending Account in addition to current benefit plan;
  • Employer will not amend the Welfare and Benefit Plans without the prior consent of the Union;
  • Improved language on seniority;
  • Band 11 with salary in Appendix A;
  • Revised MOA on student employment with salary increase (comparable to UNIFOR);
  • MOA to include in the bargaining unit, the Northern Grievance and Adjudication Officer;
  • Improved language on No Discrimination and Harassment (Article 5);
  • Improved language on Health & Safety in regards to worksite risk assessment;
  • Renewal of CEP and Staff conferences;
  • Increase of voluntary separation package from 18 months to 24 months for CULE I;
  • Increase in reimbursement for family care for both CULE I and CULE II;
  • $250 for luggage once every 36 months (used to be for just a suitcase);
  • One day’s leave with pay for indigenous employee to attend funeral of an indigenous community member;
  • Up to 60 hours (from 50 hours) leave with pay for family related responsibilities;
  • Stress Leave for CULE II members from three days to four days;
  • Compassionate care leave to match the current legislation and improvement in the SUB plan;
  • Increase for winter survival package to $100;
  • $500 roadside assistance (i.e. On-Star) for northern or remote locations;
  • New language for bargaining unit work around weekend courses;
  • MOA on National Working Group on Mental Health (jointly signed with UNIFOR);
  • MOA on Domestic Violence including 10 days of leave with pay (jointly signed with UNIFOR);
  • Overtime for CULE I members at National Conventions for all hours worked;
  • Nights away qualifier reduced from 35 nights to 30 nights;
  • Renewal of retiree benefit plan.

There were many other items which were concessions that the team was able to have the employer withdraw.

The bargaining team unanimously recommends acceptance of this tentative agreement.

In solidarity,
Anna, Dolly, Hetty, Kellie, Monika and Sean

CULE Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, 2017

March 21st, 2017

Every year, CULE marks March 21, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by taking stock of our past struggles and achievements. This year’s theme is: “Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration.”

The current political climate in the US poses particular challenges for racialized people and their allies in the US, Canada and worldwide. We have seen a rise in racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic hate crimes, hate speech and racial violence. From personal attacks in the streets and on public transit, to the January fatal shooting in a Muslim mosque in Quebec City, to bomb threats against Jewish community centres, to the continuing poverty and social issues faced by Indigenous people in Canadian society as a result of the impacts of colonization and the residential school system.

Now more than ever it is important to remain vigilant against the rise of racism and to continue to address the root causes to eliminate the systemic barriers and discrimination that racialized and Indigenous people continue to face in Canada.

As part of the larger Canadian labour movement and progressive social justice movement, CULE looks at our own workplaces as manifestations of larger Canadian society. Our own workplaces are not immune to continued racial discrimination whether intentional or not. Rather than ignore or deny the existence of racism, we encourage our members to continue to speak out, challenge and take action against racism in their workplaces and larger society as racialized and Indigenous workers and as allies. CULE is proud of the anti-racism and anti-oppression work we have done but know that there is much more to do. We encourage our members to continue to network with allies and support each other and work towards healthy and safe working environments that are hate-free, inclusive, diverse and barrier-free.

Bargaining Update

March 17th, 2017

Sisters and Brothers:

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, your negotiating team met with the PSAC’s bargaining team and their representatives for our fourth round of bargaining. We also met on Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2 in Montreal.

Although we have tentatively agreed on some issues, very few items have been signed off as the Employer is dealing with monetary issues as an entire package instead of individual items. Any movement on issues have been very slow and very challenging, however we made some progress on the last day.

We strongly believe that CULE’s mobilization activities have made a difference and now more than ever we need to show the Employer that we are united and are holding on to no concessions.

Our next meeting with the employer is scheduled for the week of March 20 th at which time we will also have a meeting with the other three staff unions.

Again, we want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support.


Consoeurs et confrères,

Le mardi 28 février 2017, votre équipe de négo a rencontré l’employeur pour une quatrième ronde de négo.  Les rencontres ont duré jusqu’au jeudi 2 mars à Montréal.

Même si nous et l’employeur sommes d’accords sur certaines revendications, il y a très peu d’articles qui ont été signés.    L’employeur négocie des questions financières dans un paquet au lieu de négocier les articles individuels.  Ceci a considérablement ralenti le processus de négociations.  Par contre, la dernière journée, nous avons finalement commencé à faire un peu de progrès.

Nous sommes certains que les activités de mobilisation ont fait une différence et il est maintenant plus important que jamais d’être solidaire et d’insister auprès de l’employeur que nous n’accepterons pas de concessions.

Notre prochaine rencontre avec l’employeur aura lieu du 20 et 23 mars.  Nous allons aussi avoir une rencontre avec les autres syndicats le lundi 20 mars.
Encore une fois, nous vous remercions pour votre appui.

In solidarity/En toute solidarité,

Your negotiating team/votre équipe de négo,

Anna, Dolly, Hetty, Kellie, Monika & Sean

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CULE statement on the shooting at Quebec City mosque

February 6th, 2017

CULE sends our deepest sympathies to the families of the six victims killed in the mass shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Quebec City on Jan. 29, 2017. We also send our thoughts to those injured who are still recovering.

We are horrified that something like this could happen, especially in Canada. We strongly condemn this act of extreme violence and Islamophobia. CULE defends the rights of our members against discrimination based on religious beliefs and will continue to uphold and defend the rights of all Canadians to practice their religious beliefs free from discrimination. We call on our members and the authorities to do more to fight Islamophobia.

CULE believes that diversity makes us stronger. In the face of a rise of the far-right and xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism and other forms of oppression, we call on our members to protect and promote diversity. Rather than fearing those we do not know, we should get to know our neighbours, to respect different religions and cultures and care for each other.

We vow to continue to fight against all forms of oppression and towards equality and dignity for all workers and for all humankind.

We ask our members to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters and in the community and attend any vigils or events to show your support and solidarity.


February 6th, 2017

As we celebrate Black History Month, we also celebrate Viola Desmond’s courage, we celebrate Cal Best, we celebrate all the contributions and leadership of Black members in CULE, in the broader labour and social justice movement and in communities across the country.

As we celebrate, we need to remind ourselves that we can do better.   We need to fight anti-Black racism and other forms of racism and discrimination.  We also need to ensure human rights keep moving forward, we need to be using an equity lens, we need to keep educating ourselves, we need to take care of each other and our communities.

Let’s stand up for fairness now because when we stand for fairness, we also stand up against racism and discrimination.  CULE is fighting for stronger language in our collective agreement to protect its members against discrimination and to promote equality.

In honour of Black History Month, let’s take the time and participate at a webinar which the Canadian Labour Congress is launching “Working While Black” for workers of colour and allies.  Information on this webinar is available on the CLC website.

Anna Goguen, CULE President
Hetty Alcuitas, CULE Equity Director

En février, nous célébrons le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs, nous célébrons le courage de Viola Desmond, nous célébrons Cal Best et nous célébrons la contribution ainsi que le leadership des membres racialisés de l’UCES, du mouvement syndical et de la justice sociale dans nos communautés à travers le pays.

Nous devons aussi toujours être conscients que nous pouvons faire mieux.  Nous devons continuer de lutter contre le racisme, le racisme systémique et la discrimination.  Nous devons aussi nous assurer que les droits de la personne soient au cœur de notre travail, les enjeux doivent tous être considérés sous l’angle de l’équité, nous devons nous éduquer et nous devons nous occuper des uns des autres et de nos communautés.

Levons-nous pour la justice et l’équité, défendons le racisme et la discrimination.  L’UCES lutte pour avoir un meilleur langage dans notre convention collective afin de protéger nos membres contre la discrimination et promouvoir l’équité.

En célébrant le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs, participons à une série de webinaires intitulée « Travailler quand on est noirs » organisée par le Congrès du travail du Canada.  Vous trouverez l’information à propos du webinaire sur le site web du CTC.

Anna Goguen, Présidente de l’UCES
Hetty Alcuitas, Directrice des membres d’équité de l’UCES

Bargaining Update: January 23 2017

January 23rd, 2017

Sisters and Brothers:

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, your negotiating team met with the PSAC’s bargaining team and their representatives for our third round of bargaining.  We also met on Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19 in Ottawa.

As you know, there were many concessions proposed by the Employer this round of bargaining affecting both CULE I and CULE II members.  We have completed bargaining for non-monetary, however, there are still a couple of items that we are deferring for the next round.  I’m happy to report that most non-monetary concessions have been dealt with and now we prepare to deal with monetary items.

Both sides exchanged their monetary packages on Thursday at the end of bargaining.  Needless to say, the next round of bargaining will be crucial as concessions brought forward by the Employer were monetary and those are still on the Table.

Our next meeting with the employer is scheduled for February 28, March 1 and March 2.

It is now more important that we all show solidarity for the bargaining team and tell the Employer that “no concessions means no concessions”.   We ask our members to hold mobilization activities in their regions and share them with other regions.  We will continue to post updates and photos on our Facebook page, on our CULE website as well as distribution in our workplaces through our mobilization committee.

Again, we want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support.

In solidarity,

Your negotiating team
Anna, Dolly, Hetty, Kellie, Monika & Sean


Consoeurs et confrères,

Le mardi 17 janvier 2017, votre équipe de négo a rencontré l’employeur pour une troisième ronde de négo.  Les rencontres ont duré jusqu’au jeudi 19 janvier.

Comme vous l’avez lu dans notre dernière mise à jour, l’employeur demandait plusieurs concessions qui touchent l’UCES I et l’UCES II.  Nous avons terminé les discussions questions non financières, cependant, il reste encore quelques articles que nous avons mis de côté jusqu’à la prochaine ronde.  Nous sommes maintenant prêts à passer aux questions monétaires.

Jeudi dernier, les parties ont échangé leurs revendications financières.  La prochaine ronde sera cruciale car les concessions apportées par l’employeur sur les questions monétaires sont encore sur la table.
Notre prochaine rencontre avec l’employeur aura lieu du 28 février au 2 mars.

Il est maintenant plus important que nous soyons solidaires et d’insister auprès de l’employeur :  « Pas de concessions, justement, veut dire, pas de concessions ».  Nous demandons aux membres de l’UCES d’organiser des activités dans vos régions et des partager avec les autres régions.  Nous allons continuer de vous informer sur notre page Facebook, notre site web et distribution dans nos milieux de travail à travers le comité de mobilisation.

Encore une fois, nous vous remercions pour votre appui.

En toute solidarité, votre équipe de négo,

Anna, Dolly, Hetty, Kellie, Monika et Sean

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CULE statement on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2016

December 9th, 2016

The year 2016 has been a year of many challenges for basic Human Rights across the globe.

Tens of millions of refugees around the world continue to be forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. They fight for their lives and seek basic human rights such as shelter, food and water.

In the past few years we have watched the rise of hate across the world in Europe and the U.S. Sadly, even in Canada hate crimes based on race, religion and other grounds continue to be reported.

The recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission challenge us as union members and all Canadians to take part in true reconciliation between Indigenous and other people in Canada.

More recently, thousands of people stood together with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, U.S. as protectors against the Dakota Access pipeline calling for “Respect for the Scared Land” and the right to clean water. In the years to come, we in Canada will continue to face our own struggles against development projects which threaten the environment and our future.

GLBT and women’s rights are under attack.  People with disabilities continue to face barriers and discrimination in all areas of society.

The fight for a decent minimum wage continues.   Precarious work continues to be used as a barrier to job security and a tool of oppression against countless women, Indigenous and racialized and other workers.

December 10 is designated by the United Nations as Human Rights Day.  CULE salutes its members who are engaged in the struggle for human rights in our workplaces and communities across the country and the world.

We are also proud of our support over the years for non-profit organizations that carry out social justice work locally and internationally though the CULE International Solidarity fund and other means.

We also vow to uphold our rights in our collective agreement which protect us against discrimination in the workplace on human rights grounds such as age, race, religion, disability, sex, family or marital status and sexual orientation and our right to access social justice leave to attend events which mark various human rights days.

We call on all our members and allies to pause and reflect on this important day and continue to commit to the struggle for human rights for all.  Let us commit to “keeping our ducks in a row” as we fight for human rights every day within our workplaces and communities across Canada and the world.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

CULE Grievance Procedures

December 5th, 2016

Download the new CULE grievance procedure document …

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Strike fund vote

October 18th, 2016

Please find attached a referendum vote for the CULE strike fund.  There is a ballot in English and one in French and the deadline to be received by Winnipeg R.O., attention Monika Duggal is Monday, October 31st.

The ballot must be double enveloped and CULE member’s name and work location must be indicated on the white envelope.

In solidarity,

Anna Goguen, CULE President

CULE’s 40th anniversary / 40e anniversaire de l’UCES

October 18th, 2016

Sisters and Brothers:

October 19th, CULE is celebrating its 40th anniversary.   If the members in your region would like to hold an activity, such as a march, a cake, a group picture, etc. please send me the pictures or details of the activities and I’ll have it posted on our CULE website and also on our Facebook group.


Le 19 octobre, l’UCES va célèbre son 40e anniversaire.  Si les membres de votre région désirent faire une activité, soit une marche, un gâteau, une photo, etc., svp, veuillez me faire parvenir les détails de l’activité et les photos et je les ajouterai sur notre site web de l’UCES et sur notre page Facebook.

In solidarity / en toute solidarité,

Anna Goguen, CULE President / Présidente de l’UCES

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Larry’s passing

June 29th, 2016

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we advise you that Brother Larry Welsh has passed away following his courageous fight(s) with cancer.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peggy and all of Larry’s family and friends.

“Lar” was an active CULE member from the time he began his employment with the PSAC.  He stepped his activism up a notch when he was first elected CULE Vice-President for Unit I.  He was a member of the CULE Executive for over 20 years and only stepped down when he chose to retire.  Just being on the CULE Executive wasn’t enough for Lar.  He also sat on the CULE bargaining team for two rounds of bargaining.

Lar, you are pain free now, rest well Brother.