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Bitter anniversary for Quebec government lawyers

It was one year ago today that the Quebec government passed a law that forced the province’s 1,100 civil lawyers and notaries back to work after a four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history. But the head of the lawyers’ union says time hasn’t taken the sting out of the collective slap his members received when the law was passed following a marathon 24-hour debate in the National Assembly on Feb. 28, 2017.

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Date de parution : 2018-02-28
‘Bully’ bosses issue ‘swept under the carpet’ until junior government lawyer sent email

A junior lawyer’s decision to speak out — with an email copied to dozens of government lawyers — about an allegedly “abusive” boss at Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General caused Queen’s Park to finally take notice of historic problems that were later called a “festering” sore in a government report.

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Date de parution : 2018-02-22
Ontario government lawyers being terrorized by ‘bully’ bosses, secret report reveals

Ontario’s Liberal government has kept secret an explosive report that paints some of its most senior bureaucrats — male and female — as bullies who have harassed and discriminated against hundreds of provincial lawyers and administrative assistants for years.  The workplace for 600 government lawyers and several hundred administrative staff at the Ministry of the Attorney General is described as a “toxic” cesspool where fear and retribution rule the day...

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Date de parution : 2018-02-21
Les juristes promettent de traîner Couillard et Moreau devant les tribunaux

Malgré leurs quatre mois de grève en plein hiver, les avocats et notaires de l'État (LANEQ) devront se contenter de la plus faible hausse salariale de toute la fonction publique. Incapables de s'entendre avec Québec, ils promettent de traîner Philippe Couillard et Pierre Moreau devant les tribunaux.

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Date de parution : 2017-07-13
Avocats et notaires de l'État québécois : Échec prévisible de la médiation obligatoire

Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) réagit au dévoilement du rapport résultant de la médiation tenue obligatoirement avec le gouvernement en vertu de la loi. Le rapport conclut à l'échec de la médiation. Selon LANEQ, ce résultat désolant était prévisible, dans la mesure où la loi adoptée par le gouvernement pour forcer le retour au travail de ses membres ne permettait pas de réelle négociation.

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Date de parution : 2017-07-13
A case of no respect?

Striking government lawyers in Quebec were forced back to work. Where does that leave them now? ....LANEQ is still hoping for positive outcomes to a legal challenge it launched against the government’s back-to-work law, as well as an action filed with Quebec’s labour relations board, accusing the government of bargaining in bad faith. One positive thing to come out of the strike, says Desroches-Lapointe, is the strong sense of solidarity that was forged among lawyers. 

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Date de parution : 2017-07-10

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Canadian Pension Expert Says Alward’s Shared Risk Plan is “Irrespons​ible”


Fredericton, November 20, 2013: A nationally recognized pension expert today defined the Alward government’s recently tabled Shared Risk Plan as “irresponsible.” Bernard Dussault, one of the original architect’s of the Canada Pension Plan Reform and currently actuary for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), was in Fredericton to speak at a joint media conference at the Delta Hotel attended by representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), and the Pension Coalition NB.


The news conference was an unprecedented show of solidarity against the government’s shared risk pension legislation. All three organizations described the pension reform process as flawed, non-transparent, non-consultative and clearly policy development on the fly.


Dussault described the proposed model as unfair and far too complex, without the standard actuarial projections that were requested to demonstrate the cost of the proposed plan as well as the short, medium and long-term financial effects of the proposal on the pension plan. “Such valuations are standard when any significant pension plan changes are being considered. However, we were told that they are ‘irrelevant”, a response I found, based on my experience and professional standards, irresponsible.”


Dussault added that before considering any benefit changes beyond the entitlement age, the most important change required by the pension plan is that it be based on a fair risk sharing.


Bonny Hoyt-Hallett, Chair of the Pension Coalition NB, indicated that the Minister had not responded to the Coalition’s request for specific clarifications prior to tabling the legislation. Hoyt-Hallet said that the Minister’s obscure and vague wording in media interviews as well as in his letter to pensioners, precipitated questions outlined in their recent letter.


Hoyt-Hallett said that after almost a year of studying the issue, many Coalition members have come to one conclusion: “The most important question is whether the proposed reform is truly about ensuring a sustainable pension plan for the future or about releasing the Province from its fiscal commitments to its employees in order for the Government’s books to look better for the upcoming election.”