Wednesday, January 26, 2022
FEDS FOR FREEDOM
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
This notice is to inform the press and the public at large, that today the President, Secretary and Chief Human Resources Officer of the Treasury Board (the official employer of federal public servants) have been served with a Cease and Desist letter regarding the federal vaccination mandate for public servants.
Today, January 26th 2022, the lawyers for Feds For Freedom, a not-for-profit advocacy organization for public servants, served The Honorable Mona Fortier, Peter Wallace, Christine Donughue along with all Departmental Ministers of the Core Public Service Administration under the Treasury Board Secretariat. These documents put the individuals served on notice that the federal vaccine mandates are unjustifiable, unconstitutional and criminal in nature. Feds For Freedom maintains that bodily autonomy and informed consent, free of coercion, intimidation or bullying are fundamental rights that are inviolable. The consequences laid out by legal counsel include, but are not limited to:
As federal public servants, we have had our livelihoods stripped from us; we have endured unprecedented amounts stress and hardships. We have been harassed, ridiculed, mocked and had hatred and violence incited against us. This type of abusive behavior cannot and will not be tolerated; we expect and request an expeditious response.
Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Federal Public Service – Politique sur la vaccination contre la COVID-19 au sein de la fonction publique fédérale
This victim impact statement is to be written to convey the detailed accounts of how individuals are being victimized as a direct result of the Federal Public Service COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. The statement will be used to show how the policy, its implementation, and associated rhetoric/harassment has had on the mental and physical health of the victims (employees) of this policy and their families.
Statements will be compiled and sent to Mental Health Ombudsman’s, EOAP/EAP, and Occupational Health and Safety.
When writing your letter:
o Who you spoke to;
o When you spoke to them (date and time If you know it);
o Why you called and what was said.
In closing, write your detailed opinion outlining what you believe to be an appropriate resolution to this policy, and a brief summary of the effects it has had on your mental health to date.
Make sure to provide your;
We would like to ask for volunteers from this group, so that we can make a video compilation of members’ experiences to be used for public education. Whether your statement will be read by a member of our admin team or by yourself is completely your choice if you are willing to participate.
Cette déclaration de la victime doit être rédigée pour rendre compte en détails de la façon dont les personnes sont directement victimes de la politique de vaccination contre la COVID-19 à l’échelle de la fonction publique fédérale.
La déclaration sera utilisée pour démontrer comment la politique, sa mise en œuvre et les discours ou le harcèlement qui en découlent ont eu des incidences sur la santé mentale et physique des victimes (employés) de cette politique et de leurs familles.
Les déclarations seront compilées et envoyées à l’ombudsman de la santé mentale, aux responsables du PAEO/PAE et au personnel chargé de la santé et sécurité au travail.
Lors de la rédaction de votre lettre :
Enfin, fournissez votre opinion détaillée en décrivant ce qui, selon vous, constituerait une solution appropriée à cette politique, puis rédigez un bref résumé des effets de cette dernière sur votre santé mentale à ce jour.
N’oubliez pas les éléments ci-après :
Nous aimerions demander à quelques membres de ce groupe de se porter volontaires afin de contribuer à une compilation vidéo d’expériences de membres aux fins d’éducation du public. Si vous choisissez de participer, veuillez noter que votre déclaration peut être lue soit par notre équipe administrative, soit par vous-même.
DISCLAIMER: This is not legal advice or legal representation. This is a template or an example. The reader may edit or appropriate any or all of the arguments presented in this document to make them their own, applicable to their own situation, if they so choose, at their own discretion (the “user”). The outcome of using the arguments presented in this document is in no way guaranteed. The user assumes full responsibility for the use made of this document.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE IN ROCCO’S & BERGMAN’S LAWSUIT YOU CAN’T FILE A GRIEVANCE AND STAY ON THE LAWSUIT
1. Filing an individual grievance based on your situation you must read your collective agreement to find the timelines for your individual grievances. If it states 25 business days the deadline to file this specific individual grievance based on the unilateral changes to the terms and conditions of your employment is Friday November 12th, if your policy was announced October 6th.
2. Fill out INDIVIDUAL GRIEVANCE PRESENTATION (PSLRA s. 208)
Section 2: Must be filed out by union rep if they support you, if the union rep is not willing to support leave blank for individual grievance.
Section 3: Must be filed out by you or legal rep for individual grievance.
LINK FOR INDIVIDUAL GRIEVANCE BASED ON UNILATERAL CHANGES TO TERMS & CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT TEMPLATE – Paragraph 21 & 22 must me modified to your personal situation.
3. Fill out GRIEVANCE TRANSMITTAL FORM
Section 2: Must be filled out by you for individual grievance.
Section 3: Must be filed out by union rep if they support you, if the union rep is not willing to support leave blank for individual grievance.
4. Submit to your union rep and request that they support you with filing the grievance, if they do not reply do not wait, the deadline is still Nov 12th if your collective agreement states 25 days.
5. Submit to your level 1 supervisor if your not supported by your union.
Thursday, October 28th, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEDS FOR FREEDOM
RESPONSE TO: Riccardo Filippone, Executive Director of PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada):
On October 22, 2021 at 1:56 PM EDT, Riccardo wrote an internal email1 to warn PSAC staff of a peaceful protest that had been organized at PSAC National Headquarters in Ottawa for Monday, October 25th, 2021 by its own members; an email that included several defamatory and false claims.
This protest was organized as a result of PSAC’s lack of response to a group letter2 sent to the union’s president, Chris Aylward, on October 18th, 2021. In this letter, representatives of Feds For Freedom requested a meeting with the union to discuss what actions, if any, were being planned to help members with respect to the Treasury Board policy on vaccination, that was hastily enacted3 by the government on October 6, 2021.
Through the inaction taken since the mandates were announced, PSAC has sided with the employer and not with its own members who have expressed concerns with respect to a multitude of issues, including privacy and medical autonomy.
In his emailed warning to PSAC’s staff, Riccardo defamed Feds For Freedom, stating that the “…’information’ being circulated by this group is patently false.” He further stated that “…the group includes individuals who also espouse racist, sexist, anti-semitic and homophobic messages”. These accusations were not supported with proof. They are baseless, uninformed, and show that PSAC is fighting against its own members and spouting off rhetoric, instead of responding to the issues brought in a group letter2 sent and signed by more than 1000 of their own members.
Feds For Freedom is as diverse and multicultural as the public service itself, and does not support, condone, or have ever supported any type of such comments on any of its platforms. This sort of dishonesty and slander is dissappointing to see from our own union representatives. We are appalled at this blatant attempt to discredit thousands of due-paying members of the PSAC union – who hold valid and legitimate concerns about their privacy and rights arising from these policies – as some sort of alt-right, white nationalist movement.
There is absolutely no evidence of any of these claims and they are clearly defamatory. Feds For Freedom is a support group created by members, for members, of the federal public service that are having their livelihoods threatened by the government’s vaccination policy. Feds For Freedom offers peer support and information to these members, as in many cases they have not received such support or meaningful guidance from their own union.
Members of Feds For Freedom, representing thousands of public servants nation-wide, sat peacefully outside of PSAC’s National Headquarters at 233 Gilmour Street for 3 days, from October 25th – October 27th. During this time, PSAC did not allow card carrying members to step foot inside the union hall. Deliveries were re-routed, and when a member did manage to enter the premises, they were told “You are not allowed to be inside the building.” This was communicated to us even though there was staff inside that could have answered the concerns of their members or have delivered a message about our meeting request. Email and telephone follow-ups were met with no response. On the third day the union went so far as to block the tinted front doors, so we were not even allowed to see inside of our own union hall.
As of the time of this communication, Feds For Freedom has yet to receive a response from the union. We demand Riccardo Filippone retract his slanderous allegations and publicly issue an apology, as we continue to implore PSAC to reconsider its position and to grant the representatives of Feds For Freedom the meeting we have requested.
Contact@fedsforfreedom.ca For Comment.
Feds For Freedom, an advocacy group representing thousands of federally regulated employees, has sent a collective letter signed by over 1200 to the Public Service Alliance of Canada (“PSAC”) union national leadership, requesting an urgent discussion regarding the violation of both workplace and human rights created by the Government of Canada imposed vaccine mandate.
Unfortunately, PSAC has resolutely ignored said letter and has dismissed the request of its members to uphold their rights, leading down a path towards the dereliction of their duties of fair representation.
Feds For Freedom is announcing that we will NOT be ignored nor dismissed. We are steadfast in our certainty that ours is the legally, ethically and morally sound position. We are steadfast in our certainty that the employer has no legal or moral right to threaten or enforce these mandates. We are also steadfast in our certainty that we deserve a public advocate. If PSAC will not step up, we will stand for ourselves.
We are alerting PSAC now that we will give them one more opportunity to begin a dialogue, and this opportunity will be one they will find much more difficult to ignore than our letter. After this point, we will consider them to be in dereliction of their duties, and will consider ourselves to be free of any obligation to follow the union process in dealing with the employer.
Beginning October 25th, Feds For Freedom members will be representing their fellow brothers and sisters with peaceful sit-in action at the PSAC Union Headquarters, located at 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa, Ontario.
We hope that PSAC gives serious consideration to scheduling a meeting with us, and that PSAC’s leadership will consider the ramifications that a mass “opt-out” campaign might have. We await their response.
Feds For Freedom
Thursday, Oct 21st, 2021
FEDS FOR FREEDOM
STATEMENT ON FEDERAL EMPLOYEE VACCINE MANDATES AND UNION INACTION
Feds For Freedom, an advocacy group representing thousands of federally regulated employees, has extended an invitation to all major federal employee unions to enter urgent discussions with us. Letters of concern have been sent, signed by members of each respective union to union leaders. As an example, the letter sent to PSAC was signed by over 1,200 of our PSAC affiliated members, with more joining every day.
Feds for Freedom is absolutely opposed to vaccine mandates – no matter the details of the policy – in principle. We believe in freedom of expression, open discussion and debate, that medical decisions ought to be examined without censorship or bias so that an individual can achieve informed consent; we believe that as every individual’s body and situation is different, allowing for government interjection into medical decisions between an individual and their health care provider sets a dangerous precedent; and we believe the right to medical privacy – and to be free from discrimination on that basis – is essential. Not only to us as a labour force, but to society as a whole.
Let us be perfectly clear: We are pro-informed consent; we believe that science is a process that evolves. Science requires constant review and acceptance of new discoveries as they arise – and these discoveries must be explored, without censorship or silence of discourse, even if they challenge the current narrative; we are not “anti-vaxxers”, but a community of both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, seeking accuracy and truth in the collection and representation of data, so that everyone can make an accurate and informed decision for themselves; we are not opposed to vaccines in principle whatsoever, and most of us are fully vaccinated (aside from the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine); we are opposed to the loss of body autonomy and the dangers this sets as a precedent for both workers and the public at large, as well as the loss of decades of work and progress in the labour movement through the sitting government’s actions.
In addition to representing those who are concerned about these vaccines due to the lack of important long-term efficacy and safety data at this time (sources: 1,2,3,4); and due to the lack of open debate surrounding new discoveries, adverse events and methods surrounding data collection; we also represent those who have received the vaccine under duress, doing so only to be able to continue supporting their families and identity as a servant of the Canadian people.
The mandates will have ripple-effects and unforeseen consequences – we can be certain of this. One need only keep a watchful eye to our neighbouring countries around the world to see the discordance this causes in society.
Feds for Freedom is not anti-science. We are pro-science and pro-open discussion and debate. Science meaning, arrival at data, theories and conclusions via the application of the scientific method and further verified through a peer-review process which replicates and verifies or invalidates conclusions arrived at through the same methodology – especially where new data is discovered as time goes on.
We would argue that science is never settled as a rule. We would also argue that since the clinical trials on all the major available vaccines in Canada and the world are not still complete (sources: 5,6,7,8) science has not yet been given a chance to arrive at a conclusion with all the relevant data applied.
We are particularly dismayed by the major federal employee unions and their complete inaction on this front. This is effectively volunteering the consent of their members. We certainly hope that they will accept our invitation to talk, and to move together in solidarity on this action.
We must stand together. We must be made whole.
For more information on Feds for Freedom, we invite the press and public to visit our homepage at www.fedsforfreedom.ca
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