News conference advisory - Out of work and in debt - Young mother on maternity leave speaks out as Service Canada bars anticipated return to her job

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Is it outright discrimination, or
managerial foolishness? That's the question Daisy Mulée wants the federal
government's largest bureaucracy to answer.
    The mother of three and her union, the Canada Employment and Immigration
Union, are fighting an arbitrary and nonsensical decision by Service Canada to
block her return to work following maternity leave. The managerial action
leaves Daisy without her job and owing some $8,000 in EI supplementary
    Daisy took a year's maternity leave from Service Canada in April of this
year. At that time, her current contract was to have expired this past
August 31. She had nonetheless received verbal assurance from management that
it was highly probable that her contract job would be available on her return.
    Based on this assurance, Daisy applied for and received roughly $8,000 in
EI supplementary benefits that are contingent on a return to work after
maternity leave.
    Then, on August 14, Daisy was told that her contract would not be renewed
and that she was now excluded from the 'pool' of those supposedly qualified
for the very position she had held for years. This bizarre move was made
despite the fact that, as recently as last month, her contract had been
extended to September 14.
    Efforts to resolve this matter internally have been rebuffed by Service
Canada. Now, feeling betrayed and left heavily in debt and out of a job for no
apparent good reason, Daisy is taking the courageous step of going public with
her personal situation.
    Daisy and Paul Soeiro, the CEIU's National Vice-President for Ontario,
will hold a 'sidewalk news conference' for comment to media at the following
time and place:

    DATE:          Wednesday, September 26

    TIME:          1 p.m.

    PLACE:         Service Canada Centre,
                   150, Bridgeland Avenue,

    SPOKESPEOPLE:  Daisy Mulée
                   Paul Soeiro, National Vice-President for Ontario
                   Alan Lennon, CEIU Regional Representative

    "The facts speak for themselves," says Soeiro. "Daisy fully qualified for
her position two years ago, and the fact that her contract was continually
extended over the past three-and-a-half years shows that her performance has
been more than adequate. As well, her contract was further extended as
recently as last month. How, then, can the same employer turn around a few
days later and deny Daisy her job?
    "Clearly, Daisy is being penalized for having exercised her legitimate
and legal right to take maternity leave."
    Daisy's plight has the full backing of her union's National President in
Ottawa. "If this wasn't such a blatantly unfair situation, one could laugh at
the irony," notes Jeannette Meunier-McKay. "Daisy's job was in Service
Canada's Compassionate Care Unit, when all she wants is for the government to
demonstrate a little compassion for one of its own loyal workers."

For further information:

For further information: Alan Lennon, Regional Representative, Canada
Employment and Immigration Union, (cellular) (416) 817-7659

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