Friday, October 19, 2007


Oldtown News
Vancouver, BC

Dera Abusing Public Funds

Dear Readers,

As many of you know, I have been quite critical of DERA/APC and for very good reason.

The latest information I uncovered is this.

Hard fought worker rights that were granted in their public union contracts are being misused.

Case in point is the recent incarceration of a DERA building manager who was away from work because of being in the clinker and it hasn't been the first time either.

The General Manager of DERA, in a written statement which I posses claims the criminally charged and incarcerated employee was paid while in jail. This paid jail time was explained as vacation time.

DERA/APC employees receive 15 sick days a year plus 4 mental health days a year and 4 family leave care days a year. DERA employees are entitled to roll over their sick and mental health days every year at 75% of accrued time.

Moreover, these employees earn 4-12% gross daily vacation pay which is how the jailed employee with management in full agreement, was allowed to be paid while serving time in jail.

I just thought the public should be aware of how their hard earned tax dollars are being misused in a poverty stricken neighborhood.

Hard time vacation isn't it folks?

Jamie Lee Hamilton


At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie - what happened to your diet? Are you still on it?

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous stephanie smith said...

Staff are entitled to a set number of vacation days. I don't care if someone is at home on the couch, in Puerto Vallarta, or in lockup - it's none of my business and it's none of yours.

Are you proposing that collective agreements should stipulate that workers are required to engage in or refrain from engaging in specific activities when they take vacation time? Try flying that one and see what happens.

If a staff person were to be given paid vacation time in excess of the contracted amount there would be an issue about use of funds. Otherwise there's none.

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Jamie Lee Hamilton said...

Oh Ms Smith you are a hoot and a half.

The puublic doesn't want their hard earned dollars paying wages to someone while they are in the lock up. The lockup by way of their own choosing and criminal actions.

But then again Ms Smith you don't really care do you? After all you are another one of those workers who manipulates union contracts to your asdvantage.

For instance when you left DERA, you went to work for AIDS Vancouver where you have been on leave for nearly a year now.

Taking the leave, which the union contract allows you, hurts the organization and its consumers because they can't hire a permanent replacement because you have dibs on that job for up to a year.

Now that is a nice holiday isn't it? I don't think you would get away with that in the private sector would you?

Either work or doon't work. It is time though that an expose be done on those who work in the non-profit, charitable sector who are, I allege abusing the system.

This includes you and Mr. Muirhead.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Jamie Lee Hamilton said...

JG - Anonymous

Your comment has not been moderated through. If you want to attack me then do it without hiding behind your anonymous JG handle.

My email is in plain view with all my commentaries. If you have concerns about my life say them directly.

I don't hide behind my commentaries.


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