Friday, March 17, 2006

Come on, people!

What are you thinking? Or are you thinking at all? I think I smell a Teddy nominee.

After the Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, the Liberal government, recognizing marriage leave was too narrowly defined, decided to remove it from new collective agreements and replace it with "special leave," a one-off, five-day vacation that could be taken at any point in a worker's career.

Special leave is open to all federal employees, whether they are married or not and even if they have previously taken marriage leave.

The new provision promises to cost much more than the old one. On average, 2,586 federal workers availed themselves of marriage leave annually over the past 13 years. It would take nearly 100 years for the government to spend as much on marriage leave as it has committed to spend on special leave.

The Conservative government stands by the arrangement negotiated by the
Liberals.

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