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June 20th, 2017
June 20th, 2017
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Conservatives' anti-union bills repealed

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Yesterday evening, Parliament passed C-4, a bill that repeals two private member´s bills passed under the Conservative government, restoring rules around certification and decertification of unions. This bill removes unreasonable reporting rules and will make it easier for workers in federally-regulated environments to unionize.

The Senate tried to amend the law to retain a requirement that unions be formed by secret ballot vote, but the government rejected the amendment, favouring the &#822...

June 12th, 2017
June 12th, 2017
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Policy Grievance filed against PPSC

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On May 30th 2017, the AJC filed a policy grievance against the employer and PPSC for not providing “Exceeds” ratings to 20% of the entire LP population within the PPSC.

PPSC only awarded 18.5% of the LPs within PPSC for 2016-2017 evaluation year received an “exceeds” rating (At DOJ, 20% of LPs received “Exceeds” ratings for 2016-2017 evaluation year).

Prior to filing this grievance, the AJC filed an identical policy grievance on June 2, 2014. That policy...

May 29th, 2017
May 29th, 2017
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Bargaining Update 16

A Chair has been chosen

Bargaining Update: A Chair has been chosen. Both parties agreed to Serge Brault to serve chair. We also have tentative dates for early July for mediation and early August for the hearing and will keep you posted on any developments and when dates are confirmed.
April 13th, 2017
April 13th, 2017
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Bargaining Update 15 - Binding Conciliation: The Nominees Are Chosen

As you know, on December 20th 2016, Treasury Board (TB) rejected our proposals on pay and on compensatory leave and made no counter proposals.  TB tabled no proposal to address the fact that federal government lawyers are paid significantly less than their provincial counterparts for doing the same work. At that time, the AJC negotiations team declared an impasse and bargaining ended. We then began preparing for "binding conciliation".

In light of the fact that Bill C-4, a...

March 28th, 2017
March 28th, 2017
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The AJC elevates issue of damages for all Federal employees in Pay Grievance

OTTAWA - The AJC filed a Policy Grievance with the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board in response to non-payment of Performance Pay for the 2015-16 year and non-payment of the lockstep pay increments that were due on May 10, 2016.  This Grievance was referred to adjudication and was to be heard on the morning of March 27th, 2017. However, the parties have agreed to adjourn the hearings in order to discuss the issue of damages on a without prejudice basis at the Union ...
January 18th, 2017
January 18th, 2017
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Federal Court of Appeal Overturns Refusal to Grant Federal Prosecutor Leave to Run for Elected Office

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The AJC is pleased with the unanimous decision of the Federal Court of Appeal in A.G. v. Emilie Taman, a former AJC member and federal prosecutor. The court held that the Public Service Commission's (Commission) refusal to grant Ms. Taman an unpaid leave of absence to run as a candidate in the 2015 federal election was unreasonable.
January 17th, 2017
January 17th, 2017
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Bargaining Agents decide to suspend the Mandamus Application

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The AJC, alongside the other bargaining agents, has decided to suspend the mandamus application until the extent of damages caused by the Phoenix Pay Crisis are more fully revealed. The federal bargaining agents and the government mutually agreed to an interim consent order
January 10th, 2017
January 10th, 2017
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Read the New FAQs on the Phoenix Pay System

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The AJC has published a new FAQ regarding the Phoenix Pay System. This new FAQ provides an overview of the majority of Phoenix Pay System related issues. The AJC will continue to update this FAQ as the need arises.
December 21st, 2016
December 21st, 2016
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Bargaining Update 14 - The AJC Has Declared an Impasse

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The AJC negotiations team met with Treasury Board negotiators on December 19 and 20. Some progress was made on technical changes and minor issues.

However, TB rejected our proposals on pay and on compensatory leave and made no counter proposals.  TB tabled no proposal to address the fact that federal government lawyers are paid significantly less than their provincial counterparts for doing the same work.

November 22nd, 2016
November 22nd, 2016
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Call Duty and Privacy Rights: AJC is Granted Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada

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On November 10 2016, the Association of Justice Counsel was granted leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal decision relating to call duty.  The Federal Court of Appeal determined that there was no infringement of lawyers' privacy rights when the Employer required them to be on call duty with employer-imposed restrictions on their personal activities while off duty and that the policy was not unreasonable.
November 15th, 2016
November 15th, 2016
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PPSC National Timekeeping Protocol Amended Following AJC Policy Grievance

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Timekeeping and hours of work have been a long-standing issue that continues to come up between AJC members and their managers.   While the AJC collective agreement clearly provides for a flexible workweek with an average of 37.5 hours per week over each four-week period
November 10th, 2016
November 10th, 2016
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Bargaining Update 13 - Collective Bargaining Resuscitated

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The AJC negotiations team met with Treasury Board negotiators on Wednesday in a resuscitated effort after the AJC protested Treasury Board's unilateral decision to cancel bargaining.

As you may be aware, TB has been working on a wage comparability study for 6 months and has wanted to wait until its completion.  While the negotiation team was confident that a properly conducted study would confirm our position, we do not see it as necessary.

October 27th, 2016
October 27th, 2016
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AJC supports Quebec Crown Counsel in their job action against their provincial employer

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The Association of Justice Counsel's President Ursula Hendel is on the picket line with Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ), which is currently on strike against the provincial government.
October 26th, 2016
October 26th, 2016
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Bargaining Update 12: Dates are sets and wage comparability study to be delivered by the end of October

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After a change in TB negotiators, who has promised that TB is serious about negotiating a collective agreement in good faith, the AJC will be returning to the negotiation table on November 8 to 10 2016.
October 6th, 2016
October 6th, 2016
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October 10th is World Mental Health Day

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October 10th is World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day is observed every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
September 16th, 2016
September 16th, 2016
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Update on the Status of the Phoenix Pay Systems

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The Treasury Board has announced that a claims office will open this week to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses public servants have incurred due to problems with the Phoenix pay system.
September 16th, 2016
September 16th, 2016
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AJC Members Do Important Work for All Canadians

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The Association of Justice Counsel proudly presents our tenth video in our "I am the AJC: series featuring our colleagues talking about the important work we do for Canadians.
September 2nd, 2016
September 2nd, 2016
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Bargaining Update 11: AJC requests change to ”binding conciliation” to TB.

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The AJC has formally requested a change to switch from conciliation/strike route to "binding conciliation" for the current round of collective bargaining.  

The concept of "binding conciliation" pursuant to s. 182 of the PSLRA is intended to provide a process that is substantively the same as arbitration under the old PSLRA.  This change provides a dispute resolution process for all matters of collective bargaining between the AJC and Treasury Board.

August 31st, 2016
August 31st, 2016
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What does justice means to you? Celebrate the AJC's 10th Anniversary and join the AJC photo challenge!

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To celebrate the AJC's 10th anniversary, we would like to invite you to share your favorite representation of justice.

Across Canada, justice is represented by various statues, locations, items, images and architecture. Justice is represented by the statue of Nellie McClung and the "Famous Five" in front of the Manitoba Legislator, to the architecture of the Supreme Court of Canada, to the Tower of Freedom Underground Railroad Monument in Windsor, to the Relocation Monuments in Nunavut or a ...

August 24th, 2016
August 24th, 2016
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Self-care is important part of mental health!

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Self-care in health refers to the activities individuals, families and communities undertake with the intention of enhancing health, preventing disease, limiting illness, and restoring health.

Self-awareness is one of the main pillars of self-care and included the ability to access your physical and mental health.

August 16th, 2016
August 16th, 2016
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TB Responds Positively to 2 Pay-Related Policy Grievances: Late Lump-Sum Performance Payouts and Late Lockstep Increases for LPs. But is it Enough?

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The AJC has received a decision from Treasury Board, the employer, admitting that it failed to comply with the collective agreement in respect to the payment of performance awards and lockstep increases by May 10th 2016.  The employer also committed to issuing an annual reminder to user departments and agencies regarding the steps to be taken to ensure compliance with the May 10 performance award pay out and increment dates.
August 11th, 2016
August 11th, 2016
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TB changes its tune in the odd saga of performance pay for lawyers who are promoted

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The AJC has filed a new policy grievance on the prorating of performance pay in relation to pre-promotion service for lawyers who receive promotions.  

In July 2016, the AJC learned for the first time that TB is not awarding performance pay for the pre-promotion period for the year in which lawyers are promoted.

August 4th, 2016
August 4th, 2016
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Update on the Status of the Phoenix pay systems

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On Thursday, July 28 2016, deputy public works minister Marie Lemay and senior government officials held a media technical briefing on the status of the Phoenix pay systems.
August 2nd, 2016
August 2nd, 2016
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Celebrate the AJC's 10th Anniversary and Earn a chance to win!

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All across Canada, justice is represented by various statues, locations, items, images and architecture.   The AJC invites you to participate in it's first-ever photo challenge to celebrate the AJC's 10th anniversary. Share your photo of your favorite depiction of representations of justice!
July 20th, 2016
July 20th, 2016
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Leave Reconciliation at DOJ Rears its Ugly Head

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Three years after reconciling "anomalies" between leave entered in iCase and Peoplesoft, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking to collect on "leave deficits" that could not be supported on account of inadequate or missing records.  Unfortunately, despite our request that DOJ postpone its recovery efforts until the PSLREB ruling is actually issued, DOJ has decided to move forward, knowing full well that these transactions may need to be reversed.

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