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April 16th, 2014
April 16th, 2014
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Top Misconceptions about Negotiations: Things That Can and Cannot be Negotiated

Over the next few days, we will share a series of vignettes on some of the myths and misconceptions about what can and cannot be bargained.

Another round of negotiations with Treasury Board is now underway and you will recall that we issued a survey between December 2013 and January 2014 to know what your priorities were.

In very broad terms, compensation, job security and sick leave came out as your top priorities in the survey.

We also received many comments and input and we thank you for this. We've read those comments and much of this information will be very useful.

We did however notice that there were some misconceptions as to what is subject to collective bargaining and what is not. The confusion is generally understandable, especially when we all get mixed messages from reading media reports and when we see comparisons between the public and private sectors.

With this in mind, over the next few days, we will share a series of vignettes on some of the myths and misconceptions about what can and cannot be bargained.

Our first vignette is on pensions.
 
Did you know that:
* The Public Service Superannuation Act governs all aspects of the public service pension plan? Indeed, everything including eligibility, contribution rates and even death benefits are legislated and thus not subject to collective bargaining.  The sole power to amend or modify your pension plan rests with the government.  All bargaining agents can really do is to lobby on your behalf.

For more information on the matter, please refer to the AJC FAQs for Term Employees.   If after consulting our FAQs, you still have questions, do not hesitate to send your inquiry to admin@ajc-ajj.ca .

More vignettes will be published in the coming days. Please stay tuned.


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