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June 12th, 2014
June 12th, 2014
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AJC Awaiting Written Confirmation from DOJ that Billable Targets Will Not Be Used in Performance Management

The issue of billable targets has been the subject of many questions and follow-ups on the part of the AJC

In the last few weeks, the AJC received reports from members indicating that billable targets have been incorporated in some of their performance agreements.

Senior management at DOJ Headquarters recently informed the AJC, following several requests spanning over the last few months that billable targets are not to be used in the evaluation of performance of AJC members.  The AJC was further advised that billable targets are used primarily for budgetary purposes.  

At the most recent National Labour Management Consultation Committee (NLMCC) meeting held on May 20, 2014, DOJ senior management confirmed that an official letter from DOJ confirming the verbal explanation provided to the AJC would be issued in the upcoming days so that the AJC may share this information with its members first-hand.

We are still waiting for an official reply and continue to follow up with the Department.  

In the meantime, we offer the following advice to our members:

* Advise regional or local management that DOJ is planning to send an official letter to the AJC confirming that billable targets will not be used in the context of performance evaluations.
* Request that the requirement to sign the performance agreement documents be held in abeyance pending the release of such letter as promised by DOJ during our May 20 NLMCC meeting where William Pentney and Marie-Josée Thivierge were present.
* If you have already signed the performance agreement that contains billable targets, submit an email request that an amendment be made to your performance agreement accordingly.  
* If management continues to insist that our members sign, that they abide by the 'work now, grieve later' principles by complying with any direction/order they may be given.
* Members forced to sign a performance agreement containing billable targets may contact us directly so that we may take stock of how many performance agreements actually need to be modified, by sending an email including an incident form to admin@ajc-ajj.ca with DOJ Billable Targets as your subject line.  Labour Relations staff can then advise members individually regarding possible next steps.

Please be reminded that while you may have signed performance agreements, you are not being asked to agree with the objectives per se.  You are simply asked to sign as confirmation that the discussions with your manager surrounding your objectives have taken place.  

The issue of billable targets has been the subject of many questions and follow-ups on the part of the AJC over the last several months and we continue to press the department for an official response.  

As soon as we get an official letter from DOJ, it is our intention to share it.

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