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November 23rd, 2017
November 23rd, 2017
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Phoenix Update

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On behalf of our members and in close collaboration with the other bargaining agents, the AJC has used virtually every available mechanism to put pressure on the Government and we continue to urge elected officials to do everything in their power to expedite a fix and ensure public servants have adequate access to resources.

The government has acknowledged our concerns and insists there are steps in place to resolve them as outlined in our FAQ's . To date, the community of bargaining agents,...

November 14th, 2017
November 14th, 2017
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Update on Standby Duty

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We want to give you a quick update on Standby Duty.  We await Treasury Board's official response to the SCC ruling which concluded that standby duty without compensation is unfair and unreasonable.  We have informed TB that we expect an interim resolution that respects the principles of the SCC ruling before the end of this week.  
  
In the event the parties are unable to find a resolution before the end of this week, the AJC will be asking TB to provi...

November 6th, 2017
November 6th, 2017
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SCC decision on call duty - AJC: The little union that could!

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On Friday, the AJC scored a victory in the SCC for our members!  The full text of the decision can be found here.  
  
Essentially, the court concluded that the adjudicator's "assessment of the different interests at stake and ultimate balancing of them was reasonable".  In other words, management's unilateral imposition of standby duty on us in the face of the government negotiating standby duty provisions in other federal government agreemen...

October 27th, 2017
October 27th, 2017
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Bargaining Update 19: THE AJC HAS ITS “DAY IN COURT”

Final Binding Conciliation Hearing Concluded October 25th 2017

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At long last, our hearing took place on October 25th 2017 as scheduled before a panel of three “conciliators” who will make a binding decision that will be constitute our arbitral award.  We were pleased to see a few AJC members attend, to listen in on the proceedings.

For those of you who were not able to attend we are providing a link below to the documents that were relied on in the proceedings as well as a summary of the hearing.

The issues argued before the panel...

October 17th, 2017
October 17th, 2017
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Bargaining Update 18: First “Binding Conciliation” session October 16 completed as scheduled

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Our first “Binding Conciliation” session was completed yesterday. We are under an undertaking of confidentiality and thus cannot share any information at this point other than to say that it was a “med-arb” session involving the conciliation panel.

Our second session is scheduled to take place on October 25th 2017 and is expected to be a conventional arbitration hearing with both sides presenting arguments and asking the panel to make a binding ruling on the issues. S...

September 5th, 2017
September 5th, 2017
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Phoenix Rises Again

Summer may be coming to an end but the problems with Phoenix are far from over for many of our colleagues and members. We continue to hear from many of you on this issue and want to take this opportunity to inform you of the latest information we have from those responsible, and give you an update on what has been done by the AJC thus far.

On behalf of our members and in close collaboration with the other bargaining agents, the AJC has used virtually every available mechanism to put pressure...

July 20th, 2017
July 20th, 2017
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Bargaining Update 17: Unproductive Mediation

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Our mediation session with the conciliation panel was held last Wednesday and it was regrettably unproductive.

We did, however, manage to fix dates for arbitration.  They are October 16th and 25th.  We did seek earlier dates but these were the first dates that the members of the conciliation panel had available.

Our counsel have filed our conciliation brief as well as a market analysis for the competitiveness of our salaries which was conducted by a compensation exper...

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.

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