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May 9th, 2018
May 9th, 2018
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On this somber anniversary....

Today, as we mark the unhappy anniversary of four years without a collective agreement, the Negotiations Team wants to inform you that our counsel has recently written the arbitration panel to provide an update which includes the new salary grids for several of our provincial counterparts that went into effect on April 1.  We hope that this correspondence will serve as a prompt to remind the panel of our lengthy wait.  

As was explained in greater detail at the AGM, we ha...

May 7th, 2018
May 7th, 2018

Retroactive Leave Reconciliation Decision

It is finally in!  As we maintained throughout, the retroactive reconciliation exercise imposed on our membership by the employer for 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, violates section 5.02 of the collective agreement.

The adjudicator concluded that management's unilateral directive was unreasonable and unfair.  She also held that requiring timekeepers to reimburse the employer for leave discrepancies that could not be explained based on...

April 11th, 2018
April 11th, 2018
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LP Classification

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Have you been stuck in the same LP Classification for years while performing higher level LP work without getting "acting pay" on a frequent, daily and substantial basis (not temporarily)?

If you answered yes to the above, you may have a right to grieve your job content pursuant to the collective agreement with a view to getting reclassified into a higher level LP position. Alternatively, you may also consult the ICMS team to facilitate a discussion with your employer.

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April 9th, 2018
April 9th, 2018

Quebec Class Action

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On April 10, 2017, a Quebec City based law firm (Sarailis Avocat) applied to certify a class action against the Government of Canada in relation to Phoenix.  The action seeks compensation for the employees affected by the implementation of the Phoenix pay system starting in February 2016.

The law firm bringing this class action attempted to have all federal public servants certified as a class, but the Government objected under section 236  of the Federal Public Service La...

March 21st, 2018
March 21st, 2018
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Automatic cash-out of excess vacation and compensatory leave

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In consideration of the never-ending issues with the Phoenix system and the need to have your Trusted Source Liaison Unit (TSLU) focus on fixing the existing Phoenix pay problems of our members, the AJC agreed with the Employer's proposal that employee excess balances of vacation and compensatory leave not be automatically cashed-out, unless requested by the employee. The cash-out option is available to all, but you must specifically request it. Also note, that if you do not request a cash-out, ...
February 23rd, 2018
February 23rd, 2018
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Standby Duty: At last we have a deal!

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As you know, on November 3rd 2017 the SCC agreed with the AJC´s submission that management´s refusal to compensate our members on standby duty was unreasonable and unfair. (See previous communiques here and here.)

Since then, we have been working tirelessly to get a fair interim agreement in place that will compensate members for standby duty, past and present. We are happy to announce that we have now reached an agreement, which will be in effect from February 22, 2018 until the binding con...

January 11th, 2018
January 11th, 2018

Trop Payé Phénix: Problèmes au centre d'appel

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Chers membres de l'AJJ,
 
Comme vous le savez suite à notre communiqué de la semaine dernière, les memos internes du departement ainsi que les reportages des médias, si vous avez été payé en trop en 2017 en raison du système de paye Phénix, vous avez jusqu´au 19 janvier 2018 pour le signaler, afin d´éviter de devoir en rembourser le montant brut.

Nous avons été informé que le centre de contact avec la clientèle des services de paye reçoit actuellement un volume d'appel plus élevé que ...

January 11th, 2018
January 11th, 2018

Phoenix overpayment: Call Centre troubles

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Dear AJC members,

As you are aware from our communiqué last week, if the Phoenix pay system caused an overpayment for you in the 2017, you have until January 19, 2018 to report it in order to avoid having to pay back the gross amount.

We have been informed that the Pay Services Client Contact Centre is currently experiencing higher than normal call volumes. If you are trying to report an overpayment, you may submit a Phoenix Feedback Form in lieu of calling the Pay Centre to inform them o...

January 5th, 2018
January 5th, 2018
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Phoenix: 2017 overpayments

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If the Phoenix pay system caused an overpayment for you in the 2017, you have until the January 19th 2018 to report it in order to avoid having to pay back the gross amount.

Public Service and Procurement Canada, the department which oversees Phoenix, say employees whose overpayment issues are processed by the end of the month will only have to pay back the net difference between their salary and the system error - in effect, only the money they've actually received.

Be...

November 30th, 2017
November 30th, 2017

Latest Update on Standby Duty

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We want to give you a quick update on Standby Duty.  Treasury Board has sent us a draft proposal this week. We are currently reviewing the proposal and continue to negotiate with them for an interim resolution that respects the principles of the SCC ruling, pending the arbitral award.
Rest assured that the AJC is considering all of its options in the event the parties are unable to resolve the standby duty issue. We will keep you informed of any further developments.

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.

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