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September 7th, 2012
September 7th, 2012

LAs must be Registered Members of the AJC to Vote on Tentative Agreement

The time has come to put the Tentative Agreement to a vote.  The AJC has posted extensive information and numerous questions and answers on its Web Site in recent months.  We have also held many information sessions across Canada in order to inform LAs and elicit discussion. We hope that you were able to gain a good understanding of the issues during the numerous exchanges.  It is now up to you to decide on the Agreement during a telephonic vote that will be held from September 22 to October 5, 2012.  We will be sending you further information on the voting process and procedure by e-mail and regular mail in the coming days.

AJC Governing Council members had initially decided to allow all LAs to take part in the ratification vote, even though the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA) does not require the AJC to do so.  There are only two (2) provisions in the PSLRA where a vote must go to the entire membership of the bargaining unit and this is in relation to:  1) a ratification vote where such vote has not been directed by the Minister, and 2) a strike vote.

Since then, it has become apparent that, in order for LAs who are not members of the AJC to vote, significant amendments would have to be made to the AJC's bylaws, as those bylaws only allow for AJC members to take part in a ratification vote.  Given the tremendous procedural challenges and the time needed to amend the bylaws, including the bylaw requiring a general meeting of the membership, the Governing Council has reconsidered its decision and will restrict the ratification vote to registered members only.  Accordingly, all LAs who are not members of the AJC and who would like to take part in the ratification vote will have to be registered with the AJC and be a Regular Member in Good Standing by September 21, 2012.

It is important to note that being employed as an LA with the Federal Government doesn't mean that you are automatically registered with the AJC.  You must also complete the AJC membership form and return it to the AJC Office.  If you want to vote and are not yet a member of the AJC, you must register with the AJC by September 21, 2012.  If you are unsure whether or not you are registered, please contact the AJC office.

We regret any confusion this situation may have caused.  Please know that we are making every effort to correct it and ensure that all LAs know how to participate in the ratification vote.

As certain documents that are critical for your participation in the ratification vote must be mailed to you, it is important that the AJC has your home address.  If you have any reason to believe that your home address with the AJC may be outdated, please send us your latest information as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding the Tentative Agreement, you can visit the Collective Bargaining page on the AJC Web Site or contact your local Governing Council Representative. You can also consult the following documents:

We look forward to your participation in this important ratification vote.

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