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April 30th, 2014
April 30th, 2014

Top Misconceptions about Negotiations: Things That Can and Cannot be Negotiated

The AJC shares its second vignette on 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.

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 Minister Clement keeps on comparing the public and private sectors whenever it's convenient for him to do so.

With this in mind, we are sharing a series of vignettes on some of the myths and misconceptions about what can and cannot be bargained.

Our second vignette is in relation to secondments and assignments/mobility.

Did you know that...
* ...secondments/assignments offer the opportunity of a temporary lateral movement within the core public administration?  This kind of mobility can provide a public service employee with training and career development opportunities in addition to promoting knowledge transfer between organizations.  Although generally encouraged by the employer, such resourcing options remain at the employer's discretion as set out in sections 7 and 11 of the Financial Administration Act.  Accordingly, these are not subject to collective bargaining.

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 .

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

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