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May 13th, 2014
May 13th, 2014

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

The AJC shares another vignette on what can and cannot be bargained

Another round of negotiations with Treasury Board is now under way 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 fourth vignette is in relation to promotions.

Did you know that...

* ...promotions are not subject to collective bargaining?  The Public Service Employment Act and the Financial Administration Act regulate the employer's right to manage its human resources through delegated authority.  Although the AJC actively advocates on behalf of its members and supports all career development programs that may be put in place by different departments, it cannot direct the employer to offer or increase promotional opportunities through the bargaining process.      

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

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