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May 28th, 2014
May 28th, 2014

Together, Let's Keep the Momentum Going

A message from your new president, Len MacKay

I am both honoured and humbled to start this two-year mandate as your new AJC president.

I'm excited to take this two-year hiatus from PPSC in Halifax to be your president on a full-time basis. The AJC has done much to improve and stabilize the working conditions of federal lawyers in Canada.

There will be obstacles to overcome in these new and challenging times for unions in the public service. We will do all we can to continue our good work for our members, which also benefits the Canadian public in general. In our busy work lives, we tend to forget this: we do important and essential work for all Canadians!

With your help, with your engagement I hope to keep the momentum going in this a very important negotiating year. Seventeen of the 27 collective agreements that Treasury Board negotiates expire in 2014. The AJC had a first meeting with TB in February. We have scheduled meetings with TB at the end of May, in late July and in early October. Although negotiations are a delicate matter, we will try to communicate what we can to keep you up to date.

The AJC negotiation team is well-prepared and committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for you. As my predecessor Lisa Blais says: 'You deserve nothing less.'

Meanwhile, over on Parliament Hill, we have seen the introduction of many controversial pieces of legislation over the past few months. The AJC and other public service unions have been front and centre holding this government accountable. You will recall that last November, Lisa appeared before the House of Commons Finance Committee studying Bill C-4. This bill seriously undermines the bargaining rights of federal employees. The AJC also raised concerns over Bill C-520, the so-called partisanship bill which is now being studied by a Senate committee.

And so with negotiations ongoing and the many bills that have or might have an impact on AJC members, we are up to the challenge. The AJC is a financially sound organization with a clear direction.

I especially want to thank my predecessors, Lisa Blais, who led the AJC for the past two years and who will remain on the negotiation team, and Marco Mendicino, AJC president from 2009 to 2012. We wouldn't have come this far without their leadership. They helped put the AJC 'on the map'. Our profile is stronger. Our voice is louder. Thanks also to Patrick Jetté, the AJC's first president, and to all our federal lawyer colleagues who laid the foundations of the AJC.  

Finally, I'm honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the AJC. The challenges are demanding but we have the momentum and we can face them if we stand together.

Together, we are the AJC.

Thank you

Len MacKay, President of the AJC

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