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May 29th, 2014
May 29th, 2014

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

Our sixth vignette is on health care benefits

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 sixth vignette is on health care benefits.

Did you know that...

* care benefits are negotiated at the National Joint Council (NJC) level?  There is a cyclical review conducted every three to five years that allows bargaining agents to send their proposed changes to the health care plan.  The Public Service Health Care Plan Directive is currently under review.  In an unprecedented decision last year, Minister Clement refused to endorse NJC recommendation and threatened the NJC with a legislated overhaul of the Directive should the proposal not be reviewed in light of the current government's stance on these issues.  A new proposal was sent recently to the Minister and we are currently awaiting a response.  For more information on the co-development process, please consult the NJC website by clicking here.

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

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