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November 19th, 2018
November 19th, 2018
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New Pay Errors Revealed on Retro Performance Pay and Other Updates

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Thanks to the many reports we received from members about not receiving retroactive performance pay, we have just learned and confirmed that retroactive pay on performance pay was never processed, on account of a complete ignorance of how retroactive pay for our members is actually supposed to be processed.  The Pay Centre is now aware of the problem thanks to you!

This therefore means that despite recent reporting to the membership in our November 5 and November 9 communiques, the...

November 9th, 2018
November 9th, 2018
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Collective Agreement in effect and update on retro pay

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The Collective Agreement covering the period from May 9th 2014 to May 9th 2018 came into effect this week on November 7th 2018.

As we indicated in our communique earlier this week, the Employer will not meet its legal duty to issue the arbitral award retroactive payout before November 7 as ordered.
  
We can report that from the 770 cases that still needed to be processed at the beginning of the week, the Employer has indicated to us this morning that we now have 206 cases remai...

November 8th, 2018
November 8th, 2018
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Letter of Understanding on Standby and Call Back is signed!

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Dear AJC members,

You may recall that in February of this year, after our success in the Supreme Court of Canada , we reached an interim agreement with the Employer on Standby duty and Call back. That interim agreement was in place until the issuance of the binding conciliation award which in the end, only covered off the issue of standby pay effective November 7, 2018.  

In the interests of closing the gaps, we are pleased to advise that the AJC and the Employer have signed a ...

November 5th, 2018
November 5th, 2018
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Important information regarding the November 7th deadline for retro pay

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Dear AJC members,

On Friday, we were advised that the Employer will not meet its legal duty to issue the arbitral award retroactive payout before November 7 as ordered.  No explanation for the delay was offered.  As of the date of this communique, 770 cases still need to be processed and the current estimate is that these will be completed by mid-December.
  
What does this mean for those whose retro pay has not been paid?

Another policy grievance will be...

October 30th, 2018
October 30th, 2018
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The performance pay saga reaches a settlement

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A quick recap:  The issue is the prorating of performance pay in relation to pre-promotion period for the year in which lawyers are promoted. If a lawyer was eligible for performance pay and was promoted during the year, the Employer, rather than pay out a prorated performance pay for the period pre-promotion, paid out nothing at all regardless of your performance rating for the year. The AJC originally filed a grievance in 2011  and in response to that grievance, TB had conceded in th...
October 18th, 2018
October 18th, 2018
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Bargaining Update

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The AJC Negotiations Team (NT) has been very busy since filing our Notice to Bargain...Here's what you need to know:

· The input survey has now been completed and the results are being analyzed. Many thanks to the thirty percent of the membership that engaged in this most important exercise as it will form the basis of our proposals for the next round. We will be sharing more information with you about this very shortly. Should you have missed the opportunity to participate in the survey, you...

October 4th, 2018
October 4th, 2018
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Bargaining Input Survey

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Dear AJC members,

Please note that we have extended the deadline to respond to the Bargaining survey until Sunday, October 7th 2018 at midnight.

Thank you.

July 20th, 2018
July 20th, 2018
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AJC´s Grievances See Members Recredited Losses Caused by Leave Reconciliation Exercise

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As we indicated to members in May, the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (Board) concluded that management's unilateral directive on the leave reconciliation exercise was unreasonable and unfair.  The parties were invited to resolve the remedy on their own or to make submissions to the Board in the event they are unable to agree.
  
We are happy to announce that we have signed a MOU that you can read here.

Please note that the French MOU is an ...

July 10th, 2018
July 10th, 2018
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Arbitral award is finally in...

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DEAR AJC MEMBERS - after an excessively long wait we finally received the decision from the chair of our conciliation panel.
 
The decision was sent to us moments ago but, as promised, we are sharing it with you, immediately and in its entirety, before any analysis has been done.

We can however state unequivocally how disappointed we are with the decision.

You can read the Chair of the conciliation panel´s award here.

In the coming days, we will work on a considered analysis tha...

June 20th, 2018
June 20th, 2018

Mise à jour sur la négociation collective

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Toujours pas de décision et voilà maintenant près de huit mois depuis l'audience de conciliation où nous avons exposé nos enjeux...

La semaine dernière, la rumeur voulait qu'une décision allait être rendue incessamment.  Vous avez été plusieurs à nous signaler que les gestionnaires au ministère de la Justice laissaient courir pareille rumeur et qu'ils tenaient cette information de bonne source.

L'Association des juristes de justice trouve regrettable que cette rumeur ait généré ...

June 20th, 2018
June 20th, 2018

Bargaining Update

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As we near our eighth month, we are all acutely aware that we still do not have a decision on the issues raised during our conciliation hearing.

Last week a rumour was widely circulating in the workplace that the decision was being released.  Several of you reported that managers at the Department of Justice were circulating the rumour and many of you were led to believe it was on good authority.

The Association of Justice Counsel finds regrettable the amount of anxiety these ru...

June 5th, 2018
June 5th, 2018
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Tips and tricks for political participation

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The hallmarks of a healthy democracy is the right and ability of citizens to participate freely in the election process. As many provincial and municipal elections approach, we want to make sure AJC members know how they can participate in the political process.

The Courts have recently helped us clarify this issue in both the Taman v. Canada (Attorney general) and Mohr v. Treasury Board (Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions) cases the AJC fought and won.

Federal public service ...

May 9th, 2018
May 9th, 2018
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On this somber anniversary....

Today, as we mark the unhappy anniversary of four years without a collective agreement, the Negotiations Team wants to inform you that our counsel has recently written the arbitration panel to provide an update which includes the new salary grids for several of our provincial counterparts that went into effect on April 1.  We hope that this correspondence will serve as a prompt to remind the panel of our lengthy wait.  

As was explained in greater detail at the AGM, we ha...

May 7th, 2018
May 7th, 2018

Retroactive Leave Reconciliation Decision

It is finally in!  As we maintained throughout, the retroactive reconciliation exercise imposed on our membership by the employer for 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, violates section 5.02 of the collective agreement.

The adjudicator concluded that management's unilateral directive was unreasonable and unfair.  She also held that requiring timekeepers to reimburse the employer for leave discrepancies that could not be explained based on...

April 11th, 2018
April 11th, 2018
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LP Classification

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Have you been stuck in the same LP Classification for years while performing higher level LP work without getting "acting pay" on a frequent, daily and substantial basis (not temporarily)?

If you answered yes to the above, you may have a right to grieve your job content pursuant to the collective agreement with a view to getting reclassified into a higher level LP position. Alternatively, you may also consult the ICMS team to facilitate a discussion with your employer.

For more...

April 9th, 2018
April 9th, 2018

Quebec Class Action

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On April 10, 2017, a Quebec City based law firm (Sarailis Avocat) applied to certify a class action against the Government of Canada in relation to Phoenix.  The action seeks compensation for the employees affected by the implementation of the Phoenix pay system starting in February 2016.

The law firm bringing this class action attempted to have all federal public servants certified as a class, but the Government objected under section 236  of the Federal Public Service La...

March 21st, 2018
March 21st, 2018
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Automatic cash-out of excess vacation and compensatory leave

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In consideration of the never-ending issues with the Phoenix system and the need to have your Trusted Source Liaison Unit (TSLU) focus on fixing the existing Phoenix pay problems of our members, the AJC agreed with the Employer's proposal that employee excess balances of vacation and compensatory leave not be automatically cashed-out, unless requested by the employee. The cash-out option is available to all, but you must specifically request it. Also note, that if you do not request a cash-out, ...
February 23rd, 2018
February 23rd, 2018
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Standby Duty: At last we have a deal!

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As you know, on November 3rd 2017 the SCC agreed with the AJC´s submission that management´s refusal to compensate our members on standby duty was unreasonable and unfair. (See previous communiques here and here.)

Since then, we have been working tirelessly to get a fair interim agreement in place that will compensate members for standby duty, past and present. We are happy to announce that we have now reached an agreement, which will be in effect from February 22, 2018 until the binding con...

January 11th, 2018
January 11th, 2018

Trop Payé Phénix: Problèmes au centre d'appel

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Chers membres de l'AJJ,
 
Comme vous le savez suite à notre communiqué de la semaine dernière, les memos internes du departement ainsi que les reportages des médias, si vous avez été payé en trop en 2017 en raison du système de paye Phénix, vous avez jusqu´au 19 janvier 2018 pour le signaler, afin d´éviter de devoir en rembourser le montant brut.

Nous avons été informé que le centre de contact avec la clientèle des services de paye reçoit actuellement un volume d'appel plus élevé que ...

January 11th, 2018
January 11th, 2018

Phoenix overpayment: Call Centre troubles

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Dear AJC members,

As you are aware from our communiqué last week, if the Phoenix pay system caused an overpayment for you in the 2017, you have until January 19, 2018 to report it in order to avoid having to pay back the gross amount.

We have been informed that the Pay Services Client Contact Centre is currently experiencing higher than normal call volumes. If you are trying to report an overpayment, you may submit a Phoenix Feedback Form in lieu of calling the Pay Centre to inform them o...

January 5th, 2018
January 5th, 2018
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Phoenix: 2017 overpayments

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If the Phoenix pay system caused an overpayment for you in the 2017, you have until the January 19th 2018 to report it in order to avoid having to pay back the gross amount.

Public Service and Procurement Canada, the department which oversees Phoenix, say employees whose overpayment issues are processed by the end of the month will only have to pay back the net difference between their salary and the system error - in effect, only the money they've actually received.

Be...

November 30th, 2017
November 30th, 2017

Latest Update on Standby Duty

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We want to give you a quick update on Standby Duty.  Treasury Board has sent us a draft proposal this week. We are currently reviewing the proposal and continue to negotiate with them for an interim resolution that respects the principles of the SCC ruling, pending the arbitral award.
Rest assured that the AJC is considering all of its options in the event the parties are unable to resolve the standby duty issue. We will keep you informed of any further developments.

November 23rd, 2017
November 23rd, 2017
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Phoenix Update

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On behalf of our members and in close collaboration with the other bargaining agents, the AJC has used virtually every available mechanism to put pressure on the Government and we continue to urge elected officials to do everything in their power to expedite a fix and ensure public servants have adequate access to resources.

The government has acknowledged our concerns and insists there are steps in place to resolve them as outlined in our FAQ's . To date, the community of bargaining agents,...

November 14th, 2017
November 14th, 2017
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Update on Standby Duty

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We want to give you a quick update on Standby Duty.  We await Treasury Board's official response to the SCC ruling which concluded that standby duty without compensation is unfair and unreasonable.  We have informed TB that we expect an interim resolution that respects the principles of the SCC ruling before the end of this week.  
  
In the event the parties are unable to find a resolution before the end of this week, the AJC will be asking TB to provi...

November 6th, 2017
November 6th, 2017
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SCC decision on call duty - AJC: The little union that could!

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On Friday, the AJC scored a victory in the SCC for our members!  The full text of the decision can be found here.  
  
Essentially, the court concluded that the adjudicator's "assessment of the different interests at stake and ultimate balancing of them was reasonable".  In other words, management's unilateral imposition of standby duty on us in the face of the government negotiating standby duty provisions in other federal government agreemen...

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