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August 12th, 2019
August 12th, 2019
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AJC Ratifies a New Collective Agreement

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On Friday August 9, 2018, AJC members ratified a new collective agreement with their employer, putting an end to the bargaining process until 2022.

The union's negotiating team reached a tentative agreement with Treasury Board in July after multiple bargaining sessions in 2018 and 2019.

"It has been a long road, but our members finally have a current contract" said Ursula Hendel, President of the Association of Justice Counsel. "After several years of non-stop bargaining, t...

July 18th, 2019
July 18th, 2019
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Bargaining Update: Tentative Collective Agreement reached with the Employer

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Dear AJC members,

Your Negotiations Team is pleased to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with the Employer. The agreement in principle will see our members receive an 8.26% increase in pay over 4 years and includes an agreement to complete two (2) joint pay studies comparing LP salaries with 1) internal and 2) external comparators which may result in further additional pay increases made retroactive to May 2018.

Please consult the FAQ on the Tentative Collective Agreement. ...

July 12th, 2019
July 12th, 2019
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Phoenix Damages: AJC members will see their Leave Banks credited next week

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As your AJC President and co-chair the Subcommittee on Phoenix Damages, I am pleased to announce that leave banks for the first phase of the Phoenix Damages Settlement for LP's working at DOJ and PPSC should be credited next week.   We are told that AJC members will be the first public service employees to get the leave credited, on July 16th.

For most of you, this will mean 4 additional leave days in your bank.

The leave compensation breaks down as follows: 15 hours representi...

June 28th, 2019
June 28th, 2019
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Bargaining Update

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The AJC met with the Employer on June 25th and 26th in bargaining sessions.  After having our dates in May cancelled by the employer, the Negotiations Committee is pleased to report we made good progress in negotiations this week.  We have committed to additional dates next week, on July 4th and 5th.

We are currently under an embargo and thus cannot communicate any of the details of what has been agreed to so far by the parties at our table. Rest assured that we will keep...

June 21st, 2019
June 21st, 2019
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Qualifying Retroactive Lump Sum Payment forms

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Many members have received the T1198 Qualifying Retroactive Lump Sum Payment (QRLSP) form from PSPC relating to having payouts received as part of the conciliation award taxes as if they had been earned in prior years.

It is our understanding that the forms provided to our members were not signed and many of you have asked if they are incomplete. We have contacted CRA on your behalf and the staff have advised that they will accept the unsigned form as issued by the employer.

CRA staff ha...

June 12th, 2019
June 12th, 2019
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SENATE ACKNOWLEDGES UNDERFUNDING OF CANADA'S CROWN PROSECUTORS

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Last week, the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs presented its report on Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Touted as the Government's response to the SCC's Jordan ruling, you will recall that the AJC testified in September last year at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. When the Bill was referred to the Senate in April thi...

May 27th, 2019
May 27th, 2019
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THE AJC JOINS THE FIGHT TO STOP CUTS TO LEGAL AID ONTARIO

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The Government of Ontario announced in its April 2019 budget that Legal Aid Ontario would see a 30% cut in funding retroactive to April 1, 2019. This amounts to $133 million in the coming year and $164 million by 2021 and will hurt some of Ontario´s most vulnerable people while adding new costs and delays onto an already overburdened court system.

The AJC is lending its support to the Society of United Professionals in demanding that the Ford government reverse its cuts to Legal Aid Ontario (...

May 21st, 2019
May 21st, 2019
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Update on Retro Performance Pay

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You will recall that when the Collective Agreement retroactive pay implementation was being finalized, retroactive adjustments to Performance Pay paid in previous years were not done. (See our December 21st 2018 communique here). In our February Newsletter we also advised that we would continue to work with many of you who came forward to inform us that the Employer's claim that all retro pay had been paid was inaccurate and escalate the system issues that arose from the retroactive pay adjustme...
May 14th, 2019
May 14th, 2019
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2019 Performance Pay

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We have been advised that 20.6% of the PPSC population received "Exceeds" ratings and that the percentages will remain the same as last year for those already at the top of the range. This means 4.3% for "Meets" and 6.5% for "Exceeds".

All others not at the top of the scale simply move up the lockstep on their anniversary date. The percentage increases between lock-steps are 4.7%.

PPSC has indicated that they have fully completed this exercise by May 10th 20...

May 8th, 2019
May 8th, 2019
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JOINT STATEMENT: FEDERAL UNIONS APPROVE AGREEMENT ON PHOENIX DAMAGES

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Late last week, a subcommittee of federal public service unions and employer representatives reached a tentative agreement to provide damages to public service workers in light of the ongoing Phoenix payroll debacle. This tentative agreement was two years in the making. Today, the undersigned unions are pleased to announce they have signed on to this deal.

It's important to recognize that this agreement in no way absolves the employer of its obligations to pay out any outstanding monies owed ...

May 6th, 2019
May 6th, 2019
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Phoenix Damages

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Dear AJC members,

As mentioned in previous communications, I, as your AJC President, co-chair the Subcommittee on Phoenix Damages. I am pleased to announce that the parties have come to a tentative agreement.

The subcommittee has worked diligently over the last 2 years to find a fair and practical framework to redress a variety of harms experienced by hundreds of thousands of people. This very complex problem was made more difficult by the desire to find a solution that did not require u...

May 3rd, 2019
May 3rd, 2019
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The judicial review of the decision by the Binding Conciliation Board

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The judicial review of the decision by the Binding Conciliation Board we filed in October last year, proceeded yesterday morning. The proceedings were limited to the employer's motion challenging jurisdiction of the court. You can read the AJC factum here. Our capable counsel argued in front of the Honourable Mr. Justice Kershman, who reserved his decision.  As soon as we have a result we will provide an update.
April 3rd, 2019
April 3rd, 2019
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Bargaining Update

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The AJC met with the Employer on March 26th, 27th and 28th in bargaining sessions.

We can report that we are slowly making our way through all the proposals and beginning to get into more detailed discussion, creating some forward movement.  

The Employer has now responded with feedback on the draft statement work in regards to the Joint Pay Study proposal and we expect further written feedback in the coming days.

Our next bargaining session is tentatively scheduled for May...

March 21st, 2019
March 21st, 2019
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Another win for AJC Members: Settlement reached in the "Unable to Assess" lockstep policy grievance

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On March 23, 2016, the AJC filed a policy grievance on account of eligible LPs being deprived of their incremental lockstep increases on account of receiving an "Unable to Assess" rating.  The matter was scheduled for hearing in October 2018. This grievance was filed after the AJC had already been successful at adjudication in a decision dated September 28, 2015 confirming the AJC's interpretation that lockstep increases apply automatically except in cases where an LP receive...
February 11th, 2019
February 11th, 2019
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Bargaining Update

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Dear AJC members,

As you know, on February 8th 2019 the AJC met with the Employer for the second bargaining session.

We can report that we are slowly making our way through all the proposals.  

The Employer has begun to provide responses to our demands and explain some of their proposals.  We are hopeful to be able to complete that review at the next bargaining session on March 26th to 28th 2019 and to get into more detailed discussion which will accelerate the fo...

January 17th, 2019
January 17th, 2019
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The AJC supports the AFGE

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It has now been more than three weeks since the US government was shut down, locking out almost 400,000 federal workers and forcing another 400,000 deemed "essential" to show up to work without pay.

We have a special sympathy for the plight of American federal employees, as our members and the majority of Canadian federal employees understand all too well the often devastating consequences of working without pay since the disastrous Phoenix pay system was put in place here three yea...

December 21st, 2018
December 21st, 2018
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Update on Retro Pay

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In response to our November 19th update on pay errors and retro performance pay, PSPC has reported back to us on the progress made.  They have confirmed that all efforts are being made to process retro cases before the end of this month.

Please note that retirees or former employees should contact the Client Contact Centre for all matters relating to revisions. The Centre can answer questions specific to retroactive payments, and provide pay stubs either electronically or by mail. ...

December 19th, 2018
December 19th, 2018
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Bargaining Update

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As we indicated in our November 28th update, our first bargaining session with Treasury Board since the conciliation decision, was scheduled on December 17th and 18th.  On these days, we discussed some of the proposals, including having a conversation around hours of work and flexible scheduling, which are among the members' priorities identified through the bargaining input call process.

These are early days and our discussions consisted mostly of exchanging information although, ...

November 28th, 2018
November 28th, 2018

Bargaining Update

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As indicated in our Oct 18th update on bargaining, we met with Treasury Board on November 23rd to exchange proposals.  Although the proposals may raise questions in your minds, we have yet to discuss them with Treasury Board and we have no further information.  We will not speculate as to their contents but we will report back to you after we meet again on December 17th and 18th for bargaining.

AJC PROPOSALS

EMPLOYER PROPOSALS

As well, we are having an exchange wi...

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...

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