Work Force Adjustment Committee
The Executive Committee of the National Joint Council (NJC) is pleased to announce that it recently accepted the report of the Work Force Adjustment Committee pertaining to the cyclical review of the Work Force Adjustment Directive.
The Directive was developed in partnership by employer and bargaining agent representatives at the NJC. Its provisions form part of the collective agreements of the participating parties under the By-Laws of the National Joint Council.
The revised Directive applies to represented employees of the core public administration where the NJC Work Force Adjustment Directive is referenced in the collective agreements and for which the Treasury Board is the employer (departments and organizations listed in Schedules I and IV to Financial Administration Act, for which the Public Service Commission has the sole authority to appoint).
- Association of Canadian Financial Officers
- Association of Justice Counsel
- Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, CAW Local 54 54
- Canadian Association of Professional Employees
- Canadian Federal Pilots Association
- Canadian Merchant Service Guild
- Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association
- Coast Guard Marine Communications Officers CAW Local 2182
- Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 588-G
- Federal Government Dockyard Chargehands Association
- Federal Government Dockyards Trades and Labour Council (East)
- Federal Government Dockyards Trades and Labour Council (West)
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2228
- Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers
This Directive also applies to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and its bargaining agent.
The new Work Force Adjustment Directive is effective December 1, 2010.
The major changes to the provisions of the Work Force Adjustment Directive are as follows:
- addition of a definition for organization;
- clarification, in subsection 1.1.26, that Departments or organizations are responsible for providing feedback to surplus employees and laid-off persons when they are not offered a position for which they were referred;
- clarification, in subsection 6.2.7, that positions are considered equal, for the purposes of alternation, when the maximum rate of pay for the higher paid position is no more than 6 percent higher than the maximum rate of pay for the lower paid position;
- increase, in subsection 6.3.1(c), the Education allowance from $10,000 to $11,000;
- addition of the principle of consistency to the preamble of the Part VII;
- addition of a new requirement, in section 7.2, for the creation of a joint WFA-ADI committee, when ADI is announced;
- addition of a new provision on commercialization under subsection 7.2.2 of ADI; and
- addition, in subsection 7.9.3(b), that the severance provisions of the collective agreement will be extracted by mutual consent from the collective agreement of both parties.
Enquiries about this Directive should be referred to the respective bargaining agent, or the responsible officers in departmental headquarters.
Responsible officers in departmental headquarters may, in turn, direct questions regarding the application of this directive to the senior director, Union Engagement & NJC Support, Compensation and Labour Relations Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat.