Work Force Adjustment

CAPE withdraws policy grievance concerning implementation of the alternation process
November 27, 2014
The grievance, the purpose of which was to ensure that these persons were afforded the opportunity to avail themselves of the measures set out in the Work Force Adjustment Directive, was therefore rendered void and consequently withdrawn by CAPE on November 6, 2014.

Grievance concerning the implementation of the alternation process
March 20, 2014
After obtaining several postponements, the employer now has until March 24, 2014, to submit its response to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) adjudicator in respect of the corrective action requested by CAPE.

The Alternation Process -CAPE’s Exchange Facilitation Service
June 14, 2013
To facilitate the alternation process, CAPE has established an exchange facilitation service. CAPE invites members who wish to voluntarily leave the public service and vacate a position that could be filled with an opting employee to communicate with the Association and have their names and contact information put on a list. The list will then be made available to opting members who communicate with the Association.

Update on the Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance
April 17, 2013
As had been agreed, the parties appeared before the Public Service Labour Relations Board once again on April 11. At the end of the hearing, the adjudicator asked CAPE and the Treasury Board to make written submissions according to the following time frame:

Years of Service Policy Grievance Resolved
April 16, 2013
When CAPE initiated this action, it was with the goal of establishing a consistent interpretation of the National Joint Council Workforce Adjustment Directive (NJC WFAD) applicable to CAPE EC and TR members, regarding the definition of “service”.

Employees who left the public service under the
WFAD may be entitled to Employment Insurance benefits
Treasury Board agrees with CAPE’s arguments

March 11, 2013
Treasury Board recently expressed agreement with the arguments put forward by CAPE and two other public service unions to the effect that federal employees who agree to leave the public service under the Work Force Adjustment Directive (WFAD) may be entitled to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

Public Service Labour Relations Board Agrees
that LoP Violated a Statutory Freeze when it
Adopted a New Work Force Adjustment Policy

March 8, 2013
CAPE had filed its initial complaint to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) on August 3, 2012, alleging that the Library of Parliament was in violation of section 39 of the Parliamentary Employee and Staff Relations Act (PESRA), when it introduced a new Workforce Adjustment Policy during a period of collective bargaining, thereby changing the terms and conditions of employment to its members – an act section 39 of the PESRA prohibits.

Update on the Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance
February 28, 2013
In our last update regarding this policy grievance CAPE advised its members that the hearing in this regard, scheduled for February 8 and been delayed to March 5.

Update on Two WFAD Policy Grievances
January 25, 2013
Update on Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance and Implementation of the Alternation Process Policy Grievance.

Alternation Process Policy Grievance Update
January 12, 2013
The PSAC and PIPSC hearing has been rescheduled from January 14, 15 and 16, and January 28 and 29, 2013, to January 15 and 16, and January 28 and 29, 2013. Please take note of this if you intend to be present at this hearing - the hearing will commence on Tuesday, not Monday.

Update on the Policy Grievance Regarding a Competitive Process at HRSDC
January 8, 2013
This grievance addresses the fact that the employer undertook a competitive process at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada that is in violation of the letter and spirit of provisions of the Work Force Adjustment Directive.

“Years of Service” Policy Grievance Update
December 12, 2012
When the “Years of Service” policy grievance was filed, CAPE was seeking a consistent interpretation of the Workforce Adjustment Directive (WFAD) based on the definition of “service”. In its initial interpretation, the employer had apparently lost sight of the fact that the wording of the Directive that applies to our members is not the same as the wording of the collective agreement language of PSAC and PIPSC when it comes to the calculation of years of service for calculating the entitlement to the Transition Support Measure (TSM).

Alternation Process Policy Grievance Update
December 11, 2012
previously reported, CAPE has referred this matter to adjudication. In early November, the Treasury Board requested that the CAPE, PSAC and PIPSC policy grievances be consolidated and adjudicated together by the Public Service Labour Relations Board (Board).

Policy Grievance Update:
“Years of Service” to include all service, whether continuous or discontinuous

November 15, 2012
On November 7, 2012, the Employer issued an addendum to its response issued September 26, 2012.

CAPE’s WFA Policy Grievances
November 6, 2012
Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance
This grievance addresses the fact that the employer undertook a competitive process at HRSDC that is in violation of the letter and spirit of provisions of the WFAD. The grievance was heard in August, and was denied.

National Joint Council: The impact of current changes is felt differently by the employer and unions
October 4, 2012
From September 19 to 21, public service bargaining agents and employers’ representatives met in Saskatoon for the National Joint Council (NJC) annual seminar. Under the theme “Working Together in Times of Change”, the seminar aimed at taking stock of the challenges and opportunities currently facing the public service and at strengthening the relationship between bargaining agents and the employer.

Alternation Communiqué from Treasury Board Secretariat to Department
September 18, 2012
Further to extensive consultations with CAPE, the PSAC and PIPSC Treasury Board Secretariat has issued a communiqué to departments on the matter of alternation. The document summarizes the related provisions in the WFAD and corresponding provisions in collective agreements.

CAPE Policy Grievances
An Update

September 6, 2012
All three policy grievances filed by CAPE in July and August of this year have now been referred to adjudication. We will keep you up to date on these matters as they evolve.

Policy Grievance Hearing Regarding Implementation of the
Alternation Process Postponed to August 17

August 16, 2012
The hearing originally scheduled for August 16 for the policy grievance regarding implementation of the Alternation process has been postponed to August 17.

Policy Grievance Regarding Implementation of the Alternation Process
August 13, 2012
Further to our message of July 31, this is to inform you that a hearing has been scheduled for August 16 for the policy grievance regarding implementation of the Alternation process.

Policy Grievances
An Update

July 31, 2012
CAPE made representations regarding the policy grievance dealing with the interpretation by Treasury Board regarding the calculation of years of service, on July 26.

Dates are known for two of the three policy grievances filed by CAPE on WFAD
July 17, 2012
CAPE has learned that its policy grievance filed on July 6 regarding the interpretation by Treasury Board of the notion of “years of service” will be heard on July 26 by a Treasury Board Secretariat’s (TBS) representative.

CAPE Has Filed a Third Policy Grievance Regarding Treasury Board’s Administration of the Workforce Adjustment Directive
July 9, 2012
After having filed two policy grievances at the end of June, CAPE has filed a third policy grievance on July 6, this time regarding the interpretation by Treasury Board of the notion of “years of service”.

New topic on the discussion platform: What are the impacts of the WFAD notices on your work environment?
June 26, 2012
The federal budget was tabled in the House of Commons on March 29, and the first letters to affected employees were issued in the days that followed. To date, 3,291 CAPE members have received notices to the effect that they are among those affected by the government’s cost-cutting measures.

CAPE Filed Two Policy Grievances Regarding Treasury Board’s Administration of the Workforce Adjustment Directive
June 25, 2012
CAPE Labour Relations Officers and Executive Director of Policy have been gathering evidence that is the foundation of two grievances that CAPE filed against the employer on June 22.

The media and federal public service employees
May 15, 2012
In addition to the rights and limitations of unionized employees participating in the Twitter or Facebook campaign, it is important for you to have information concerning the rights and limitations that apply to you if you are contacted by members of the traditional (print and electronic) media.

Why Alternation? - Entitlements to Consider
May 9, 2012
An alternation is a situation where an employee trades places with an employee who will be laid off in order to gain access to one of the three sets of special entitlements provided in theWork Force Adjustment Directive (WFAD).

Why Alternation? - Entitlements to Consider
May 7, 2012
An alternation is a situation where the employee who is declared surplus and has not been provided with a reasonable job offer, or “opting employee”, can change places with an employee who wishes to leave the public service.

Facebook, Twitter and Federal Public Service Employees
April 25, 2012
If you participate in the Professionals Serving Canadians Twitter and Facebook campaign, do so in the same professional manner that you carry out your responsibilities for the employer.
To know your rights, please read this memo and this: www.safetyeh.ca

Official Language Requirements in the Context of the Economic Action Plan 2012
April 24, 2012
The employer has amended the Public Service Commission’sGuidance Series – Official Languages in the Appointment Process to indicate that, where a surplus employee or a person entitled to a lay-off priority is appointed to a bilingual position, or when an employee is appointed or deployed to a bilingual position as a result of an alternation, their Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results that are over five years old will be deemed valid.

New Public Service Commission Regulations and Order in Support of the Provisions on Alternation of the National Joint Council Work Force Adjustment Directive
April 13, 2012
The Public Service Commission (PSC) recently made theAppointment or Deployment of Alternates Exclusion Approval Order and theAppointment or Deployment of Alternates Regulations.

Work Force Adjustment Teleconference Sessions
February 15, 2012
CAPE is organizing special call-in forums for our members in the regions, to give members outside of the National Capital Region an opportunity to ask CAPE Executive Director of Policy Claude Danik questions regarding work force adjustment.

Work Force Adjustment Information Sheets
Among CAPE’s information initiatives related to work force adjustment (WFA), the Association is producing information sheets for its representatives.

Provided by CAPE for the use of members and CAPE representatives, here is a document summarizing the Work Force Adjustment Directive and its application at Statistics Canada. The document was prepared by the President of the Statistics Canada local with the collaboration of the national office.

New Procedure for Referring Priority Persons
The Public Service Commission has posted a Letter to Heads of Human Resources regarding changes to the Public Service Commission (PSC)’s procedure for referring priority persons, as well as related updates to the Priority Information Management System (PIMS).

Work Force Adjustment – CAPE Prepares its Members
Following Public Works and Government Services’ (PWGSC) announcement of Monday, June 20 of anticipated position reductions within the department, spanning a three year period, CAPE has taken several steps towards assisting our affected members.

Work Force Adjustment: Questions and Answers
Adapted from a document prepared by the National Joint Council

Work Force Adjustment
The flowchart serves as an information guide only

Work Force Adjustment Directive

Alternations

The Continuation of Employment of Affected Employees
Positions are eliminated every day in the federal public service; they have been forever and for various reasons. Deciding on what work will be done and how it will be done is the employer’s prerogative. But public service bargaining agents have negotiated work force adjustment obligations on the employer directly or indirectly into collective agreements in order to guarantee to some extent that a decision to eliminate a position will not necessary translate into the elimination of an employee’s employment.