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Clarification regarding risks to job security provisions in the Civil Service tentative agreement

Attention: Civil Service members

During our telephone town halls, we have heard some confusion about what members understand is at risk regarding job security in the tentative agreement.

To be clear, your job security provisions as laid out in Article 37 of the collective agreement are not at risk whether this tentative agreement is accepted or rejected. This includes the process of placement/displacement when there are layoffs, seniority rights, as well as the recall procedure and severance pay. Article 37 remains intact, just the way it is.

However, the Bargaining Committee believes the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) #2 is at risk and this is a large reason for recommending this tentative agreement.

A few rounds of bargaining ago, we were able to negotiate extended job security provisions which are contained in MOA#2. If you are laid off by the employer, this extended job security provision ultimately requires them to offer you a job at 90% of the pay you currently receive somewhere in the province. It guarantees you an alternate job offer if you are laid off. Although rarely needed, this MOA has been an important provision for the membership. It is like an insurance policy that should be there when you need it. This provision is also good for the employer as it discourages employee turnover and encourages them to put in the extra effort to retain their trained and dedicated employees.

In conclusion, none of the regular job security provisions in Article 37 are at risk one way or another at this time.

The job security item at risk is  MOA #2, which we understand the Liberal government was ready to remove through legislation should your Bargaining Committee not recommend this offer.

We hope this clarifies the issue of job security.

4 Responses to Clarification regarding risks to job security provisions in the Civil Service tentative agreement

  1. Eric December 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    Tell that to the park staff and VIC staff. Also the further cuts to come to 3 more VIC’s, so we are hearing. Will park’s again follow?

  2. Sherry December 2, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    So now I am really confused. So lets say we lose MOA#2 but Article 37 remains. If we incur another layoff (in the case of the outsourcing to IBM in 2013), does than mean that Article 37 will still go into effect and staff will not be laid off? There must be a loophole, otherwise Government would want to also remove Article 37.

    • Deedee Slye December 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      Article 37 remains intact. Basically, MOA #2 assures members that if they are laid off they will have a reasonable offer of alternative employment somewhere in the province at 90% of the salary. I hope this is helpful.

  3. Lisa December 2, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    Voting out of fear of what these ‘Harper Liberals’ might do to the civil service ensures that we continue to be demoralized and played against the public we serve.

    Standing together, united, with one voice, sends a positive message.

    Let’s honour the workers who came before us, who fought hard for employee rights that include health and safety, a living wage, and protection from discrimination and harassment.

    Let’s honour each other and regain our pride.

    Stand with our teachers and vote NO.

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