GLP: Know Your Contract
Some issues are more critical that others when it comes to understanding your Collective Agreement and your rights under that Agreement.
We have collected — and are presenting here — information on these key issues, with a particular focus on navigating the processes involved in these issues.
Classification Review & Appeal
What avenues are available to government licensed professionals who feel that their job classification is inadequate for their responsibilities and job functions?
Article 33.02 of the GLP Master Agreement provides a means for pursuing classification complaints, and having them resolved by a third party if disputes cannot be sorted out with the employer. The classification appeal procedure set out in the master agreement is available to all GLPs — LSOs and others alike. What are the factors members need to consider before initiating a classification appeal?
Staffing Decision Review
The Public Service Act provides that in-service candidates who are unsuccessful in a public service competition may request a review of the staffing decision.
The prescribed procedure is set out in the Act and the Review of Staffing Decisions Regulation. PEA staff are available to advise and assist members with the review process.
Modified Work Schedules
Work schedules are a matter to be worked out between local management and the professionals employed in a work unit — not unilaterally by the employer.
What this means is that PEA members have an established right to make representations on their work schedules, to have management take them seriously, and to expect that the outcome will be determined mutually and consensually.
The Hayward Award
The PEA successfully grieved a decision by the Ministry of Forests and Range to designate Practices Foresters in BCTS as “field status” rather than “stationary status.” The full decision of Arbitrator Munroe is available here. Additionally, in April 2007, Arbitrator Munroe issued a supplementary award regarding the Hayter award. The full decision of the supplementary award is also available here.