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WorkForce Adjustment and the Alternation Option for Employees:

There are several options for employees affected by the WorkForce Adjustment Directive.  One of those options is Alternation which is a job trade arrangement that occurs when an opting employee who wishes to remain in the core public administration exchanges positions with a non-affected employee (the alternate) who wants to leave the Public Service.

Some conditions must first be met before a job trade can be considered, such as both employees must work at the same group and level. As well, difference in salary range can be no greater than 6%, and the Deputy Minister must approve alternations where the salary range difference is between 4% – 6%. Any job trade is also subject to a number of levels of approvals.

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Why You Should Give Thanks to the Labor Movement

The information below has been borrowed (and altered in some places) from an article by Donna Ballman , “Give Thanks To The Labor Movement”, Posted Oct 7th 2011 @ 8:35AM
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Ever wonder why you have a 5 day work week? You can thank the fights of the unions for the benefits you enjoy today as a worker.

There was a time during your grandparents’ lifetime that life was much harder. What we take for granted now was not so back then. A work day was long. Fourteen hours was quite common then and there were no breaks. If you had to use the restroom your pay was docked a nickel (an hours’ wages). Weeks were six work days with Sunday off.

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History of Unions in Canada

  • Labour unions have existed in Canada since the early 1800s. There is a record of skilled tradesmen in the Maritimes having a union organization during the War of 1812. Continue reading
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Treasury Board plans job-swap site for public servants to ease cuts

Taken from an article printed in the Ottawa Citizen on March 6th

The Ottawa Citizen printed an article on Treasury Board’s plans for an online ‘jobs marketplace’ to allow job swaps between public servants facing layoffs and those who aren’t as part of departments’ strategy to manage spending cuts in the March 29 federal budget.

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Life Coaching at 70713

Jakie Agnew Local 70713 Life Coach – Jackie Lee Agnew
www.jackieleeagnew.com

Life coaching services are an essential element of Local 70713’s pilot project focused on a holistic approach.

Although we offer union counseling, there are times when our members require a different kind of support and to meet those needs a life coach is brought in to help those members in need.

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Acting Assignments

Acting Assignments (affectation intérimaire) – means a situation where an employee is required to perform temporarily the duties of a higher classification level for at least the qualifying period specified in the collective agreement or the terms and conditions of employment applicable to the employee’s substantive level. (Definition from the Treasury Board Secretariat website)

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Anger Management is Essential for Career Success

Without doubt, one of the greatest impediments to career success is anger.  The source of the anger can be anything from lack of restraint or self-control to being overly sensitive/suspicious to lack of self-esteem.   Other factors may contribute as well but, regardless, anger must be controlled and managed or there will be consequences.  The following information is intended to be helpful but people who are inclined to reacting emotionally either in writing or verbally (especially at the workplace) should definitely consider anger contacting EAP or VICR in order to get professional advice and training.

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Grief

“Grief”, written by Barrie Davenport on January 3, 2012 in health, life coaching, self improvement
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The big losses, like death and divorce, serve up enough platefuls of grief to keep you reeling for months or years. But even less dramatic life events and changes can feel like profound loss and cause us plenty of pain and heartache.  These are some of them:

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Local spotlight: Taking care of the whole person


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