What types of issues can the AJC seek to negotiate?
Under the PSLRA, some terms and conditions of employment are not negotiable. A collective agreement may not, directly or indirectly, alter or eliminate any existing term or condition of employment or establish any new term or condition of employment if
(a) doing so would require the enactment or amendment of any legislation by Parliament, except for the purpose of appropriating money required for the implementation of the term or condition; or
(b) the term or condition is one that has been or may be established under the Public Service Employment Act, the Public Service Superannuation Act or the Government Employees Compensation Act.
This means that, for example, a collective agreement may not cover pension issues, benefits payable on injury or death, the assignment of duties, and the classification of positions.
The AJC can and will be seeking to negotiate increases to the rates of pay, as well as improvements to working conditions and provisions for leaves of absence.