Getting help and taking action

If you believe your workplace is going to be downsized, relocated or privatized,

  • remain calm
  • don't make any rash or quick decisions, seriously consider all the opportunities
  • provided, but make sure you respond within the deadlines
  • actively seek alternate employment and seriously consider all job offers
  • make sure CFIA has all the necessary information to assist you
  • ensure you can be easily contacted
  • know and demand your rights
  • talk to your union
  • talk to your employer

Your union is an important resource and you have the right to representation by your union in this process (1.2.1). Joint union-management employment transition committees are essential bodies for monitoring the adjustment process. Get involved in the process and work with your union.

Your union can help you interpret the ETP as it pertains to your situation. If you have questions, contact your local steward or component office.

CFIA must establish systems to facilitate redeployment or retraining of affected employees,surplus employees and laid off persons. This includes being assigned an individual counsellor and provided with on-going advice to assist you in finding continuing employment in the Agency (1.1.29). This advice should include information about:

  • the employment transition situation and its effect on you,
  • the ETP and the meaning of its guarantees,
  • the Agency's Priority Administration System and how it works from your perspective,
  • your rights and obligations,
  • your current situation, including pay, benefits such as severance pay and
  • superannuation, classification, language rights, years of service,
  • alternatives that might be available to you under the ETP,
  • what happens if you refuse a reasonable job offer,
  • the likelihood that you will be successfully appointed,
  • the resources available,
  • preparation of a curriculum vitae or resume for interviews with prospective employers.

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September 18, 2013
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