Getting help and taking action

If you believe your workplace is going to be downsized, relocated or privatized and that you may be affected, you hould:

  • remain calm
  • don't make any rash or quick decisions
  • stay informed
  • ask questions about your situation and your options
  • seriously consider all the opportunities provided
  • make sure that you respond within the specified deadlines
  • make sure that both the union and Parks Canada have all the necessary information required to assist you
  • actively seek alternate employment and seriously consider all job offers
  • ensure you can be easily contacted
  • know and demand your rights
  • talk to your union
  • talk to the 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 work force adjustment 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 Work Force Adjustment Appendix (WFAA) as it pertains to your situation. If you have questions, contact you local steward or component office.

Parks Canada must establish systems to facilitate redeployment or retraining of affected employees, surplus employees and laid off persons. This includes assigning an individual counselor and providing on-going advice to assist you in finding continuing employment in the public service (1.1.29). This advice should include information about:

  • the WFAA and the meaning of its guarantees,
  • the work force adjustment situation and its effect on you,
  • 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 WFAA,
  • what happens if you refuse a reasonable job offer,
  • the likelihood that you will be successfully appointed,
  • the resources available, including preparation of a curriculum vitae or resume for an interview with prospective employers.

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September 18, 2013
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