Why are Work Force Adjustment Committees so important?

Article 1.1.3 of the WFAA states that, “The Agency shall establish work force adjustment committees, where appropriate, to manage work force adjustment situations within the Agency.”

Work Force Adjustment Committees are critical mechanisms that help us ensure that the employer is proactively meeting its obligations to workers who may be or will be work force adjusted.

Some departments, agencies and the PSAC Components who represent workers in those workplaces have interpreted this article to mean that in order to be as proactive as possible, joint standing WFA committees should be established at the highest levels of the union.

Other employers and components establish WFA committees as soon as they are aware of a possible WFA situation. When we are proactive, we can help the employer find less disruptive alternatives to work force adjustments.

WFA  committees  are  tasked  with  developing strategies for all potentially affected employees – not just those who could lose their jobs or be forced to decide whether or not to accept a different  job.

The goal of these strategies is to create opportunities  for:

•           Learning, training and development

•           Inter-organizational mobility and placement

•           Employability

WFA committees will:

  • Obtain information relevant to the WFA situation from all available sources.
  • Obtain information on employment opportunities.
  • Identify and examine examples of where employees in other workplaces have received training and successfully transitioned to new jobs. Highlight opportunities where workers could be re- trained and learn new skills.
  • Develop plans to assist employees to transfer to future workplace opportunities.
  • Develop policies and strategies to help ensure effective career transition.
  • Consult with the bargaining agent.
  • Ensure that plans and strategies are effective, equitable and applied consistently.
  • Identify how the WFAA will be applied if a WFA situation occurs.
  • Review and monitor the implementation of transition initiatives.
  • Ensure communication between national, regional and local WFA committees.
  • Ensure that workers are provided with information and counseling sessions related to transition issues, WFA issues and specific issues impacting surplus employees.

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September 16, 2013
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