Workforce Adjustment: Getting help and taking action

If you believe your workplace is going to be work force adjusted and that you may be affected you should:

  • 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 your department ororganization 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

Your union is an important resource and you have the right to representation by your union in this process (1.4.1). 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 WFAA as it pertains to your situation. If you have questions, contact you local steward or component office.

Departments must establish systems to facilitate redeployment or retraining of affected employees, surplus employees and laid off persons. This includes assigning an individual counselor and provided with on-going advice to assist you in finding continuing employment in the public service (1.1.35). This advice should include information about:

  • the WFAA and the meaning of its guarantees,
  • how the work force adjustment situation and its effect on you,
  • 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 the Human Resources Centres, preparation of a curriculum vitae or resume for an interview with prospective Employers
  • the PSC's Priority Administration System and how it works from your perspective,

Treasury Board has also provided some central resources, including their own question and answers.

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September 17, 2013
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