This update covers three processes: Phase II reassessment appeals; Addendum B Temporary Holding Positions, and Appendix A Phase I and II appeals.
Phase II Reassessment Appeals
Phase II reassessment appeals for AHS General Support Services classifications will be held June 27 for former Northern Lights and AADAC, and on July 23 and 24 for former Chinook and Palliser Regions.
These appeals are only for employees who were originally placed into the transition agreement, did not agree with their placement, requested reassessment within their 120-day period, and disagreed with the results.
Carol Drennan is handling the appeals for the former AADAC and Northern Lights Health Region. Carol can be contacted at 780-930-3405 (direct line), 1-800-232-7284 (press 1), or email@example.com.
Karla Downie is handling the appeals for the former Chinook and Palliser Health Regions. Karla can be contacted at 403-531-0830 (direct line), 1-800-232-7284 (press 7), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In preparing for the appeal hearing, AUPE will be reviewing the documentation that the employees provided when they submitted their appeal forms. We will also be communicating with the employees to discuss with them the reasons they disagreed with their result, what classification they feel they are better matched to, and why.
The appeal hearing itself will be heard by the AHS Director, Compensation, Job Evaluation & Workforce Analytics. The Employer will present their argument justifying the reassessment result, and the Union will provide arguments to support our position. For clarification purposes on points raised in the hearing, additional questions may be asked by the Director.
The Employer has advised that they will be sending out letters to all affected employees two to three (2-3) weeks prior to their hearing to advise of the date, time and location.
Based on the language of the Letter of Understanding #18 Transitional Provisions:
7 (a) v) “The decision from the Senior Lead, Job Evaluation shall be communicated to the Union within ten (10) working days of the appeal meeting or such longer period as agreed by the Parties. Such decision shall be final and binding on the Parties”.
Note: Since the writing of LOU #18, the Senior Lead, Job Evaluation’s title has changed to Director – Compensation, Job Evaluation and Workforce Analytics.
Addendum B Temporary Holding Positions
The employees on Addendum B Temporary Holding listing are receiving memos this week, addressed to each individual employee and sent to their managers for distribution, from Tony Bennett, Director of Compensation, Job Evaluation & Workforce Analytics. The majority of letters have gone out; the remaining forty or so will be sent out shortly.
Clerical positions should have decisions by July 24 and the remaining classification decisions by Sept. 30. Any resulting salary changes would follow shortly after receiving those decisions.
Appendix A Appeals
The job audits for these appeals are underway and will continue throughout the summer.
If the audits determine the positions were mapped incorrectly, the classification of the position will be changed immediately, rather than advising of any changes to the classifications once all Appendix A appeals are completed. There are 674 appeals for Appendix A Phase I (Calgary and ACB listing) and 130 appeals for Appendix A Phase II appeals (Multi Employer listing – some classifications overlap with Phase I classifications).
Job Evaluation advised that the ‘one of’ positions on Appendix A appeal listings have been audited. Presently, they are working on the communication documents, and working with Payroll on implementation dates for any with resulting salary changes.
The larger groups’ audits — Food Services, FM&E, Service Workers, etc. — are being scheduled with Managers and employees presently. For those classifications remaining in dispute, the Appendix A appeal hearings will be heard in September for Phase I and October for Phase II (target time line).
Check AHS’s INSITE at: http://insite.albertahealthservices.ca/1005.asp for updates as well.