Bulletin 20/02

May 6, 2002


Executive Council
Alternate Regional Vice-Presidents
Local Presidents
Labour Relations Officers

Re: Management Group (MG) Job Content and Classification Grievances

As a result of the large volume of job content and classification grievances anticipated from employees occupying positions in the MG group, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) requested a meeting with the Union in order to attempt to streamline an approach to expedite the process and to reduce the number of grievances. As a result, the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) agreed to the following tentative Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CCRA. We anticipate that this MOU will be signed shortly and therefore, we ask your cooperation in following the procedure outlined below. Upon receipt of the signed MOU, it will be posted on the CCRA’s Infozone and will be distributed to all locals from our office.

The following procedures should be followed:

  1. A new window for the filing of job description and classification grievances will commence on October 1, 2002 and will end on November 5, 2002 , unless the parties to the MOU mutually agree to extend these dates.
  2. Employees occupying positions in the MG group will have until May 31, 2002 to submit to the undersigned any concerns with respect to the job content or classification of their positions. The address for routing is contained at the bottom.
  3. Upon receipt of these concerns, the UTE Staffing Committee will group the concerns by position and forward them to the CCRA’s Staff Relations and Compensation Directorate no later than June 21, 2002 , for referral to the appropriate functional authority.
  4. The CCRA will review the concerns advanced, after consultation with the Union , and render a decision with respect to the concerns.
  5. Should grievances be filed,
    1. UTE/PSAC and the CCRA will consult meaningfully on the grouping of the job content issues.
    2. Job content grievances for national jobs will be presented to the immediate supervisor or local officer in charge and will then be immediately transmitted to the final level of the grievance procedure.
    3. Job content grievances for regional and headquarters jobs will also be presented to the immediate supervisor or local officer in charge and will then be immediately transmitted to the appropriate work description authority (2nd or 3rd level of the grievance procedure).
    4. The outcome of the grievances processed will be communicated to all employees occupying the same work description, regardless of whether or not they had filed a grievance.

We ask for your cooperation in implementing these procedures immediately and providing a copy of this Bulletin to all of your members occupying positions in the MG group. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the undersigned.

In Solidarity,

D. Shane O’Brien
Labour Relations Officer