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JUNE 2005

Kent MacDonald Item 11(a)

The committee last met April 18-20, 2005. The committee minutes were distributed
to Council and Locals during the Convention Committees.


The Agency announced it was moving ahead with ACS-SP classification standard.
Since the announcement we have not met with the employer. However, the
Agency is providing an update at the NUMC. Sister Cassidy and I are attending
a meeting with the Agency on June 10th, 2005.

Competencies (Observe and Attest)

The CRA has appointed a Competency Based Human Resources Management Advisory
Committee (CBHRMAC) to oversee the competency based staffing regime, amongst
other things.

The new focus of the CBHRMAC is the Agency’s new Observe and Attest
Initiative which is aimed at allowing managers and Team Leaders to observe
employees’ performance and attesting that employees either meet or do
not meet the threshold levels for Client Services Orientation (CSO), Effective
Interactive Communication (EIC) and Teamwork and Cooperation (T&C). The
Agency expects that most employees will be able to meet the levels required
for their jobs. For those employees found not to demonstrate the required levels,
the necessary support will be provided to assist them in their development.
Members of the MG Group will be required to meet the threshold levels for Conflict
Management, Team Leadership and Developing Others before they are trained and
authorized to Observe and Attest the aforementioned (CSO, EIR, T&C) competencies
for their employees. Those members of the MG Group who do not meet the threshold
levels and are therefore not authorized to Observe and Attest will be assisted
in their development.

Based on the information provided at our last meeting, training for managers
and Team Leaders will commence in the fall of 2006. The employer has invited
the union to attend the first pilot “Manager Training Session – Observe
and Attest” June 21-22,2005. I will be attending on behalf of UTE.

Specified Period Employees

As noted in the committee minutes, Brother O’Brien, Sister Bannon,
and I attended a meeting on April 19th to discuss the “Management Commitment
Concerning Term Employees”.(see April 18-20 committee minutes for details).
During the Convention Committees, I distributed to each RVP (to the Alternate
RVP Rocky Mountains) their regional breakdown of the number terms over three
years were in each of there offices as of Sept 2004 as per the “official
list of 1086” for the purpose of the Term Commitment. I asked each
RVP to speak with their locals to confirm the accuracy of the employers list.
To date, only Sister Gee, Sister Cassidy and Brother Stein have confirmed
the accuracy of their regional numbers. The employer has agreed to provide
an updated list every 90 days as to their progress on the Term Commitment.
As of April 19th, 90 term employees from the official list have been made
indeterminate or have been successful in a indeterminate selection process.

I would also like to thank, Sister Cassidy, Brother Bertrand, Brother Khayat,
Brother Aylward, Brother Stein, Sister Gee and Brother Dupuis for responding
to my request for information on the staffing levels in the Appeals Divisions
with their regions. This information was extremely helpful.

Respectfully submitted,

Kent MacDonald,

Chairperson of the Committee

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