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April 23, 2012

The Work Force Adjustment “WFA” has now hit the ground

Citizenship and Immigration Canada “CIC”

WFA Impact on Members at CIC

CIC is facing a 5.3% reduction from the Federal budget. CIC notified its employees on the cuts and gave letters on April 11.  19 offices will be closed and consolidated.

459 of CEIU members at CIC received a letter tell them either they were “affected” or “opting”. (109 in the West, 184 Ontario, 99 NCR, 39 Quebec, 28 Atlantic). As per an ADM, 283 of our members at CIC will be declared surplus.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada “HRSDC”

WFA Committee

Management and the unions have met twice. The Terms of Reference “ToR” of the National Labour-Management Committee on WFA have been established and monthly meetings are to be held. There will be Regional WFA Committees in the West, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic. The regions would take the National ToR as a model, but they would be able to make some modifications that fit their needs. The National Capital Region will be included by the National Committee. There is a meeting on decisions concerning the 2012 Budget on April 25.

WFA Impact on Members at HRSDC

The Federal budget shows that HRSDC will face a 3.8% reduction of its budget. However, the government has put additional initiatives that have an impact to this department. Senior management has to reassess the whole thing before coming with the final figures and their impact on the staff. Senior management told the unions that the information on the staff cuts will not be available before the end of April. They committed to meet with CEIU to give us more information ahead of time to help us prepare before the managers give the notification to the staff.

However, because of a modernization of its compensation and benefits, 114 of our members are now affected (10 in the West, 42 in Ontario, 33 in the NCR, 27 in Atlantic). HRSDC is consolidating all its compensation and benefits services in Winnipeg and Montréal.

Immigration and Refugee Board “IRB”

WFA Committee

Management and the unions have met twice. The Terms of Reference “ToR” of the National Labour-Management Committee on WFA have been established and monthly meetings are to be held. The IRB ToR is almost identical to the ToR from CIC. Management provided the unions with a WFA Guide to impacted employees who received their WFA letter. There is a WFA meeting either on May 16 or 22.

WFA Impact on Members at IRB

At the IRB, Bill C-31 The Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act “PCIS” has the biggest impact on CEIU members. Bill C-31 affects 87 Tribunal Officers in Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Also it touches 11 Clerks in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. The budget also affects 5 members in Ottawa. Members received their letter on April 11.

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