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CFIA–VM Job Content Grievance Update – March 2016

Pursuant to the February 2015 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CFIA and PIPSC, joint consultation committee meetings were held in May 2015. At these meetings, PIPSC and representative grievors provided CFIA with their concerns and supporting information related to the content of 15 generic work descriptions issued by CFIA in 2011. In November 2015, CFIA finally advised us that, following the consultation process, they determined it was necessary to revise one generic work description only, the VM–05 National Veterinary Program Manager.

As provided for in the February 2015 MOU, the next step in the process is the final level grievance hearings. In December 2015, PIPSC requested hearing dates from CFIA. At the end of January 2016, CFIA began providing dates for the hearings. PIPSC confirmed hearing dates for the grievances for March and early April 2016 but we ran into scheduling conflicts. PIPSC is now in the process of confirming final dates for all of the grievance hearings and anticipates that all grievances will be heard at the final level by the end of April 2016.

As of the date each grievance is heard, CFIA will have 30 working days to issue their final level grievance replies. For grievances that are rejected by CFIA at the final level and where PIPSC concludes that there is merit to proceed, the next step in the process will be referral to adjudication before the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB). You will soon receive a “Form 20” (Notice of Reference to Adjudication of an Individual Grievance) for completion, signature and return to PIPSC. Given the number of work descriptions grieved, PIPSC plans to refer all of the grievances for which Form 20s are received to the PSLREB to protect time lines.

Please note that PIPSC will undertake a thorough review and evaluation of all documentation and information on each grievance file following the final level hearing to determine whether a recommendation can be made to proceed with the grievance to adjudication. In cases where PIPSC recommends not proceeding with the grievance, the members tied to the work description in question will be provided with the reasons for the recommendation and an opportunity to appeal the recommendation not to proceed before the PSLREB. Information on that internal process will be provided to you if and when necessary.

Please fill out the Form 20 below and complete sections 1 to 8. Do not forget to sign the document.

Please return the “Form 20” by email to

If you require additional information or have any questions, please contact Émilie Gagné, Classification Officer, at

Publish Date: 27-SEP-2016 04:00 PM
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