RE: Agreement reached to review Joint Job Evaluation Plan

On November 1, 2017 I wrote a message highlighting CUPE’s concerns about the education factor of he Joint Job Evaluation Plan and shared that we were working on this issue at the bargaining table. It was the focus of the talks at the bargaining table at the Oct. 30 – November 3 session as we reported in the last bargaining update (Nov. 7).

On November 23, 2017 the Health Provider Unions – CUPE, SEIU- West and SGEU reached agreement with SAHO (Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations) on a Joint Job Evaluation Plan review. A Letter of Understanding was signed on the issue to provide a process for a review of the Joint Job Evaluation Plan.

The review of the plan will be the responsibility of a sub-committee of the Committee of the Parties (COPs). Each provider union, the employer and SAHO will have representation on this subcommittee. The review will begin no later than February 1, 2018 and will be concluded on or before a six-month period with the ability to extend the review period with the agreement of the parties.

Classifications have been identified that have been or may be affected by the education skill factor rating changes. It includes classifications reviewed from March 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018.

The Joint Job Evaluation Maintenance Committee (JJMEC) will continue their work. If the education factor was adjusted they will identify these classifications.

  • In classifications where the JJMEC has identified a change downward the current (old) pay band and rate shall be maintained by putting the decision on hold. Any market supplement or market adjustment will be maintained.
  • If the JJEMC identifies no change in the pay band it shall be maintained with market supplement or adjustment maintained.
  • If upward movement is identified by JJMEC it will be implemented including any market supplement or adjustment.
    If a factor other than the education factor causes the pay band and rate to go down, the decision of the JJEM shall be implemented. Once the subcommittee of the COPs has finished its review of the Joint Job Evaluation Plan and the plan changes have been applied to the classifications affected and the decision by the JJEMC on the pay band for the classification has been determined and communicated to COPs, the following will occur:
  • Where the JJEMC determines no change to the current (old) pay band, all incumbents and new hires in the classification will continue to be paid at that pay band and rate, including any market supplement or market adjustment.
  • Where the JJMEC determines the change from the current (old) pay band and rate to a new higher pay band and rate, all incumbent and new hires in the classification will be entitled to be paid at the new pay band and rate, including any market supplement or market adjustment.
  • Where the JJEMC determines a change from the current(old) pay band rate to a higher pay band and rate which is higher yet again from the previous Provincial Review new pay band, all incumbents and new hires in the classification will be entitled to be paid at that higher pay band and rate, including any market supplement or market adjustment.
  • • Where the JJEMC determines a change from the current (old) pay band and rate to a lower band and rated, all incumbents in the classification shall maintain their current (old pay band and rate, including any market supplement or market adjustment. The actual implementation of the lower pay band and rate will be delayed by three months from the initial implementation date of the JJEMC determination so that the parties may determine if a new or further market adjustment or market supplement, or another type of compensation adjustment, is required.

We were able to meet with and speak to many members concerned about this issue and we are happy to report on this agreement to review the plan. Please contact your regional office if you have any questions or concerns about the agreement to review the plan or would like to have a meeting of technologists in your area to follow up on any questions. Click here to read the Letter of Understanding Re: Joint Job Evaluation Plan Review.

We are bargaining in Saskatoon today and over the weekend. Your continued support of the bargaining committee is appreciated.

In Solidarity,

Sandra Seitz
President
CUPE Health Care Council