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FLNRORD Appeals Update - BCGEU


 

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and the BC Public Service Agency (PSA) continue to work as a Joint Technical Working Committee (JTWC) on the FLNRORD appeals.

The parties are continuing to work on appeals as indicated on the status charts below. Note:

 

  • At present, we anticipate that the COVID-19 situation will not interfere with our work, and are continuing to work on all FLNRORD appeals as a priority over other appeals. This should help to reduce the backlog of appeals.

  • Your retroactive pay, in the event of success, is protected through the previously agreed upon Memorandum of Agreement. There is further information regarding retro pay below.

  • If you have already had an appeal meeting with the JTWC, we are doing our best to work to finalize a decision as soon as possible, but we cannot anticipate when you will receive a final decision.

  • Many of you have expressed your frustration about the time taken to conclude appeals.

  • Many of you have also submitted a high volume of detailed information that you wish to be considered when deciding on your appeal.

  • The JTWC is ensuring we review all of the detailed information submitted for each appeal. This has contributed significantly to the amount of time being taken to ensure that correct decisions are reached.

  • The decisions are not subject to further appeal and the need to get them right outweighs the need to complete them quickly, given that retroactive pay rights are not at risk.

  • If we have not yet contacted you to arrange an appeal meeting or sent you a formal Request for Information, we will not, in all likelihood, be able to proceed with your appeal until late 2020 at the earliest, depending on the current situation with COVID-19.

 

If you have left or will be leaving the BC Public Service (including retiring), we need your personal contact information in order for retroactive pay to be actioned, should you be eligible at the conclusion of a committee decision. If we do not have your current contact information, the PSA cannot action retroactive pay or confirmation of the appeal outcome.  Please keep the BCGEU up to date with your personal (home) email and phone information at ClassificationAppeals@bcgeu.ca in order to share with the PSA for decision implementation.

  

As we have previously said, if you retire or move to another position before your appeal is heard:

 

  • Consider setting aside work examples that will demonstrate the highest level of complexity of your work. The best work examples will be narrative examples that are detailed, specific, practical and relevant to important aspects of your work under appeal.

  • If you think you will need to refer to examples involving actual emails, reports etc., consider sending these in advance to the JTWC for us to access during the appeal, although we will be asking for specific information once we begin work on your appeal.

 

Below is the current status of appeals.

 

Completed: Changes from the December 2019 bulletin are shown in bold.

 

Positions below marked * receive retro pay due to successful full reclassifications for the time incumbents were in the position and performing the full scope of work. Those marked with ** indicate time limited or temporary reclassifications.

 

Job Title

Original Classification

Billing Support Analyst

Clk 14**

Branch Coordinator

Clerk 9

Business Admin Officer

AO18

Certification Standards Officer

STO 21*

Chainsaw Specialist

STO 18*

Client Services Assistant/Representative

Clerk 9*

Coast Check Scaler

TEO 18

Ecosystem Biologist

BIO 24

Equipment and Machinery Mechanic

MACH OP 14*

Fire Camp Coordinator

MACH OP 13*

FWL Permit Administrator

Clerk 11

Geospatial Analyst

STO21**

Geospatial Technician

STO18*

Head, Dam Safety

STO 30*

NRO - Supervisor

STO 24*

Parks Permit Administrator

Clerk 11

Portfolio Administrator

AO 14

Program Assistant

Clerk 9

Provincial Chainsaw Coordinator

STO 21*

PWCC Services Administrator

AO 14

PWRC Supervisor

Clerk 14

Regional Appraisal Administrator

Clerk 14

Regional Tenures Analyst

AO 14**

Resource Technologist

STO 18

Revenue Supervisor

STO 24*

Senior Business Information Manager

AO 27

Stock Assessment Scientist

BIO 27

Strategic Resource Management Analyst

AO 18*

Team Lead Geomatics

STO 24*

Technical and Office Services Administrator

Clerk 9**

Wildfire Risk Coordinator

Clerk 11*

 

In Progress: The following have had appeal meetings, with decisions outstanding at various stages of completion. We have several appeals nearing completion, and the bold font below indicates jobs next in line for completion. Those marked as "finalizing" are closest to being finished:

 

BCTS Engineering Specialist

STO 24

Communications Assistant

CO 14

Communications Officer

CO 21

Dispatch Lead – finalizing

Clerk 11

Dispatch Supervisor – finalizing

Clerk 14

Dispatcher – further investigating

Clerk 9

Engineering Officer - Reg. Ops

STO 24

Engineering Specialist/Technician

STO 21

Engineering Specialist/Technician - BCTS

STO 21

Fire Crew Leader - Initial Unit Attack

STO 13

Fire Crew Member

FTR 7

Fire Crew Supervisor

STO 18

Operations Assistant

FTR 7

Regional Scaling & Billing Officer

AO 24

Resource Specialist – Revenue

STO 21

Revenue Technician - finalizing

STO 18

Safety & Staff Development

STO 21

Scaling & Waste Specialist

TEO 18

Scaling Officer Interior – finalizing

TEO 21

Sr. Engineering Specialist

STO 24

Wildfire Assistant

STO 18

Wildfire Corporate Services Admin.

AO 14

Wildfire Officer - finalizing

STO 24

Wildfire Services Clerk

Clerk 9

Wildfire Technician - finalizing

STO 21

 

On Hold: The following appeals are on hold where the Committee wishes to hold until related jobs are reviewed, or at the request of the appellant and supported by the committee. The JTWC will proceed with these appeals at the appropriate time, depending on the individual circumstances:

 

GIS Analyst FCBC

STO 21

Policy Analyst

AO 24

Regional Scaling Specialist, Coast

TEO 21

Senior Project Manager

STO 27

 

The following appeals are on hold pending further consultation between the parties and/or further investigation/consideration by the union. These will be dealt with only after all other appeal decisions have been made, and we have no further updates at this time.

 

Pricing and Tenures Administrator

Clerk 11

Resource & Contract Administrator

Clerk 11

Resource Info Technician

STO 15

Water Info Technician

STO 15

 

Outstanding Appeals: Appeal meetings are still to be set for the following:

 

Area Residual Waste & Export Specialist

STO 21

Assistant Water Manager

STO24

Authorization Technician

STO 18

BCTS Resource Technologist

STO 18

Contract Manager

Clerk 11

District Recreation Officer

STO 24

IMIS Administrator

Clerk 14

Land & Resource Coordinator

STO 24

Land & Resource Specialist

STO 27

Natural Resource Specialist 21

STO 21

Operation Technician

STO 21

Records Clerk

Clerk 9

Recreation Technician

STO18

Resource Assistant

STO15

Stewardship Technician

STO  18

Wildfire Records Clerk

Clerk 9

 

Withdrawn:   Five

 

Retroactive Pay Information


All retroactive pay relates back to the effective date of April 1, 2011 as per the Memorandum of Agreement between the parties, for all time that incumbents were occupying the position and performing the full scope of duties.

 

  • The PSA is processing each retroactive pay calculation in turn, on a case-by-case basis. Those who had earlier appeal decisions will receive their retro before those whose decisions have been more recent. It can take several weeks to complete the payroll calculations.

  • Once informed of their retroactive pay information, anyone with questions about their specific situation should first request a retro spreadsheet from payroll through MyHR. You will be provided with additional information as to who to contact if you require further assistance after you have reviewed your payroll spreadsheet.

  • Article 27.5 of the Collective Agreement applies to salary administration of retro pay (below). Retroactive pay calculations include all necessary pay adjustments while a member was occupying a reclassified position and performing the full scope of duties, including associated pension adjustments through the Public Service Pension Plan.

  • Every member's retroactive pay situation will be different depending on individual members' situations, including amount of overtime, time spent acting temporarily in other positions, time taken for leaves etc.

  • Other factors may also affect the overall amount of retro pay, such as when a member began in the position, and their step level.

  • If your retroactive pay amount is significant (over $3,000) you may wish to investigate the requirements under the Income Tax Act regarding “lump sum retroactive payments”. The Union doesn’t have sufficient expertise in tax law to competently advise you on this point aside from directing you to the material. Basic information can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/payroll/payroll-deductions-contributions/special-payments/qualifying-retroactive-lump-payments.html

 

Article 27.5 Rate of Pay on Reclassification or Promotion

(a)         When an employee is promoted or reclassified to a higher-paying position in the salary schedule, the employee will receive the rate for the position if a single salary, or, in the case of positions on a salary range, will receive the rate in the salary range which is the closest step to 8% above their previous rate, or the minimum of the new range, whichever is greater, but not more than the top of the new salary range.

(b)         If an employee is promoted or reclassified to a higher paying classification where the salary placement in the salary range is less than the salary they would have received if substituting in a classification between their current classification and the new position, then the salary placement will be equivalent to the higher rate. This shall only apply to classifications in the same classification series or the classification series to which the employee is reclassified or promoted. An employee shall not receive a salary greater than the maximum of the range of the classification to which the employee is promoted or reclassified. Future increments, if any, shall be to the next higher step in the range of the classification to which the employee has been promoted or reclassified.



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