|Whereas the Alberta Government is
experiencing service-wide permanent staff position reductions, the Parties
are entering into a Letter of Understanding to provide a Separation Payment
|The Parties agree:
||During the term of this Letter of Understanding the
Separation Payment as outlined in the attached Schedule is available, as an
alternative to and if selected by an Employee whose position is abolished,
in lieu of the provisions of Article 15 of the Master terms of the
Collective Agreement entered into between the Parties. The Separation
Payment will not be available for Employees for whom the Employer has
arranged ongoing employment within the general service or with any other
||The Separation Payment will be available for permanent
Employees with at least one (1) year of continuous employment with the
Employer. Eligible Employees will be entitled to receive Separation Payment
at their regular rate of pay according to the attached Schedule.
||Where the Employee has made an election to accept the
Separation Payment, the election shall not be altered without the agreement
of the Employee and the Deputy Minister. Separation shall occur at a time
selected by the Deputy Minister. Employees shall make their election for
Separation Payment within fourteen (14) calendar days of the receipt of a
position abolishment notice.
||In addition to paragraphs 1 and 2, Employees who have not
received notice of position abolishment may request the Separation Payment.
Such offers may but will not necessarily result in an offer of the
Separation Payment by the employing department to that Employee. Offers are
subject to operational requirements as determined by the Deputy Minister of
the employing department, whose decision is final and cannot be challenged.
Employees who request the Separation Payment if approved by the employing
department under this paragraph are required to resign at a time acceptable
to the employing department.
||Employees accepting the Separation Payment are required to
sign an agreement in the attached form.
||This Letter, including the attached Schedule, does not form
part of the Collective Agreement and if concerns arise with respect to the
Separation Payment, they shall be addressed by representatives of the
Parties and not by way of the grievance procedure.
||This Letter of Understanding, including the attached
Schedule, shall be effective the date of signing and shall remain in effect
as provided in Article 47 of the Master terms.
||This Letter of Understanding may be cancelled at any time
with the mutual agreement of both Parties.
||The Parties will meet at the request of either party at any
time to consider issues related to position abolishments, which may occur
following the expiry of this Letter.
Dated this 17th day of May, 2011