Master Agreement Between the Government of the Province of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees

Letter of Understanding

Separation Payment for Restructuring

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 to Employees.
The Parties agree:
1. 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 employer.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Employees accepting the Separation Payment are required to sign an agreement in the attached form.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. This Letter of Understanding may be cancelled at any time with the mutual agreement of both Parties.
9. 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

   
ORIGINAL SIGNED ORIGINAL SIGNED
DALE SILVER
Public Service Commissioner
GUY SMITH
President, Alberta Union of
Provincial Employees

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Article Title

Preamble
1 Definitions
2 Terms of Employment
3 Master/Subsidiary Agreements
4 Application
5 Management Recognition
6 Union Recognition
7 Legislation and the Collective Agreement
8 Union Membership and Dues Check-Off
9 Employer-Union Relations
10 Employer-Employee Relations
11 Time Off for Union Business
12 Lay-Off and Recall
13 Attendance
14 Acting Incumbent
15 Position Abolishment
16 Hours of Work
17 Overtime
18 Shift Differential
18A Weekend Premium
19 Call Back Pay
20 Reporting Pay
21 Standby Pay
22 Northern Allowance Pay
23 Workers' Compensation Supplement
24 Forest Fire Operations, Flood Control and Pollution Control
25 Correctional Institution Salary Allowance
26 Subsistence, Travel and Moving Expenses
27 Probationary Employee and Period
28 Disciplinary Action
29 Grievance Procedure
30 Institutional Fire Prevention and Control
31 Casual Illness
32 General Illness
33 Proof of Illness
33A Long Term Disability (LTD)
34 Health Plan Benefits
35 Insurance
36 Paid Holidays
37 Annual Vacation Leave
38 Special Leave 
39 Military Leave
40 Adoption/Parental Leave
40A Maternity Leave
41 Court Leave
42 Employment Insurance Premium Reduction
43 Safety and Health
44 Parking
45 Rates of Pay
46 Leave Without Pay
47 Term and Effective Date
48 Printing of Agreements
49 Employee Benefits Committee
Supplement II - Institution Fire Prevention and Control Fire Fighters - Schedule of Remuneration
Supplement III - Modified or Flexible Hours of Work
Addendum I
Addendum II
Letter of Understanding - Terms of Reference Article 49 - Employee Benefits Committee
Letter of Understanding - Employment Standards Code, Scheme of Employment Covering the Master and Subsidiary Agreements
Letter of Understanding - Separation Payment for Restructuring
Schedule - Separation Payment
Standard Separation Payment for Restructuring Termination Agreement for Bargaining Unit Employees
Letter of Understanding - Separation for Temporary Employees and 2850 Hour Wage Employees
Standard Separation for Temporary and 2850 Hour Wage Bargaining Unit Employees Termination Agreement
Letter of Understanding - Payout of Annual Vacation
Letter of Understanding - 6 and 3 Work Schedules
Letter of Understanding - Health Spending Account
Letter of Understanding - Paid Up Life Insurance
Letter of Understanding - Legal Fees
 
Note: The following Letters of Understanding and Schedules do not form part of the Master Agreement but are included here for  information purposes only.
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