September 30, 2011
Joint learning program pilot project at Parks well underway
The joint learning program (JLP) pilot project for PSAC members at Parks Canada will be holding its first series of workshops in the next few months.
The JLP pilot project was negotiated as part of the most recent collective agreement between PSAC and the Parks Canada Agency. Its aim is to test at Parks Canada the JLP model that is set up for members at Treasury Board and focuses on the Union-Management (UMC) workshop developed by the PSAC-Treasury Board JLP.
Five facilitators – three from the union and two from the employer – have received the PSAC-Treasury Board JLP facilitator orientation and will be jointly delivering the UMC workshops. Eight workshops, adapted to the Parks Canada reality, will be delivered across the country to selected Union-Management Consultation Committees representing a good cross-section of the diversity of Parks Canada workplaces.
A PSAC-Parks Canada joint steering committee and a joint JLP working group, each made up of an equal number of management and union representatives, have been overseeing and implementing the pilot project. The PSAC representatives on the Steering Committee are Daniel Kinsella (Co-Chair, Union of National Employees), Christine Collins (UCTE) and Sarah Bélanger (PSAC). PSAC representatives on the Working Group are Sarah Bélanger (Co-Chair), Eddie Kennedy (Union of National Employees) and Jack Norris (UCTE).
Following the series of workshops, the working group will produce a report on the pilot project, identifying the requirements to move forward the JLP at Parks Canada. The report will also assist the PSAC bargaining team in its demand for a new JLP Memorandum of Understanding in the current round of collective bargaining.
Date Modified : 2011/09/30