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Article 41
Notice of Transfer

41.01 Where practicable, advance notice of a change in posting or a transfer from an employee's headquarters area as defined by the Employer shall be given to an employee. Such notice shall not normally be less than two (2) months.

Article 42
Job Security

42.01 Subject to the willingness and capacity of individual employees to accept relocation and retraining, the Employer will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any reduction in the workforce will be accomplished through attrition.

Article 43
Technological Change

43.01 The parties have agreed that in cases where as a result of technological change the services of an employee are no longer required beyond a specified date because of lack of work or the discontinuance of a function, the National Joint Council Workforce Adjustment agreement concluded by the parties will apply. In all other cases the following clauses will apply.

43.02 In this Article "Technological Change" means:

(a) the introduction by the Employer of equipment or material of a different nature than that previously utilized;


(b) a change in the Employer's operation directly related to the introduction of that equipment or material.

43.03 Both parties recognize the overall advantages of technological change and will, therefore, encourage and promote technological change in the Employer's operations. Where technological change is to be implemented, the Employer will seek ways and means of minimizing adverse effects on employees which might result from such changes.

43.04 The Employer agrees to provide as much advance notice as is practicable but, except in cases of emergency, not less than one hundred and eighty (180) days written notice to the Association of the introduction or implementation of technological change when it will result in significant changes in the employment status or working conditions of the employees.

43.05 The written notice provided for in clause 43.04 will provide the following information:

(a) the nature and degree of change;

(b) the anticipated date or dates on which the Employer plans to effect change;

(c) the location or locations involved.

43.06 As soon as reasonably practicable after notice is given under clause 43.04, the Employer shall consult with the Association concerning the effects of the technological change referred to in clause 43.04 on each group of employees. Such consultation will include but not necessarily be limited to the following:

(a) The approximate number, class and location of employees likely to be affected by the change.

(b) The effect the change may be expected to have on working conditions or terms and conditions of employment on employees.

43.07 When, as a result of technological change, the Employer determines that an employee requires new skills or knowledge in order to perform the duties of the employee's substantive position, the Employer will make every reasonable effort to provide the necessary training during the employee's working hours and at no cost to the employee.

Article 44

44.01 The Employer agrees that original articles, professional and technical papers prepared by an employee, within the scope of his or her employment, will be retained on appropriate departmental files for the normal life of such files. The Employer, will not unreasonably withhold permission for the publication of original articles, or professional and technical papers in professional media. At the Employer's discretion, recognition of authorship will be given where practicable in departmental publications.

44.02 When an employee acts as a sole or joint author or editor of an original publication, the employee's authorship or editorship shall normally be shown on the title page of such publication.


(a) The Employer may suggest revisions to material and may withhold approval to publish such articles and papers to which clause 44.01 refers.

(b) When approval for publication is withheld, the author shall be so informed.

Where the Employer wishes to make changes in material submitted for publication with which the author does not agree, the author shall not be credited publicly if he or she so requests.

Article 45
Registration Fees

45.01 The Employer shall reimburse an employee for the employee's payment of membership or registration fees to an organization or governing body when the payment of such fees is a requirement for the continuation of the performance of the duties of the employee's position.

45.02 Membership dues referred to in Article 10, Check-off, of this collective agreement are specifically excluded as reimbursable fees under this Article.

Article 46
Employment References

46.01 On application by an employee, the Employer shall provide personal references to the prospective employer of such employee indicating length of service, principal duties and responsibilities and performance of such duties.

Article 47
Rights of Employees

47.01 Nothing in this agreement shall be construed as an abridgement or restriction of any employee's constitutional rights or of any right expressly conferred in an act of the Parliament of Canada.