Your time is precious. That’s why AMAPCEO has negotiated strong language in your Collective Agreement to put you in more control of your time. You may consider entering into an agreement with your Employer allowing you to use compressed work weeks, flexible hours, and telecommuting.
These alternative work arrangements can help you avoid commuting during peak times, spend more time with loved ones, tend to dependent care needs, or better balance your work/life commitments.
The ability to collectively negotiate the terms and conditions of your employment, including alternatives to traditional work arrangements, is an important advantage of being a unionized professional.
You and your supervisor can agree for you to work a compressed work week (CWW) schedule. In a CWW, you work additional time each day, which will accumulate to earn you a day off work on a regular cycle.
For example, with a three-week CWW schedule, you would:
work an extra 31 minutes each day for 14 working days; then
enjoy the 15th day off.
Or with a four-week CWW schedule, you would:
work an extra 23 minutes each day for 19 working days; then
1. Consider which alternative work arrangement(s) would work best for you.
2. Review Ontario Health policies, guidelines, and forms around AWAs before making your request. Where there is a conflict between the Employer policy and your Collective Agreement, your Collective Agreement takes precedence.
3. Write a draft of your request. Consider the Employer’s policies, the operational viability of your request for your work unit, and tailor your request to your supervisor accordingly. Try to anticipate and address any issues or objections you think your supervisor may have.
4. Submit your request to your supervisor in writing.
When considering your AWA request, your supervisor must consider your request and its operational viability in good faith.
You have the option of approaching your supervisor to informally try and resolve the issue. Explain how you believe your request is operationally viable. Try to address your supervisor’s objections. Be persistent. You may wish to ask for help from an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative with this.
If your request is still denied, request this denial and rationale in writing from your supervisor.
If you believe your supervisor’s denial is not reasonable, you have the option of working with a Workplace Representative to:
file a Stage One dispute (a grievance); and/or
ask the OHQ Union / Management Labour Relations Committee to discuss your denial.
Workplace Representatives are trained union members who have volunteered to confidentially assist members like you in the workplace. They should be your first point of contact in seeking information and representation with an issue at work.