The Right to AMAPCEO Representation (PHO)
AMAPCEO 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.
Under Article 7 of your Collective Agreement, you have the right to have a Workplace Representative join you and represent you in meetings with your supervisor or an Employer representative regarding workplace issues identified below.
You can ask a Workplace Representative to accompany you at a meeting with your supervisor or an Employer representative if the meeting is for any of the following reasons:
- for disciplinary purposes;
- to investigate matters which may result in disciplinary action;
- for a formal counselling session regarding unsatisfactory performance or behaviour; or
- for termination of employment.
If the Employer requests a meeting about an issue that is not related to any of the reasons above, but you think it would be beneficial to have AMAPCEO representation with you, you can request that a Workplace Representative accompany you. While this is not an entitlement under the Collective Agreement, the Employer may agree to your request. If they do not agree, you may still speak with a Workplace Representative ahead of your meeting for their advice.
See below on how to ask for help from a Workplace Representative.
When your supervisor or another Employer representative notifies you of the need for a meeting, they must:
- suggest a time and a place for the meeting, which must be mutually agreeable to both you and the Employer;
- remind you of your right to have a Workplace Representative accompany you—the decision on whether to do this is yours to make; and
- give you up to three working days to find a Workplace Representative to help you.
You may have to contact several Workplace Representatives before you find one available to attend the meeting with you. If you are having difficulty finding one:
- please contact the AMAPCEO office for urgent assistance; and
- address this with your supervisor or the Employer representative to try to work out a later time when you will have union representation.
Your supervisor or the Employer representative may insist the matter is urgent and the meeting must occur as soon as possible. In this case, you may have to contact several Workplace Representatives to find one available on short notice. If you’re having trouble connecting with one, and are in urgent need of assistance, please contact the AMAPCEO office. You should also address this with your supervisor or the Employer representative to try to work out a later time when you will have union representation.
If you attend a meeting without a Workplace Representative, and the Employer asks you to sign a waiver of your right to representation, only sign it if you voluntarily attended without a Workplace Representative.
The dispute resolution process is an integral part of your Collective Agreement (Article 15) and an important advantage of being a unionized professional. This is the means through which you can get help addressing workplace issues or alleged breaches of your collective agreement rights or other terms and conditions of your employment.
If you experience an issue in the workplace, and arrange an informal meeting with your supervisor or an Employer representative about it, you should request to have a Workplace Representative to join you and represent you. While this is not an entitlement under your Collective Agreement, the Employer may agree to your request.
If your issue is not resolved at this informal stage, or if you wish to bypass it, you can file a Stage One dispute, at which point you will have the right to have a Workplace Representative join you and represent you. This must be done within 30 working days of you becoming aware of the issue. You will have AMAPCEO representation throughout the formal stages of the process.
Contact a Workplace Representative at Public Health Ontario to learn more about how to report a workplace issue.
Search for an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative at Public Health Ontario, and get in touch by email to see if they can help you with your matter.