Job Evaluation Appeals

An employee’s Statement of Duties (sometimes called a “job description”) and Job Evaluation should be an accurate reflection of the work they do. If an employee feels the current Job Evaluation for their position is not reflective of their current duties, that employee has a right to appeal this evaluation under the applicable section of their collective agreement.

You don’t need to provide a reason for appealing a Job Evaluation, but it is commonly done when a Statement of Duties is changed to reflect new duties, or if duties have been slowly added to a position over time. It is important to make sure your wages match your duties, and you are fairly compensated for the work you do.

If you are in one of the bargaining units below, your Union highly recommends that you request an appeal of your Job Evaluation if it has never been done before or hasn’t been done within the last two years.

How to appeal your Job Evaluation:

To start the appeal process, you need to submit a request for an appeal in writing to the President of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation. You can submit your request via email, using the template provided below:

The Union strongly suggests that you “Cc” the UNW Service Department at saa@unw.ca when you submit your request.

Along with your request for an appeal, you should also request (and are entitled to) a copy of your Job Description with its point rating and rationale.

We also recommend that all employees in similar positions file individual appeals, as the job description attached to your position number may be slightly different from other employees with the same position title. If the position is re-evaluated and assigned a higher pay grade, only individual employees who have requested an appeal will be covered for any retroactive payments.

What happens next?

You request will be forwarded to the Job Evaluation Appeal Committee (JEAC), which includes the Employer, a representative of the Union, and an independent Chairperson.

The employee, or group of employees if they wish to complete an evaluation together, will have the opportunity to meet with the JEAC and explain your reasoning for the appeal. The JEAC will determine the appropriate evaluation for the position any such decision is binding.

Once a position has been re-evaluated, it is possible that the point rating will go down instead of up. However, should your position be re-evaluated at a lower pay range, you will be “red circled” at your current pay range and the re-evaluation would only apply to new incumbents to that position.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the UNW Service Department at saa@unw.ca.

To start the appeal process, you need to submit a request for an appeal in writing to the CEO of the Hay River Health and Social Service Authority. You can submit your request via email, using the template provided below:

The Union strongly suggests that you “Cc” the UNW Service Department at saa@unw.ca when you submit your request.

Along with your request for an appeal, you should also request (and are entitled to) a copy of your Job Description with its point rating and rationale.

We also recommend that all employees in similar positions file individual appeals, as the job description attached to your position number may be slightly different from other employees with the same position title. If the position is re-evaluated and assigned a higher pay grade, only individual employees who have requested an appeal will be covered for any retroactive payments.

What happens next?

The CEO will refer the request to the Job Evaluation Committee which is comprised of representatives appointed by the Employer. You will have the opportunity to present your reason for the appeal before the Committee. The committee will then determine whether they believe the position has been appropriately evaluated or requires a re-evaluation.

The Committee will provide to you, in writing, the outcome of their decision. Following the decision of the Committee, you will be presented with 3 options:

  • you may withdraw your appeal;
  • you may accept the decision of the Committee; or
  • you may request that the appeal be referred to a Job Evaluation Appeal Board.

The Job Evaluation Appeal Board will have 2 representatives from the employer and 2 representatives from the Union. You will again be given the opportunity to present your reason for the appeal before the Appeal Board.

If a unanimous decision is made by the Appeal Board, it is binding on all parties.

If a unanimous decision cannot be reached, you have the option to have the appeal referred to a Job Evaluation Review Board. The Review Board will consist of 1 representative from the Employer, 1 representative from the Union, and an independent Chairperson. A decision by the Review Board may be made by a majority decision and is binding on all parties.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the UNW Service Department at saa@unw.ca.