Online survey gauges time and money spent on re-testing facilities clerical workers
The HEU clerical
subcommittee has created an online survey to collect data on the amount of
resources used to re-test clerical workers, covered by the facilities collective
The Facilities Bargaining Association will present the data in
meetings with the Leadership Council (health authority CEOs and senior health ministry
officials) as a viable way to save money for health authorities in a time of
In recent years, HEU
clerical workers have expressed concern about the unnecessary testing they
endure when applying for jobs with equal qualifications or for lateral
positions that they are already filling. Several members also red-flagged
inconsistencies in re-testing across the province as well as within health
At the pre-bargaining clerical conference last fall,
province-wide participants made eliminating re-testing one of their main bargaining
As a result, the Provincial Bargaining Committee
successfully negotiated a provision in the 2010-2012 facilities contract to
ensure that typing/keyboarding test results will stay on file for 24 months.
Clerical workers – who make up 21 per cent of the union’s membership in more than
85 job classifications – will no longer be required to take a test when
applying for a position that requires the same or lesser keyboarding standard
than their current position.
Although this is a step forward, it doesn’t address the
other types of tests that are sometimes required, such as medical terminology
“We still have a long way to go,” says Carol Kenzie, P.E.
member and clerical subcommittee co-chair. “This survey is designed to measure
how much time and health care money are wasted on clerical re-testing.”
Please take a few minutes to complete this brief online survey by June 18, 2010.