EC Bargaining Update
July 02, 2015
Treasury Board falls short with their plans
During the last two days of bargaining, the hot-topics at the table were the short-term disability plan (STDP) and sick leave. Since its last proposal on these topics in December 2014 (because, to date, there have been three), the employer had been asking for a counterproposal. The EC Bargaining team was not responding because it fully expected yet another slightly improved proposal from the employer.
Solidarity with Greece against European austerity
July 02, 2015
Statement and rally to support Greek workers on July 4
Seven years after the 2008 international economic crisis, the Greek people are taking the international lead in saying ‘NO’ to the austerity measures being imposed by governments and international financial institutions around the world. These measures have effectively shifted the burden of responsibility for the recklessness of the bankers onto the shoulders of the public.
Grievance concerning billable hours for ECs at Justice Canada
June 30, 2015
At the end of May 2015, CAPE filed a grievance against the Department of Justice’s decision to impose quotas for billable hours on its employees in the EC group working as paralegals.
Constitutional Challenge to Bill C-59
June 29, 2015
Bill C-59 received royal assent, last week, and with it, all of its nefarious purposes became law. Overnight, Treasury Board received the power to unilaterally impose whatever sick leave and short-term disability plans it chooses, bypassing fair and free collective bargaining.