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The facts about sick leave in the public service
April 8, 2014
CAPE recently published an information series on nine myths about sick leave in the public service. The full article has been well received, and we plan to distribute it to an even wider audience.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 9
March 28, 2014
This is the last of the nine myths of our series. Click on the following link to read all myths. You will be able to download a PDF documents with the nine myths which you could share with your colleagues and friends. Myth no. 9: The Conservative government would never try to mislead you.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 8
March 27, 2014
This is myth no. 8 of our series of 9 myths about paid sick leave in the federal public service. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. The reality of paid sick leave in the public service is not what the government has been saying. This is myth no. 8: The Conservative government knows how to manage.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 7
March 26, 2014
The government has made several statements, separately and combined in order to rationalize its plan to negotiate away paid sick leave provisions from public service collective agreements. Let’s look at the reality of paid sick leave in the public service. This is myth no. 7: Public Service unions refuse to negotiate for a better system.

Agreement on Changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan
March 26, 2014
CAPE and all Bargaining Agents members of the National Joint Council have come to a tentative agreement with the government's representatives at the Partners Committee on changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). This unanimous agreement was also endorsed by the pensioners' representatives on the Committee and was accepted by the President of the Treasury Board.

Performance Assessment: Be Prepared!
March 25, 2014
Treasury Board has announced that it will be adopting a performance assessment process for all employees. Inherent in this process will be the concept of shared responsibility between management and employees. In order to help you prepare for your performance assessment and give you more control over the various aspects under your responsibility, CAPE has the following suggestions for you.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 6
March 24, 2014
This is myth no. 6 of our series of 9 myths about paid sick leave in the federal public service. The reality of paid sick leave in the public service is not what the government has been saying. Myth no. 6: The current system does not protect PS employees.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 5
March 21, 2014
The government has made several statements, separately and combined in order to rationalize its plan to negotiate away paid sick leave provisions from public service collective agreements. What is the reality of paid sick leave in the public service? This is myth no. 5: Public service employees take more sick leave than employees in the private sector.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 4
March 19, 2014
This is myth no. 4 of our series of 9 myths about paid sick leave in the federal public service. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. The reality of paid sick leave in the public service is not what the government has been saying. Myth no. 4: The government has no control over sick leave.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 3
March 17, 2014
The government has made several statements, separately and combined in order to rationalize its plan to negotiate away paid sick leave provisions from public service collective agreements. What is the reality of paid sick leave in the public service? This is myth no. 3: It is easy to determine the fiscal liability created by sick leave.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 2
March 14, 2014
The government has made several statements, separately and combined in order to rationalize its plan to negotiate away paid sick leave provisions from public service collective agreements. Let’s look at the reality of paid sick leave in the public service. We will be publishing one myth and its reality check every two days. This is myth no. 2: Taxpayers pay for every single day a public service employee is away from work for reasons of illness or injury.

Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave – Myth 1
March 12, 2014
The Conservative government has begun its public information campaign to garner support for a plan to negotiate away paid sick leave provisions from public service collective agreements. The government has made several statements, separately and combined in order to rationalize its plan. The following is a closer look at the reality of paid sick leave in the public service set against what the government has been and will continue to say about paid sick leave. We will be publishing one myth and its reality check every two days. Let’s start with myth no. 1: Sick leave costs the government and Canadian taxpayers close to one billion per year.

Presidents' Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
5:30 p.m.
CAPE National Office
Boardroom: 1967
100 Queen Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario


Call for volunteers for CAPE Elections and Resolutions Committee
February 25, 2014
If you would like to assume an active role in CAPE’s operations, you are invited to join the Elections and Resolutions Committee. Members of CAPE who are interested have until March 14 to submit their name. Please read the following notice for more details. You will find it a rewarding and enlightening experience.

Petition to keep Public Service Health Care Plan contributions unchanged
February 20, 2014
In its most recent budget, the federal government announced a deficit reduction measure that would see it dip into the pockets of present and future retired public servants. By taking hundreds of dollars annually away from individual retirees – an amount equivalent to 1% of their retirement income, on average – the government will be breaching the moral contract it has with its employees.

Press Release
Budget Fails to Address Economic Inequalities and Takes Money Away From Retired Federal Employees

February 11, 2014
Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) President Claude Poirier was critical of the federal budget that was unveiled in the House of Commons, labelling it a disappointment to Canadians who had hoped for a strong signal that the government intended to address the economic inequalities affecting Canadians. “This budget was the ideal opportunity for the government to show that it could be sensitive to the needs of ordinary Canadians, who want better jobs, a more equitable distribution of wealth in this country and measures to combat economic inequalities, as well as some improvement in the services that the government provides. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” stated the CAPE President.

Petition to expand the Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan
January 17, 2014
Join thousands of Canadians who are telling their Members of Parliament to increase pension benefits under the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans, and implement a fully funded plan to phase in such an increase without delay. Visit the Canadian Labour Congress website and sign the petition.

Budget Consultation Survey
January 15, 2014
On January 13 CAPE issued a Budget Consultation Survey to all members. Unfortunately technical issues prevented members from completing the survey, and when accessing the survey members were sent directly to the closing page of the survey.

Canadians’ support for unions remains solid
January 14, 2014
Despite the present government’s resolutely anti-union rhetoric and its attempts to narrow the scope of union activities to only bargaining and representation, Canadians believe that unions play a positive role in Canadian society.

CAPE SUPPORTS THE WORKERS OF CANADA POST
January 13, 2014
Shortly before Christmas the government of Canada announced its intention of stopping door to door delivery of mail and of sharply increasing the price of stamps. Thousands of jobs are at stake and services to Canadians will once again be reduced.

Training Schedule – March 2014
January 9, 2014
In light of an anticipated need, CAPE will be organizing training for Local Leaders on an exceptional basis in March 2014. The training will be given at the CAPE National Office.

Message from the President: 2014 will be a year of challenges and solidarity
January 6, 2014
Last year, I started my New Year’s message by pointing out some of the things we had learned, not the least of which was the fact that “the current government will stop at nothing [...], however ridiculous their arguments might be.” As it turns out, the year’s events revealed how accurate we were in that assertion. The government stepped up its attacks against the public service and the labour movement, despite appeals for calm from a number of experts and from some of the more moderate segments of society. Numerous analysts, including former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, Conservative Senator Hugh Segal, and specialists with the Broadbent Institute, recognize how important it is for Canadian society to have a healthy public service and strong unions.

Open General Meeting Bill C-4
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January 9, 2014
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ottawa Marriott Hote
l Victoria North Ballroom
100 Kent Street
Ottawa, ON


Bill C-4 will quash many of your rights
December 19, 2013
Did you know that C-4 will allow the employer to emerge from a policy grievance with nothing more than a simple declaration against it?

CAPE ANNUAL REPORT 2012 - 2013
Decmber 18, 2013


CAPE Members Support Constitutional Amendments
December 18, 2013
The CAPE membership voted strongly in favour of proposed Constitutional Amendments. These amendments, in part, will see a change in the CAPE budget cycle. The new consultation and voting processes will be conducted and concluded prior to the commencement of the fiscal year. This new process will be shorter, and will allow for and encourage greater membership participation.

Bill C-4 will quash many of your rights
December 13, 2013
Did you know C-4 will prevent you from voting for arbitration?

Press Release
Federal unions to take legal action against Bill C-4

December 10, 2013
December 10, 2013 – Federal public sector unions are joining forces to challenge an unprecedented assault on collective bargaining and workplace health and safety by the Conservative government. The unions have agreed to pool their resources in advance of the next round of collective bargaining with Treasury Board in 2014.

Bill C-4 will quash many of your rights
December 10, 2013
Did you know C-4 will allow the employer to force you to do overtime?

Book Launch, Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity
December 4, 2013
As part of CAPE’s C-4 campaign, we would like to bring to your attention the launch of “Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity”. There are two events, both scheduled for December 12. We encourage you to attend.

Bill C-4 will quash many of your rights
December 4, 2013
Did you know C-4 will allow the employer to solely designate which employees are essential?

CAPE President Claude Poirier's, Presentation at the November 26, 2013 CAPE Annual General Meeting
November 29, 2013


Information about Bill C-4
November 28, 2013
The Conservative government is aiming at adopting Bill C-4, A second act to implement certain provisions of the budget, over the next few days. Labour relations in the federal public service will be permanently affected by the measures regarding collective bargaining included in the Bill.

CAPE withdraws from sick leave consultation committee
November 27, 2013
Last week, CAPE notified the employer of its decision to pull out of the working group on sick leave and disability benefits created by Treasury Board – a decision shared by all other federal public service bargaining agents.

Bill C-4 will quash many of your rights
November 26, 2013
Did you know C-4 will change the definition of danger?

Bill C-4, A summary of various issues with Bill C-4
November 19, 2013
CAPE will be publishing different documents regarding the impact of the Budget Implementation Act – Bill C-4. We encourage you to share these documents with your members.

Bill C-4 Teleconference Sessions
November 19, 2013
CAPE is organizing special call-in forums for our members in the regions, to give members outside of the National Capital Region the opportunity to hear a message from CAPE President Claude Poirier on Bill C-4 and to answer your questions on this subject.

CAPE’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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This is an official notice and Agenda of the Annual General Meeting which will be held on: Tuesday
November 26, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Delta Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon Street
Ottawa, Ontario


Call for Volunteers for CAPE Committees
November 14, 2013
If you would like to assume an active role in the Canadian Association of Professional Employee’s operations, and learn more about the role and relevancy of bargaining agents in today’s labour relations environment, volunteer for one of the CAPE Committees. You will find it a rewarding and enlightening experience.

Budget Bill (C-4), Information Meetings
November 12, 2013
Action NOW to Protect Sick Leave and other Negotiated Working Conditions
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Victoria Room
Marriott Hotel
100 Kent Street
Ottawa
11:30 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m


Budget Bill (C-4), Information Meetings
November 12, 2013
Action NOW to Protect Sick Leave and other Negotiated Working Conditions
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Beaubien Laberge Room
Ramada Plaza
75 Edmonton Street
Gatineau
5 p.m.


Budget Bill (C-4), Information Meetings
November 12, 2013
Action NOW to Protect Sick Leave and other Negotiated Working Conditions
Thursday November 14, 2013
Open to All Unionized Employees
Chapleau Room Palais des Congrès de Gatineau
Place du Centre
3rd floor
11:30 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m.


Federal public sector unions
denounce back-door changes to labour legislation

October 29, 2013
Leaders of the federal public sector unions (the National Joint Council bargaining agents) met yesterday and released the following statement on the government’s proposed changes to federal labour relations legislation. According to Claude Poirier, President of CAPE, the government is once again using a known tactic with these attacks on the public service. “While they are dealing with the Senate scandal, they are trying to divert the attention of the Canadian public. Not only this is a despicable gesture in the context, but they are going after rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We must not be fooled - this “modernization” of labour relations in the federal public service is a step backward, not forward.”

CAPE Membership Votes Yes on Financial Ballot
October 25, 2013
The CAPE membership voted in favour of the two proposed budgets (2013 – 2014 and 2014 – 2015), the audited financial statements and the National Executive Committee’s recommendation that the firm of WGP C.A. be the Association’s auditor for the fiscal year ending 2014.

New attack by the Government against your rights
October 24, 2013
The Conservative Government has tabled its Budget implementation Bill. We already know that this Bill will aim at weakening the negotiation process in the public service, will give to the private sector the task of conducting the comparative compensation studies for the federal public sector, will modify the grievance and arbitration processes and will attack the rights of employees who are facing health and safety issues in the workplace.

Message from the President, Let’s work together to set a new course for CAPE
October 18, 2013
The first wisps of autumn in the air signal that it is time for us to resume our day-to-day routine, both at home and in the workplace. This Fall, however, we can also start working together on a new project of great importance: identifying what CAPE’s vision and priorities should be in the coming years...

Library of Parliament -
CAPE wins its appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal

October 18, 2013
The case revolved around the Library of Parliament’s attempts to change its job security policy during recent government cutbacks.

CAPE Policy Grievance Over Leave
Reconciliation Initiatives Referred to Adjudication

October 18, 2013
On October 4, CAPE referred its policy grievance over leave reconciliation initiatives in various departments to adjudication after the grievance was dismissed by the employer in a letter dated September 23.

Pay in Arrears: Implementation of the New System
Will Not Penalize Current Members of the Public Service

October 17, 2013
The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) has finally responded to the pressure exerted on Treasury Board by the various federal public service unions, including CAPE, concerning implementation of the new pay in arrears system. The OCHRO has agreed to changes that will eliminate the new system’s negative impact on public service workers.

Second Call for Volunteers to Serve on the
Collective Bargaining Committee for
CAPE Members at the Library of Parliament

October 16
In response to my initial call for volunteers on July 4, 2013, two members of CAPE’s Library of Parliament Local submitted their names to serve on the Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) for the Local. Claude Poirier, CAPE President

Reminder – Fall Training Schedule Deadlines Extended
October 11, 2013
The deadline to register for the English training is Tuesday, October 15 for training which begins on October 28. The deadline for the French training which begins on November 4 has been extended to October 18, 2013.

Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance Dismissed
September 24, 2013
In a decision rendered September 4, 2013, adjudicator Michael Bendel dismissed the policy grievance filed in June 2012 by the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) concerning a competitive staffing process at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). The grievance alleged that the competitive process in question contravened the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Work Force Adjustment Directive (WFAD).

CAPE Loses a Member in Tragic Bus Train Collision on September 18
September 19, 2013
It is with great regret that CAPE has learned that Karen Krzyzewski, a CAPE member, was one of the fatalities in yesterday’s horrific accident.

Membership, Budget Meeting(MBM)
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
4th floor
100 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario


Training Schedule – Fall 2013
September 10, 2013
The following is the fall training schedule for CAPE. The following training will be conducted at the national office.

Stand Up for Science Rallies
September 10, 2013
CAPE members are invited to participate in Stand Up for Science Rallies to be held in various major Canadian cities on September 16. These rallies are being organized by Evidence for Democracy.

Translation Bureau Local - Stewards Elections 2013
September 6, 2013
In accordance with the CAPE Translation Bureau Local By-Laws, which stipulate that shop stewards will be chosen by general election in the fall of every odd-numbered year, the Local Executive Committee hereby invites you to submit your candidacy for the position of steward in your work unit.

Public Service Staffing Tribunal
upholds complaint filed by CAPE against Health Canada

August 28, 2013
In a rare decision rendered on August 22, 2013, the Public Service Staffing Tribunal found that a complaint filed by CAPE on behalf of a member at Health Canada concerning his lay-off under the work force adjustment process was substantiated.

What it really means to live in the age of austerity
August 16, 2013
According to Dr. Alex Himelfarb, Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University, the political arguments in favour of budget austerity, reduced public spending and lower taxes are nothing more than “ideology masquerading as fiscal common sense.”

CAPE Files Policy Grievance Over Leave Reconciliation Initiatives
August 15, 2013
In reaction to the employer’s decision to undertake leave reconciliation initiatives in various departments, including Department of Justice and Public Prosecution Services Canada, CAPE has filed a policy grievance pursuant to section 220 of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

Strike by Foreign Service Officers
August 1, 2013
For your information, you will find excerpts of a letter sent by the Treasury Board Secretariat which gives TB’s position regarding employees in the EC group who are occupying FS positions and who are impacted by the strike measures of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO). For all questions regarding the strike, employees in FS positions should contact PAFSO.