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PRESS RELEASE :CAPE reaches tentative EC collective agreement with Treasury Board - June 5, 2019

Have a look at the general document about the provisions included in the tentative agreement: Download the PDF

Ottawa - The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) announced today that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Treasury Board Secretariat for the Economics and Social Science Services group, also known in the federal public service as the EC professional group.

 Close to 16,000 CAPE members belong to the EC category and stand to gain from this new agreement.

The agreement brings significant improvements to the EC collective agreement, refining benefits in areas such as pay, maternity and parental leave, caregiving leave, wellness and harassment in the workplace, domestic violence, and language training among others.

The bargaining team had been negotiating with the employer since October 2018

 “The negotiations have had their challenges” said Greg Phillips CAPE President. “Very detailed and complex language has been tabled, reviewed, changed, and changed again over several weeks, across several bargaining tables with the involvement of different bargaining agents and the employer. The employer and EC members of the bargaining team worked tirelessly to come to a timely agreement and we are glad to see this coming to fruition today.”

As required by CAPE’s by-laws, EC members will be voting to ratify or reject the tentative agreement in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the bargaining committee members unanimously recommend its ratification.

General highlights of the agreement:

The new agreement includes the following pay adjustments:

The parties have also agreed to a market adjustment of 0.8% effective June 22, 2018 and of 0.2% effective June 22, 2019.

Other improvements include the addition of 5 extra weeks of parental leave and allowance at 93%, where parental leave is shared; new language for parental leave that will allow EC members to benefit fully from the extended Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits with a top to 55.8% of weekly wages; provisions regarding language training; improvements to travelling time provisions and language defining a consultation process on the prevention and resolution of harassment in the workplace.

The parties also agreed to provisions for this round⎯ and this round only, with regards to the implementation of the collective agreement. HR systems will be used not Phoenix to calculate the retro pay. The implementation period has been extended by 30 days, and in exchange each EC member will receive $400.

If exceptionally an employee does not receive his or her retro pay during the 180-day implementation period, the employee will receive $50 on day 181, and will receive a second $50 three months later, and at the end of each 3-month period thereafter if necessary to a maximum of $450.


The EC collective agreement was signed on May 24, 2017 and is now in effect.

What happens next? When do you get your retro pay? When does your salary increase? You'll find the answers to these questions and many more in this handy article

Here are the codes used in connection with retroactive payment and provides an explanation for each. See Appendix B.

You can also read and upload your new collective agreement in on the Treasury Board website.

About collective bargaining

Collective bargaining has a rich history of paving the way for better working conditions for all Canadians. Unions lead the way for better working conditions for their members, and others follow. Collective bargaining is a member-driven process. Our bargaining team members negotiate on behalf of the membership and based on the membership’s input. When a tentative agreement is reached, our members will be the ones who will be asked to vote on whether or not to approve the deal.

Bargaining updates

We publish updates after each bargaining session and whenever major developments arise. Keep an eye on this page for regular updates! Here's our latest updates:

June 26, 2019 - CAPE signs Phoenix Damage Agreement with Employer
June 2019  - PARENTAL LEAVE AND ALLOWANCE: Main Changes (for ECs and TRs)
May 31, 2019 - EC Bargaining Update
May 17 - CAPE accepts government offer to compensate members for Phoenix damages
May 15 - FAQs: Phoenix Offer
April 3, 2019 – EC Bargaining Update
March 20, 2019 - EC Bargaining Table Update – March 20, 2019 *
February 1, 2019 - EC Bargaining Update
November 14, 2018 - EC Collective Bargaining Update - Results from CAPE EC Member Survey
July 11, 2017 - Here are the codes used in connection with retroactive payment and provides an explanation for each. See Appendix B.
May 24, 2017 - The text of the new EC collective agreement
May 24, 2017 - Signed! New EC and TR collective agreements in effect
May 11, 2017 - Information on retroactive pay for EC and TR retirees
March 27, 2017 - Treasury Board-issued rates of pay (PDF)
March 24, 3017 - Signing of collective agreementes delayed because of Phoenix
March 13, 2017 - 97% voted to ratify the tentative agreement
March 1, 2017 - Professional integrity
February 17, 2017 - Memorandum of agreement in support of employee wellness 
February 7, 2017 - Highlights of the EC Tentative Agreement
February 6, 2017 - Economic increases – clarification and context
February 6, 2017 - The complete text of the tentative agreement (PDF)
February 2, 2017 - Other important achievements in the EC tentative agreement
January 26, 2017 - CAPE reaches a tentative agreement with Treasury Board
January 10, 2017 - Mediation tentatively set for the EC group at the end of January
December 22, 2016 - CAPE agrees to mediation
December 21, 2016 - CAPE has declared an impasse. Here’s why.
December 20, 2016 - Impasse reached: CAPE will request third party binding conciliation
December 2016 - EC bargaining team back at the table on December 20
December 2016 - Talks at a critical stage
November 2016 - Report on EC and TR bargaining at the CAPE 2016 AGM
September 2016 - Progress made at the bargaining table, but still not at the finish line
August 2016 - CAPE opts for binding conciliation as the new dispute resolution mechanism at the EC and TR tables
July 2016 - EC and TR teams opt for a return to arbitration
June 2016 - The Treasury Board mandate remains unchanged – Conservative-era offers still on the table under the new government
March 2016Bargaining resumes with the tabling of a modified short-term disability plan proposal
June 2015 – Treasury Board falls short with their plans
April 2015 - More questions than answers during the last round of negotiations
January 2015 - Data requested by CAPE on October 1st tabled by the employer
Previous updates

Sick leave

Sick leave has certainly been the most discussed topic during this bargaining round. Our members have told us loud and clear how they feel about the employer’s attempt to claw-back our sick leave. Our goal is the same as yours: we want to make sure that the collective agreement protects our members so that they have full income replacement when sick with no waiting period.

Here are some of our latest updates on sick leave:

March 2016: Bargaining resumes with the tabling of a modified short-term disability plan
September 2015: Treasury Board returns to the table with a new-ish proposal on sick leave and short-term disability
December 2014: Treasury Board submits their proposal for sick leave with pay (PDF)
September 2014: Employer’s original sick leave proposal (PDF)
September 2014: Employer’s original short-term disability proposal (PDF)
June 2014: A first look at the Treasury Board’s proposal for a short-term disability plan

Our proposals

Back in March 2014, CAPE surveyed the membership to find out what their priorities were at the bargaining table. This insight helps our bargaining team craft a series of demands that they bring to the bargaining table. It also helps to know where to concentrate our efforts, based on our members’ priorities. Following the 2015 federal elections, CAPE surveyed the membership a second time in January-February 2015 to find out whether our members’ priorities had changed given the important shift in government. This second survey allowed us to craft a new demand, pushing for professional integrity to be codified into our collective agreements.

CAPE’s proposals – complete package (PDF)
Proposal on: Vacation leave with pay
Proposal on: Employee performance review and employee files
Proposal on: Telework
Proposal on: Pension
Proposal on: Long-term disability
Proposal on: Office design

The employer’s proposals

Here are the original proposals we received from Treasury Board. After the election of a new government in 2015, the parties agreed to keep each other’s proposals confidential until they are ratified at the table. Members, of course, will be kept informed of the content of these proposals when the time comes for them to vote on a tentative agreement.

June 2014 – Treasury Board’s proposals - Complete package (PDF)
Treasury Board’s proposals on: sick leave (PDF)
Treasury Board’s proposals on: short-term disability (PDF)

Your bargaining team

Your bargaining team is made up of EC members just like you! Bargaining team members are volunteers, who work in the public service as EC employees and dedicate a great deal of their time to bargain on behalf of their colleagues. Additionally, each bargaining team also comprises a negotiator who acts as the CAPE spokesperson at the bargaining table. Ultimately, however, it is the membership as a whole that gets to accept or reject a tentative agreement.

The collective bargaining team’s role is to negotiate at the table with the employer and to discuss and approve bargaining strategies. The collective bargaining team can recommend that our union approve a tentative agreement or reject a final offer.

The collective bargaining committee, on the other hand, is a sub-committee of the national executive committee. Its role is to review members’ feedback and craft proposals based on that feedback. The committee can prepare additional proposals or refine existing ones at the request of the negotiator. In turn, the committee communicates the impact of these changes to the collective bargaining team.

Bargaining team members are selected among members of the collective bargaining committee. Any member can volunteer to sit on the collective bargaining committee, whenever a call for volunteers is issued.

Current bargaining team members

Other resources

Travel back in time

Are you looking for information from previous bargaining rounds? You’ll find them here, in our bargaining archive.


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