Library of Parliament Bargaining

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LoP sign their collective agreement

September 25, 2019

NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT (Expires June 16, 2022)

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It's official! The Library of Parliament (LOP) collective agreement was signed earlier this afternoon at the Head Office of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees.

The agreement was reached with the Employer in June in a very short timeframe and was put to the vote shortly after.

“I was very pleased to see our bargaining team reach the best possible collective agreement for our members in a such a short time” said Greg Phillips, President of CAPE “We are glad to see that a very large majority of members who voted supported the tentative agreement which is the product of intense work on the part of our bargaining team, which deserve to be fully thanked and acknowledged for this positive outcome.”

As of today, the new provisions are in effect with the usual exception of pay which is retroactive to December 16, 2018.

The new LOP provisions can be found here.

The new collective agreements should be available soon on the CAPE and Library of Parliament web sites.

CAPE President Greg Phillips, Library of Parliament manager of Labour Relations and OH&S Joelle Rivard and bargaining teams from both sides were present at the signing of the collective agreements.

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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:

July 29, 2019 CAPE’s Library of Parliament group vote in favor of a new collective agreement
July 21, 2019 PRESS RELEASE: CAPE reaches tentative collective agreement with the Library of Parliament
September 2018 Want to play a useful role in the union? Join the LoP Collective Bargaining Committee
March 21, 2018 Your collective agreement is signed!

Bargaining Archives (2011-2014)

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Your bargaining team

Your bargaining team is made up of LoP members just like you! Bargaining team members are volunteers, who work in the public service as LoP 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.


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