Library of Parliament Bargaining
Want to play a useful role in the union? Join the LoP Collective Bargaining Committee
Although your current collective agreement was signed on March 21, it will expire on December 21, 2018. This means that it is already time to prepare for the next rounds of negotiations.
The process towards the renewal of the collective agreement of CAPE members at the Library of Parliament starts now with the creation of the LoP Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC).
Pursuant to CAPE By Law # 7, the LoP CBC’s role is to prepare proposals (positional bargaining) or define problems (interests-based bargaining), to select the members of the Collective Bargaining Team and to work to an agreement or reject a final offer from the employer. The Committee will also oversee the process of ratification by the members. The CBC has a maximum of five members.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) will appoint Committee members from the applications it receives. In accordance with By-Law #7, the NEC will choose members so as to reflect the demographic and professional composition of the bargaining unit and negotiate effectively on behalf of the members.
The criteria upon which the NEC will base its choice of Committee members include:
- being a CAPE member in good standing of the LoP group;
- demonstrated engagement in union affairs or in volunteer organizations;
- being able to devote several days to collective bargaining sessions;
- understanding of the issues being bargained in the current round;
- knowledge of the LoP collective agreement;
- demonstrated ability to work in a team and to develop consensus views on common positions; negotiation skills;
- experience in collective bargaining is considered an additional asset.
Volunteers for the Collective Bargaining Committee will have an opportunity to contribute directly to the establishment of terms and conditions of employment for CAPE members at the Library of Parliament. This is an enriching experience that can help broaden your skills and expertise.
If you would like to be part of the LoP Collective Bargaining Committee, please submit your application no later than close of business on September 15, 2018.
Your collective agreement is signed!
It's official! The LoP collective agreement was signed on March 21 and is now in effect. Pay careful attention to your future paychecks for your signing bonus.
To read and download your new collective agreement, click here.
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.
Travel back in time
Are you looking for information from previous bargaining rounds? You’ll find them here, in our bargaining archive.
If you have general questions, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have more specific feedback or questions aimed at your bargaining team, you can contact them at email@example.com.
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