Recent bargaining updates
Second Update on TR Bargaining
Your TR bargaining team met with the employer on December 18, 19 and 20, 2018 to begin consolidating their files to prepare for a new collective agreement. The parties also took the opportunity to file their respective salary proposals.
Unfortunately, it is now obvious that there is a notable gap between the CAPE’s expectations and the employer’s offer, which will be a major stumbling block for progress at the bargaining table.
Our message to the Treasury Board has always been very clear, even before the bargaining began this fall:
- CAPE wants a quick resolution at the table;
- The salary offer must be commensurate with the efforts and professionalism of our members;
- Certain sensitive subjects including harassment, health and safety of workers and the accumulation of vacation leave must be resolved;
- The inequities present in compensation scales and bonuses must be corrected; and,
- Our members must be able to count on transparent and reliable remuneration.
This message has been repeated many times since the notice of intent to bargain was sent last spring. Was it heard by the Treasury Board decision-making bodies? It remains to be seen.
In any case, we will continue to reiterate it to achieve our bargaining objectives.
The next meeting is scheduled for February 5, 6 and 7.
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.
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:
November 5, 2018 - TR bargaining has begun – The tone at the table is positive
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 new TR collective agreement
May 24, 2017 - Signed! New EC and TR collective agreements in effect
May 11, 2017 - What will happen on May 24 when the TR and EC collective agreements will be signed?
May 11, 2017 - Information on retroactive pay for TR and EC retirees
March 24, 3017 - Signing of collective agreementes delayed because of Phoenix
March 13, 2017 - 96% voted to ratify the tentative agreement
January 11, 2017 - Highlights of the tentative agreement (PDF)
January 11, 2017 - The complete text of the agreement (in French)
December 16, 2016 - Additional details on the employer's offer at the TR table
December 15, 2016 - CAPE will submit the latest Treasury Board offer to the vote of its TR members
November 2016 - Report on EC and TR bargaining at the CAPE 2016 AGM
October 2016 - Little progress at the bargaining table, but the employer is listening more closely
August 201 6 - 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
May 2016 - Teams walk away ahead of schedule as employer refuses to budge
April 2016 - Positive tone at the table, but money matters not yet addressed
March 2016 - Bargaining team returns to the table after a 13-month hiatus
February 2016 - The employer supplied some figures on sick leave but derailed bargaining on parliamentary leave
Your bargaining team
Your bargaining team is made up of TR members just like you! Bargaining team members are volunteers, who work in the public service as TR 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.