TR Bargaining

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Recent bargaining updates

Report: Slowness and procrastination

Your bargaining team met with the employer on February 5, 6 and 7. It is clear that the conclusion of an agreement is slow and discussions are prolongued unnecessarily.

Much to our disappointment, the work is progressing at a snail’s pace as the Treasury Board has likely not yet given a realistic bargaining mandate to its negotiator. CAPE’s bargaining team remained stunned by the employer’s wage offer, which we still consider laughable and disconnected from reality. We are standing by our positions for the moment.

On the other hand, the employer confirmed that it will soon be able to provide us with a solution to the problems of implementing the collective agreement brought on by the Phoenix pay system, a case we are following very attentively. It goes without saying that we are very eager to learn more about this solution.

We will be back at the table on April 2, 3 and 4, further postponing a quick renewal of the collective agreement, which expired April 19, 2018.

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:

January 28, 2019 - Second Update on TR Bargaining
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.

Current bargaining team members