Recent bargaining updates
TR bargaining has begun – The tone at the table is positive
The parties had not met formally since the exchange of proposals on September 20. CAPE and the employer spent two and a half days negotiating on October 30 and 31 and November 1. The general feeling is that the tone is positive and the teams have done a good job.
For reasons of availability, the next meeting will only take place on December 18, 19 and 20. However, the parties seem determined to go the extra mile and make this round of bargaining very different from previous ones.
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:
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.