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Recent bargaining updates

PRESS RELEASE: CAPE reaches tentative TR collective agreement with Treasury Board - June 11, 2019

For immediate release

Have a look at the general document about the provisions included in the tentative agreement: Download the PDF

The agreement brings significant improvements to the TR collective agreement, refining benefits in areas such as pay, maternity and parental leave, caregiving leave, wellness and harassment in the workplace, domestic violence, among others.

The bargaining team had been negotiating with the employer since September 2018“We have had multiple difficult rounds of negotiations since 2018” said Greg Phillips CAPE President. “Our team of negotiators were relentless in pursuing the best possible benefits for our members, and what we see today is the result of months of constant effort and hard work on both sides.”

As required by CAPE’s by-laws, TR members will be voting to ratify or reject the tentative agreement in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the bargaining committee members unanimously recommend its ratification.

General highlights of the agreement:

The new agreement includes the following pay adjustments:

The parties have also agreed to a market adjustment of 0.8% effective April 19, 2018 and of 0.2% effective April 19, 2019.

Other improvements include the addition of 5 extra weeks of parental leave and allowance at 93%, where parental leave is shared; new language for parental leave that will allow TR members to benefit fully from the extended Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits with a top to 55.8% of weekly wages; the expansion of the definition of “family”; a new leave for  caregivers; a new leave for domestic violence; an improvement to the overtime clause for work done on the second day of rest; improvements to provisions pertaining to travelling time and to the definition of the consultation process on the prevention and the resolution of cases of harassment in the workplace; a new protocol to guide the integration of RCMP civilian members into the TR group.

If exceptionally an employee does not receive his or her retro pay during the 180-day implementation period, the employee will receive $50 on day 181, and will receive a second $50 three months later, and at the end of each 3-month period thereafter if necessary to a maximum of $450.


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:

June 26, 2019 - CAPE signs Phoenix Damage Agreement with Employer
June 2019 - PARENTAL LEAVE AND ALLOWANCE: Main Changes (ECs and TRs)
May 17, 2019 - CAPE accepts government offer to compensate members for Phoenix damages
May 15, 2019 - FAQs: Phoenix Offer
May 7-9, 2019 - Update on negotiations - TR table
April 2-4, 2019 - Update on negotiations - TR table April 2019
February 25, 2019 - Repport: Slowness and procrastination
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