August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
August 09, 2015
Each year, August 9 is commemorated as World Indigenous Day. Across the globe, and here at home, indigenous people are grappling with the effects of industrialized societies’ encroachment on their land. For tribal people especially, the denial of their land is a denial of their basic human rights, because all too often it can spell cultural genocide.
Election for an EC Director
July 30, 2015
If you want to play a more active role in your union and shape its future, there is currently an opening for an EC director on the National Executive Committee. Here are the rules governing the election of a member to this post. Please note that interested members must file their nomination papers no later than September 1.
Annual General Meeting: Submit your resolutions by August 17
July 28, 2015
As a CAPE member, you have the ability to guide the leaders you elect and provide direction and ideas to make our union stronger. Resolutions are what empower our members at all levels to pave the way forward for our union – to decide to how we run our organization.
Between now and August 17, you have a key opportunity to make your voice heard.
Budget Questions and Answers
July 24, 2015
Last week, we held a questions-and-answers session on Facebook, acknowledging that while the budget had passed, perhaps our members still had some burning questions.
July 20, 2015
Our mobilization bulletin just got a facelift! Download edition 5 today.
Grievance concerning billable hours for ECs at Justice Canada
June 30, 2015
At the end of May 2015, CAPE filed a grievance against the Department of Justice’s decision to impose quotas for billable hours on its employees in the EC group working as paralegals.
Constitutional Challenge to Bill C-59
June 29, 2015
Bill C-59 received royal assent, last week, and with it, all of its nefarious purposes became law. Overnight, Treasury Board received the power to unilaterally impose whatever sick leave and short-term disability plans it chooses, bypassing fair and free collective bargaining.
CAPE Statement at EC Bargaining table - June 2015
June 23, 2015
Having engaged in collective bargaining for several days, we have put forward several provisions that would contribute to improving the workplace without imposing undue burden on the employer or the taxpayer; these elicited very little interest. In fact, we’ve come to characterize these negotiations as ‘the fifty shades of 'no'.
Membership budget vote
June 23, 2015
From June 25 to July 10, CAPE members are asked to vote on the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 budgets of the association. Ballots were sent to all registered CAPE members on June 25 and 26.
Close the generation gap by rising standards rather than chasing bottom
June 19, 2015
In a recent Ottawa Citizen article, young and old civil servants are said to be having a generational battle over Treasury Board President Tony Clement’s proposed changes to the sick leave policy. However, like Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark, the voices of actual young civil servants are conspicuously missing from the piece.
Hello Bonjour Translation Machine
June 10, 2015
Earlier this week, CAPE National President Emmanuelle Tremblay sent a letter to Public Works and Government Services Canada expressing grave concern over its plans to launch an automated translation tool for federal public service employees. The service could lead to “poor-quality translations” that could “sully the reputation of the Translation Bureau”, wrote Tremblay.
Speaking truth to power on Bill C-59
June 04, 2015
National President Emmanuelle Tremblay was on the Hill on June 4th, delivering testimony to the House finance committee about the false premises underlying Bill C-59. The Conservative government is trying to use its budget implementation bill to bypass the collective bargaining process and impose changes to sick leave provisions in the public service.
Public service unions unite to condemn Bill-C-59
June 03, 2015
The three largest unions representing federal public service workers, PSAC, PIPSC and CAPE condemned Bill C-59, the omnibus 2015 Budget Implementation Act, in their presentations this week before the Senate and House standing committees on finance. The three unions are part of a broader alliance of 17 unions which represent federal public service workers.
Bill C-59: The Conservative government’s crossed the line
June 03, 2015
Over 100 public service employees picketed the Prime Minister’s Office, on June 1st, to express their opposition to Bill C-59. The Conservative government is using the budget bill to bypass collective bargaining and implement changes to public service employees’ sick leave provisions.
Federal public service unions united to defend collective bargaining rights
May 15, 2015
Canada's 17 federal public service unions, including CAPE, met earlier this week to decide their next move in response to the tabling of Division 20 of Bill C-59, the Budget Implementation Act (BIA), which gives the government the authority to unilaterally amend the sick leave provisions of the collective agreements covering employees of the core public service. Today, the unions are also jointly filing a complaint with the Geneva-based ILO asserting that the measures included in the December 2013 omnibus BIA - Bill C-4 - contravene ILO conventions that protect free collective bargaining and the right to strike.
Mobilization Bulletin, Volume 1, No. 4 – May 15, 2015
May 15, 2015
In this issue:
- Sick leave: Repeating the same lies does not make them any less false!
- Chilly weather fails to dampen solidarity on April 20
- PSAC reaches an agreement with Treasury Board on the establishment of a joint task force on mental health
- If we cave in on sick leave, what will the government hit next?
- What kind of job action measures should CAPE members apply in the workplace?
- The labour movement and the fight for a fairer Canada: An historical perspective
CAPE receives NDP commitment to repeal anti-union bills C-525 and C-377
May 12, 2015
New Democratic Party of Canada Leader Tom Mulcair stated that an NDP government would repeal Bill C-525 on union representation and Bill C-377 concerning the “transparency” of labour organizations. The NDP would also repeal the changes made to the Public Service Labour Relations Act when the Conservative government passed Bill C‑4 which infringes on federal public service workers’ right to free collective bargaining.
Nine Myths About Paid Sick Leave
May 12, 2015
In the wake of the recent moves by the government, here's a look at all the myths they keep repeating about paid sick leave.
- Myth no. 9: The Conservative government would never try to mislead you.
- Myth no. 8: The Conservative government knows how to manage.
- Myth no. 7: Public Service unions refuse to negotiate for a better system.
- Myth no. 6: The current system does not protect PS employees.
- Myth no. 5: Public service employees take more sick leave than employees in the private sector.
- Myth no. 4: The government has no control over sick leave.
- Myth no. 3: It is easy to determine the fiscal liability created by sick leave.
- Myth no. 2: Taxpayers pay for every single day a public service employee is away from work for reasons of illness or injury.
- Myth no. 1: Sick leave costs the government and Canadian taxpayers close to one billion per year.
The government announces the end of collective bargaining in the public service
May 08, 2015
With the filing of the omnibus Budget Implementation Bill on May 7, the Conservative government signals the end of the negotiations in the federal public service and contravenes the recent Supreme Court decision on the right to free collective bargaining.
Federal public service unions united to defend their right to collective bargaining
April 23, 2015
Federal public service unions are united in their opposition to the Conservative government's plan to unilaterally eliminate the existing sick leave provisions in their collective agreements. In a meeting today, the federal public service unions, which together represent more than 166,000 employees, agreed to develop a common response to the federal government's proposal.