CAPE preparing to return to the EC and TR bargaining tables
December 18, 2015
While CAPE and the Treasury Board are working to set mutually agreeable dates for the resumption of collective bargaining, the union’s bargaining teams are busy making preparations. The Liberal election victory and the positive signals emanating from the new government suggest that we can expect an improvement in the atmosphere around the bargaining tables. CAPE’s bargaining teams have thus held a number of meetings to prepare for the resumption of bargaining. The first priority for both teams was to appoint new chief negotiators.
Summary of David MacDonald's presentation: precarious employment in the public service
December 16, 2015
David MacDonald, Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, recently spoke to an audience of young workers and public servants at CAPE national headquarters about temporary employment in the public sector, outsourcing and other trends. David began by noting that young workers in all sectors across Canada are much more likely to be hired as temporary employees than the general population.
Welcome back, long-form census!
November 05, 2015
The long-form census is back and we’re elated.
Get well soon
October 30, 2015
The constitutional challenge to Bill C-59, which was supposed to be heard in court on October 29, has been postponed until March. It’s an opportunity for the new Trudeau government to show goodwill and extract the parts that would give Treasury Board the ability to bypass our right to collective bargaining to impose its short-term disability plan.
The task of rebuilding the public service is just starting
October 20, 2015
CAPE was relieved to see the results of the federal election close the curtain on the reign of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and place the management of our country in the hands of a new Liberal majority government.
Information on airport taxi lockout at Ottawa International Airport
October 14, 2015
At their last meeting, the CAPE National Executive passed a motion expressing solidarity with the Ottawa Airport taxi drivers, represented by Unifor Local 1688, who continue to be locked out of the taxi stand at the Ottawa International Airport.
Union leaders vote early to get out the vote and promote change
October 07, 2015
Union leaders representing nearly 300,000 federal government workers cast their vote, earlier today, in the country’s 42nd federal election campaign. In a joint statement, the leaders announced they have chosen to vote early in an effort to draw attention to the importance of the upcoming election on October 19 and to encourage their members and other Canadians to vote for change.
Arbitration award for CAPE members at the Library of Parliament
September 16, 2015
On September 15, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB) issued an arbitration award for CAPE members at the Library of Parliament. The decision provides them with wage increases of 1.75%, 1.5% and 1.5% effective retroactively to June 16, 2014, for a three-year contract.
C-59: Complaint filed before the ILO on behalf of federal public service unions
September 14, 2015
A complaint has been filed before the International Labour Organization (ILO) on behalf of the 18 federal public service bargaining agents, including CAPE, and the 230,000 members they represent. The complaint alleges that the government of Canada, with the passage of sections 253 to 273 of Bill C-59 (the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1), has bestowed upon itself the ability to unilaterally amend collective bargaining agreements without negotiating with the affected unions.
Sick leave injunction hearing scheduled for October 29
August 21, 2015
The motion requesting an injunction to prevent the government from implementing its new sick leave plan will be heard in Ontario Superior Court on October 29.
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.