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.
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.
Liberal Party would repeal Bills C-377 and C-525
April 22, 2015
The Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau informed CAPE that his party, if it were to form the next government, would scrap Bill C-377 and repeal Bill C‑525.
Bill C-51 could compromise freedom of expression
April 10, 2015
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) believes that the federal government’s proposed Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 (Bill C-51), in its present form, could lead authorities to suppress demonstrations and activities protesting government policies, thereby restricting the freedom of expression rights of Canadians.
PSAC Treasury Board agreement on mental health a promising step forward
March 27, 2015
CAPE welcomes with great interest the announcement that the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Treasury Board have agreed to establish a joint task force on mental health in the workplace.
Acting negotiator named for the EC and TR Groups
March 13, 2015
Lionel Dionne will assume the Bargaining function for EC and TR, until September, following the Executive Director of Policy’s departure.
Mr. Dionne was the chief researcher at both tables since the beginning of bargaining and CAPE therefore secures a great degree of continuity.
New negotiator for EC and TR tables
March 06, 2015
In consultation with the EC and TR bargaining committees CAPE has proceeded with interim measures to replace its negotiator who will be leaving the Association on March 17. During the next few weeks, and before the Association is scheduled to meet with the Employer at the bargaining table - again in consultation with the bargaining committees - the Association will decide on a more permanent replacement. We wish to reassure CAPE members that the Association, with the support of its members and employees, will continue to provide the same quality of service that it has provided in the past.
The right to strike is an essential part of the right to free collective bargaining
February 02, 2015
CAPE is pleased with the Supreme Court of Canada’s January 30 decision recognizing that the right to strike is an essential part of a meaningful collective bargaining process. The Court ruling means this right is now protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights.
Survey of EC and TR members
January 28, 2015
If you are a member of the EC or TR group, you have until February 6 to respond to a brief survey on the current round of bargaining, which was sent to you by email on January 21. The object of the survey is to collect your thoughts on possible mobilization and job action activities in which you could be asked to participate.
The first blog of our new President
January 16, 2015
The first blog of Emmanuelle Tremblay as CAPE President. Read and share.
CAPE members have access to ServicePlus
December 01, 2014
ServicePlus, YOUR new membership services program, exclusively for members of CAPE.
CAPE withdraws policy grievance concerning implementation of the alternation process
November 27, 2014
The grievance, the purpose of which was to ensure that these persons were afforded the opportunity to avail themselves of the measures set out in the Work Force Adjustment Directive, was therefore rendered void and consequently withdrawn by CAPE on November 6, 2014.
Bargaining Updates - 2014
November 26, 2014
Updates from the 2014 bargaining round.