Mediation tentatively set for the EC group at the end of January
January 10, 2017
Update: Mediation will take place from January 24 to 26.
CAPE was in contact with the mediator appointed by the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board, Tom Clairmont, in order to find a date for mediation.
CAPE agrees to mediation
December 22, 2016
Following the decision earlier this week by the EC bargaining to declare an impasse and go into binding conciliation, senior representatives of CAPE and Treasury Board had a telephone conversation today to explore how to resume the negotiation. At the end of the conversation, it was agreed by both parties to use mediation as to get to a negotiated agreement.
CAPE has declared an impasse at the EC table. Here’s why.
December 21, 2016
The unanimous decision by members of the EC negotiating team on Tuesday to declare an impasse and apply for binding conciliation was not an easy one. The team members were frustrated by the Employer’s unwillingness to offer similar pay increases offered to comparable groups in the federal public service; that is why they made that decision. Here are the detailed reasons.
Impasse reached at the EC table: CAPE will request third party binding conciliation
December 20, 2016
At the end of a frustrating day of bargaining with the Employer, the CAPE EC bargaining team has unanimously decided to request third party binding conciliation to resolve the outstanding issues in the current round of negotiations.
Additional details on the employer's offer at the TR table
December 16, 2016
The offer is for a four-year agreement providing monetary increases similar to those agreed to by the government with other public service unions, as well as wage scale adjustments. It also includes a memorandum of agreement to support employee wellness that would preserve the existing sick leave system for the moment.
CAPE will submit the latest Treasury Board offer to the vote of its TR members
December 15, 2016
At a bargaining session that ended late afternoon Thursday, CAPE's negotiating team at the TR table have decided that instead of declaring a deadlock with Treasury Board, they will submit the employer’s final proposal to the vote of its members.
EC bargaining team back at the table on December 20
December 13, 2016
The EC bargaining team and Treasury Board are back at the table on December 20. Stay tuned for more updates.
EC Bargaining; talks at a critical stage
December 02, 2016
This week, the Employer tabled what they consider to be a comprehensive offer. We countered with our own comprehensive offer, which addressed our members’ top priorities
Phoenix: Important changes to the service benefit plans enrollment process
November 01, 2016
To address the problems of the Phoenix pay system related to the public service benefit plans, Treasury Board has recently put in place temporary changes to the enrollment process.
Public service unions to intervene in case before the Supreme Court concerning the right to collective bargaining
October 28, 2016
Several federal public service unions, including CAPE, will intervene before the Supreme Court of Canada on November 10 on a case that will see the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation sitting across the aisle from the B.C. provincial government. The case is expected to have important implications on the right to collective bargaining and freedom of association.
Liberal government’s response on the Translation Bureau
October 18, 2016
According to the CAPE, the Canadian government’s negative reaction to the recommendations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages is not only disappointing, it is insulting.
Change in Translation Bureau management
October 14, 2016
CAPE believe that this change in Translation Bureau management presents the government with the ideal opportunity to adopt the recommendations made by CAPE to the Standing Committee on Official Languages, which were endorsed by that committee, and to change the Bureau’s mandate.
Raising awareness on mental health at the grassroots
October 12, 2016
Last week, executive members at Local 527 banded together to raise awareness of mental illness in the workplace. In the lobby of 90 Elgin in Ottawa, where many employees of Finance Canada and Treasury Board Secretariat work, this CAPE Local held an information booth to mark Mental Illness Awareness Week.
TR bargaining: Little progress at the bargaining table, but the employer is listening more closely
October 06, 2016
Following this week’s meetings with the Treasury Board and Translation Bureau representatives, the TR bargaining team is reporting that little progress has been made. The next meeting will be from November 15 to 17.
CAPE welcomes the government’s desire to ensure pay equity, but...
October 06, 2016
CAPE welcomes the Canadian government for its desire to adopt measures requiring employers to eliminate systemic obstacles to pay equity in the workplace. However, after dozens of studies pointing to sustainable solutions, it’s unfortunate that the government won’t be making its changes effective until 2018.
Progress made at the bargaining table, but still not at the finish line
September 29, 2016
After a long hiatus, bargaining for the EC Group resumed this week. With the employer immovable on the question of pay and short-term disability and on our other priorities as expressed by the membership, there was little of substance to discuss.
- Elections at the Translation Bureau September 12, 2016
Annual General Meeting: Submit your resolutions by September 23
September 02, 2016
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.
CAPE opts for binding conciliation as the new dispute resolution mechanism at the EC and TR tables
August 25, 2016
This week, the EC and TR bargaining teams notified Treasury Board of their choice of dispute settlement mechanism in the event of an impasse in the current round of collective bargaining. Both teams opted for binding conciliation.
Phoenix privacy breach
July 25, 2016
Last week, CAPE received news that the government’s new pay system, Phoenix, had security flaws that may have compromised our members’ private information. Over the course of several months, thousands of public service employees’ private information may have been accessible to some 70,000 employees.