2016 Budget: a clear message that public services are essential to Canada’s economic growth
March 22, 2016
The federal budget tabled today sent a clear signal that Canada's economic growth can be strengthened by valuable public services – services that are delivered by a non-partisan, impartial federal public service employees, who are experienced in providing evidence-based analysis.
Bargaining team returns to the table after a 13-month hiatus
March 18, 2016
Like its EC counterparts, who resumed bargaining last week, members of the TR bargaining team met with the employer, from March 15 to 17 – its first meeting in more than a year.
Bargaining resumes with the tabling of a modified short-term disability plan proposal
March 10, 2016
After a lengthy federal election, CAPE and the employer finally met at the bargaining table under a new government and a new mandate. This marks the first bargaining meeting since June 2015.
First debate on progressive dues structure: a great success
March 02, 2016
CAPE members met on February 25 to discuss some key steps in our evolution. The February 25 special general meeting was, in part, meant to kick-off a series of discussions on the proposed options for a progressive dues structure. Over the coming months, CAPE intends to hold similar discussions and debates in workplaces across the country in the lead-up to a June vote of the membership.
Special meeting of CAPE members on March 16
March 01, 2016
This special general meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 16, 2016, in the Victoria North Room of the Ottawa Marriott Hotel at 100 Kent Street.
The Canadian government must now take concrete action
January 26, 2016
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) joins all federal public service unions in demanding that the Trudeau government repeal the provisions of Bills C-59 and C-4, passed by the previous government, which unfairly altered the collective bargaining process in the federal public sector.
EC Bargaining Update
January 12, 2016
CAPE and Treasury Board will meet again from May 10 to 12.
CAPE is evolving!
January 08, 2016
In 2016, turn CAPE into an organization that reflects what you want!
C-377 becoming a footnote in our history
December 23, 2015
CAPE is delighted with the new Liberal government’s announcement that it will not apply the provisions of Bill C-377, a private member’s bill enacted by the former Conservative government in 2015.
Increased pension contribution rates for federal public service employees
December 22, 2015
Treasury Board has announced the new pension contribution rates for members of the public service of Canada. These rates will come into effect on January 1, 2016.
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.