General Membership News
Public servants are the pillars of our government
June 13, 2019
Everyday, Canadians go about their lives, many unaware of the efforts and energy deployed to ensure government services run smoothly and effectively. Yet, the stability of our government and the quality of the services it offers depend on the work of thousand of public servants. This Public Service Week, we ⎯ at the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), invite you to acknowledge and celebrate them with us.
Information Sessions 2019: TR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
June 11, 2019
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
CAPE invites you to attend information sessions to discuss the tentative agreement reached with the Treasury Board Secretariat on Friday June 6 for the TR collective agreement. The sessions will give you an opportunity to find out more about the offer, ask questions ahead of the ratification vote to be held online.
2019 Local Annual General Meetings
June 10, 2019
Every year, CAPE’s national president joins local leaders across Canada and in the National Capital Region in support of our members to discuss the latest issues affecting them such as Phoenix, health and safety in the workplace, collective agreements , and much more.
This Page was last updated on June 10, 2019
PRESS RELEASE: CAPE reaches tentative TR collective agreement with Treasury Board
June 10, 2019
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) announced today that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Treasury Board Secretariat for the Translation (TR) group, which includes interpreters, translators and terminologists part of the federal public service.
Special General Membership EC COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
June 06, 2019
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
DATE: Thursday, June 20, 2019
TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Registration will start at 5pm, please bring your CAPE card or a valid ID
VENUE: Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2
ROOM: Rideau room (Second level)
RSVP REQUIRED: let us know that you will be attending by filling out the form on the CAPE website by no later than COB, Friday June 14.
PRESS RELEASE :CAPE reaches tentative EC collective agreement with Treasury Board
June 05, 2019
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) announced today that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Treasury Board Secretariat for the Economics and Social Science Services group, also known in the federal public service as the EC professional group.
Asian Heritage Month 2019
May 31, 2019
Last year, CAPE dedicated an article for Asian Heritage Month that delved into the historic struggles of Asian-Canadians. From the intolerance of the first wave of Asian immigrants to Canada to the Japanese internment camps during WWII, Asian- Canadians have had many obstacles to overcome and although some progress has been made, discrimination against Asian-Canadians is very present in society as old prejudices still linger.
CAPE accepts government offer to compensate members for Phoenix damages
May 17, 2019
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) announced today that it had accepted Treasury Board Secretariat’s offer presented Friday May 3 to compensate federal employees for damages caused by the Phoenix Pay System. The decision was made following a consultation with CAPE’s National Executive Committee and its membership base.
FAQs: Phoenix Offer
May 15, 2019
• General questions about the agreement
• Questions regarding the leave bank credits
• Questions about additional damages and compensation
2019 Membership Budget Meeting
May 09, 2019
Mark your calendars! The 2019 Membership Budget Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at the Ottawa Sheraton Hotel.
Live consultation - compensation for Phoenix damages
May 08, 2019
CAPE invites you to attend a special membership meeting to discuss the government's offer on the compensations for the damages caused by Phoenix. This meeting will give members an opportunity to find out more about the offer and ask questions.
Floodwaters 2019: solidarity with flood victims
May 01, 2019
The 2019 spring floods have been especially devastating for thousands of people and families. As you all know, several towns and cities in New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec have declared a state of emergency to obtain the resources they need to deal with the situation. The National Capital Region, which is home to many federal government workers, has been particularly hard hit.
Earth Day –Changing our Habits One Step at a Time
April 22, 2019
We all share a responsibility to protect and care for our environment. Increasing carbon emissions and pollution are some of the most critical issues we are grappling with and must face with a greater sense of urgency. We owe it to ourselves, to future generations and to other species we share this world with.
Federal Budget 2019: Falling Short of Public Servants’ Expectations
March 22, 2019
This year’s federal budget was introduced as the “middle class” budget and indeed, the Government did provide incentive and monies to “hard-working Canadians.” There were not many surprises: the budget aligns with the Government’s values and commitment to supporting the middle class and to creating opportunities for all Canadians to join it, as well as to enjoy the benefits of the common wealth. As this is clearly an election budget, millions of Canadians will have to decide in the fall whether they support the vision behind it.
Budget 2019: First Impressions
March 21, 2019
On Tuesday, the federal government unveiled its proposed budget for 2019-20 and our initial reaction is disappointment over what seems to be a weak response to the Phoenix pay system fiasco.
Fighting racism and racial discrimination in the workplace
March 21, 2019
On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, CAPE reaffirms its commitment to supporting actions, initiatives and measures to end all forms of racism and racial discrimination in the workplace.
No place for hate: condolences for the victims of Christchurch
March 19, 2019
On behalf of the Association and the entire membership, I would like to express our deepest and sincere condolences to the families and friends of the 50 victims that were killed during the terrorist attacks that took place in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019.
Action Plan Announced to Address Air Quality at Les Terrasses de la Chaudieres
March 14, 2019
For years, members working at the Terrasses de la Chaudière office location have experienced a range of health issues due to poor air quality as well as unpleasant odors emanating from the elevator lobbies. Canadian Heritage Deputy Minister, Hélène Laurendeau issued an information memo to federal employees outlining plans to fix those issues.
International Women's Day 2019
March 08, 2019
On International Women’s Day 2019, let’s promote a gender-balanced workforce!
Phoenix Fiasco Three Years Later: Where Are We Now?
March 05, 2019
CAPE President Greg Phillips discusses the Phoenix pay system, three years into its implementation. He offers an overview of what CAPE has learned and shares the actions the association has taken since Phoenix was launched in 2016.
Call for Volunteers: Local Leadership Council Meeting Content & Structure Committee
March 04, 2019
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) is looking for three volunteers to form a Meeting Content & Structure Committee to help plan for future Local Leadership Council (LLC) meetings, until the end of 2020.
Please submit your interest no later than March 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM EST
Black History Month - Spotlight on Richard Sharpe
February 28, 2019
CAPE sat down with CAPE member Richard Sharpe, also Co-Founder of the Federal Black Employees Caucus (FBEC), to talk about the work he is doing to help build a thriving Black community within the Canadian Federal workforce. Richard Sharpe has been working for the federal government for 23 years and is a CAPE vice-president for Local 521.
Federal Employee Performance Review: What You Need to Know
February 27, 2019
As employee performance review season is arriving soon, we thought it would be timely to provide some information and reminder about our role and our members’ rights under the collective agreement on this topic.
Condolences on the passing of Paul Dewar
February 07, 2019
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Paul Dewar, former center MP for the New Democratic Party. We extend our condolences to the Dewar family as well as friends and former colleagues.
Call for Volunteers: Communications Sub-Committee
February 05, 2019
Ontario Premier Doug Ford responds!
January 28, 2019
On December 13, 2018, PSAC, PIPSC, ACFO and CAPE issued a joint letter to Premier Ford regarding the decision to cut back provincial funding for institutions, programs and services intended to support and protect the Ontario French speaking community.
CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST : WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
January 28, 2019
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) now invites reputable and experienced website design firms, located in the Ottawa/NCR area , to express their interest for the following assignment: the design and development of a new bilingual website for the association.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Tuesday February 5, 2019
Reporting on the 2018 Steward Training Sessions
January 28, 2019
Twice in 2018, CAPE hosted its Bi-Annual Stewards’ Training Sessions in Ottawa. A total of 50 stewards participated, 18 of which, travelled from our regional locals.
OC Transpo Tragedy
January 14, 2019
The extended CAPE family is deeply saddened by the OC Transpo bus collision, which occurred at the Westboro station in Ottawa Friday January 11 . Many families have been directly impacted, with loved ones injured or deceased. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends and hope that those injured will recover quickly.
EC Collective Bargaining Update – December 17, 2018
January 08, 2019
The EC bargaining team and the Employer side bargaining team met for three days of negotiations, December 11, 12 and 13.
Join us for the Women’s March
January 03, 2019
Every year, thousands of people around the world march to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women's rights, the LGBTQ rights, racial equality, workers' rights and more.
December 20, 2018
From December 5, 2018 to December 18, 2018, CAPE members were asked to review and vote on CAPE National Executive Committee business. See the results here.
Open Letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford
December 19, 2018
Disappointed and concerned, CAPE, PSAC, PIPSC and AFCO issued a joint letter urging the Ontario Premier to reconsider budget cuts affecting the Franco-Ontarian community.
Update: New Dental Plan Benefits Available in 2019!
December 18, 2018
CAPE is excited to announce that after months-long negotiations with Treasury Board, working alongside PIPSC and other union partners at the National Joint Council Dental Care Board of Management, improvements to the dental plan benefits have finally been approved and will be offered through members’ dental plan.
AGM 2018 “Strength In Unity”
December 14, 2018
A first for CAPE, four union presidents spoke to a packed room at its 2018 Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa on Tuesday December 4.
Voting period from December 5 to 18
November 27, 2018
Pursuant to CAPE’s Constitution and Bylaws, all members in good standing will be asked to vote on the resolution being put forward, to approve the Association’s financial statements and to approve the choice of the auditing firm that will be auditing the Association’s financial statements. In addition, EC members will be asked to vote for five new EC directors.
CAPE stands in solidarity with Canada Post Workers
November 27, 2018
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) stands in solidarity with postal workers and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) as they negotiate for fair contracts.
Get ready for the Annual General Meeting on December 4!
November 26, 2018
It all happens on today, December 4 at the Ottawa Marriott. Registration will start at 5 p.m.; a meal will also be served at this time. Members outside the National Capital Region are invited to join us via webcasting.
EC Collective Bargaining Update
November 14, 2018
The EC bargaining committee surveyed CAPE’s EC membership in late June and early July in order to get direction for the coming round of bargaining. A record number of members participated in the survey with over 35% of EC members describing their expectations and identifying their priorities.
Canadian Association of Professional Employees Translation Bureau Local 900
November 07, 2018
The Translation Bureau Local 900 Election results are in.
Congratulations and best wishes for success to the newly elected members of the Committee.
Policy Grievance – Settlement Reached Between CAPE and DOJ - 1400 Hours Standard of Legal Services
November 02, 2018
In 2015 CAPE filed a policy grievance with the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (TBS), claiming that the introduction of a minimum target of 1400 hours of legal work per fiscal year for paralegals (ECs) by the Department of Justice Canada (DOJ) was unreasonable and arbitrary in violation of the EC Collective Agreement. The matter was referred to adjudication at the Federal Public Service Labour Relations Employment Board (FPSLREB) in 2016 and in 2018, and the parties agreed to avail to the services of mediation with the FPSLREB.
2018 EC Directors Debate
October 30, 2018
It’s time to familiarize yourself with the candidates who will be running for elected positions at CAPE. You will have the chance to hear from the all the candidates vying for the five vacant EC director positions.
CAPE- Travel for Union Business
October 30, 2018
The objective of the travel policy is to ensure a consistent application of the entitlements for the purpose of union business. The policy applies to CAPE members traveling for union business.
October 04, 2018
Treasury Board agrees to new protocols designed to accelerate collective bargaining, and improve efficiency and productivity.
PBO Phoenix Study
October 04, 2018
The search to replace the Phoenix pay system is on as the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) agrees to a new study on the projected costs of the error-prone system.
CAPE Policy Grievance – Impacted EC Members Re-credited for Losses Caused by Leave Reconciliation Exercise at DOJ and PPSC
September 17, 2018
In 2013 CAPE filed a policy grievance at the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (TBS) on the grounds that the Department of Justice Canada (DOJ) and the Public Prosecution Services of Canada (PPSC) unreasonably and unfairly retroactively reconciled leave entries which impacted EC members for the 2007 to 2012 fiscal years.
CAPE Local Leadership Updates
September 14, 2018
Locals are the backbone of our member activity. Members who volunteer their time and energy in making us a better public service union are greatly appreciated. So, it is important for locals to keep CAPE apprised of the changes to their respective locals.
The Elections and Resolutions Committee Needs a TR Member!
September 11, 2018
The Elections and Resolutions Committee is looking for a CAPE TR Member, so it can continue to fulfil its mission of organizing and overseeing all election and voting processes, other than ratification votes.
Working Together, Growing Together
September 07, 2018
September greetings from the CAPE Communications Team!
August 31, 2018
CAPE President Greg Phillps, along with other Public Service Unions, will be keeping an eye on those charged with fixing the Phoenix Pay System.
August 27, 2018
Unions representing Public Service Workers and the Federal Government are talking again about how to compensate employees affected by the Phoenix Pay System
It’s Pride Week in the Capital Region!
August 23, 2018
It’s Pride Week in the Capital Region!
We at CAPE invite and encourage our members to take part in the many festivities, including the big Pride Parade on Sunday, August 26, 2018.
PCO anti-harassment report: CAPE President speaks with The Hill Times
August 22, 2018
In a new article published by The Hill Times, union heads expressed their optimism regarding the new PCO anti-harassment in the public service report and its concrete timelines.
2018 Budget documents
July 31, 2018
As a follow up to our Membership Budget Meeting held on June 28, this message contains important information regarding the budget process, as well as specific information regarding the proposed CAPE Budget.
CAPE continues to grow!
July 26, 2018
CAPE is now certified as the bargaining agent for all employees of the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (OPBO).
Submit your resolutions
July 16, 2018
Resolutions must be submitted this year no later than September 5, 2018 in order to be discussed at the next AGM and presented to the members thereafter for a vote.
Call for candidates: Vacant EC Director positions
July 13, 2018
The following is a call for candidates to fill five (5) vacant EC Director positions on the National Executive Committee.
Presidents' Council - July 26
July 06, 2018
The first President’s Council meeting of 2018 will be held on Thursday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. at our national office.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2018
At CAPE, we believe in the importance of celebrating the culture, heritage, and accomplishments of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis. We encourage you to take part in this year’s celebrations and recognize the significant contribution of Indigenous Peoples to the fabric of Canadian society.
National Public Service Week
June 11, 2018
This week, please take the time to celebrate your accomplishments and those of your colleagues…it is well deserved! The Canadian Public Service has earned worldwide recognition for its hard work, passion, and professionalism – when it comes to public service, you are global leaders.
Phoenix update: the government was negligent
May 30, 2018
Yesterday, the Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, released the latest report on the Phoenix pay system to Parliament. In his report, The Auditor General finally confirmed what we had been telling the government for the past two years. The report proved that the government was not only negligent in the development of Phoenix but also in its implementation.
May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 16, 2018
Everyone deserves to feel safe and welcome in their workplace. Sadly, for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, fear of alienation, harassment and violence can not only affect their workplace well-being but also prevent them from being their authentic self altogether.
Asian Heritage Month
May 01, 2018
May is Asian Heritage Month. For CAPE, it’s a time to underscore and celebrate the important contributions that Canadians of Asian descent have made to our nation
International Workers' Day - May 1
May 01, 2018
Across much of the world, May 1 is a time to celebrate the contributions of the working class and the labour movement. International Wokers’ Day (or, colloquially, May Day) is held on May 1 to commemorate the victims of the Haymarket massacre.
C-62 : Reversing anti-union laws
April 27, 2018
This past Wednesday, President Phillips, along with other union and non-union representatives, had the chance to meet with members of the Parliament to voice their opinion on Bill C-62.
National Day of Mourning - April 28
April 27, 2018
While occupational health and safety is certainly a primary concern for blue-collar workers, white-collar workers aren’t immune to injuries in the workplace.
National Volunteer Week
April 09, 2018
This week is National Volunteer Week; CAPE would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of its members to consider volunteering some time towards a worthy cause.
Changes to birth control coverage
April 03, 2018
Effective April 1, 2018, all forms of contraceptives will now be covered under the Public Service Health Care Plan.
CAPE supports CUPE Local 2424
March 27, 2018
Technical and library staff at Carleton University have been on strike for close to a month.
March 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 20, 2018
On March 21, 1960, in Sharpeville, a small township in South Africa, 69 people lost their lives and 180 others were injured when the police fired on a crowd of peaceful Black demonstrators who were challenging laws that restricted black South Africans’ movements under apartheid. Six years after this massacre, the United Nations decreed March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Legionella and public service buildings
March 15, 2018
Public Services and Procurement Canada has been engaged in a pilot project to test for legionella, an article in the Globe and Mail has revealed. The new technology by Ottawa-based Spartan Biotech has confirmed the presence of legionella in several federal public service buildings, leading some members to wsonder if they are at risk of developing legionnaire’s disease.
Treasury Board to stop collecting overpayments
March 14, 2018
Treasury Board has indicated that it will temporarily stop collecting overpayments from public servants who aren’t getting paid accurately.
Progress on mental health
March 13, 2018
In January 2018, the Joint Task Force on Mental Health released a third report, which puts forward a number of important proposals aimed at fostering positive mental health in the workplace.
March 8 - International Women's Day
March 07, 2018
Did you know that it was actually our TR members who led the fight on maternity leave?
A quick overlook at the 2018 federal budget
March 05, 2018
As with every budget, there’s a lot to review.
2018 Federal Budget: Liberals target Phoenix
February 27, 2018
The Liberals unveiled their 2018 federal budget earlier today, which slates half a billion dollars towards addressing Phoenix pay problems. The budget also proposes a number of policy proposals aimed at achieving greater gender equality.
Feb 28: Pink Shirt Day
February 26, 2018
Each year, Canadians wear pink on the last Wednesday in February to take a stand against bullying. CAPE invites all its members to don a pink shirt on February 28 and show their support for a harassment-free society.
TBS cancels Phoenix meeting
February 16, 2018
Treasury Board cancelled the meeting just two days before the scheduled date.
Unions to PM: scrap Phoenix and rebuild
February 16, 2018
The unions are asking the Prime Minister to deliver a plan to work with federal government employees to rebuild a pay roll system that will pay them accurately and on time – every time.
Phoenix: the Senate wants answers
February 09, 2018
Wednesday night, members of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance heard from CAPE and other public service unions about public servants’ experiences with the Phoenix pay system. Members of the committee, encouraged by the auditor general, have been conducting their own study into Phoenix.
Observing Black History Month in Canada
February 01, 2018
Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.
CAPE files complaint to the FPSLREB
January 23, 2018
CAPE has now filed a complaint to the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board to contest the employer’s clear violation of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act.
How to report Phoenix overpayment
January 03, 2018
Were you overpaid by the Phoenix pay system in 2017? You have until January 19, 2018 to report an overpayment to the government.
Message from President Greg Phillips: Working for CAPE members
January 03, 2018
A message from President Greg Phillips: Working for CAPE members
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Election and resolution results
As part of CAPE's 2017 AGM, members were invited to vote for a new president and a number of resolutions. We would like to sincerely thank members who took the time to cast their ballots.
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Update on unsupported expenses
Following the recent CBC news story in relation to the serious financial irregularities that the Association was faced with in 2017, the Association’s Executive would like to address a number of questions and concerns put forth by you, our members.
CAPE on the Hill
CAPE President Greg Phillips will be speaking before the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) later today on Parliament Hill.
Translation Bureau Local Executive Elections – Extension of the candidacy submission period
Due to technical issues, some candidacies might not have been received. The deadline for candidacies is thus postponed to October 26, 2018.