News - Archive 2008-2012
- CAPE Filed Two Policy Grievances Regarding Treasury Board’s Administration of the Workforce Adjustment Directive June 25, 2012 CAPE Labour Relations Officers and Executive Director of Policy have been gathering evidence that is the foundation of two grievances that CAPE filed against the employer on June 22.
CAPE Dues Vote Take Two
June 19, 2012
An important number of members have contacted us further to the message we sent on June 13 regarding the integrity of the CAPE dues increase voting process to advise the National Office of problems they were still experiencing with the voting. To ensure that the membership is totally confident with the integrity of the voting process and, more importantly with the results of the vote on this important issue, we have decided to re-run the voting process between June 22 and July 13. Please note that all ballots cast prior to June 22 will be annulled. Additional information regarding the new voting process will be made available to the CAPE membership as it becomes available.
- CAPE dues increase: What is your opinion? June 19, 2012 As you consider your reasons for supporting or opposing the proposed hike in CAPE dues, you can read what other members think about this issue and participate in the exchange of ideas on CAPE’s On-line Discussion Platform.
CAPE Audited Financial Statements and 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 Budget
June 14, 2012
As you are aware, CAPE is currently conducting a dues increase vote. The CAPE National Executive Committee has submitted a recommended dues increase to the CAPE membership for approval. To assist you in evaluating CAPE’s current and projected financial condition, please review the most recent CAPE Audited Financial Statements as well as the CAPE 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 Budget.
The Integrity of the CAPE Dues Increase Voting Process
June 13, 2012
Several issues relating to the integrity of the ongoing dues increase voting process have been raised by CAPE members, including the issue of members being able to cast multiple ballots. InSite, the third party company in charge of the voting process, has assured us that only the first ballot cast by registered members will be counted. If a member has voted more than once on this issue, all votes cast by the member, save the first vote, will be discarded. The issue has been addressed as of this morning, and members are now restricted to one vote and one vote only.
- Responses to statements contained in “Vote NO to the CAPE Dues Increase Right Now” June 13, 2012 The CAPE National Executive Committee (NEC), upon the recommendation of the CAPE Finance Committee, is proposing an increase of $15 per month in the amount of dues paid by CAPE members. While it goes without saying that a decision to raise dues is never greeted with enthusiasm, the NEC has been entirely above board in explaining its reasons for making this move.
CAPE Monthly Dues increase -Why you should support it
June 08, 2012
On May 31 the CAPE Finance Committee submitted a motion to the CAPE National Executive Committee (NEC) recommending that the NEC approve a motion to increase the CAPE membership dues by $15.00 monthly. The motion reads as follows: The Finance Committee, in light of the government’s actions that have led or will lead to a substantial decrease in the amount of dues collected and to a significant increase in the demand for CAPE’s services, recommends to the NEC that it recommend to the membership a dues increase of $15.00 per month starting as soon as possible. On June 4th the NEC approved this motion.
- A Message from CAPE President Claude Poirier June 06, 2012 This year, once again, Treasury Board will be urging us to celebrate our work and achievements during National Public Service Week. The theme for this year is: “Celebrating our Commitment!” Under normal circumstances, this would have been a very appropriate sentiment; but current events lead me to suggest a different theme for the week: will the public service recover from all these attacks?
- May 2012 Professional Dialogue June 01, 2012 This edition of Professional Dialogue is dedicated to Stress in the Workplace. CAPE members - federal public service employees in general - are currently experiencing a period of intense job insecurity, and changes in their work environments, their workloads and their work responsibilities. These factors all engender stress. As a result of the changing public service, CAPE members have asked that we dedicate a Professional Dialogue to this topic.
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance
May 29, 2012
On Tuesday, May 29, CAPE President Claude Poirier submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, setting out the position of the Professionals Serving Canadians (PSC) coalition concerning the impact that the 2012 Budget will have on jobs and the Canadian economy. Following the presentation, Mr. Poirier sent a letter to the Conservative MP for Saint-Boniface, the Honourable Shelly Glover, to clarify some the issues she had raised during the presentation.
- Press Release Media Advisory For “Professionals Serving Canadians”, CAPE President Claude Poirier testifies before the Standing Committee on Finance on Bill C-38 May 29, 2012 The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) will present the brief of the “Professionals Serving Canadians” (PSC) coalition to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday morning, May 29, 2012. On behalf of the PSC, CAPE President Claude Poirier will present recommendations to protect the rights of federal professional employees as well as services delivered to all Canadians.
The media and federal public service employees
May 15, 2012
In addition to the rights and limitations of unionized employees participating in the Twitter or Facebook campaign, it is important for you to have information concerning the rights and limitations that apply to you if you are contacted by members of the traditional (print and electronic) media.
- Why Alternation? - Entitlements to Consider May 07, 2012 An alternation is a situation where an employee trades places with an employee who will be laid off in order to gain access to one of the three sets of special entitlements provided in the Work Force Adjustment Directive (WFAD).
- President's Message May 01, 2012 On March 29, 2012, the federal government tabled a budget that included $5.2 billion in spending cuts. Since then, about 3,500 CAPE members have received notices informing them that their positions could be affected by a work force adjustment (WFA) process resulting from those cuts. CAPE started preparing for this eventuality last summer when our colleagues at PWGSC went through a similar exercise.
- Facebook, Twitter and Federal Public Service Employees April 25, 2012 If you participate in the Professionals Serving Canadians Twitter and Facebook campaign, do so in the same professional manner that you carry out your responsibilities for the employer. To know your rights, please read this memo and this:www.safetyeh.ca
- Official Language Requirements in the Context of the Economic Action Plan 2012 April 24, 2012 The employer has amended the Public Service Commission’s Guidance Series – Official Languages in the Appointment Process to indicate that, where a surplus employee or a person entitled to a lay-off priority is appointed to a bilingual position, or when an employee is appointed or deployed to a bilingual position as a result of an alternation, their Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results that are over five years old will be deemed valid.
New Public Service Commission Regulations and Order in Support of the Provisions on Alternation of the National Joint Council Work Force Adjustment Directive
April 13, 2012
The Public Service Commission (PSC) recently made the Appointment or Deployment of Alternates Exclusion Approval Order and the Appointment or Deployment of Alternates Regulations.
- Press Release $5.2 Billion in Federal Spending Cuts Will Lead to More Than 40,000 Job Losses in the Private Sector April 03, 2012 According to an analysis conducted by the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), the $5.2-billion cutback in spending announced in the budget tabled by the federal government last week will cause 40,825 job losses in the private sector.
- Press Release Public Service Professionals warn “cuts must not impact safety” March 29, 2012 According to Professionals Serving Canadians, a coalition of six public service unions representing more than 75,000 government professionals, the 2012 federal budget risks cutting vital programs and services that serve to protect the safety and security of Canadians.
- Press Release Public Service Professionals Unite to Defend Public Safety March 22, 2012 On the eve of the upcoming federal budget, a coalition of six unions representing Canada’s federal public service professionals has launched a major social media-based campaign to stop the government from undermining programs and services that keep Canadians safe.
- Training Schedule – Spring 2012 March 15, 2012 The following is the spring training schedule for CAPE. The following training will be conducted at the national office, starting each day at 8:30 a.m.
- Press Release British Columbia to Lose More Than 11,000 Jobs in the Wake of Planned Federal Budget Cuts March 07, 2012 More than 11,000 workers in British Columbia will lose their jobs if the Canadian government follows through on its plan to cut more than $8 billion in spending from its forthcoming budget.
- Press Release Maritimes to Lose Nearly 14,000 Jobs in the Wake of Planned Federal Budget Cuts March 07, 2012 Ottawa, March 7, 2012 – Nearly 14,000 workers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island will lose their jobs if the Canadian government follows through on its plan to cut more than $8 billion in spending from its forthcoming budget.
- Press Release Ontario to Lose Close to 50,000 Jobs in the Wake of Planned Federal Budget Cuts March 07, 2012 Close to 50,000 workers in Ontario will lose their jobs if the Canadian government follows through on its plan to cut more than $8 billion in spending from its forthcoming budget.
- Press Release Quebec to Lose Close to 25,000 Jobs in the Wake of Planned Federal Budget Cuts March 07, 2012 Ottawa, March 7, 2012 – Close to 25,000 workers in Quebec will lose their jobs if the Canadian government follows through on its plan to cut more than $8 billion in spending from its forthcoming budget.
- Truth Requires Inquiry March 06, 2012 A response to the Ottawa Citizen’s Editorial of March 1, 2012, "A self-serving report"
- Press Release Proposed Conservative Government Cutbacks Would Eliminate 61,000 Private Sector Jobs February 28, 2012 OTTAWA, February 28, 2012… If the Conservative government goes ahead with its plan to cut $8 billion in spending out of the next federal budget, 61,000 workers in the private sector will lose their jobs, creating a drag on the Canadian economy.
- Press Release Conservative Government Budget Cuts Could Push Canada Into Recession February 21, 2012 An analysis conducted by the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) indicates that the Conservative government’s plan to cut more than $8 billion in federal expenditures will lead to a reduction in Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) and could draw the Canadian economy into a recession.
- CAPE is Joining the Twitter Community February 17, 2012 On Tuesday, February 21, CAPE will join the Twitter community.
- Message from the President January 04, 2012 The rumour mill has been grinding steadily these past few months with the news that the Government has asked all of its departments and agencies to prepare two austerity plans: one to achieve a 5% budget reduction and the other for a 10% reduction. The Treasury Board ministers have reviewed these plans and will be announcing their decision for the 2012-2013 federal budget, which is expected to be tabled in the House of Commons in February or March of 2012.
- New Procedure for Referring Priority Persons January 04, 2012 The Public Service Commission has posted a Letter to Heads of Human Resources regarding changes to the Public Service Commission (PSC)’s procedure for referring priority persons, as well as related updates to the Priority Information Management System (PIMS).
- CAPE ANNUAL REPORT 2010 - 2011 December 21, 2011 CAPE ANNUAL REPORT 2010 - 2011
Former CAPE President Bill Krause Chides the C.D. Howe Institute
December 19, 2011
In a letter to the Editor of the Ottawa Citizen published today, Bill Krause, former CAPE President and former member of the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee, calls the C.D. Howe Institute to task for once again misrepresenting and misinterpreting the unfunded liability in Canada’s Public Service Pension Plans. Read the full text of the published letter here.
Results of 2011 Vote
December 01, 2011
This year members were asked to vote on a number of changes to the CAPE Constitution and By-Laws, as well as a Resolution regarding the Public Service Health Care Plan as well as on the Financial Statements.
Electronic Voting Process a Resounding Success
October 28, 2011
The new CAPE integrated e-communications system used in the ongoing voting process has reached over 8,000 CAPE members, and the response rate in the first five days of the voting period has been remarkable.
Update on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Disability Management Project
October 28, 2011
On October 4, 2011, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat announced the official launch of many of the products developed under the Disability Management in the Federal Public Service project (http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hrh/dmi-igi/index-eng.asp) to help deputy heads and departments acquire a disability management capacity or build upon their existing capacity.
Congratulations to our iPad 2 winners.
October 25, 2011
Congratulations to Lyne Leclerc and Margaret Stewart, each a winner of an Apple iPad 2.
- Petition to Stop the Conservative Government’s Plans to Cut Federal Public Services October 04, 2011 The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) have initiated a campaign aimed at convincing Members of Parliament and Treasury Board President Tony Clement that eliminating jobs to reach budget goals is not in the best interest of the public service or the Canadian public. As part of the Partnership with Canadians campaign, PSAC and PIPSC have asked for the assistance of their fellow bargaining agents, and many have agreed to assist, including CAPE.
- Federal Public Service Unions Call for Partnership with Canadians September 19, 2011 (Moncton) – Leaders of 18 unions representing hundreds of thousands of Canada’s public sector employees are calling on the federal government to reverse plans to cut valuable public services and jobs which Canadians depend on from coast to coast to coast.
- Nominations and Resolutions for 2011 September 15, 2011 Memorandum to: CAPE membership From: Elections and Resolutions Committee Subject: Nominations and Resolutions for 2011
- Results of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments)for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2011 August 08, 2011 The Public Service Pension Advisory Committee, which is comprised of Senior Management and Bargaining Agent representatives, met on June 21, 2011, at Treasury Board for a presentation by PSP Investments. PSP Investments oversees the investment management of the Federal Public Service Superannuation Plan. The presentation was regarding the Public Sector Pension Investment Board 2011 Annual Report.
- Work Force Adjustment – CAPE Prepares its Members June 23, 2011 Following Public Works and Government Services’ (PWGSC) announcement of Monday, June 20 of anticipated position reductions within the department, spanning a three year period, CAPE has taken several steps towards assisting our affected members.
- PRESS RELEASE PWGSC ANNOUNCEMENT – A CONTINUATION NOT A BEGINNING June 20, 2011 For Immediate Release Ottawa, Ontario, June 7, 2011… Today’s announcement from the department of Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC) of cuts to programs and positions resulting from a strategic review is one moment in an already long series of review processes in the federal public service. For five years departments have been following a Conservative mandate to review and cut. Now they are cutting into the bone of public service programs, if necessary, to reach questionable budgetary targets. According to department sources, PWGSC has received approval from Treasury Board for twenty-two “initiatives”, nine of which will have a direct negative impact on jobs.
- Canada Post employees locked-out and threat of return to work legislation at Air Canada June 16, 2011 Two worker groups are currently suffering from an employer unwilling to listen to them. At Canada Post, the employer wants to create two categories of workers: those who enjoy working conditions obtained through very difficult conflicts and those who will have to do the same work, but at cheaper conditions for the employer.
- Memorandum June 15, 2011 To:Local Presidents Re:New Position of Services Coordinator From:Claude Poirier, CAPE President This is to inform you that, in order to centralize a number of administrative functions within the Association, a new position of Services Coordinator has been created at the National Office.
June 07, 2011
THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES DOES NOT BUY INTO HARPER’S “GOVERNMENT FOR ALL CANADIANS” MESSAGE
- Pension Appeal to Proceed May 06, 2011 The Supreme Court of Canada has granted CAPE, PIPSC, PSAC and several other public service bargaining agents and representative organizations our applications for leave to appeal the 2010 Ontario Court of Appeal decision.
Canadians Elect a Conservative Majority,Put NDP in the Role of Official Opposition
May 04, 2011
The results of the May 2 federal elections put the Conservatives back in power, with a majority. CAPE will be watching closely how federal public service employees will be impacted by the new face of the federal government. With the NDP as Official Opposition, the balance of power has shifted.
Federal Elections 2011A Message from CAPE President Claude Poirier
April 27, 2011
Next week, Canadians will have the opportunity to select who they want to run the country on their behalf. Apathy has been a major problem in recent elections. You don’t want others to decide for you. Please take some time and make your own choice. Make that choice count by voting on Monday May 2.
- Press Release Restrictions on “Political Activity” for Federal Public Service Employees April 15, 2011 Ottawa, April 15, 2011... The Canadian Association of Professional Employees is concerned that advice provided by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and by some departments will discourage public service employees from exercising a legitimate right to engage in political activities during the current federal election.
- FEDERAL ELECTION 2011: WHAT ARE YOUR POLITICAL RIGHTS? April 15, 2011 “Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression,” along with other civil and political rights, are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. CAPE believes that its members should be fully entitled to the benefit of these protections. Unfortunately, the Public Service Employment Act (“the Act” or “PSEA”) places restrictions on the right of federal public service employees to engage in political activity.
- Special Invitation to a Public Service Pension Plan panel discussion April 05, 2011 Please consider the following invitation to attend our forthcoming special event: “The Public Service Pension Plan: Perspectives for its Professionals”.
The 2011 Budget
March 23, 2011
The Harper government tabled a 2011 budget that left observers wondering what it was really all about. CAPE President Claude Poirier met with media after the budget speech had been delivered and expressed his astonishment. “The Harper government has changed the manner in which Canadian governments present budgets,” said CAPE President Claude Poirier. “The 2011 budget hides more than it reveals. It is now an exercise of smoke and mirrors.”
CAPE Successful in LaBranche Religious Discrimination Case
January 18, 2011
Settlement signed in December 2010 puts an end to a four year saga of religious discrimination (Anti-Semitism) endured by a CAPE member employed at Passport Canada.
- Message from the President January 17, 2011 On behalf of the National Executive Committee of CAPE, of the entire staff of the Association and in my personal name, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year.
Results of Vote regarding Constitutional and By-Law Amendmentsand CAPE Financial Statements and Budget
December 23, 2010
To review the nature of the changes to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association, and the intent of the changes, please review the memo to the membership sent by the Chair of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee on November 3, 2010.
CAPE Collective Bargaining TeamsDecline Invitations to Expedited Bargaining
December 15, 2010
The deciding factor that guided the bargaining committees was the significant traffic of emails and telephone calls to the national office from members of CAPE asking and sometimes demanding that the Association reject the off schedule negotiations, and particularly the negotiation of concessions on severance pay.
CAPE Members’ Message to CAPE:Our Severance Pay is NOT Up for Grabs
December 07, 2010
CAPE has put out a call to it’s membership for input in the upcoming round of expedited bargaining on behalf of both the EC and TR groups. Members are strongly encouraged to provide their Collective Bargaining Committees with their suggestions, concerns and observations at the following e-mail addresses - EC_JAN_2011@acep-cape.ca and TR_JAN_2011@acep-cape.ca respectively.
- CAPE in the Media - Working For You November 25, 2010 The President of CAPE, Claude Poirier, was interviewed recently by OttawaLife Magazine, along with the presidents of PIPSC and ACFO, Gary Corbett and Milt Isaac. In an article in its November 2010 edition (Evidence versus Ideology), they discuss common misperceptions, myths and misinformation on the public service held by the general pubic. The three presidents point out that the government is actually eroding the benefits of the public service.
The Invitation to Bargain Early and a Call for Membership Input
November 12, 2010
In an article posted on its web site on October 15 CAPE announced that it had accepted an invitation from Treasury Board to meet at the bargaining table prior to the expiration of the TR collective agreement and prior to the expiration of the EC collective agreement. These meetings will occur in the wake of a recent tentative settlement between the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Treasury Board at 3 of the 5 PSAC tables and a rejection to meet by the 6 bargaining teams of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC). CAPE has prepared a Questions and Answers document on recent events and on the process ahead. The Qs & As also contains a call for input from members and e-mail addresses to which the input should be sent. Members should note that the invitation was from Treasury Board. As a result, the newly appointed bargaining committee for our members at the Library of Parliament will be preparing for negotiations according to the normal and expected calendar.
- Notice to Mildly Handicapped Statistics Canada Employees November 05, 2010 CAPE believes that Statistics Canada's decision to double the monthly parking fee for employees who require a reserved parking space because of their mild handicap could be discriminatory. We fully intend to dispute this decision and invite Statistics Canada employees to file a grievance.
When bargaining becomes an issue
October 15, 2010
Last week, the news came out that TBS and PSAC had reached, after two weeks of negotiation, tentative agreements at three of its five bargaining tables. The tentative agreements involved wage increases of 1.75%, 1.5% and 2%, other adjustments addressing issues specific to sub-groups, as well as, after preliminary review, what CAPE would consider a major concession. The concession was an end to the accumulation of severance pay for situations where an employee retires or resigns from the public service.
EC Policy Grievance Denied at Arbitration
October 15, 2010
The grievance was denied by Arbitrator Michele A. Pineau in a decision issued September 9, 2010. Ms. Pineau submitted that, having signed the collective agreement with the EC rates of pay, CAPE agreed that these were, in fact, the newly negotiated rates of pay negotiated in relation to the EC Conversion.
- The Pension Appeal - Ontario Court of Appeal Denies CAPE’s Actions October 08, 2010 In November of 2007, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in the $ 30 B pension surplus trial. The decision dismissed the actions. An appeal of this decision was filed, and was heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal in April. On October 8, 2010, the Ontario Court of Appeal, in turn, dismissed the actions.
- A letter from the President of CAPE, Mr. Claude Poirier, sent to Members of Parliament and the Senate on the matter of the census. August 06, 2010 Over the course of the past several weeks, CAPE has made its concerns regarding the Conservative government’s decision to suspend the mandatory long census questionnaire known. As the bargaining agent representing over 2,000 employees at Statistics Canada, including statisticians and economists, as well as another 10,000 professional federal public service employees who, in the commission of their duties and responsibilities often rely on the integrity of the information generated by the Canadian Census, we are gravely concerned with the impact this decision will have on the ability of our members to serve their employer and the Canadian public.
- Message from the President August 05, 2010 The long-form census debate, whatever the outcome is, only proves that this government has no respect for the great competence, knowledge and professionalism of its public servants. You know that, I know that and, thanks to this manufactured crisis, the Canadian Public is starting to realize that.
Open Letter to Industry Minister Tony Clement – Part 3 of 3
July 27, 2010
A letter on the matters of honour and integrity
Open Letter to Industry Minister Tony Clement – Part 2 of 3
July 26, 2010
A letter on the matters of privacy, security and civic duty
Open Letter to Industry Minister Tony Clement – Part 1 of 3
July 23, 2010
A letter on the matters of methodological issues such as the difference between a census and a survey
- The Canadian Association of Professional Employees Thanks Former Chief Statistician Munir A. Sheikh July 22, 2010 The Canadian Association of Professional Employees would like to recognize the enormous sacrifice of Dr. Sheikh, his integrity and professionalism.
The Census and Minister Clement
July 08, 2010
CAPE is growing increasingly concerned with the basis on which Conservative government decisions are being made. Earlier in the year, CAPE demonstrated that arguments used by the Conservative government to attack public service pensions were spurious and based on pseudo science. Now Minister Clement, on behalf of his colleagues in government, seems to be interfering in the work of Statistics Canada.
- Message from the President July 08, 2010 Dear colleagues, As summer begins, the time has come to assess the general atmosphere of our relations with the employer. What should we think of an employer who can simultaneously negotiate and legislate, consult and mandate, deliberate and impose? Previous governments have almost always successfully navigated these troubled waters without really abusing their power. There have been a few exceptions, but these were perhaps justified. Now we are facing a situation where the abuse is growing.
- CAPE President Claude Poirier Appointed to the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee June 23, 2010 On June 22, Treasury Board President the Honourable Stockwell Day announced the appointment of CAPE President Claude Poirier to the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee.
- Dental Care Plan for Retired Federal Public Service Employees Will Cost Participants Between 25 and 32 Percent More June 11, 2010 Last week the Harper government quietly announced that beginning October 1, 2010, the cost of the Dental Care Plan will increase for retired federal public service employees.
EC Vacant positions on National Executive Committee
June 09, 2010
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) National Executive Committee has two EC vacancies and is seeking interested members to fill the positions. Any member of the EC group may apply for these positions.
- Public Service Modernization Review - CAPE Gives it a D June 09, 2010 In 2003, the federal government moved through Parliament the Public Service Modernization Act (PSMA). Seven years later, it has asked interested parties including bargaining agents, to provide it with feedback regarding the consequent changes to labour relations and to the staffing regime.
- The Auditor General’s Report and the Public Service Pension Plan June 03, 2010 The recent furore surrounding statements by the CD Institute that Canada's Pension Accounts reflected a large hidden deficit of nearly $58 billion is more disingenuous than we previously thought.
CAPE Communications Survey
June 02, 2010
In order to develop a long range work plan for CAPE communications that would be responsive to the needs of CAPE Locals and membership, the CAPE Communications Committee distributed a survey to all members of the National Executive Committee, and to all CAPE Local’s Executive Members.
- The Pension Appeal May 19, 2010 Federal government unions and representative associations (plaintiffs) were back in court on April 19 to pursue the issue of the 30 billion dollar pension fund grab.
- Public Service Health Care Plan - Frequently Asked Questions April 2010 April 21, 2010 A National Joint Council Document
- The President of CAPE on Parliament Hill and in the Media: the 2010 Budget April 15, 2010 The President of CAPE, Claude Poirier, was invited to appear before the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates to speak on the matter of the freeze on government budget envelopes and government operations.
March 11 Special General MeetingBudget 2010
March 12, 2010
CAPE members met last night at a very productive Special General Meeting to discuss the implications of the 2010 federal government budget.
The 2010 Budget – Canada’s Economic Action Plan
March 05, 2010
CAPE President Claude Poirier, past President Bill Krause, Acting Executive Director Jean Ouellette, Research Officer Hélène Paris and legal counsel Peter Engelmann convened on March 4 to analyse the details of the 2010 budget as it became available. Hélène Paris, who attended the budget lock-up, helped guide the group to the more salient aspects of the proposed budget as it relates to the public service.
- What You Need to Know about the Pension Issue – Qs and As March 03, 2010 The CAPE Mobilization Committee has developed a Qs and As document in response to the questions and concerns brought to their attention by the membership.
- Pension Appeal to be Heard in April March 03, 2010
All-day session for Local Leadership and NEC members on the ABC's of the pension issue a resounding success
March 01, 2010
On Saturday, February 27, CAPE held an all day session with members of the Local Leadership and of the National Executive Committee to discuss the pension issue. 25 members of the Local Leadership were in attendance, as well as 4 invited panelists.
- CAPE in the Media on the Pensions Issue February 23, 2010 The President of CAPE, Claude Poirier, gave an interview on Monday to Paul Gaboury, from Le Droit newspaper.
- CAPE Mobilization Committee February 20, 2010 CAPE’s mobilization Committee met on Wednesday, February 17, to further clarify and define the Mobilization Action Plan. Printed materials for distribution to the membership will be prepared in the coming days, and CAPE will be producing other tools to enhance our visibility and get our message out to the public that any attack on our pensions in order to cut the deficit is completely unacceptable.
- CAPE’s Analysis of the C.D. Howe Institute Report February 18, 2010 It is CAPE’s opinion that the C.D. Howe Institute’s study is misleading, ignores important facts and is based on incorrect premises as to the continued existence of the plan. We have prepared an analysis, entitled A Balanced Perspective on Fair-Value Pension Accounting
- CAPE Pension Mobilization Update February 05, 2010 CAPE’s National Executive has taken its own members’ concerns into hand, and has issued a call for volunteers for participation on the newly conceived CAPE Mobilization Committee.
- CAPE National Executive Committee Adopts Motion to Mobilize the Membership to Protect Pensions January 29, 2010 At its January 27 meeting, the members of the National Executive Committee adopted a motion in principle, which was submitted by members of Local 514 – Human Resources and Skills Development, National Capital Region. This motion engages CAPE in a campaign to mobilize its members concerning the Harper government’s anticipated attack on the pubic service and more specifically the pension plan of its members.
- Are our pensions in danger? Canadians have the right to know the truth! A message from CAPE President Claude Poirier January 28, 2010 For over six months, rumours have been swirling about the public service pension plan. Clearly politicians make a habit of targeting public service employees to garner support from the general public.
- New Year Message January 06, 2010 At the beginning of this new year, and on behalf of myself and the entire organization, I would like to send you our best wishes for health, happiness, and prosperity.
- Support For Employees on Strike at the Museums December 01, 2009 During its regular meeting on November 26th, CAPE’s National Executive Committee voted to make a financial contribution towards supporting the strikers at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum.
- Decrease in the pension reduction factor July 30, 2009 Some CAPE members have recently received correspondence concerning the limit on allowable RRSP contributions for 2009 and, more specifically, a decrease in this limit.
- Erratum – CAPE Pension Appeal Process Report April 17, 2009
CAPE in the News
March 31, 2009
Claude Danik, CAPE’s Executive Director, gave an interview on classification to an Ottawa Citizen reporter.
CAPE President Claude Poirier Clarifies EC Conversion History to Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board
March 27, 2009
Since early January, even before all of the details of the special compensation legislation became known, one of CAPE’s priorities and one of the president’s priorities has been to address the matter of the anticipated legislated prohibition on bargaining rates of pay for the EC conversion.
- Filling Vacant Positions on the NEC: Serving the Best Interests of CAPE Members March 19, 2009 Did you know that the NEC is composed of 17 positions and that, currently, eight are filled?
- Signed Collective Agreements March 17, 2009 The TR and EC collective agreements are signed.
- A Reminder: Paycheques for the Retroactive Period and Tax Deductions at Source March 06, 2009 In some cases, the Income Tax Act allows lump-sum payments, such as retroactive pay, to be issued without tax being withheld, or with a reduced amount of tax withheld – for example, if you wish to use the payment to contribute to your RRSP.
- CAPE Pension Appeal Process Sub-Committee Report and Recommendations Summary February 27, 2009 At its meeting of May 20, 2008, the National Executive Committee (NEC) struck a sub-committee on the pension appeal process. . It completed its deliberations, and submitted its report to the NEC on February 18, 2009.
- Association Ratifies New TR and EC Collective Agreements February 20, 2009 TR and EC members voted in favour of accepting the Employer’s Final offers. This means that the collective agreements will be renewed until 2011.
February 11, 2009
CAPE lost a dear friend and strong ally yesterday. Michèle Demers, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, passed away yesterday.
Special Compensation Legislation - the Expenditure Restraint Act – Questions and Answers
February 10, 2009
CAPE’s analysis of the special compensation legislation that was announced by the Minister of Finance in late November and tabled in the House of Commons on Friday February 6.
Expenditure Restraint Act
February 08, 2009
CAPE has just been made aware of Bill C-10, and of Part 10 of the bill entitled Expenditure Restraint Act.
- TR and EC Collective Agreement Ratifications – Questions and Answers February 04, 2009 Responses from the Chief Negotiator, Claude Danik, to questions that have been posed by members regarding the TR and EC collective agreement ratifications.
Collective Bargaining Call-In Forums
January 29, 2009
In addition to information on the ratification votes posted on CAPE’s web site and information provided in the ratification kits, CAPE is organizing special call-in forums. The forums are intended to give members an opportunity to ask the chief negotiator, Claude Danik, questions on the final offer to CAPE’s TR members and on the final offer to CAPE’s EC members.
- Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Party Leaders January 28, 2009 On January 23, the 18 unions representing federal government employees sent a letter to Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Official Opposition, Gilles Duceppe, Leader of the Bloc Québécois, Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party, asking them to oppose the planned special compensation legislation.
- Employer’s Final Offer – EC and TR Ratification Votes January 27, 2009 The EC ratification package has been mailed to CAPE’s EC members. The TR ratification package has been mailed to CAPE’s TR members. Please visit the CAPE web site over the next two weeks: you will find additional information and analysis relating to the final offer, including analysis of how the compensation legislation that is expected to accompany the budget this week will affect the offer.
Letter from CAPE President Claude Poirier to the Minister of Finance and the President of the Treasury Board
January 16, 2009
Letter from CAPE President Claude Poirier to the Minister of Finance and the President of the Treasury Board regarding the anticipated special compensation legislation and its potentially negative impact on the ability to negotiate pay rates relating to the EC conversion.
- Pensions Appeal Update January 07, 2009 The NJC Bargaining Agents Side will be addressing the issue of lead litigator at a meeting scheduled for January 14, 2009. There are two very skilled candidates proposed by different bargaining agents.
- Message from the President January 05, 2009 At the beginning this New Year, 2009, I wish you health, happiness and prosperity.
- EC and TR Members to Vote on the Employer’s Final Offers December 18, 2008 The TR Bargaining Committee met on December 9, and the EC Bargaining Committee met on December 11. Both meetings were held to discuss their respective ratification votes – the process, the scheduling, and the accompanying information packages were all discussed.
CAPE Elects New National President
December 15, 2008
Claude Poirier has been newly elected to the position of CAPE national President. Maria Mascaro was elected to the position of EC Vice President and Lionel Perrin was acclaimed as TR Vice President. The newly appointed members of the National Executive Committee assume their positions effective January 1, 2009.
Employer objects to the referral of the complaint filed by CAPE on behalf of TRs with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Federal Court
December 09, 2008
Further to the article posted on November 19, we regret to inform you that the employer, represented by the Attorney General of Canada, has filed a Notice of Application for Judicial Review of the decision, made by the Canadian Human Rights Commission rendered October 28, to refer the complaint to the Chairperson of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal so that the Tribunal may designate a member to hear the complaint set out in the Commission’s report.
- CAPE President José Aggrey’s November 6 Letter to President of Treasury Board Vic Toews December 01, 2008 Prior to CAPE receiving a final offer from Treasury Board for the TR and EC bargaining tables, the President of CAPE sent the attached letter to the President of Treasury Board Vic Toews.
Final Offers Tabled with Bargaining Agents
November 20, 2008
The President of Treasury Board communicated to all bargaining agents a final offer for each and every bargaining table on Tuesday, November 18. CAPE received offers for both the EC and TR tables. These offers are final and non-negotiable. The bargaining teams were immediately called for emergency meetings, held yesterday, November 19, to consider their options.
- Update on the Call for Nominations and Resolutions September 10, 2008 This year all positions on the National Executive Committee were up for election. The National Executive Committee is comprised of the following: President, EC/LoP Vice-President, TR Vice-President, two (2) TR Directors, one (1) LoP Director and eleven (11) EC Directors. All of the positions have a three-year term of office, which commences on January 1, 2009.
- Memo to: Local Leadership Council From : José Aggrey, President Subject : Local Leadership Council Meeting July 11, 2008 Please be advised that, in accordance with clause 21.6 of the CAPE Constitution, a meeting of the Local Leadership Council will be held on August 13, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the CAPE National Office, 4th Floor,100 Queen Street.
- July 2008 Professional Dialogue July 01, 2008
Once new rates of pay are negotiated in an agreement, will the salary received on promotion during the retroactive period of the collective agreement be recalculated?
June 19, 2008
Yes. The rates of pay resulting from promotions, transfers, deployments, or acting situations made during the retroactive period of a collective agreement will be recalculated using the revised rates of pay once a new collective agreement is signed.
Official Call for Nominations and Resolutions
May 31, 2008
This is an official call for nominations and for resolutions to be discussed at the Annual General Meeting.
PROFESSIONAL UNIONS LAUNCH CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGEPRESS RELEASE
May 05, 2008
OTTAWA, May 5, 2008 – The Professional Institute of the Public Service (PIPSC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) are launching a constitutional challenge which seeks to invalidate provisions contained in the Public Service Labour Relations Act prohibiting federal employees from negotiating protections and improvements in a variety of areas, including pensions, employee classifications and staffing.
- Employer Makes Changes to Supplemental Payments Process January 25, 2008 Beginning in May, 2008 any supplemental payments you might receive, such as reimbursement for travel, overtime, retroactive pay etc., may be directly deposited to a bank account – of your choice. This means it does not have to be the same account into which your regular pay is deposited.
- About the Federal Income Tax Credit for Transit Passes January 17, 2008 On July 1, 2006, the Government of Canada launched its program to offer individual Canadians a non-refundable tax credit to help cover the cost of weekly or longer duration public transit passes.
Local Leadership FrameworkMemo to Local Leadership
December 20, 2007
At the Local Leadership meeting of November 28, 2007, Local Leaders were asked for their input in the development of the “Framework for Locals.
- CAPE Local Leadership Minutes of Meeting November 28, 2007 National Office Ottawa, Ont. December 20, 2007
CAPE Membership Approves Constitutional and By-law Changes
December 14, 2007
The CAPE membership voted in favour of changes to the CAPE Constitution and By-laws that will serve to improve the governance structure of the Association.
- CAPE’s 2007 AGM Professional Services Report Claude Danik, Executive Director Speaker’s Notes Presented on Thursday, November 29, 2007 December 11, 2007 Professional Services Report
Report from the CAPE Atlantic Region Forum September 21, 2007Memramcook, New Brunswick
November 23, 2007
The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) Atlantic Region Forum was held in Memramcook, New Brunswick at the Memramcook Institute on September 21, 2007.
Pension Surplus Trial - Justice Panet's Decision is Very Disappointing
November 21, 2007
On November 20, 2007, the decision the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the pension surplus trial was released.
- Pension Surplus Litigation Decision to be Issued Today November 20, 2007 CAPE’s legal counsel has been advised by the Court that Justice Panet will be releasing a decision early today relating to the pension surplus litigation.
Memo To: CAPE MembershipFrom: José Aggrey, President
November 14, 2007
Special Event at this year's AGM
- Potential Strike of Commissionaires at Health Canada November 08, 2007 There is a possibility that Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires working at Health Canada in Ottawa will be in a strike position starting Thursday morning, November 8, 2007.
- CAPE PEI Hosts President October 03, 2007 Prince Edward Island Local 102 Executive was pleased to host President Jose Aggrey at it's fall supper Thursday, September 20, 2007.
- CAPE Membership Supports Proposed Amendment That Extends National Executive Committee Members’ Terms of Office to Three Years June 18, 2007 CAPE membership voted to accept the proposed amendment to extend the National Executive Members’ mandates from two to three years.
- Summary of Discussion - CAPE Special General Meeting June 6, 2007 June 06, 2007
Governance Review: the Interim Report
June 01, 2007
The Local Leadership is invited to review and to provide comments on the Special Governance Review Committee’s Interim Report (SGRC).
Letter to the Local Leadership from the Chair of the Finance Committee regarding the Association's budget.
May 24, 2007
On behalf of the Finance Committee, I would like to invite you to the annual meeting of the Local Leadership regarding the Association’s budget. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 5:30 p.m..
- Pension Trial Update – Argument Phase of the Trial Completed May 09, 2007 Lawyers for both parties completed the trial on Thursday May 3, 2007.
- Pension Trial Update – Closing Oral Arguments Have Been Scheduled April 30, 2007 Further to our message of April 20, the court has confirmed that the closing oral arguments are now scheduled to be heard starting May 1.
- Pension Trial Update – Extension of Deadline to File Written Submissions Possible April 20, 2007 The lawyers of the defendant, that is the Attorney-General of Canada, have requested an extension of the deadline to file their written submission and the plaintiffs may also request an extension.
- Pension Surplus Trial Update March 22, 2007 Employer’s witnesses to testify on March 23, 26 and possibly March 27
- Pension Surplus Trial Update March 21, 2007 The second phase of the pension surplus trial challenging the federal government’s confiscation of over $30 billion of surplus in the Canadian Forces, RCMP and Public Service superannuation plans began on February 26, 2007 before Justice Panet of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
EC Classification Update
March 16, 2007
The Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada has provided the following update to the Heads of Human Resources across the federal public service.
Federal Buildings for Sale?
March 08, 2007
The Federal Government has announced that it is considering the sale and lease-back of nine federal buildings.
- March 2007 Professional Dialogue March 01, 2007 The March 2007 Professional Dialogue will be made available in hard copy in April 2007.
- Pension Grab - The Trial Resumed February 26th February 28, 2007 The trial in three lawsuits launched by 18 bargaining agents and organizations (plaintiffs) regarding the $ 30 B pension surplus grab by the government resumed on Monday, February 26.
- Use of Personal Credit Cards for Government Travel February 23, 2007 CAPE has been asked by members to clarify whether obtaining and using a Government of Canada American Express Credit Card (a.k.a. the Government Travel Card) is obligatory when on government travel.
Amendments to the Financial Administration Act Mean Tougher Penalties for Fraud
February 22, 2007
Tougher penalties for fraud involving taxpayers' money will come into force on March 1, 2007. These changes were announced by Vic Toews, President of Treasury Board, earlier this month.
- Pension Trial Resumes February 26th February 20, 2007 On an on-going basis and since last fall, CAPE has been contacted by members regarding rumours about a possible settlement being arrived at in regards to the pension surplus court case. All of these rumours, whether they concern the public service or the DND or the RCMP superannuation plans are unfounded.
- The Pension Fight Back Campaign is kicking it up a notch and we need your help! February 20, 2007 Write to your MP and tell him or her that you expect action on their part.
Memo to CAPE Local Leadership Re: CAPE Communications
February 07, 2007
CAPE’s national office has completed a review of its information and communication functions. As a result, 25 information and communication protocols have been in effect since December 12, 2006. Several initiatives result from the protocols which we hope will be useful to the local leadership.
- Vic Toews Introduces Himself to Union Leaders January 25, 2007 On January 16th CAPE President José Aggrey and CAPE Executive Director Claude Danik met with the newly appointed President of Treasury Board, the Honourable Vic Toews.
Public Service Dental Care Plan Revisions for 2006, 2007 and 2008
January 17, 2007
Treasury Board and the Bargaining Agent side of the National Joint Council have agreed to changes in the Public Service Dental Care Plan. Some of these changes are retroactive, while others came into effect on January 1, 2007.
- CAPE President José Aggrey appointed to Public Service Pension Advisory Committee for three year term. January 17, 2007 In November 2006, Mr. Aggrey was appointed by the Governor in Council to the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee for a three year term.
CAPE Re-Elects José Aggrey to Position of President
December 13, 2006
The results of the vote have been tallied. The members have re-elected José Aggrey to serve another two year term as President.
November 7, 2006 Candidates' Debate
December 01, 2006
The Candidates' debate that was held on November 7, 2006 has been transcribed. Because of the size of the electronic files, the debate has been broken down into three parts. Read what the candidates had to say.
- Pension Surplus Trial Scheduled to Resume in February 2007 November 17, 2006 The dates for the second part of the trial have now been finalized. The evidence will be heard in 2007 during the weeks of February 26, March 5, March 19, March 26, April 2 and April 9.
Program Cuts - A CAPE Update
November 01, 2006
Following the recent announcement by the government of program cuts in the federal public service, CAPE has been monitoring the situation as it concerns its impact on our members.
- Protocol 3: Member Representation October 25, 2006 CAPE has adopted a Protocol on Member Representation that provides members with an internal recourse mechanism if a member is of the opinion that his or her matter has been dealt with in an arbitrary or discriminatory manner or in bad faith.
- News Bulletin From CAPE President José Aggrey September 26, 2006 It has been made public that the federal government intends to save 2 Billion dollars by way of cuts and savings, from inside the federal public service. This announcement comes as a result of a follow-up on the Conservatives 2006 budget. My understanding of the initiative is as follows...
- Update on Call for Nominations and resolutions September 15, 2006 This year the President, EC Vice-President, TR Vice-President, one (1) TR Director, one (1) LoP Director and five (5) EC Directors will be elected to fulfill two-year terms, which commence on January 1, 2007.
- A Reminder: Request to Reduce Tax Deductions at Source July 13, 2006 In some cases, the Income Tax Act allows lump-sum payments, such as retroactive pay, to be issued without tax being withheld, or with a reduced amount of tax withheld.
- June 2006 Professional Dialogue June 30, 2006 The June 2006 Professional Dialogue will be made available in hard copy in July 2006.
Official Call For Nominations and Resolutions
June 20, 2006
This is an official call for nominations and resolutions to be discussed at the Annual General Meeting.
- Pension Surplus Trial Will Continue in February 2007 June 15, 2006 The second phase of the trial in the court cases challenging the federal government’s confiscation of over $30 billion of surplus in the superannuation plans for the Canadian Forces, the RCMP and the Public Service will start on February 26, 2007.
Press Release - Provide Public Service Employees with Protection: Proclaim Bill C-11 First
May 11, 2006
For immediate release Ottawa, May 11, 2006 - Federal unions have come together to urge Parliament to proclaim Bill C-11, Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, (Chapter 46, Statutes of Canada 2005) before resuming with its examination of Bill C-2, Federal Accountability Act.
- Pension Surplus Case – Update March 16, 2006 Unfortunately, the court was not able to schedule the trial until February 2007. The trial is expected to last several weeks. This will further protract an already lengthy trial, which commenced in November 1999.
- The Public Service Health Care Plan – An Agreement Has Been Reached March 13, 2006 March 13, 2006
- UPDATE - Preparing for the Challenges Ahead ! President's Message February 23, 2006 Message from the President
- In memoriam – CAPE Member Trong Nguyen February 21, 2006 It is with great regret that we advise you that Mr. Trong Nguyen, an active member of the CAPE Local Leadership, the CAPE Constitution and By-Laws and the CAPE Elections Committee, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2006.
- Pension Surplus Trial - Court Rules Key Documents Admissible January 12, 2006 In a decision dated December 23, 2005, Justice Panet of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that 128 internal government documents would be admitted into evidence in the court cases challenging the federal government’s confiscation of over $30 billion of surplus in the superannuation plans for the Canadian Forces, the RCMP and the Public Service.
President’s ReportCAPE’s AGMWednesday, November 30, 2005
January 11, 2006
This year I did something rather different from our previous AGM format. Instead of presenting my year end Report at the AGM, I chose to post it on CAPE website so that the members who could not attend the meeting would have an opportunity to read it. More importantly, I wanted to allow more time for those who were present to ask questions.
- Challenges of a National Public Service Union Dealing with the Government of Canada January 11, 2006 In September of 2005, The NJC held it’s Annual Seminar, in Edmonton Alberta. CAPE President José Aggrey was invited, as a keynote speaker, to make a presentation regarding the Challenges of a National Public Service Union Dealing with the Government of Canada.
Results of the ballots issued to members in November of this year have been tallied
December 16, 2005
Members were asked to vote on 7 different matters.
CAPE Members Vote Yes to $12.00 Dues Increase.
December 15, 2005
CAPE members voted “Yes” to the proposed $12.00 dues increase, in a ballot counted on December 15th. The results are as follows: Yes: 80%, No: 20%
- Service Canada Introduces the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Development Agreement and the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Partnership Agreement December 01, 2005 CAPE President José Aggrey and other union leaders met with Deputy Minister Maryantonett Flumian of Service Canada on November 23, in order to garner information regarding the implementation of the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA), which comes into effect January 1, 2007, and the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Partnership Agreement (LMPA).
- Pension Trial Bulletin No. 1 November 24, 2005 Government disputes admissibility of own documents
CAPE DUES INCREASE PROPOSAL
November 16, 2005
YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE $12.00 DUES INCREASE IS NEEDED FOR THE SURVIVAL OF CAPE !
- ENSURING OUR FUTURE November 16, 2005 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE PROPOSED DUES INCREASE The National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Finance Committee have taken a long hard look at the financial situation of our organization. We find that it will be impossible to continue providing services to the members as of 2007 without a dues increase. Accordingly, a dues increase of $12.00 has been proposed, and ballots have been sent to the membership.
- Pension Grab: Another government plunder! November 15, 2005 The Pension Surplus Litigation Trial against the federal government is starting on November 15. This is by far the most significant case of its kind in Canadian history.
- MEDIA ADVISORY November 14, 2005 Trial to begin on government’s $30B plunder of federal public service pension surplus Please note: the Statement of Claim filed on behalf of CAPE et. al. will be posted on CAPE's website once it has been translated. An English copy of the Statement of Claim can be obtained by contacting Julie Dicaire or Marie-Claude Bourgeois at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell at 235-5327.
- Update on the Public Service Health Care Plan Negotiations November 01, 2005 As we updated you in July, 2005 the Bargaining Agents, the Federal Superannuates and Treasury Board came to a tentative settlement on the PSHCP.
- Vote "NO" to the Proposed Constitutional Amendment November 01, 2005 The majority of your National Executive Committee does not support this amendment. Here are the reasons:
- Memo re: Proposed Dues Increase and Ballot October 24, 2005 We would appreciate your assistance in informing your local members before they receive their AGM packages to pay particular attention to the "Proposed Dues Increase and Ballot"
CAPE in Solidarity with Locked-out CBC Employees
September 22, 2005
CAPE Members demonstrated their support of the locked-out CBC employees by joining the picket-line of the Canadian Media Guild members at noon hour on Spark’s Street, on September 13, 2005. CAPE President José Aggrey and other CAPE members, including some of the National Executive Members, made their support visible by their presence among the locked-out employees.
Inmate Custodial Allowance (ICA) – The Association braces for the worst
September 08, 2005
Over the next two weeks, Correctional Service Canada will be reviewing the Inmate Custodial Allowance (ICA) paid to our members working in federal penitentiaries. Currently there are 165 Association members who receive the ICA, and we are hoping that very few will be affected by the review, since the vast majority of our members employed in penitentiaries are in generic positions.
- Successful Conclusion to Public Service Health Care Plan Negotiations in Sight August 03, 2005 After lengthy and sometimes very difficult bargaining, the three parties to the negotiation of a new Public Service Health Care Plan are close to reaching a tentative agreement.
- Pension Increase Outrageous July 08, 2005 NJC Bargaining Agent Side members expressed their outrage at the unilateral decision by the employer to increase employee pension contributions by 0.3% per year over the next 8 years, starting in January 2006. When these changes were announced, they were immediately and vociferously denounced.
CAPE MEMBERS REJECT A $21.00 INCREASE IN DUES
June 28, 2005
The results of the vote indicate that the CAPE membership is not inclined to support the recommended dues increase.
Support your Association's Dues Increase! Vote "YES" before June 27
June 14, 2005
The CAPE members are currently being asked to vote on a dues increase recommended and supported by your National Executive Committee and Local Leadership. CAPE needs a "Yes" vote, so that we can address the current and potential financial difficulties, and to continue to provide superior services and the things we do best for our members.
- REMINDER : CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND RESOLUTIONS DEADLINE IS JUNE 15TH June 14, 2005 On April 15th the CAPE Elections Committee sent a memo to the membership calling for nominations, and resolutions to be discussed at the Annual General Meeting. This year one (1) TR Director and four (4) EC Directors will be elected to fulfill two-year terms. Nominations and Resolutions must mailed to the National Office by regular mail, postmarked no later than June 15, 2005.
Ensuring the Future of our Association
June 13, 2005
This document provides information on the financial situation of the Association and outlines the choices and strategies for ensuring its future and sustainability. It highlights some of the Association’s initiatives and the leadership role played by both the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Local Leadership in support of an appropriate level of dues required to continue providing services to you.
Budget 2005 - President's Updates
June 08, 2005
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) expects growth in the number of CAPE members
- Budget 2005 - President's Updates June 08, 2005 CAPE Members at Transport Canada will not experience any negative impact as a result of the 2005 budget.
Special General Meeting Regarding the Recommended Dues Increase: Members' Solidarity Strengthens
June 01, 2005
The Special General Meeting held on June 1 served to confirm that the recommended dues increase does have the support of many CAPE members.
Ensuring the Future of our Association:A message from your National Executive Committee
May 05, 2005
In the near future you will be receiving a voting package containing materials relating to the Association dues increase that has been recommended by your National Executive Committee and supported by the Local Leadership. We encourage you to take the time to review the documents, and to cast your ballot.
- CAPE SALUTES ITS MANY VOLUNTEERS May 05, 2005 To be an effective union, CAPE relies to a large extent on the commitment and dedication of its many volunteers, who dedicate much time and energy to your Association and its members.
- Update on Pension Surplus Litigation May 04, 2005 At long last, it looks like the case challenging the federal government’s confiscation of the surplus in the federal public service, Canadian Forces and RCMP Superannuation Plans is in the home stretch.
- ENSURING OUR FUTURE:QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE PROPOSED DUES INCREASE April 28, 2005
CAPE Dues Increase Information Bulletin
April 22, 2005
Since last Fall, CAPE leadership has been concerned about the Association's financial situation, particularly its operating deficit of about $1.1 million, and has held numerous discussions to examine ways and means of putting our financial house in order.
- Budget 2005 - President's Updates April 14, 2005 CAPE Members at Statistics Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada to be unaffected by 2005 Budget.
Budget '05 - President's Updates
March 21, 2005
Update - Impact of Expenditure Review and Budget '05 on CAPE members Good News from Industry Canada (IC)!
- CAPE Task Force on Dues, Minutes of March 10, 2005 March 21, 2005 CAPE Task Force on Dues Minutes of March 10, 2005 CAPE National Office
CAPE Task Force on Dues
March 16, 2005
Following from the Local Leadership meeting on February 21, 2005, the National Executive Committee (NEC) established a Task Force on Dues composed of the Finance Committee members, some NEC members, members of the local leadership and representatives of all bargaining units.
CAPE Task Force on Dues- Terms of Reference
March 16, 2005
Terms of Reference - CAPE Task Force on Dues
- MINUTES OF CAPE SPECIAL EXECUTIVE MEETING March 11, 2005 Minutes of CAPE Special Executive Meeting February 2, 2005 The meeting was convened in order to discuss the strategy and steps for a dues increase.
- Finally We Have Assurances! March 11, 2005 UPDATE - Public Health Agency of Canada
- CAPE National Executive Fills Vacant Positions March 10, 2005
- Summary of Local Leadership Meeting March 10, 2005 Summary of Local Leadership Meeting February 21, 2005
CAPE ELECTS A NEW PRESIDENT
December 15, 2004
José Aggrey has been elected President of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE).
- All Candidates' Forum - October 20, 2004 October 20, 2004
All Candidates' Forum October 20, 2004 - First Half of Forum
October 20, 2004
All Candidates' Forum October 20, 2004 - First Half
- PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW DURING A STRIKE October 12, 2004 You will find here general information which you may find useful, given certain concerns that you have expressed.
- Redress Representation and CAPE September 17, 2004 In order to ensure that there is a common understanding of responsibilities, liabilities and processes which are shared by CAPE Labour Relations Officers, National Executive Committee members and members of the Local Leadership, the following protocol describes the procedures regarding redress that officers are required to follow. Redress Representation and CAPE
- Training Opportunities at CAPE for Association Representatives September 15, 2004 Steward and Occupational Health and Safety Training, Fall, 2004
The CAPE Elections Committee has announced the candidates for the National Executive Committee
September 01, 2004
The CAPE Elections Committee is pleased to announce the candidates for the National Executive Committee.
- Strike Concerns for CAPE Members August 19, 2004 With the possibility of a strike by members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, members of CAPE have contacted the National Office expressing support for their union colleagues and concern for their rights and obligations during a strike. The Association has recommended the following protocol, designed to protect your right and obligation to work, while remaining supportive of your striking co-workers.
- In Memoriam July 21, 2004 CAPE regrets to inform you that the founding President of ESSA, Patrick Crosby, passed away July 16, 2004.
- Summary of Discussion Local Leadership Meeting May 27, 2004 July 08, 2004
Summary of Discussion - Annual General Meeting
June 16, 2004
Summary of Discussion Annual General Meeting April 22, 2004 Delta Hotel Ottawa, Ontario 5:30 p.m.
- Call for Nominations and Resolutions June 16, 2004 The following memo was recently sent to the CAPE membership. Links to relevant documents, including nominations forms and profiles for the positions on the National Executive Committee, are imbedded in the document, for your convenience.
- CAPE National Executive Appoints Ellen Garmaise TR Vice-President June 16, 2004 At a special Executive Committee meeting held June 15th, Ellen Garmaise was appointed TR Vice-President of CAPE.
Questions for the Elections Committee?
June 15, 2004
Do you have questions for the Elections Committee? Send them to the Committee directly, at Elections-Committee@acep-cape.ca
Results Regarding Constitutional Amendments, CAPE By-Laws, and the CAPE Budget have been tallied
June 03, 2004
In April 2004, ballots were mailed to the CAPE Membership seeking approval of several proposed Constitutional Amendments and By-law amendments, as well as approval of the proposed two year budget. These ballots have been counted.
- By-Laws Committee - Recommended Amendments to the By-Laws May 14, 2004
May 07, 2004
The Association regrets to inform the membership that former SSEA Labour Relations Officer Robert Samson passed away on May 4, 2004. Robert was an employee of SSEA for many years, and recently joined the Public Service Staff Relations Board as a mediator. His contribution to Labour Relations in the Public Service will be greatly missed.
CAPE Membership Cards to be Issued Shortly
April 21, 2004
Within the next three weeks, each registered CAPE member will receive a CAPE Membership Card.
- Professional Dialogue April, 2004 April 01, 2004
H5N1 - AVIAN INFLUENZA
March 26, 2004
An information meeting regarding Avian Influenza organized by the National Joint Council was held on March 18, 2004. What follows is information that may be of interest to our members.
Reclassification Freeze Lifted – A Month Earlier than Anticipated
March 03, 2004
“The whole exercise was needless. I congratulate the Treasury Board on lifting the ban, a month early. However, it was lifted two months too late.,” said CAPE President Bill Krause.
- Collective Bargaining Delays - Little Impact on CAPE January 16, 2004
Government Restructures, Unions Not Consulted
December 19, 2003
"It is totally unacceptable that union leaders are briefed by Canada’s newspapers and websites and not by government officials. This government has pledged to co-development of human resources initiatives with unions, but fails to extend the courtesy of consultation on issues that impact directly on unionized employees...” CAPE President Bill Krause
- CAPE National Offices are Moving November 18, 2003 As you may be aware, the CAPE National Offices will be moving to a new location, effective December 1, 2003. Our new location will be: 100 Queen Street World Exchange Plaza 4th Floor Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J9
The First Annual General Meeting of CAPE will be rescheduled from November 27, 2003 to sometime in the new year
October 30, 2003
The postponement is a direct result of the merger, and the myriad details that have arisen from the joining of the Social Science Employees Association (SSEA) and the Canadian Union of Professional and Technical Employees (CUPTE).
CAPE on the Move
October 24, 2003
New headquarters to commence operations in early December
- It’s Official - The PSSRB Recognizes CAPE as a public service bargaining agent October 16, 2003 On October 10th, the Public Service Staff Relations Board (PSSRB) issued a decision recognizing the Canadian Association of Professional Employees as the successor to The Canadian Union of Professional and Technical Employees (CUPTE) and the Social Science Employees Association (SSEA).
Bill C 25 – the Public Service Modernization Act
October 03, 2003
SSEA’s Presentation to the Standing Committee on National Finance
CAPE - BUSINESS AS USUAL AS MERGER PROCEEDS
September 11, 2003
Canadian Association of Professional Employees elected officials and staff have spent the past few months occupied with the myriad details involved in the merger of two complex organizations.
Association Members Receive Retroactive Pay
July 16, 2003
Employer and Association Agree On Method of Retroactive Pay Calculation for Upcoming Round of Bargaining. As a result of the decision of Public Service Staff Relations Board Adjudicator Evelyn Henry, and following discussions with Treasury Board officials, members of SSEA and CUPTE have received back pay cheques stemming from the last round of bargaining.
CAPE Becoming a Reality
June 13, 2003
The joint committees of the previous members of SSEA and CUPTE have expended tremendous effort and time in an effort to resolve many outstanding matters which need to be addressed in order to create a fully functioning new independent organization.
- Treasury Board to Communicate with Employees Regarding Marriage Leave and Same Sex Couples June 11, 2003
- CUPTE and SSEA Union Memberships Vote for Merger May 01, 2003 Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) Created
Union Memberships Vote for Merger
April 24, 2003
The memberships of the Canadian Union of Professional and Technical Employees (CUPTE) and the Social Science Employees Association (SSEA) each cast majority votes in favour of merging and forming a new public service union.
The CUPTE Merger: Responding to Your Concerns
April 07, 2003
The CUPTE Merger: Responding to Your Concerns:
- SSEA – CUPTE Merger Goes to the Membership March 27, 2003 Members will begin receiving their information packages regarding the proposed merger with CUPTE, sometime in the very near future. Members will be asked to vote on whether they approve of a new Association representing the combined membership of SSEA and CUPTE, as based upon the new Constitution. We have reproduced the critical documents contained in this package, here, for informational purposes.
APSFA Recants Amidst Sister Unions’ Outrage
February 07, 2003
Merdon Hosking, President of the Association of Public Service Financial Administrators, has backed down from the position of incorporating several thousand public service employees from other Unions into the FI fold.
SSEA and CUPTE one step closer to forming a new union
January 07, 2003
Membership Approves Constitutional Amendments
- Bill Krause Acclaimed as Association President for 6th Term September 12, 2002 At the close of SSEA National Executive Committee Nominations, it became clear that Bill Krause would serve his 6th consecutive term as Association President – having been acclaimed for the last 4.
CUPTE and SSEA announce plans to explore combining their memberships
April 30, 2002
Message from the President
Federal Government Knowledge Workers Move Towards the Creation of a New Union
April 30, 2002
CUPTE and SSEA announce plans to explore combining their memberships.
- Pension Update March 01, 2002 As the Association has advised our members in the past, the process of litigation can be a very slow and laborious exercise. Our pensions actions are a clear example of this…
- Pension Litigation Update July 01, 2001 The Association pursues legal actions challenging Bill C-78, the legislation that gives the federal government control of the $30 billion plus suprlus in the Public Service Superanuation Plan, the Canadian Forces Superannuation Plan and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Plan.
- Interest Received on Pay Equity Settlements March 20, 2001 Some of our members may have received pay equity settlements during the course of the 1999 - 2000 taxation year. The principal amount received by these individuals is considered to be income, and is therefore taxable. However, the interest on the pay equity settlements may be considered an arbitral award, and therefore not subject to personal income tax.
- Enhanced Maternity / Parental Leave Benefits January 01, 2001 Members may now have up to 35 weeks of parental leave with a salary top up of 93% There are transitional provisions which ensure these improved maternity and parental leave benefits are retroactive to January 1, 2001.
Treasury Board Survey of Employees
May 01, 1999
Your Association strongly encourages you to tell it like it is.
Public Service Week: Government Hypocrisy
May 01, 1999
In a sharply worded statement, President Bill Krause has rebuked the government for its hypocrisy.
- Executive Committee Directors’ Profile
- Press Release Prairies to Lose Nearly 15,000 Jobs in the Wake of Planned Federal Budget Cuts Ottawa, March 7, 2012 – Nearly 15,000 workers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will lose their jobs if the Canadian government follows through on its plan to cut more than $8 billion in spending from its forthcoming budget.
- President's Profile
- Vice-President's Profile
- CAPE ANNUAL REPORT 2009 - 2010
- Elections 2006
- Leave with Income Averaging, Pre-Retirement Transition Leave Allowed