News - Archive 2012-2014
November 25, 2014
Elections 2014 Update, November 25.
Call for volunteers for CAPE Committees
November 13, 2014
All Regular and Pending Members may volunteer and be eligible for membership on any Committee established by the Association or the National Executive Committee (NEC) except where membership is restricted to National Executive Committee members.
TR Bargaining Update: October 21, 2014
November 07, 2014
CAPE’s TR Bargaining Team met with the Employer’s Team at the bargaining table on October 21, 22 and 23. The union side presented its proposed amendments to Articles 23, 25 and 26.
Support healthy workplaces
November 06, 2014
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has launched a petition through which members and the public can express their support for preserving and improving collective agreement provisions that ensure healthy workplaces for public servants. Add your name!
Survey for workers aged 45 years and older
November 05, 2014
A University of Ottawa communication and psychology research group is conducting a survey to better understand the needs and concerns of Canadian workers aged 45 years and older. As these workers constitute the largest component of the Canadian workforce, it is important to understand their relations with younger generations of workers as well as their general sense of well-being. You are invited to participate in this study at your earliest convenience.
The November issue of Professional Dialogue is out
October 31, 2014
In this issue:
- President’s Message. Renewing the fight
- Union solidarity on a large scale
- Mobilization is the new buzz word at CAPE
- Sick leave and a lesson in humility for Tony Clement
- EC and TR collective bargaining: CAPE’s principal demands
- Bargaining under C-4: Living with conciliation
- Visitors will enjoy CAPE’s new website
Candidates Forum: numerous discussions and our first-ever webcast
October 23, 2014
The four candidates for the position of CAPE President and one of the candidates for the position of Vice-President met with CAPE members on October 16 at the Candidates Forum. The candidates outlined their platforms and answered questions from the members in attendance, as well as questions submitted by email in advance.
First Demonstration against Sick Leave Changes
September 17, 2014
Several hundred members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, joined by members from other unions, including CAPE President Claude Poirier, held a demonstration in Ottawa on September 15 to protest against the government’s proposed changes to sick leave benefits.
Response to The Ottawa Citizen August 10 Article
August 19, 2014
The Ottawa Citizen recently published an article titled Call for federal pension policy baffles experts. The Canadian Association of Professional Employees, because of its multiple interventions in the area of pensions, feels that it has to counter some of the statements contained in this article.
Statistics Canada: More than just numbers at stake
August 14, 2014
Earlier this week it was determined that Statistics Canada’s August 8, 2014, Labour Force Survey release for the month of July contained data errors. As a result, Statistics Canada pulled this report out of circulation on August 12.
Complaint against Treasury Board: CAPE pledges solidarity with other bargaining agents
July 22, 2014
CAPE is part of a united front of 17 bargaining agents who believe that discussions surrounding sick leave in the federal public service must be held at the bargaining table.
Message for National Public Service Week
June 17, 2014
During National Public Service Week (NPSW), a celebration organized by the employer, numerous events will be held to recognize the excellence of the work performed by public servants. While a number of people will be receiving official awards, it is the work of the public service as a whole that is deserving of real recognition.
CAPE Responds to Misleading Message Generated by the Employer
June 11, 2014
A misleading email message implying that the outcome of the negotiations was a fait accompli recently circulated through a number of departments and agencies.
- CAPE Pension Update - Partially Sunny with Storm Clouds on the Horizon June 01, 2014
CAPE is always working for you, sometimes behind the scenes
May 30, 2014
After such a busy spring, we are looking forward to the summer months. For many of us, this will be an opportunity to “recharge our batteries” before we get back to business in the fall.
A warning to CAPE members about a message from the employer concerning sick leave
May 30, 2014
You recently received or will soon be receiving a message from your department or agency in reference to its wellness and productivity strategy as well as the sick leave provisions of your collective agreement. This message may be the cause of some confusion, so I am writing today to provide much-needed clarification.
Are public servants becoming dinosaurs or are they just too professional?
May 26, 2014
All Canadians should be concerned when a former cabinet minister seems to be suggesting that public policy should be informed by unverified, unscientific and unreliable statements and pseudo-analysis searched on the Internet.
Inter-Union activities on May 1st, International Worker’s Day
April 29, 2014
CAPE members of the National Capital Region are invited to participate at two important activities in the region:
On International Workers’ Day, let’s focus on achieving equality for everyone
April 24, 2014
In a year when most federal public service employees are preparing to negotiate new collective agreements, International Workers’ Day on May 1 has taken on special significance.
Agreement on Changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan
March 26, 2014
Treasury Board has announced that it will be adopting a performance assessment process for all employees. Inherent in this process will be the concept of shared responsibility between management and employees. In order to help you prepare for your performance assessment and give you more control over the various aspects under your responsibility, CAPE has the following suggestions for you.
- Performance Assessment: Be Prepared! March 25, 2014
Grievance concerning the implementation of the alternation process
March 20, 2014
After obtaining several postponements, the employer now has until March 24, 2014, to submit its response to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) adjudicator in respect of the corrective action requested by CAPE.
Petition to keep Public Service Health Care Plan contributions unchanged
February 20, 2014
In its most recent budget, the federal government announced a deficit reduction measure that would see it dip into the pockets of present and future retired public servants. By taking hundreds of dollars annually away from individual retirees – an amount equivalent to 1% of their retirement income, on average – the government will be breaching the moral contract it has with its employees.
Press Release Budget Fails to Address Economic Inequalities and Takes Money Away From Retired Federal Employees
February 11, 2014
Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) President Claude Poirier was critical of the federal budget that was unveiled in the House of Commons, labelling it a disappointment to Canadians who had hoped for a strong signal that the government intended to address the economic inequalities affecting Canadians. “This budget was the ideal opportunity for the government to show that it could be sensitive to the needs of ordinary Canadians, who want better jobs, a more equitable distribution of wealth in this country and measures to combat economic inequalities, as well as some improvement in the services that the government provides. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” stated the CAPE President.
Petition to expand the Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan
January 17, 2014
Join thousands of Canadians who are telling their Members of Parliament to increase pension benefits under the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans, and implement a fully funded plan to phase in such an increase without delay. Visit the Canadian Labour Congress website and sign the petition.
Budget Consultation Survey
January 15, 2014
On January 13 CAPE issued a Budget Consultation Survey to all members. Unfortunately technical issues prevented members from completing the survey, and when accessing the survey members were sent directly to the closing page of the survey.
Canadians’ support for unions remains solid
January 14, 2014
Despite the present government’s resolutely anti-union rhetoric and its attempts to narrow the scope of union activities to only bargaining and representation, Canadians believe that unions play a positive role in Canadian society.
CAPE SUPPORTS THE WORKERS OF CANADA POST
January 13, 2014
Shortly before Christmas the government of Canada announced its intention of stopping door to door delivery of mail and of sharply increasing the price of stamps. Thousands of jobs are at stake and services to Canadians will once again be reduced.
Message from the President: 2014 will be a year of challenges and solidarity
January 06, 2014
Last year, I started my New Year’s message by pointing out some of the things we had learned, not the least of which was the fact that “the current government will stop at nothing [...], however ridiculous their arguments might be.” As it turns out, the year’s events revealed how accurate we were in that assertion. The government stepped up its attacks against the public service and the labour movement, despite appeals for calm from a number of experts and from some of the more moderate segments of society. Numerous analysts, including former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, Conservative Senator Hugh Segal, and specialists with the Broadbent Institute, recognize how important it is for Canadian society to have a healthy public service and strong unions.
- CAPE ANNUAL REPORT 2012 - 2013 December 18, 2013
CAPE Members Support Constitutional Amendments
December 18, 2013
The CAPE membership voted strongly in favour of proposed Constitutional Amendments. These amendments, in part, will see a change in the CAPE budget cycle. The new consultation and voting processes will be conducted and concluded prior to the commencement of the fiscal year. This new process will be shorter, and will allow for and encourage greater membership participation.
Press Release Federal unions to take legal action against Bill C-4
December 10, 2013
December 10, 2013 – Federal public sector unions are joining forces to challenge an unprecedented assault on collective bargaining and workplace health and safety by the Conservative government. The unions have agreed to pool their resources in advance of the next round of collective bargaining with Treasury Board in 2014.
- CAPE President Claude Poirier'sPresentation at theNovember 26, 2013CAPE Annual General Meeting November 29, 2013
Information about Bill C-4
November 28, 2013
The Conservative government is aiming at adopting Bill C-4, A second act to implement certain provisions of the budget, over the next few days. Labour relations in the federal public service will be permanently affected by the measures regarding collective bargaining included in the Bill.
CAPE withdraws from sick leave consultation committee
November 27, 2013
Last week, CAPE notified the employer of its decision to pull out of the working group on sick leave and disability benefits created by Treasury Board – a decision shared by all other federal public service bargaining agents.
Bill C-4 will quash many of your rights
November 26, 2013
CAPE will be publishing different documents regarding the impact of the Budget Implementation Act – Bill C-4. We encourage you to share these documents with your members.
Bill C-4A summary of various issues with Bill C-4
November 19, 2013
CAPE will be publishing different documents regarding the impact of the Budget Implementation Act – Bill C-4. We encourage you to share these documents with your members.
Federal public sector unions denounce back-door changes to labour legislation
October 29, 2013
Leaders of the federal public sector unions (the National Joint Council bargaining agents) met yesterday and released the following statement on the government’s proposed changes to federal labour relations legislation. According to Claude Poirier, President of CAPE, the government is once again using a known tactic with these attacks on the public service. “While they are dealing with the Senate scandal, they are trying to divert the attention of the Canadian public. Not only this is a despicable gesture in the context, but they are going after rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We must not be fooled - this “modernization” of labour relations in the federal public service is a step backward, not forward.”
CAPE Membership Votes Yes on Financial Ballot
October 25, 2013
The CAPE membership voted in favour of the two proposed budgets (2013 – 2014 and 2014 – 2015), the audited financial statements and the National Executive Committee’s recommendation that the firm of WGP C.A. be the Association’s auditor for the fiscal year ending 2014.
New attack by the Government against your rights
October 24, 2013
The Conservative Government has tabled its Budget implementation Bill. We already know that this Bill will aim at weakening the negotiation process in the public service, will give to the private sector the task of conducting the comparative compensation studies for the federal public sector, will modify the grievance and arbitration processes and will attack the rights of employees who are facing health and safety issues in the workplace.
CAPE Policy Grievance Over LeaveReconciliation Initiatives Referred to Adjudication
October 18, 2013
On October 4, CAPE referred its policy grievance over leave reconciliation initiatives in various departments to adjudication after the grievance was dismissed by the employer in a letter dated September 23.
Message from the PresidentLet’s work together to set a new course for CAPE
October 18, 2013
The first wisps of autumn in the air signal that it is time for us to resume our day-to-day routine, both at home and in the workplace. This Fall, however, we can also start working together on a new project of great importance: identifying what CAPE’s vision and priorities should be in the coming years...
Pay in Arrears: Implementation of the New SystemWill Not Penalize Current Members of the Public Service
October 17, 2013
The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) has finally responded to the pressure exerted on Treasury Board by the various federal public service unions, including CAPE, concerning implementation of the new pay in arrears system. The OCHRO has agreed to changes that will eliminate the new system’s negative impact on public service workers.
Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance Dismissed
September 24, 2013
In a decision rendered September 4, 2013, adjudicator Michael Bendel dismissed the policy grievance filed in June 2012 by the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) concerning a competitive staffing process at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). The grievance alleged that the competitive process in question contravened the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Work Force Adjustment Directive (WFAD).
CAPE Loses a Member in Tragic Bus Train Collision on September 18
September 19, 2013
It is with great regret that CAPE has learned that Karen Krzyzewski, a CAPE member, was one of the fatalities in yesterday’s horrific accident.
Public Service Staffing Tribunal upholds complaint filed by CAPE against Health Canada
August 28, 2013
In a rare decision rendered on August 22, 2013, the Public Service Staffing Tribunal found that a complaint filed by CAPE on behalf of a member at Health Canada concerning his lay-off under the work force adjustment process was substantiated.
What it really means to live in the age of austerity
August 16, 2013
According to Dr. Alex Himelfarb, Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University, the political arguments in favour of budget austerity, reduced public spending and lower taxes are nothing more than “ideology masquerading as fiscal common sense.”
CAPE Files Policy Grievance Over Leave Reconciliation Initiatives
August 15, 2013
In reaction to the employer’s decision to undertake leave reconciliation initiatives in various departments, including Department of Justice and Public Prosecution Services Canada, CAPE has filed a policy grievance pursuant to section 220 of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.
- Letter to Tony Clement from NJC Bargaining Agents July 25, 2013 At the beginning of July, the Co-Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Representative for the bargaining agent side of the National Joint Council wrote to Treasury Board President Tony Clement on behalf of the 18 federal public service bargaining agents to inform him of the unions’ reaction to the many announcements he has recently made.
- Membership Budget Meeting and Annual General Meeting July 23, 2013 CAPE will be holding its Membership Budget Meeting on September 24. The Annual General Meeting will be held on November 26. The official notifications relating to the respective meetings, including relevant documents and the locations of these meetings will be communicated to the membership at a later date.
- PAFSO Strike Action July 23, 2013 Here is an update on strike action by the members of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO). If you have any questions concerning the impact of this strike on your work, do not hesitate to contact your labour relations officer at CAPE’s national office.
- Pay in arrears – Changeover to start in January July 18, 2013 Since we last reported on this issue in June, the government has confirmed that it will be amending the pay system for all federal public service employees by gradually introducing “pay in arrears” starting in January 2014. This new measure will affect CAPE’s EC and TR members.
- DFAIT and CIDA ignored CAPE’s Right to Consultation Prior to the Creation of DFATD July 12, 2013 Message to Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Members
- Dues Vote Results June 21, 2013 CAPE members voted in favour of increasing their monthly dues by $8 in 2013 and $5 in 2014. However, they rejected a proposal to have their dues tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) commencing in 2015.
- Performance Management June 17, 2013 CAPE includes employees who manage and/or supervise other employees. The document that you are reading is directed to all CAPE members, but in respect to their interests as employees for whom performance evaluations will be conducted. Under the new directive, this will cover all employees in the core public service, including managers and supervisors.
- Sick Leave in the Federal Public Service June 17, 2013 When the first provisions for sick leave in the public service were introduced in the first collective agreements at the end of the 1960s, the entitlement article was called: income protection from illness. In order to properly understand how the system of sick leave credits works, when employees take sick leave and for what purposes, it is important to understand that it is one way in Canada among many designed to address the matter of income protection during illness. Let us first describe the system for income protection from illness that exists in the federal public service, before we compare to other systems.
- The Alternation Process - CAPE’s Exchange Facilitation Service June 14, 2013 To facilitate the alternation process, CAPE has established an exchange facilitation service. CAPE invites members who wish to voluntarily leave the public service and vacate a position that could be filled with an opting employee to communicate with the Association and have their names and contact information put on a list. The list will then be made available to opting members who communicate with the Association.
- REASONS TO SUPPORT CAPE June 12, 2013 A small group of dissident CAPE members is making an argument against the proposed dues increase because it feels that CAPE members would be better served by PIPSC. Here is a review of the “facts” regarding both organizations that were not necessarily presented completely or with accuracy by the anonymous people behind the no campaign.
- Celebrating the public service with a slap in the face June 10, 2013 CAPE is asking its members to boycott National Public Service Week, which is happening this week. Although we recognize the importance of underlying the achievements of the men and women who make Canada’s public service one of the best in the world, it is difficult for us to associate ourselves with a celebration organized by the same people who are constantly undermining its mission and services.
- Dues increase update– New questions, new answers June 10, 2013 Please read in the following document, how the Consumers Price Index (CPI) would be used in relation to the dues increase at CAPE.
- Message from the President to CAPE Members June 05, 2013 CAPE is currently in the midst of a dues vote campaign. In the next couple of weeks, you may receive email messages as well as invitations from sources that do not identify themselves and that are prepared to take whatever actions are necessary to defeat the proposal. Their actions may include anonymous emails circulating false statements. You may have already received such emails. Part of their campaign is to have a nuisance effect in order to discourage members from actively supporting their union.
- Dues increase – New questions, new answers June 05, 2013 This page is where we will be posting answers to some of the questions we receive from members during the voting period. So please send any questions you may have about the vote to us at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. All of the information concerning the dues vote is available on the CAPE website at: http://www.acep-cape.ca/EN/dues/.
- Bill C-377: CAPE at the Senate May 31, 2013 On May 30, CAPE President, Claude Poirier, appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce and asked Senators to reject this discriminatory and unconstitutional Bill.
- Press Release CAPE Asking Members for the Means to Maintain Quality Services May 31, 2013 The approximately 12,500 members of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) are being asked to vote on a proposed progressive increase in dues that would make it possible for the union to maintain services at the level of excellence to which members have become accustomed. The vote will be held from June 3 to 20.
- Why did CAPE renew the Lease at 100 Queen? May 22, 2013 An Accommodations Committee was struck comprised of several members of the National Executive Committee. Non-voting representatives of management and the union representing CAPE employees were added as advisors. Colliers International was engaged in order to examine the potential of other office sites, and to produce a market analysis, with the goal of making an informed, fact based decision regarding the location/relocation of the CAPE National Office.
- CAPE Expenses. A comparison between 2006 and 2012 May 22, 2013
- Improvements to the three CAPE Collective Agreements May 22, 2013
- CAPE’s Proposed Monthly Dues Increase Questions and Answers May 22, 2013
- CAPE’s voting procedures May 22, 2013 The Association’s voting procedures with respect to elections, the adoption of resolutions and new By-Laws, and the approval of amendments to the CAPE Constitution are set out in Article 28 of the CAPE Constitution and in By-Laws 3.15 to 3.28 of the By-Laws of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees. These documents are available for consultation on the CAPE website.
- CAPE’s rent and operating expenses May 22, 2013 In recent months, some members have asked CAPE to provide additional information on the rent, maintenance costs and other related costs incurred by the Association in respect of the premises housing CAPE’s National Office at 100 Queen Street.
- What have the unions ever done for us? May 22, 2013 To many members of CAPE or other unions, the positive role played by organized labour in their everyday lives is not always clear. Unions have improved the lives of all Canadians, even those who are not organized. But they are particularly important for their own members. Here are a few examples of how CAPE may have had a positive impact on your life and the life of your EC, TR or LoP colleagues.
- CAPE Dues Increase May 09, 2013 As you know, CAPE will be conducting a dues increase vote in June 2013. The ballots will be issued on June 3 and the vote will close on June 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
- Strike by Foreign Service Officers: impact on EC group members in FS positions May 09, 2013 The members of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) are currently in a legal strike position. Their collective agreement expired on June 30, 2011, and the bargaining process to renew the agreement is at a standstill. The FS group members have been engaging in informational picketing for some time now and could go out on strike at any time.
- The Upcoming Vote on a Dues Increase Opting Between Voting Electronically or by Casting a Paper Ballot May 01, 2013 Many members have experienced difficulties receiving electronic communications from CAPE, particularly when that communication contains links to ballots or surveys. To circumvent these issues, and to attempt to eliminate the frustration experienced by CAPE members who are engaged in the process and wish to participate, the National Executive Committee has instructed the CAPE National Office to provide all CAPE members the choice of voting electronically or by using a paper ballot.
- Opposition to Bill C-377 is mounting in the Senate April 18, 2013 It seems that an opposition to the adoption of Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations), is currently mounting in the Senate.
- Update on the Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance April 17, 2013 As had been agreed, the parties appeared before the Public Service Labour Relations Board once again on April 11. At the end of the hearing, the adjudicator asked CAPE and the Treasury Board to make written submissions according to the following time frame:
- Years of Service Policy Grievance Resolved April 16, 2013 When CAPE initiated this action, it was with the goal of establishing a consistent interpretation of the National Joint Council Workforce Adjustment Directive (NJC WFAD) applicable to CAPE EC and TR members, regarding the definition of “service”.
- National Joint Council Isolated Post and Government Housing Directive Review April 16, 2013 The NJC Isolated Post and Government Housing Directive review has begun. CAPE would like your input regarding this directive, and asks that we receive your feedback no later than July 15, 2013.
- Possible strike by Foreign Service Officers March 28, 2013 The approximately 1,500 members of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) recently voted in favour of strike action within the context of their collective bargaining with Treasury Board. They are therefore in a position to initiate pressure tactics at any time in order to help bring about a negotiated settlement.
- Press Release Another Unimaginative Budget Designed to Pave the Way for the 2015 Election March 21, 2013 Ottawa, March 21, 2013 – The Canadian government today tabled a budget so devoid of innovative measures and oblivious to the economic challenges facing Canada that we can only wonder what planet the Minister of Finance is living on. We note, however, that the Minister did announce the government’s intention to review its human resources management methods and the total compensation of its employees, and we wish to remind the Minister that any changes in terms and conditions of employment must be negotiated at the bargaining table with the unions representing federal employees.
- National Executive Committee endorses revised annual budget process March 13, 2013 The CAPE Finance Committee has examined the annual budget process and practices of CAPE and has recommended that this process be revised, with tighter timelines and stricter oversight. The NEC has accepted the recommendation.
- Employees who left the public service under the WFAD may be entitled to Employment Insurance benefits Treasury Board agrees with CAPE’s arguments March 11, 2013 Treasury Board recently expressed agreement with the arguments put forward by CAPE and two other public service unions to the effect that federal employees who agree to leave the public service under the Work Force Adjustment Directive (WFAD) may be entitled to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
- Update on the Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance February 28, 2013 In our last update regarding this policy grievance CAPE advised its members that the hearing in this regard, scheduled for February 8 and been delayed to March 5.
- Resolutions Reminder February 14, 2013 The present is a reminder to all CAPE members that resolutions may be submitted at any time of the year, but must be submitted no less than 60 days prior to the CAPE Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- Update on Two WFAD Policy Grievances January 25, 2013 Update on Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance and Implementation of the Alternation Process Policy Grievance.
Alternation Process Policy Grievance Update
January 12, 2013
The PSAC and PIPSC hearing has been rescheduled from January 14, 15 and 16, and January 28 and 29, 2013, to January 15 and 16, and January 28 and 29, 2013. Please take note of this if you intend to be present at this hearing - the hearing will commence on Tuesday, not Monday.
- ACEP – CAPE Accessibility Standard for Customer Service Providing Goods and Services to People with Disabilities January 11, 2013 ACEP-CAPE is committed to excellence in serving all customers, that is to its members and any other person requiring its services, including people with disabilities.
- Update on the Policy Grievance Regarding a Competitive Process at HRSDC January 08, 2013 This grievance addresses the fact that the employer undertook a competitive process at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada that is in violation of the letter and spirit of provisions of the Work Force Adjustment Directive.
- Message from the President After a difficult year, solidarity will be the watchword for 2013 January 04, 2013 Together we have gone through a particularly difficult year, and we have demonstrated together that the obstacles we encountered in 2012 were not insurmountable. While the government’s budget cuts did claim victims, the cooperation of some departments and agencies made it possible to reduce the number of involuntary terminations.
- Alternation Process Policy Grievance: Change of dates December 24, 2012 There is a slight change to the dates for the adjudication hearing of the PSAC and PIPSC cases. The hearing will proceed as scheduled on January 14, 15 and 16.
CAPE Membership Approves Proposed Constitution and By-LawAmendments and Votes Yes on Financial Ballot
December 17, 2012
The CAPE membership voted in favour of the two proposed budgets (2012 – 2013 and 2014 – 2014), the audited financial statements and the National Executive Committee’s recommendation that the firm of WGP C.A. be the Association’s auditor for the fiscal year ending 2013.
- Update on the new TR and EC Collective Agreements December 14, 2012 Many of CAPE’s members have been asking when the new TR and EC collective agreements will become available. CAPE has contacted Treasury Board to find out when they intend to post the documents on their website. We have been advised that the EC collective agreement will be available electronically on the Treasury Board website on December 17. They were unable to provide us with a date for the posting of the TR collective agreement.
- 12/12/12 - A sad day for union members December 13, 2012
- “Years of Service” Policy Grievance Update December 12, 2012 When the “Years of Service” policy grievance was filed, CAPE was seeking a consistent interpretation of the Workforce Adjustment Directive (WFAD) based on the definition of “service”. In its initial interpretation, the employer had apparently lost sight of the fact that the wording of the Directive that applies to our members is not the same as the wording of the collective agreement language of PSAC and PIPSC when it comes to the calculation of years of service for calculating the entitlement to the Transition Support Measure (TSM).
- Alternation Process Policy Grievance Update December 11, 2012 As previously reported, CAPE has referred this matter to adjudication. In early November, the Treasury Board requested that the CAPE, PSAC and PIPSC policy grievances be consolidated and adjudicated together by the Public Service Labour Relations Board (Board).
- CAPE Members and Striking Union Members December 11, 2012 Members of CAPE contact the National Office on occasion to ask how they can express support for union members when a strike occurs outside of their workplace. For example, some elementary teachers in Ontario have announced a one-day strike during the week of December 10. The Association recommends the following measures if you want to show support for the striking employees.
- The President’s Report to the CAPE 2012 Annual General Meeting December 04, 2012 Each year at the CAPE Annual General meeting, the CAPE President provides a report to the membership regarding the Association’s undertakings covering the past 12 months, as well as future endeavours. Read what Claude Poirier had to say at the CAPE 2012 AGM.
New subject of the CAPE discussion platform: Changes to the Public Service Pension Plan
November 29, 2012
Under Bill C-45, the federal government intends to amend the Public Service Pension Plan in two ways: By increasing employee Pension Plan contributions until they reach 50%, with the other 50% being paid by the employer (the split is currently 40/60) and; by raising the retirement age to 65.
- Self-Service Pension Tools November 21, 2012 Public Works and Government Services Canada has developed a new suite of self-service pension tools. These tools allow plan members to calculate their future pension, determine the cost of buying back service, and calculate survivor benefits.
- FORM FOR VOLUNTEERING ON CAPE SUB-COMMITTEES November 16, 2012 All Regular and Pending Members may volunteer and be eligible for membership on any sub-committee established by the Association or the National Executive Committee except where membership is restricted to the National Executive Committee members.
- Electronic Ballots November 15, 2012 On November 15, CAPE national office issued electronic ballots to members regarding the CAPE Budget and Financial Statements, proposed amendments to the CAPE Constitution and proposed amendments to the Association By-Laws.
- Policy Grievance Update: “Years of Service” to include all service, whether continuous or discontinuous November 15, 2012 On November 7, 2012, the Employer issued an addendum to its response issued September 26, 2012.
- Another rant from the Financial Post against unions and their role November 09, 2012 The Financial Post published on November 7 this comment by former statistician Philip Cross. As it also attacks CAPE, we asked the Post to publish this reply in their next edition. It was published by the Financial Post on November 9. There is a link in the document, as well as in our letter, to Mr. Cross’ comment.
- CAPE’s WFA Policy Grievances November 06, 2012 Competitive Process at HRSDC Policy Grievance This grievance addresses the fact that the employer undertook a competitive process at HRSDC that is in violation of the letter and spirit of provisions of the WFAD. The grievance was heard in August, and was denied.
Budget cuts: CAPE plays key role in informing Canadians
October 24, 2012
In April 2012, Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) Kevin Page asked 91 federal government departments and agencies for details concerning the impact of the March 2012 budget cuts on their respective organizations.
- National Joint Council: The impact of current changes is felt differently by the employer and unions October 04, 2012 From September 19 to 21, public service bargaining agents and employers’ representatives met in Saskatoon for the National Joint Council (NJC) annual seminar. Under the theme “Working Together in Times of Change”, the seminar aimed at taking stock of the challenges and opportunities currently facing the public service and at strengthening the relationship between bargaining agents and the employer.
CAPE Membership Votes Against a Proposed Dues Increase
October 01, 2012
The CAPE membership has voted down a proposed dues increase of $15.00 per month.
- EC and TR Arbitral Awards and Pay September 18, 2012 We have been informed by Treasury Board Secretariat that it directed departments to make all pay adjustments and to issue all pay cheques for the retroactive period within 90 days of the date of the EC arbitral award. The award was made on July 12.
- Alternation Communiqué from Treasury Board Secretariat to Departments September 18, 2012 Further to extensive consultations with CAPE, the PSAC and PIPSC Treasury Board Secretariat has issued a communiqué to departments on the matter of alternation. The document summarizes the related provisions in the WFAD and corresponding provisions in collective agreements.
- CAPE Policy Grievances An Update September 06, 2012 All three policy grievances filed by CAPE in July and August of this year have now been referred to adjudication. We will keep you up to date on these matters as they evolve.
- Press Release CIBC Expects Federal Budget Cuts to Impede Economic Growth August 30, 2012 Ottawa, August 30, 2012 – In a report published on August 28, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) indicated that the budget cuts announced by four provinces and by the federal government in its recent budget will have a greater-than-anticipated impact on GDP growth.
- A Dues Comparison August 29, 2012 There are 17 different bargaining agents that have Treasury Board as the employer of their members. Each of these bargaining agents establishes its own dues. CAPE has always been proud of the fact that it provides service second to none while managing funds responsibly, with the result that our members pay among the lowest union dues among all federal public service employees. If the membership approves the recommended dues increase, this would still be the case. In order to demonstrate this, we have prepared the following table to demonstrate what members of other bargaining agents pay in union dues, as compared to members of CAPE.
- CAPE Proposed Dues Increase August 23, 2012 A message from Claude Poirier, CAPE President and from Riley Brockington, Chair of the CAPE Finance Committee.
- Policy Grievance Hearing Regarding Implementation of the Alternation Process Postponed to August 17 August 16, 2012 The hearing originally scheduled for August 16 for the policy grievance regarding implementation of the Alternation process has been postponed to August 17.
- Policy Grievance Regarding Implementation of the Alternation Process August 13, 2012 Further to our message of July 31, this is to inform you that a hearing has been scheduled for August 16 for the policy grievance regarding implementation of the Alternation process.
- Policy Grievances An Update July 31, 2012 CAPE made representations regarding the policy grievance dealing with the interpretation by Treasury Board regarding the calculation of years of service, on July 26.
- Dates are known for two of the three policy grievances filed by CAPE on WFAD July 17, 2012 CAPE has learned that its policy grievance filed on July 6 regarding the interpretation by Treasury Board of the notion of “years of service” will be heard on July 26 by a Treasury Board Secretariat’s (TBS) representative.
EC Arbitral Award
July 12, 2012
On July 12, 2012, the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) received the report of the arbitral award for its 13,000 EC members.
CAPE Has Filed a Third Policy Grievance Regarding Treasury Board’s Administration of the Workforce Adjustment Directive
July 09, 2012
After having filed two policy grievances at the end of June, CAPE has filed a third policy grievance on July 6, this time regarding the interpretation by Treasury Board of the notion of “years of service”.
- Invitation to Participate in a Pro-Science Rally July 05, 2012 At noon on July 10, 2012, to coincide with the First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, which is being held in Ottawa from July 6 to 10, scientists in all fields will march on Parliament Hill to raise Canadian public awareness of how dangerous it is to allow ideology to take the place of science.
- Changes to the pay system June 12, 2012 Like our colleagues in other public service unions, we were informed only recently by the Treasury Board that it intended to introduce a “pay in arrears” system starting in January 2014 – this despite repeated assurances that no changes to the pay system were being contemplated.
- CAPE ANNUAL REPORT 2011 – 2012