CAPE EC members ratify tentative agreement

Ottawa, June 17, 2023 – Members of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) belonging to the Economics and Social Science Services bargaining group (EC) have voted in favour of ratifying the tentative agreement that was reached with the Treasury Board Secretariat in May 2023.

The tentative agreement was ratified with 93.9% of the vote in favour. Close to 24,000 CAPE members belong to the EC group and stand to benefit from the new agreement.

“Negotiation was particularly difficult this round and the deal came through thanks to the hard work of our bargaining team,” said CAPE President Camille Awada. “This agreement secures gains for our members and opens the door for increased labour rights and equity in the future, particularly when it comes to remote work. Our goal is to keep on improving the work lives of our members.”

The new agreement covers the period of June 22, 2022 to June 21, 2026 and includes wage increases of 12.5% (13.14% compounded) over four years, entitlement to four weeks' vacation one year earlier, and a $2,500 one-time pensionable lump sum.

A letter of agreement on telework also calls for the creation of departmental panels, which will be made up of management and CAPE representatives, to examine grievances relating to teleworking.

Next steps

The agreement will be submitted to Cabinet for ratification at the end of June. CAPE will then meet with Treasury Board to sign the new collective agreement.

All non-monetary terms of the collective agreement will come into effect immediately after signing the agreement. Treasury Board has 180 days from the date of signing to increase the pay based on the new rates. Retroactive pay will cover the entire time passed since the expiry of the last agreement.  

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