CAPE reaches tentative agreement for members of the Library of Parliament

The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) announced today that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Library of Parliament for the Analyst group.

The agreement brings improvements to the Library of Parliament collective agreement, refining benefits in areas such as pay, leave and working conditions.

As has been previously reported, the bargaining team had been negotiating with the employer since July 2022. Negotiations reached an impasse in September 2023 and CAPE subsequently filed a request for arbitration with the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board. However, following a recent arbitration decision received by other bargaining units at the Library, the parties reopened discussions and reached a tentative agreement.

As required by CAPE’s by-laws, Library of Parliament members will be voting to ratify or reject the tentative agreement in the coming weeks. A bilingual webinar with more information will be scheduled prior to the vote to explain the tentative agreement in greater detail and to give members a chance to ask questions. In the meantime, the bargaining committee members unanimously recommend its ratification.

General highlights of the LoP tentative agreement:
The new agreement includes the following pay adjustments:

3.50% effective June 16, 2022;
1.25% wage adjustment effective June 16, 2022;
3% effective June 16, 2023;
0.5% wage adjustment effective June 16, 2023;
2% effective June 16, 2024;
0.25% wage adjustment effective June 16,2024;
2% effective June 16, 2025.
This represents an immediate increase of 8.25% and a total increase of 12.5% over four years (13.14% compounded). 

Your bargaining team also secured a $2,500 allowance for all our members regardless of whether they are part-time or full-time employees.

Your bargaining team was able to secure the following provisions:

  • Single definition of family in Article 2. This new definition would also apply to Bereavement Leave, and the Leave with Pay for Family-Related Responsibilities.
  • Recognition of the right to disconnect from work
  • Flexibility in the use of the compensatory leave
  • Side Letter on Telework: The Library will consult with the Association before making any amendments to its Telework Policy dated 1 December 2021.
  • Addition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to the designated paid holidays and adjustment for part time workers
  • Addition of Domestic Violence Leave
  • Broader definition of harassment.