CAPE’s Economics and Social Science Services group vote in favor of a new collective agreement


CAPE’s Economics and Social Science Services group vote in favor of a new collective agreement

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Ottawa - The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) announced today that the Economics and Social Science Services group ⎯ also known in the federal public service as the EC professional group, voted in favor of a new collective agreement.  

Roughly 97% voted in favor of the agreement.

The deal will benefit all 16,000 EC members represented by CAPE.

The tentative agreement was reached with the Treasury Board Secretariat on June 3, 2019 and was put to the vote shortly after. The agreement brings significant improvements to the EC collective agreement, refining benefits in areas such as pay, parental leave, caregiving leave, wellness and harassment in the workplace, domestic violence, language training and special provisions for the transition of civilian members of the RCMP to the public service among others.   

“From the beginning of my mandate, I was very keen to see our bargaining team reach the best possible collective agreement for our members in a reasonable time” said Greg Phillips, President of CAPE “We are glad to see that a very large majority of members who voted supported the tentative agreement; This deal was hard fought and the product of months of intense work on the part of our bargaining team, which deserve to be fully thanked and acknowledge for this positive outcome.”

Once a tentative agreement was reached, CAPE held a special general meeting to get members views and opinions regarding the agreement and to answer their questions and concerns. Subsequently, members had the chance to vote on this agreement during a two-week vote.

CAPE expects to sign the collective agreement during the second half of the month of August and the agreement will come into effect on the day of signing, except for retroactive pay which goes back to June 22, 2018.

General highlights of the agreement:

The new agreement includes the following pay adjustments:

  • 2% effective June 22, 2018;
  • 2% effective June 22, 2019;
  • 1.5% effective June 22, 2020;
  • 1.5% effective June 22, 2021.

The parties have also agreed to a market adjustment of 0.8% effective June 22, 2018 and of 0.2% effective June 22, 2019.

The parties also agreed to provisions for this round⎯ and this round only, with regards to the implementation of the collective agreement. HR systems will be used not Phoenix to calculate the retro pay. The implementation period has been extended by 30 days, and in exchange each EC member will receive $400.

If exceptionally an employee does not receive his or her retro pay during the 180-day implementation period, the employee will receive $50 on day 181, and will receive a second $50 three months later, and at the end of each 3-month period thereafter if necessary to a maximum of $450.



Katia Theriault
Director of Communications Canadian Association of Professional Employees-CAPE
4th Floor-100 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario
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