CAPE’s Translation group vote in favor of a new collective agreement


CAPE’s Translation 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 Translation (TR) group, which includes interpreters, translators and terminologists part of the federal public service, voted in favor of a new collective agreement.  

Roughly 99% voted in favor of the agreement.

The deal will benefit all 990 TR members represented by CAPE.

The tentative agreement was reached with the Treasury Board Secretariat on June 11, 2019 and was put to the vote shortly after. The agreement brings significant improvements to the TR collective agreement, refining benefits in areas such as pay,  parental leave, caregiving leave, wellness and harassment in the workplace, domestic violence and transitional provisions for civilian members of the RCMP transferring 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 several meetings across the country 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 will come into effect on the day of signing, except for retroactive pay which goes back to April 2018.

General highlights of the agreement:

The new agreement includes the following pay adjustments:

  • 2% effective April 19, 2018;
  • 2% effective April 19, 2019;
  • 1.5% effective April 19, 2020;
  • 1.5% effective April 19, 2021.

The parties have also agreed to a market adjustment of 0.8% effective April 19, 2018 and of 0.2% effective April 19, 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 TR 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 K1P 1J9
Tel: 613-236-9181 ext. 225
Mobile: 613-818-1840