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CAPE/PIPSC open letter: Government's return-to-office policy puts public service at risk

Any return to office policy must “consider the nature of each department’s work and the services they provide to Canadians.” Those are Treasury Board President Mona Fortier’s own words, and we urge her to heed them. Not only at a time when the triple threat of influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus filling up emergency rooms across the country, but when – thanks to this policy and seven years of unacceptable Phoenix pay problems – employee morale is at an all-time low.

Action you can take re: return-to-office directive

CAPE has put together this template letter you can use to send to your member of Parliament (MP) from your personal email address to express your concerns regarding the recent back-to-office mandate that will require federal public sector employees in the core public administration a partial return to the office beginning January 16, 2023.

TR Collective Bargaining – Mediation extended to December

As you will recall, after declaring an impasse at the TR table in June, CAPE felt that before submitting the application for arbitration, it would be appropriate to give the parties one last chance in a mediation process. The Employer and the Association, therefore, made a joint application to the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board, which was approved by the Board.

EC December Bargaining Update

We wanted to send a quick update before the holidays. The parties are moving forward with arbitration and CAPE has named someone to be a member of the arbitration board. The Employer has also appointed someone. The two nominees will now work together to appoint a third person to form the board. All three nominees will then hear arguments from both side and deliver a binding decision.

Volunteer for CLC’s Lobby Day on Parliament Hill!

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is organizing their annual Lobby Day on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. As a member of the CLC, CAPE has also been invited to participate in the event.

Return-to-office directive position and advocacy

On December 15, 2022, the Treasury Board Secretariat issued a directive for all federal employees to be back in the office two to three days a week starting January 16, 2023, and by no later than March 31, 2023.

CAPE Opposes Federal Return-To-Office Mandate, Denounces Lack of Rationale

The Treasury Board Secretariat announced today the rollout of a mandatory return-to-office policy that will force all federal employees to return to the office two to three days a week ─ or 40 per cent to 60 per cent of their regular schedule. It is set to begin January 16, 2023, and will be fully implemented by no later than March 31, 2023. Unions were informed shortly before the announcement was made public