Now that the tentative agreements have been ratified by the EC and TR membership, the new collective agreements take effect once they are signed by both parties.
The government unveiled its 2017 budget earlier today, promising to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. The budget proposes modest investments in public services and policies aimed at closing the gender pay gap.
In a vote on a number of issues concerning their terms and conditions of employment and the future of their union, 2,971 members of CAPE cast ballots to approve the tentative agreement with Treasury Board for the EC and TR groups; they have also expressed their confidence in the president of the union.
Yesterday, CAPE took part in an important press conference on Parliament Hill calling on the government to treat Phoenix with the urgency and seriousness it deserves.
The following is a transcript of our statements to the media regarding Phoenix, as read by André Picotte on February 23, 2017.
On the first anniversary of Phoenix, the three largest federal public service unions are urging the government to include a $75 million Phoenix contingency fund in the upcoming federal budget.
During her appearance before the House of Commons standing committee on official languages on February 9, the Hon. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, made some firm commitments regarding the future of the Translation Bureau.
Back in October 2014, the Harper government introduced a new standard on security screening measures aimed at public servants, which included fingerprinting and credit checks. Public service unions, including CAPE, denounced the government’s actions as unacceptably invasive.
With 2015 firmly behind us, we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that CAPE has weathered a tumultuous year. CAPE has been going the extra mile ever since the budget insidiously changed the collective bargaining process when the Harper government gave itself the power to unilaterally impose its will.