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WELCOME TO THE TORONTO LOCAL OF CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL               WORKERS 

Welcome to the official web site of the Toronto Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. We are the Toronto Local representative of CUPW, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

We hope this site will become a place where our members can keep up to date on the latest news and events involving the Toronto Local CUPW.

For our members there is a News/Bulletin section to keep you informed of latest news, and a Secretary-Treasurer's Report section that will keep you informed of important meeting schedules and events, including matters concerning your union and other services and information available to you. If you have any questions or general inquiries, feel free to Contact Us and one of our officers will be more than happy to assist you.

 

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IT’S TIME TO START THINKING

WHO ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE FOR?

Dear Sisters and Brothers: 

As the 4th Vice-President of the Toronto Local, I cannot tell you how to vote.  What I can tell you is that it is vital that you actually go out and cast your ballot. 

The current PC government is not your friend.  It is not a friend to the Postal Worker, the average worker on the street, nor is it a friend of any Union. 

The current trend seems to indicate that the federal election may be as early as this spring.  This is why I am urging you to consider your options now.  Consider the effects the current government has on your every-day work life and your personal life at home. 

The voting turn out for elections is as low as 7%.  Just think what an impact we as Postal Workers can have in fashioning a new government.  Our Local alone has 8,500 members.  If we all voted we could actually make a difference! 

In solidarity, 

 

JOHN SLATTERY

4th Vice-President

(Organization Officer)

C.U.P.W. Toronto Local 

 

NOV. 20/14

 

 

Text Box:  
DECEMBER 6TH
A DAY OF MOURNING
AND ACTION AGAINST
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
 

 

 

 

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

It is the 25th anniversay when fourteen women were singled out and murdered because of their gender and their pursuit of higher education

 

WOMEN WON’T FORGET

 

Join us in a DAY OF REMEMBRANCE for WOMEN MURDERED by men.

 

CANDLELIGHT VIGILS

         

TORONTO            WHEN:                  Saturday December 6, 2014

 

WHERE:               Philosopher’s Walk

                                                         South side of Bloor, west of Avenue Rd.

 

TIME:                    6:00 p.m.  – Both Events

 

BRAMPTON           WHEN:                  Saturday December 6, 2014

BRAMALEA            WHERE                Brampton Gage Park

                                                          Meet by the Gazebo

 

Toronto guest speakers include a daughter of a murdered indigenous women, spoken word by Gabriel Nicolau and a Native healing ceremony.  Bramalea guest speaker is NDP, MPP, Jageet Singh. Please bring a candle and a rose with you. This event goes on regardless of weather so please dress warmly. 

 

In solidarity and remembrance.

 

 

MEGAN WHITFIELD                                                       JOANNE LEADER                   

President                                                                        2nd Vice-President

C.U.P.W. Toronto Local                                                   C.U.P.W. Toronto Local

                                                                                      Nov. 27/14                               

 

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE 

Union Dues 

If you work in the “Toronto Local” area you should be paying $ 77.40 in Union Dues each month. If you believe you are a member of the Toronto Local and you are not sure compare your pay stub with your co-workers. If you are paying more, then contact your Shop Steward or call the Union Hall. 

Dues Waiver 

The National Constitution allows for the waiver of dues when you are off work if approved as per Article 1.19. You must be a signed up member in order to be eligible. Also, membership is a condition of employment (4.07 of the Collective Agreement) upon becoming a member a waiver is not retroactive

Address Change 

Once again we are getting a lot of “return to sender” mail. When you change your address it is your responsibility to inform the Union Hall of that change. By changing your address at work, we do not get that information. It is important that the Union has your current address even if you are retired to ensure that if there is a settlement of any Grievances, we have a means of contacting you. 

Trusting the above information is helpful, I remain. 

In Solidarity 

Doug Jones                                                                                                            

Secretary-Treasurer
November 30, 2014                                                                                                          

 

 

DEFEND OUR PENSION & DEMANDS

 

C.U.P.W. RALLY/DEMONSTRATION

 

OCTOBER 8TH, 2014

 

401 BAY ST. (AT ACADIAN COURT)

 

5:00 P.M.

 

Brothers Parrot & McGarry, as well as the C.L.C. President will be speaking.  

Please make every effort to attend; this is for active Postal Workers and Retiree’s.

 

In Solidarity,  

 

Doug Jones,

Secretary-Treasurer,

CUPW Toronto Local. 

DJ:w

October 7, 2014

 

 

Canada Post is a Public Service

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

On December the 11th,2013 Canada Post announced the elimination of door to door delivery in urban areas by 2019. The announcement came a day after Parliament adjourned for the Christmas Break. Your National Union received a telephone call from CPC at around 7:00 a.m. giving your Union a “heads up” but did not receive the actual package on the five point plan until 10:30 a.m.

Earlier this year Canada Post held selected Town Hall meetings across Canada after the Conference Board of Canada released a report called the “Future of Postal Service in Canada.”  The main objective of this report was to cut services NOT create and add services.

The Canadian Postal Service Charter mandates Canada Post to provide a universal accessible mail delivery system.  CPC’s competition is not even discussing eliminating door to door delivery.  They are looking at ways to improve their business and working with their customers. CPC in the meantime has closed corporate retail stores while the competition has opened up new store fronts.

Canada Post claims to be losing millions of dollars but at the same time are doing a multitude of renovations to the Gateway Plant and across Canada for the expansion of MLOCR.  This machine will only handle letter mail which is a service CPC insists has and will continue to drop in volume.

Instead of investing in the areas where there is  growth for CPC re: parcels, pubs and ads, working with small businesses; CPC’s answer is to eliminate services to Canadian Citizens instead of expanding and looking at a business plan for the future that provides and maintains the existing door to door delivery.

In the midst of the busiest time of the year Postal Workers are once again asked to do more with less, in spite of this volume records for parcels have been broken not once but twice so far this year.

Postal Workers are left to wonder how big this year’s bonuses will be for management.  Will it be as big as 2012 or better? Just think if the five point plan is implemented how big the bonuses will be while seniors, disabled and all citizens of Canada worry about how they are going to pick up their mail.

Members, their families and friends should contact their Member of Parliament and voice their desire to continue to provide a long tradition of providing good and dependable public services for the citizens of Canada.

In Solidarity,

 

Joanne Leader

2nd Vice President, Toronto Local

Canadian Union of Postal Workers

December 13, 2013

 

 

ARTICLE 47.11 RESTRUCTURING

&

ARTICLE 48.04 –

MEAL ON ROUTE, GROUP 2

 

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers: 

Two grievances were filed for the letter carrier restructures that were implemented at Toronto Station “T” on May 14, 2012 and the other station was for Weston “B”. 

The issue for these grievances being filed was that the route measurement officers for Canada Post & local management for Canada Post did not provide a meal location for motorized letter carriers on route.  

Arbitrator Von Veh allowed the grievances and following is some of the highlights from his decision: 

a)    The Corporation ignored communications from the Union dated November 21, 2011 and December 21, 2011 requesting assistance in location suitable meal locations for routes located in Toronto station “T”. 

b)    The Corporation ignored communications from employees dated May 14 and May 16, 2012 requesting suitable meal locations for routes located in Toronto Station “T”. 

c)    No steps were taken by the Corporation to in any way assist employees in locating locations for suitable meal breaks, bearing in mind criteria for meal locations set forth in Article 48.04 (a). 

ORDER: 

·         The Corporation and Union are ordered to assign an equal number of representatives to a committee to review each restructured route within Toronto Station “T” and a view to determine whether for each route there exists a suitable meal location.  Such suitable meal location must comply with the criteria for meal locations set out in Article 48.04 (a) and the three (3) minute travel time allowance set out in Article 48.04 (f).  Such determinations are to be completed on or before January 31, 2014. 

·         Should the parties not identify a suitable meal location for any of the restructured routes within Toronto Station “T’, then, such routes shall be adjusted to permit employees on such routes to return to the postal installation in order to have his/her meal.  The adjustment of such routes shall be finalized on or before February 28, 2014. 

·         The Parties are directed to determine what, if any, compensation is owed to any employees in Toronto Station “T” by virtue of the provisions of Article 48.04 (b).  Such determination shall be completed on or before February 28, 2014. 

·         I remain seized of any outstanding issues pertaining to these grievances. 

·         The terms of this Order apply to all restructured routes at Weston Station “B”. 

Trusting you will find the above informative, we remain,                                                                                                                       

In Solidarity, 

Joanne Leader,                                                                                                  Stacey Mills,

2ND Vice-President,                                                                                             3rd Vice-President,

CUPW Toronto Local.                                                                                         CUPW Toronto Local.

 

JL,SM:w

 

Pension Update

Sisters and Brothers:

Everyone is concerned about the state of our pension plan, and we want you to be aware of everything that has happened for the Corporation to get relief from the money they owe to the pension plan that would be sustainable.

The Conservative Government has informed Canada Post of its intent to introduce regulations that would provide relief from the need to make special payments in the Canada Post pension plan.  This relief would be for 4 years from 2014 to 2017.  This according to the Conservative Government would provide a period of time for the Corporation to transform their business plan and our pension plan.

It is disappointing that the bonuses were not cut off for management as that would have been millions a year in savings.  But without this pension relief Canada Post would have had to have made special payments of 1Billion dollars in 2014 which they can't afford.

Since 2011 Canada Post has utilized the solvency relief measures available to all Agent Crown Corporations under the Pension Benefits Standards Act 1985 to reduce solvency payments.

Over the next 4 years many things could change and interest rates and investments could skyrocket.  There could be a new Government after 2015 and the circumstances of our pension could change again.  Services could change where we could be successful in same day delivery parcels, banking and any other services that would add revenue to the Corporation.  The Union has been arguing this for years. 

The Corporation’s argument is always negative saying that interest rates could stay low, and the fact that people are living longer benefits would have to be paid out for a longer period of time.  They say this with no qualms of taking 2 bonuses a year amounting to millions.

Having said all this it is our intention to watch closely how the plan is doing over the next 4 years, talking to actuaries and informing the membership on a regular basis how the pension plan is doing.  In the meantime normal pension contributions from Canada Post and from Plan Members will continue to be made during this relief period.  There will be no change at this time in the benefits and pension payout.

In Solidarity,                                   

                             

John Slattery                                             Darryl Ellis

4th Vice-President, Benefits Officer       President, Toronto Local, CUPW

Toronto Local, CUPW

 

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SUN LIFE PACKAGES

&

RECORD OF EMPLOYMENT (R.O.E.’S)

  

Dear Sisters and Brothers: 

I realize all the frustration that members are going through attempting to get their Record of Employment, Sun Life Packages and general information pertaining to Disability. 

I have forwarded my complaints to Sister Cathy Kavadas, Regional Grievance Officer, who in turn, is forwarding my issues to National. 

I am outraged how our members are being treated in particular, getting access to Sun Life packages and E.I. sick benefits. 

I assure you that I am dealing with this and hopefully we will have some answers on these issues within the next two weeks. Please watch the bulletin boards for further updates. 

In Solidarity,

 

John Slattery,

4th Vice-President,

CUPW Toronto Local.  

JAN 15,2013

 

                                                                                 

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