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CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS

BY-LAWS OF THE TORONTO LOCAL

Revised : February 22, 2013

ARTICLE 1: NAME, EQUAL RIGHTS, COMPOSITION AND AIMS

1.1 Subject to and in accordance with the provisions of the National Constitution of

the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the following by-laws shall apply to all

Members of the Toronto Local.

1.2 The name of the Union shall be the Canadian Union of Postal Workers,

hereinafter referred to as the “Local”.

1.3 The Local shall be affiliated to the Ontario Federation of Labour, The Labour

Council of Metropolitan Toronto and the Brampton and Mississauga and District

Labour Council.

1.4 The Local is composed of the Members as a whole. It is comprised of a Local

Executive, which shall consist of 19 Members in good standing.

1.5 The Members, at a regular monthly Meeting or by referendum vote, authorized by

the Members at a regular monthly Meeting, are the supreme authority of the

Local.

ARTICLE 2: OBJECTIVES

2.1 The objectives of the Local shall be:

(a) To improve the General well being, of all Members, and in particular, the wages,

hours of work and working conditions.

(b) To promote the fundamental principles of trade unionism and the improvement of

conditions of all workers.

(c) To defend the rights and benefits acquired by the Union.

ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP

3.1 An employee of Canada’s Postal System, Communications and related services,

who does not perform managerial functions is eligible for Membership in the

Union under the following circumstances:

(a) Signs an application card for Membership and;

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(b) Signs a copy of the obligation of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers as written

in the National Constitution;

(c) Undertakes to comply with the Constitution and policies of the Union;

(d) Pays an entrance fee of $5.00, subject to Art. 9.27 of the national constitution;

(e) Is accepted by the Local;

(f) All Members of the Union enjoy equal rights, and this is without discrimination,

regardless of sex, age, occupation, National Origin, language, sexual orientation,

colour, religious or political beliefs or affiliation;

3.2 A person shall no longer be a Member in good standing of the Union when:

(a) Such person has been suspended from Membership in accordance with the

provisions of Article 8 of the National Constitution;

(b) Such person is in arrears of three months or more in payment of Union dues

and/or assessment;

(c) Such person has applied or qualified for a managerial position or is performing

managerial functions on a temporary basis, or managerial training or related

courses; in concurrence with Art. 1.07 of the National Constitution;

(d) A person who is not a Member in good standing may not exercise any of the

rights afforded a Member under the National Constitution and By-laws of the

Local or hold office in the Union or the Local.

3.3 The loss of the status of Member in good standing is automatic.

3.4 A person may be re-instated in good standing when:

(a) The suspension imposed has ended.

(b) Such person has paid all arrears of the Union dues and/or assessments;

(c) Such person has withdrawn his/her application or ceased to be eligible to fill a

managerial position or has ceased to perform managerial functions on a

temporary basis, or to attend any management training courses, in concurrence

with the National Constitution, Art. 1.09 (c);

3.5 The person who wishes to be reinstated as Member in good standing shall notify

his/her Local, in writing. The Local shall ensure that the conditions provided for

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in the preceding section have been fulfilled. When they have been fulfilled, the

person is reinstated as a Member in good standing. However, a Member who has

lost their status as Member in good standing because of their suspension from

Membership in the Union may be registered again as a Member in good standing

prior to the end of their suspension under the conditions determined by the Local.

3.6 The loss of status of Member and re-admission. A person shall no longer be a

Member in the Union when:

(a) Such person is no longer an employee as defined under Section 1.04 of the

National Constitution;

(b) Such person resigns as a Member of the Union as defined in Art 1.07 (b) of the

National Constitution;

(c) Such person is expelled from the Union in accordance with the provisions of

Article 8 of the National Constitution;

(d) Such person is in arrears of six months or more in the payment of monthly Union

dues and/or assessments;

(e) Such person is no longer an employee in a bargaining unit for which the Union is

certified or on behalf of which the Union is seeking certification. Any person

who is no longer a Member shall lose all rights related to such status.

3.7 The loss of Member status in accordance with the preceding section is automatic.

3.8 Any person who has previously been a Member of the Union may be readmitted

as a Member provided such person complies with the provisions of Section 1.04

of the National Constitution and fulfills the other obligations which may be

required by the By-laws of the Local.

3.9 When the person requested to be readmitted as a Member has been expelled from

the Union, such personal shall pay a re-admission fee as determined by the Local.

This shall be at least $40.00 and at most $300.00.

3.10 The Local may, with respect to the re-admission of a Member, impose any

particular condition which it shall deem appropriate. When any particular

condition is placed on the re-admission of a Member, the entire case must be

forwarded to the National Executive Board for revision or acceptance.

3.11 Subject to revision by the National Executive Board, re-admission of a Member is

left entirely to the discretion of the Local. However, the Local shall take into

consideration the following factors:

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(a) The reason for which the person ceased to be a Member;

(b) The person’s attitude toward the Union and the Local prior to ceasing to be a

Member since such person is no longer a Member;

(c) When the person involved has been expelled, the seriousness of the grounds for

such expulsion and all extenuating and aggravating circumstances together with

the period of time elapsed since the persons expulsion.

3.12 When a Member is transferred from one Local to another, all their rights are

maintained and they do not have to be admitted or readmitted as a Member. They

shall, however, resign from any position to which they were elected or appointed

by the Members of the Local they are leaving.

ARTICLE 4: DUES AND INITIATION FEES

4.1 Initiation and dues to the Local shall be fixed by the Membership decision, in no

case may such initiation or dues be less than that set out by the National

Constitution:

(a) Any proposed increase in dues over and above the amount specified by the

National Constitution shall only be approved as a result of a referendum vote of

the entire Membership. For such increase to be approved, 50 percent plus one of

those casting ballots must signify their approval.

4.2 The Local shall required from any new Member an initiation fee of $5.00. The

initiation fee is the property of the Local.

4.3 Each Member shall comply with the National Constitution and policies of the

Union and they Buy-laws of the Local. They shall also pay monthly Union dues a

provided. They shall also pay without delay any assessment imposed with

accordance with the National Constitution.

ARTICLE 5: LOCAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

5.1 The Local Executive Committee (hereinafter referred to as the “Executive

Committee”) shall consist of the following full time Officers:

President

1st Vice-President

2nd Vice-President

3rd Vice-President

4th Vice-President

5th Vice-President

Secretary Treasurer

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The following Part Time Officers shall also be part of the Executive Committee:

Assistant Secretary Treasurer

Recording Secretary

11 Chief Stewards (Article 6 - Local By-laws).

5.2 The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the administration of the affairs

of the Local. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the enforcement

of the National Constitution and By-laws for the Local and the policies

established therein.

5.3 All Local Officers shall be elected by the General Membership and shall be a

Member of the Executive Committee. All persons appointed by the Local to give

service to the Members on a full time basis shall also be elected by the General

Membership and shall be Members of the Executive Committee.

5.4 All Local Officers and the Executive Committee must be in good standing on the

date of election and remain in good standing during their term of office.

5.5 The Local Executive shall be elected for a three year term.

5.6 A minimum of 10 voting Members of the Executive Committee will be required

as a quorum for the transaction of any business at the Executive Committee

Meeting.

5.7 No person shall hold more than one office, but any Member of the Executive

Committee could replace a Shop Steward in his absence.

5.8 Vacancies of the Local Executive shall be filled as prescribed by Article 8 of the

Local By-laws.

ARTICLE 6: DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

AND UNION STEWARDS

6.1 The Local President shall:

(a) Be the senior Officer of the Local;

(b) Be an elected Officer and voting Member of the Executive Committee. The

President shall only vote in case of a tie vote on any Committee Meeting or other

Meeting they may chair;

(c) Have the responsibility for the enforcement of the Constitution and policies of the

Union.

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(d) Be responsible for grievances and appeals in his/her Local.

(e) Be responsible for the Local Union Management Meetings;

(f) Implement the decisions of the Members assembled at the General Meetings or

by referendum vote.

(g) Have the right to look into any matter falling under the jurisdiction of the Union

at the Local level and take measures to ensure that all Local Officers and

Members comply with the obligations and duties of their positions;

(h) Interpret the Local By-laws of their Local and his/her interpretation shall be

maintained unless it is contested and such contest is supported by the majority of

the Members of the Local Executive Committee or by the majority of the

Members at a General Membership Meeting.

(i) Take initiatives for the good and welfare of the Union on matters not provided for

in the Local By-laws, subject to the approval of the Members.

(j) Coordinate the work of all Local Officers;

(k) Have the authority to appoint such Committees as are necessary and which are

not provided for elsewhere in these By-laws, such appointments to be approved

by the next General Membership Meeting.

(l) Be an ex-officio Member of all Committees.

(m) Chair the Meetings of the Local Executive Committee, the permanent

Committees and any other Committee as well as Membership Meetings.

(n) Impose as policy of the Union, the rule according to which no Local Officer may

meet alone with a representative of the employer to discuss Union matters.

(o) Ensure the implementation of the Union’s policies in all representations before

the employer at the Local level.

(p) Be responsible for public relations at his/her Local level.

(q) Report to the Members on the decisions and recommendations of the Local

Executive Committee;

(r) Keep the Executive Committee informed on all activities between the Local and

National Headquarters of the C.U.P.W.

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(s) In the event that no Union Steward is elected by the Membership, have the

authority to appoint Union Stewards in the best interest of the Membership,

subject to the approval of the Executive Committee;

(t) Co-sign all cheques drawn on the account of the Local;

(u) The President shall visit all staff and locations where Members of the Toronto

Local are employed as often as possible, or when required to do so by the Steward

body;

6.2 The Local 1st Vice-President Shall:

(a) Be an elected Officer and voting Member of the Executive Committee:

(b) Assist the Local President in the performance of their duties;

(c) Replace the President on their absence, in which case they shall exercise full

power;

(d) Chair in the absence or at the request of the President.

(e) Sign cheques along with the Secretary-Treasurer in the President’s absence.

(f) In the event of a vacancy in the office of President the 1st Vice-President shall

assume the office of the President with full power and authority, until an election

can be held for the position of President, within (3) three months, as per Article 8

of the Toronto Local By-laws.

(g) Be responsible for the implementation of all Education programs in the Local in

conjunction with the Executive Committee.

(h) Be a Member of the Education Committee;

(i) Be responsible for representing Members of the Union under the Worker’s

Compensation Act.

(j) Co-ordinate with the National Health and Safety Committee Representative,

the exchange of information and minutes.

6.3 The Local 2nd Vice-President shall:

(a) Be an elected Officer and voting Member of the Executive Committee;

(b) Assist the Local President in the performance of their duties;

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(c) Be the presiding Officer in the absence of the Local President and 1st Vice-

President, in which case they shall exercise full power;

(d) Chair at the request of the President;

(e) Be a Member of the Grievance Committee and direct their work;

(f) Be responsible, under the authority of the Local President for the administration

of grievances in the Local;

6.4 The Local 3rd Vice-President shall:

(a) Be an elected Officer and voting Member of the Local Executive Committee;

(b) Assist the Local 2nd Vice President in the performance of their duties.

(c) Be the presiding Officer in the absence of the Local President, Local 1st Vice-

President and Local 2nd Vice-President in which case they shall exercise full

power.

(d) Chair at the request of the President;

(e) Be a Member of the Grievance Committee;

(f) Be responsible, under the authority and direction of the Local President, for

assisting the 2nd Vice-President in the administration of grievances in the Local;

6.5 The Local 4th Vice-President shall:

(a) Be an elected Officer and voting Member of the Local Executive Committee;

(b) Be responsible, under the authority and direction of the Local President for the

implementation of all Organization;

(c) Serve as the benefits Officer of the Local;

(d) Shall be the presiding Officer in the absence of the President, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Vice-President, in which case they shall exercise full power.

(e) Chair at the request of the President;

(f) Be a Member of the Organization Committee

6.6 The Local 5th Vice-President shall:

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(a) Be an elected Officer and voting Member of the Executive Committee;

(b) Assist the President on evaluation of all employer programs, restructures and

other related matters.

(c) Be the presiding Officer in the absence of the President, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

Vice-Presidents, in which case they shall exercise full power;

(d) Chair at the request of the President;

6.7 The Local Secretary-Treasurer Shall:

(a) They shall be an elected Officer and voting Member of the Executive

Committee;

(b) Be responsible for all communications to Local Officers and shall convey them to

the Executive Committee and the General Membership Meeting.

(c) Be responsible for all correspondence in the name of the Local

(d) Be responsible for all official documents of the Local and will establish an

adequate filing system for the Secretariat and the Treasury.

(e) Be responsible for the supervision of the Local’s office staff.

(f) Be responsible for all minutes of Meetings of the Local Executive Committee and

any Membership Meetings of the Local, such minutes to be recorded in a bound

book and all the pages will be numbered consecutively.

(g) Prepare notices of all General Membership Meetings and arrange to distribute and

post such notices at least seven days prior to such Meetings.

(h) Be responsible for the attendance book for all purposes.

(i) Be responsible for bookkeeping records to the Local and keep them ready for

submission to the Local’s Trustees at least once per fiscal year.

(j) Be authorized signatory of all cheques issued on behalf of the Local. In the

absence of the Secretary-Treasurer, the first Vice-President and the Assistant

Secretary-Treasurer may co-sign cheques.

(k) Receive all revenues from all sources on behalf of the Local and deposit same

immediately to the credit of the Local in a chartered bank or Credit Union where

possible, approved by the General Membership.

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(l) Be responsible for maintaining the check-off records of the Membership and keep

an up to date mailing list of the Membership.

(m) Prepare a financial statement twice Yearly (July and January) and present such

statements at a regular Meeting of the Local. Copies of such statements shall be

distributed to all Members present at these Meetings.

(n) (i) Not issue any cheques in payment of any account not provided for in the

budget or authorized by the By-laws or the National Constitution, unless

approved by the majority of the Executive Committee. Such payment

shall be subject to ratification at the next General Membership Meeting of

the Local;

(ii) Submit to the Executive Committee Meeting two (2) months prior to the

fiscal year, a budget. Such budget shall be a comprehensive statement of

all expenditures and revenues for the past year. It shall also contain a

detailed statement of all expenditures and revenues for the coming year

from whatever source.

(iii) The proposed budget shall contain a detailed and comprehensive

statement of all expenditures for the past year and a statement of all

expenditures for the coming years.

(o) Not pay any money without a bill or signed voucher;

(p) Present all expenses payable and the revenue to the Local at each Executive

Committee Meeting. This statement shall include a detailed statement of the

current bank balances of all accounts of the Local and any expenditures or

revenues pursuant to these accounts. The Statement will list the normal

information including the following information in relation to shop steward wages

and expenses, committees (standing and special) and travel: The members name,

the union activity, the number of hours spent on the union activity, the date of

such activity and the travel involved, if any and the amount paid to the member.

This information will be presented to the membership at general membership

meetings via the bills and accounts, and to the trustee committee or finance

committee upon request.

(q) The fiscal year for the Local shall be from July 1st to June 30 of the following

year. A financial report shall be prepared and sent to the National Secretary-

Treasurer within (60) sixty days following the end of the fiscal year. A copy of

such report shall be sent to the National Director.

(r) File, every two months, a financial report to their National Director. Such

financial reports shall show the credit balance at the beginning of the period,

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receipts and expense during the period and General fund credit balance at the end

of the period.

(s) Forward the per capita tax quarterly for each Member not on check off who is in

good standing and also a list of suspended or expelled Members to the National

Secretary-Treasurer.

(t) Is responsible for per capita tax on all Members in good standing, including those

Members not on check off who pay dues Locally. Pay to the appropriate Labour

Council per capita tax based on the following formula: to the Brampton-

Mississauga Labour council shall pay per capita tax on the total number of

Members of Gateway and Area West Stations. Pay the per capita tax on the

total number of Members at South Central and South Area Stations to the Metro

Toronto Labour council.

(u) Is responsible for the nominal list of the Membership in the Local.

(v) Be responsible for maintaining the Local’s copies of Post Office manuals and all

other pertinent materials, and further, shall send to all Shop Stewards of the

Toronto Local any contractual amendments, changes or interpretations of the

collective agreement.

(w) Keep and maintain a file of the record of attendance of Shop Stewards

Committee Meetings. Failure to receive a record of attendance of a Shop

Steward’s Meeting within (7) seven days of the Meeting taking place shall be

reported to the President. They shall keep and maintain a record of attendance

of Shop Stewards at Shop Steward Committee Meetings and they shall keep a

record of the time the Meeting opens and adjourns. The Secretary-Treasurer shall

report to the President the absence of any Shop Steward for two consecutive

regular Shop Steward’s Committee Meetings.

(x) Be responsible for providing copies of correspondence pertaining to the business

and affairs conducted at Shop Steward’s Meetings. They shall also provide

copies of letters, both received in the Union Office and emanating from the Union

Office. These copies shall be provided to the Chief Shop Stewards in advance of

the regular Shop Steward Committee Meetings.

(y) Refer copies of all correspondence pertaining to the affairs of Committees, Shop

Steward Committees, Standing Committees, or Special Committees to the

Chairperson or Chief Shop Steward of said Committees, at their earliest

opportunity. The correspondence herein referred to pertain to both letters written

to the Local concerning Committee affairs and to letter emanating from the Local

Executive Committee pertaining to any Committee.

(z) Cause to be posted on all bulletin boards, a notice containing details of the time,

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date, place along with the details of the business to be dealt with at the Special

Meeting. This notice is to be posted not later than seventy-two (72) hours in

advance of the day on which the Meeting is to take place.

6.8 The Assistant Secretary Treasurer Shall:

(a) Be a part time elected Officer and voting Member of the Executive Committee;

(b) Be responsible to the Secretary-Treasurer;

(c) Perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the Secretary-Treasurer and

shall assist them whenever and wherever possible;

(d) In the absence of the Secretary-Treasurer, shall perform all duties pertaining to

the office of the Secretary-Treasurer. In the case of a vacancy in the position of

the Secretary-Treasurer, shall assume the duties of Secretary-Treasurer until the

Union elects a Secretary-Treasurer to fill the vacancy.

(e) Be considered to have the full duties and responsibilities of Shop Steward

functions on their staff their station.

6.9 The Recording Secretary Shall:

(a) Be a part time elected Officer and voting Member of the Executive Committee;

(b) Perform such duties as the Secretary-Treasurer may assign.

(c) Be considered to have the full duties and responsibilities of Shop Steward and

shall perform Shop Steward functions on their staff and/or station;

(d) Keep a record of the discussions of the Local Executive Committee

6.10 The Chief Shop Stewards:

(a) There shall be (11) Ten Chief Stewards:

(i) One to represent South Central

(ii) One to represent Gateway West (All sections including locations off site

such as NECF, and Vista)

(iii) One to represent Gateway East (all sections including the new facility

WPDH located within the Former BMF plant and those off site such as

Book Returns.

(iv) One to represent South Area Wickets

(v) One to represent West Area Wickets

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(vi) One to represent South Area Letter Carriers

(vii) One to represent West Area Letter Carriers

(viii) One to represent South Area M.S.C.’s

(ix) One to represent West Area M.S.C.’s

(x) One to represent Mechanics

(xi) One to represent RSMC’s

They shall be part time Executive Officers and shall be voting Members of the

Executive Committee.

(b) Chief Stewards shall be elected by the General Membership to represent the

division for which they work.

(c) Chief Stewards shall be responsible for determining that all Shop Stewards carry

out their duties in a responsible manner. Any evidence or indication that a Shop

Steward is neglecting their duties, is irresponsible in their actions, or their

conduct in such that they may bring discredit on this Local or National Union,

shall be reported, in writing, to the President immediately.

(d) It shall be the responsibility of each Chief Steward to present, in the form of a

motion, at the Executive Committee Meeting any motion which has been passed

at a Meeting of the Shop Stewards body.

(e) Each shop steward body shall meet al least once per month. The meeting will be

scheduled during the first complete week of each month and prior to the Local

Executive Committee Meeting. Each shop steward body will determine the date

and time of their meeting, provided it complies with the above noted stipulations.

The Chief Shop Stewards will notify the Executive Committee of future meetings

of their respective shop steward body.

(f) The Chief Stewards shall within (7) seven days of the date of their Shop Stewards

Meeting provide the Secretary-Treasurer with a statement, in writing, detailing

the names of those Shop Stewards who attended the Meeting and the starting

time and finishing times of said Meeting.

(f) The Chief Stewards shall be responsible for explaining to their Shop Stewards

any contractual amendments, changes or interpretations of the collective

Agreement.

(h) It shall be the responsibility of the Chief Stewards to assist their Shop Stewards

in processing grievances in his/her division if requested to do so by the Stewards.,

6.11 The Shop Stewards:

(a) All Members in a Local have the right to be represented by Shop Stewards, the

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number to be determined by the Local Executive Committee Meetings.

(b) The Shop Stewards must police the collective agreement and implement the

policies of the Union. They shall promote the objectives of the Union and those

of the Labour movement in General. As advisor for the workers, they shall, in

all cases defend the interest of the Members they represent.

(b) They shall keep the Chief Steward or the Local President advised at all times on

all problems, complaints and grievances among the Membership.

(d) The Shop Steward shall assist any Member in the handling and processing of

their grievance. The Shop Steward shall, if necessary, contact their Chief

Steward for advice and assistance.

(e) Designated number of stewards:

(e)(1) As a general rule, steward positions will be designated on the basis of Group,

facility and shift and in facilities such as letter carrier depots housing multiple

stations, on the basis of Station.

On a specific need basis, the responsible Chief Steward may recommend for

Executive consideration and approval that stewards may be added on an asneeded

basis. This approval will cause the immediate implementation. The next

General Membership meeting will confirm this implementation.

(e)(2) For Group 2 (Letter Carriers), there shall be (2) steward per

Station.

For Group 2 (MSC’S) housed at (West Trans) and (WPDH) there shall be (3)

steward for each shift in each unit (i.e.; light vehicle, medium vehicle and (TTU)

where such multiple units exist.

In facilities that house a single Station (e.g. Toronto K, etc.), where clerks and

MSC’S are present; all groups will be combined for the purpose of selecting shop

stewards for that facility.

In facilities that house more than (1) Station; each Station shall elect it’s own

Stewards, and all Groups assigned to such a designated Station shall

be combined for such purposes.

Where clerks in a multi-Station facility are assigned to the facility and not to a

particular Station, they shall elect their own stewards. Alternatively

they may decide which Station they wish to belong to, and join with that Station

for the purposes of participating in the election process.

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(e)(3) Gateway and SCLPP, NECF and Vista: For Group 1 members at SCLPP there

shall be (9) stewards for each of the 3 shifts. For group 1 members at BMF and

WLPP there shall be (9) for each of the 3 shifts. For group 1 members at Vista

there shall be 2 Shop Stewards per shift and NECF shall have 2 Shop Stewards

per shift WPDH and BECF shall have 3 Shop Stewards per shift. Each location

that has part-time weekends will be allowed one additional shop steward position

for this group of workers.

(e)(4) Groups 3, and 4 shall elect (3) steward in South Central per shift. Group 3 and 4

at Gateway shall elect (3) Shop Stewards per shift (as a result of BMF and WLPP

combined) All other facilities containing groups 3 and 4 shall elect 1 Shop

Steward per shift.

(g) Should an election be necessary to fill a steward position that becomes vacant, the

President shall ensure that such an election will be held within sixty (60) days of

the position becoming vacant

Unfilled positions may be filled at any other time by volunteer members from the

Group/facility/shift/ unit concerned by being nominated by another member from

the group to be represented, and the name shall be submitted in writing to the

Secretary Treasurer.

Members of the group concerned shall be notified by means of a posted bulletin

issued by the Secretary Treasurer, announcing that a volunteer has come forward

to fill the vacancy. If no other member from the group submits her/his name in

nomination to the Secretary Treasurer with (10) days of the bulletin being posted,

the volunteer will assume the office. Positions filled in this manner shall be

deemed to be held until the next annual election.

(g)(1) At their first meeting of their new term in April, each Shop Steward Body will

elect, from themselves, a Health and Safety Committee comprised of (3) delegates

and three alternates. In the case of Group 1 Stewards, when ever possible, it shall

be the duty of the Stewards to elect or acclaim a delegate from each of the (3)

shifts an a alternate from each shift. The newly elected delegates and alternates

will then elect a committee co-chair from the (3).

ARTICLE 7: FINANCE

7.1 Salaries

(a) All Full Time Officers of the Executive will be paid at the rate of “Union

Representatives”, as per article 7.29 of the National Constitution.

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(b) All Part Time Officers of the Executive will be paid an honorarium of $2400.00

per year of $200.00 for each completed month of office. Effective April 1, 2004.

(c) When a part-time officer is required to replace a full-time officer for any reason,

the part-time officer shall receive a top up allowance equal to the difference

between their regular wages and those earned by the full-time officer as per

article 7.1 (a) of the Toronto Local By-Laws.

7.2 Union Funds

(a) Union funds must be used for Union purposes only;

(b) The Local Executive Committee shall be authorized to make adjustments in the

budget during the fiscal year subject to approval at the next General Membership

Meeting.

(c) Honorarium or expense allowance to be determined by the Local may be paid to

the Local Executive Committee or Committee Members;

(d) Per diem shall be in accordance with Section 7.43 of the National Constitution;

(e) The Local shall not pay any Special allowance in any form whatsoever, nor pay

wages to official delegates attending the National Convention;

(f) The Local shall pay expenses incurred by the full time Officers in the

performance of the duties and all expense must be covered by bills or vouchers.

They shall be allowed $100.00 petty cash, to be replenished at the first of each

month, and all expenditures are to be covered by bill or voucher.

(g) The Local shall provide the maximum insurance coverage available to indemnify

the Local against the payment of salary in the event of sickness or accident.

Payment of salary shall continue for the same period of time that insurance

payments are made.

(h) They shall receive the same benefits as a Member of our bargaining unit,

including any salary increases. They shall also receive any other benefits which

may be accrued to a senior POL 5 as a result of employment

(i) Effective April 1/84, sick leave credits shall be credited to the person

concerned if they return as a member of the bargaining unit for which

the union is certified.

(ii) If this Officer is still in the bargaining unit, their credits can be drawn

upon in the future, if the Officer becomes ill and does not have sufficient

sick leave credits accumulated with the employer to cover their time off.

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(j) (i) The Local shall pay to the Executive Members a mileage allowance of

(42) forty-two cents per kilometer for the use of their own automobiles in

connection with Union business.

(ii) A log book will be maintained at the Local Office with a separate section

for each Executive Officer in which any charges for traveling and parking

shall be recorded. It shall include the following: date, destination,

purpose, kilometers and parking fees, if any. all receipts for parking must

be submitted before a cheque is issued.

(iii) Claims against this account shall be for Union purposes only. Claims will

not be honoured for the following: travel to and from work for full time

Officers on regular days. Travel to and from General or Mass Meetings

for all Executive Officers.

(k) The signing Officers shall each be bonded in the amount of $10,000.00 dollars

and the premium shall be paid by the Union. It shall be the responsibility of the

incoming Secretary-Treasurer to see that such bonds are issued and in the

possession of the Local as soon as possible. An Officer who is not bonded shall

not be authorized to sign a cheque in excess of $1,000.00.

(l) The bank shall be informed that they will not honour a cheque of more than

$10,000.00 unless it is signed by (3) three signing Officers. A cheque in excess

of $10,000.00 shall required the signature of three (3) signing Officers and the

approval of the General Membership Meeting.

(m) A petty cash account in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for the use

of the 7 full time Officers on a day to day basis will be established. Any amount

disbursed from this fund shall be covered by receipt or voucher and it shall be the

Secretary-Treasurer’s responsibility to insure that this fund is adequately

safeguarded. This fund is to be balanced on the last day of each month and on the

first day of each month it is to be replenished to it’s original amount of $100.00.

(n) (i) Any Member who is required by the Union to be absent on Union

business, from Canada Post Corporation, on leave without pay, shall be

indemnified by the Union against the loss of income which may result

from the failure of the Corporation to pay their share of the

Superannuation Plan or any other shared cost plan covered by the terms

and conditions of our employment with the Corporation;

(iii) In conjunction with the above, all of the Stewards in the Toronto Local of

CUPW shall have the alternative choices as follows:

OPTION ‘A’: The Steward may choose to take Union Leave with pay

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from the Corporation, in accordance with Article 26.07 (b) of the

collective agreement, and in such a case shall not have any deductions

made on their pay cheques, but the Corporation shall bill the Local for that

Stewards wages for the day in question.

(iv) In conjunction with the above, and in recognition that some Stewards are

part time or Temporary Members of the union and are required like their

full time counterparts, to stay for the entire duration of Meetings of

official union business, the Local shall not discriminate in reimbursing for

wages lost as a result of working on behalf of the Union the number of

hours worked by the Member, and the hours paid out shall be the same for

both full time and part time Members.

(o) Those Meetings specifically called as all day Meetings shall be reimbursed for a

full days pay.

(p) It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to see that the Local is

indemnified, by means of insurance, against financial loss resulting from Fire

(and the supplementary hazards covered under the fire insurance policies), Theft,

Burglary, Robbery, Public Liability (This refers to Office premises occupied by

the Union being used away from the Union Office). Workers Compensation

coverage will be provided by the Local Union to cover anyone other than a Union

Member employed by the Union.

(q) All full time Officers must take their annual leave entitlement during the current

fiscal year. To this end, the Local Executive shall establish a schedule of annual

leave period, ensuring that the services to the Membership are maintained. If,

for any reason, an Officer was not able to use their annual leave credits during

the fiscal year, the Local Executive, shall in consultation with the Officer

involved, reschedule the said leave as soon as possible; but this is to be within

three (3) months of the end of the fiscal year. If this leave is not taken within the

said period, the credits shall be liquidated.

ARTICLE 8: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

8.1

(a) At the October General Membership Meeting every three years an election

Committee comprised of (6) six Members will be nominated and elected from

amongst the Members present. The Election Committee will immediately caucus

and elect a Chairperson from among their number, the Committee shall report the

name of the Chairperson to the General Meeting, the same to be entered into the

minutes. This Committee shall serve until the completion of the Local Executive

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Committee elections.

(b) If as a result of illness, or any other reason, any Member or Members of the

Committee cannot be present to perform their duties, the President shall forthwith

convene a Meeting of the Executive Committee which shall, by majority vote,

select the Member or Members required to properly constitute the Committee.

(c) The Committee Members shall be reimbursed in accordance with the Local wages

provisions of article 7 of these By-laws.

(d) The Chairperson of the Committee will submit a comprehensive and detailed

budget to the Local Executive for their approval. This will be submitted to the

President prior to the Executive Committee Meeting in the month of December.

The election committee shall meet to develop a plan and procedures for the

for the executive elections, including a control system for balloting. This plan

will be submitted to the local executive at a time suitably in advance of the

of the elections to allow for discussion, amendment and adoption by the

executive, and implementation by the committee. The election committee

chairperson shall submit weekly reports to the local executive, through the

Secretary Treasurer, on the conduct of the election process. The Election

Committee shall submit a Monthly report to the General Membership Meeting.

(e) Any issue that is not covered by the By-laws regarding the Local Election

process will be resolved by a ruling of the President.

8.2

(a) No Member of the election Committee is eligible to run for office in the

Executive elections.

(b) Members of the Committee cannot take part in any candidate’s campaign in any

way, shape or form.

(c) There shall be no voting by proxy. The Chairperson of the Committee shall not

have a vote except in the event of a tie, in which case the chairperson shall cast

the deciding ballot.

8.3 Duties of the Election Committee:

(a) Printing of ballots, and establishing a plan for the election, including a control

system, for ratification by the local executive.

(b) All ballots used for the purpose of elections are to indicate the name of the

candidates, including surname and first name.

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(c) Conducting votes

(d) Counting ballots.

(e) Notifying the Secretary-Treasurer or in their absence, the President, within two

hours of the completion of counting of ballots, the results of the election.

8.4

(a) The nomination for the election to all offices on the Executive Committee shall

take place at the December General Membership Meeting every three years.

(b) In order to be eligible to run as a candidate for election to the Local Executive

Committee, the nominee must be a Member in good standing in the Toronto

Local. They must also have attended 50 per cent of the monthly General

Membership Meetings during the 12 months prior to nominations.

(c) The Secretary-Treasurer shall notify all nominees for election to the Executive

Committee of their eligibility within five days of the December Meeting.

(d) The written acceptance of nominations for office must be submitted, in person at

the December General Membership Meeting or received by the Secretary-

Treasurer prior to the December General Membership Meeting.

8.5

(a) Elections of the Executive Committee shall take place through a mail in balloting

system and such elections shall commence on February 1 every three years. The

ballots shall be mailed to every Member’s home address. Each Member is to

receive a ballot, a postage paid return envelope and an information sheet outlining

the vote procedure including information on what is a spoiled ballot, etc.

(b) The Ballots must be returned to the Chairperson of the election Committee by

February 20 every three years. The returned envelopes shall be addressed to the

Chairperson of the election Committee and can only be opened by the election

Committee with at least (3) three Members of the Committee present at the time

of opening.

(c) On the first working day following February 20 every three years, the

election Committee shall meet to open the returned envelopes and count the

ballots. The results of the Election shall be conveyed to the Secretary-Treasurer

or, in their absence, the President, immediately upon the conclusion of the

counting of the ballots.

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(d) (i) Should a run-off election be required, only the top two candidates from

the first ballot shall be eligible to run for the second and final ballot.

(ii) Such election shall be conducted as per 8.5 (a), (b) and (c) mutatis

mutandis, with the ballots being mailed out as soon as possible after the

initial count and providing at least three weeks for Members to return the

ballots.

(e) Should a “Bi-election” be required to fill an Toronto Local Executive Committee

position that may become vacant or was vacant at the beginning of a three year

term, these positions shall be filled by elections through a series of Special

Meetings called for the sole purpose of electing Officers for the Toronto Local

Executive. These Meetings which shall be arranged and conducted by an election

Committee shall be governed by the following section of article 8 of these Bylaws

(8.1 (b), (c), (e), all of 8.2, all of 8.3, 8.4 (b), 8.5 (e) (i), 8.7 (h) and 8.8.

(f) Should an Executive Officer be unable to perform their duties for a known period

of three (3) months or more, on a temporary basis, then a temporary replacement

for that Officer shall be elected at the very next General Membership Meeting.

8.6 General Rules

(a) Any returned envelope containing more than one ballot shall be considered void

and not counted.

(b) Each return address envelope shall bear a sticker reading “Attention - Election

Committee” and this sticker shall be affixed to the envelope prior to it being

included in the mailing to the Members. Each returned envelope shall be

examined to ensure it is consistent with the control system in effect.

(c) All return envelopes received at the Union Hall shall be placed in a locked box to

which only the election Committee Chairperson shall have the key.

(d) Any return envelopes that are open or appear to be tampered with shall be

considered void by the Committee.

(e) The election Committee shall ensure that an exact count is kept of the ballots

mailed out to the Members in order to insure that the numbers correspond with

the returned ballots.

(f) The Chairperson of the election Committee shall be booked off work for the full

period of February through to the conclusion of the elections in order to be

available to answer any questions from Members or to deal with problems such

as Members not receiving ballots etc.

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(g) Only those Members who are listed as Members in good standing shall be mailed

a voting kit. However, prior to the election, between the October General

Membership Meeting and the date of the mailing of the ballots to Members, the

election Committee shall post a bulletin to all Members asking that they sign

Membership applications or contact the Union Office in order to correct their

Member in bad standing status.

(h) Each candidate in the election to the Executive Committee shall be allowed to

have one scrutineer to view the opening of the envelopes and the counting of the

ballots. However, scrutineers shall not be entitled to the payment of lost wages

by the Local.

8.7 The Secretary-Treasurer shall, within 72 hours of the election Committee’s

Report, cause to be posted on all bulletin boards, the results of the election.

8.8 The term of Office for the Executive Committee shall be from April 1 to the

following March 31 every three years.

8.9 Shop Steward Elections

(a) Written nominations accompanied by a written acceptance for the position of

Shop Steward must be received by the Secretary Treasurer not later than 72 hours

before the day on which the February General Membership Meeting is to take

place. Nominations and acceptances must be made by a Member working on the

same staff at the same work location or by the President of the Local.

Nominations for Shop Steward throughout the remainder of the term must also be

made by a member working on staff at the same work location or by the President

of the Local.

(b) Where elections are necessary for the position of Shop Steward, these elections

shall be conducted by a Special Election Committee to consist of the Chief

Steward or someone appointed by the President to replace the Chief Steward if

they are not available and two Members who are not candidates from the staff

concerned elected by the Chief Stewards. These people will be the Election

Committee, they shall be responsible for running the election, counting the ballots

and they shall be entitled to lost wages where warranted. Further, each candidate

shall have the right to appoint one scrutineer to observe that the election is being

carried out fairly and properly. They shall not be paid lost wages but the union

shall provide leave without pay forms where necessary.

(c) Elections for Shop Stewards shall take place prior to the second Sunday in the

month of March. Such election shall be conducted for each staff at a site in

close proximity to the plant or station where the staff is located or on site.

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(d) Within 72 hours of the holding of an election for Shop Stewards, the Secretary-

Treasurer shall cause to be posted, on the appropriate bulletin boards, the results

of the election.

(e) Where more than one Shop Steward is to be elected on any one staff, or in any

Postal Station, those eligible to vote may cast a ballot for either one or more

candidates but not exceeding the number to be elected.

(f) In the case of a tie vote, in the election of Shop Stewards there shall be a recount

and if necessary, a further election.

(g) The term of office shall be one (1) year - April 1 - March 31.

(h) Should a vacancy occur among the Shop Stewards body, the Secretary-Treasurer

shall cause to be posted, as soon as possible, a bulletin requesting written nominations.

The written nominations must be accompanied by a statement in writing, from the

nominee accepting the nomination.

(i) If a vacancy occurs during the last 90 days of the term of the Shop Stewards body,

the President shall appoint any Member who in the President’s judgment, shall

best serve the interest of the Members and who is willing to serve, subject to the

conditions imposed by article 6.1 (s)

ARTICLE 9: MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

(a) The General Membership Meeting shall be held every third Tuesday of each

month at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of every third Meeting which will be held

at 12:00 noon. The December Meeting shall be held on the second Tuesday of

that month. These Meetings shall be held at the union office.

(b) The Local Executive Committee shall meet at least once per month, prior to

the General Membership Meeting.

(c) There will be a Union Stewards Meeting once a month, prior to the monthly

Executive Committee Meeting.

(d) Notice to all regular Membership Meetings shall be posted on all bulletin boards

within the jurisdiction of the Local, at least 7 days prior to the date of the

Meeting.

(e) A joint Meeting of the Executive Committee and the Shop Stewards Body shall

take place as soon as possible following the election of Shop Stewards.

(f) A Special Meeting of the Executive Committee may be held either on the call of

the President, or on written request of any three Members of the Executive

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Committee.

(g) Ten (10) Members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.

(h) Special Meetings may be called by the President at their discretion or by written

request of fifty (50) Members who must submit such request in writing over their

signature. Thirty five (35) of the signatories to such a petition must be present

before such a Meeting can be convened.

(i) The President shall enforce the provision of section (h) by reading the names

from the petition at the time the Special Meeting is to take place but before the

Meeting is convened.

(j) No business shall be transacted at such a Special Meeting other than the business

for which such Special Meeting has been called.

(k) The Secretary-Treasurer shall cause to be posted, on all bulletin boards, a notice

containing details of the time, date, place, along with the details of business to be

dealt with at the Special Meeting. This notice is to be posted not later than 72

hours prior to the date that the Meeting is to take place.

(l) All Executive Officers will attend all General Membership Meetings unless

officially excused by the Executive Committee. They shall sign their title after

their name for the purposes of recording their attendance.

(m) Thirty-Five (35) members in good standing shall constitute a quorum of a

General Membership Meeting.

(n) The signing of the attendance book shall be supervised by a Tyler appointed by

the President at the beginning of the Meeting. The Tyler shall be responsible,

that no one, except persons entitled to such privilege, are admitted to our

Meetings, and will assist the Chairperson in keeping order at General

Membership Meetings, and will conduct quorum and standing vote counts at the

request of the Chairperson.

ARTICLE 10: RULES AND PROCEDURES

10.1(a) At the commencement of each Meeting, Members entering the hall shall be

required to sign an attendance register and failure by a Member to do so will

result in his being officially absent for the purposes of the records of the Local.

10.2 The President, or in his absence, the designated presiding Office, shall open the

Meeting at the appointed time.

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10.3 The presiding Officer shall declare the Meeting open, making the following

announcement; Brothers and Sisters we are about to open this Meeting of the

Toronto Local C.U.P.W. If there is anyone here not entitled to remain they will

please retire. The Officers are requested to take their respective positions and the

Tyler will take their position.

10.04 The agenda for regular General Membership Meetings shall be as follows:

(a) Roll call of Officers

(b) Acceptance and initiation of candidates for Membership, according to the

National Constitution.

(c) Reading and adoption of minutes of previous regular Membership Meetings and

minutes of any Special Meeting.

(d) Reading of correspondence by the Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Committee

recommendations

(e) Bills and accounts

(f) Reports of Officers, Committees and delegates as appropriate

(g) Nominations and elections.

(h) Notices of motion

(i) Unfinished business

(j) New business

(k) Adjournment

10.5 Rules of Order

(a) No Member may speak unless they are recognized by the chair

(b) A Member must stand when they have the floor

(c) No Member shall be allowed to speak more than 3 minutes on any motion

(d) No Member may speak more than once on an issue, until all Members have had

an opportunity to speak once.

(e) The only time a Member may interrupt or speak is on a point of order.

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(f) The Chairperson shall decide all points of order and every Member must take

their seat when called upon to do so by the Chairperson. Any Member

questioning the ruling of the Chairperson may appeal to the Meeting

(g) Any Member appealing the ruling of the Chair shall remain standing and state the

reasons for the appeal.

(h) The Chairperson shall relinquish the Chair and state the reasons for their ruling.

(i) The presiding Officer shall put the question, “Shall the ruling of the chair be

sustained” and it shall require a simple majority to sustain the chair.

(j) These rules are subject to provisions of the National Constitution and all other

points of procedure shall be covered by Bourinots Rules of Order

(k) The Chairperson of any Meeting shall have only one vote and that vote shall only

be exercised in case of a tie, in which case the Chairperson shall break the tie.

10.06 There shall be no proxy voting at any Meeting of the Local

ARTICLE 11: DELEGATIONS

11.1 The President of the Local shall lead all delegations, if elected.

11.2 Local delegates to the Labour Council of Metropolitan Toronto and the Brampton

and District Labour Council, will be nominated and elected every two years at the

November General Membership Meeting. They will commence serving as

delegates at the start of the appropriate Labour Council’s delegate year and serve

the full two year mandate.

11.3 The Executive will convene a Special Membership Meeting prior to each OFL

convention and each CLC convention to discuss and establish policy and to

formulate and submit by the appropriate means to said convention. These

Meeting shall be held 60 days prior to the convening of said convention. Local

delegates to said convention shall be nominated and elected at this Meeting.

11.4 Notwithstanding the applicable provision of the National Constitution.

Any Member of the Local, to be eligible as a delegate or an alternate to an Area

Council and/or Regional Conference of the C.U.P.W. must have attended the

majority of General Membership meetings in a 24 month period beginning with

the first month after the previous National Convention.

11.5 If the full complement of eligible delegates and alternates to the Area Council,

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Regional Conference and National convention of C.U.P.W. is not fulfilled, the

Secretary-Treasurer will then go down the list of those with the majority of

meetings in the 24 month period beginning with the first month after the

previous National Convention until the full compliment of delegates have been

elected.23 meetings and 22 meetings and so on until the full complement of

delegates has been elected.

11.6 The remainder quota of delegates shall be elected at a regular Membership

Meeting from a list of eligible Members drawn up the by Secretary-Treasurer.

The alternates for these delegates shall be the runner up in order of votes

received.

11.7

(a) Any delegate to National Convention will have the option to file an activity

report to the Membership of this Local within 120 of the close of convention.

(b) It will be the responsibility of the Executive committee to make such reports

available to the Membership within 150 days of the close of convention.

11.10 A member of the Toronto Local, who is appointed as a Negotiator or full

time

National committee member, on behalf of the Union shall be credited (as

having been at the meeting) as having attended any/all General Membership

meeting, which he/she could not attend as a result of their work, on behalf of

the Union, as a negotiator or a full time national committee member.

ARTICLE 12: COMMITTEES OF THE TORONTO LOCAL

12.1 There shall be two types of Committees in addition to Shop Steward Committees

and Election Committees, Special Committees and Standing Committees.

12.2

(a) Special Committees, other than those appointed by the President will be elected at

either a General Membership Meeting or Special Meeting. All Special

Committees elected or appointed shall be for the purpose of dealing with specific

matters. The terms of office for such Committees shall be established in writing

at the time such Committees are formed.

(b) Special Committees shall not disband until they have made a report to the

General Meeting and it is recorded in the minutes of said General Meeting;

(c) If after any issue has been referred back to a Committee on two successive

occasions with instructions of the same intent and substance bearing no results

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agreeable to the majority in attendance at the General or Special Meeting, that the

Committee follow the instructions given to it by the General or Special Meeting.

12.3 Standing Committees

1. Legislative and Policy Committee

2. Trustee Committee

3. Organization Committee

4. Finance Committee (Executive)

5. Education Committee

6. Grievance Committee (Executive)

7. Disciplinary Committee

8. Postal Journal Committee

9. Ways and Means Committee

10. Union Counsellors Committee

11. Women’s Committee

12. Social Welfare Committee

13. Anti-Racism Committee

14. Human Rights Committee

15. Route Measurement Committee

16. Temporary Worker Committee

17. Youth Committee

18. Pension and retiree benefit committee

19. Local Joint Health and Safety Committee.

Any member who sits on any of the Committees outlined in article 12.3 cannot

miss more than three (3) meetings within the term of office without being excused

by the Chairperson of the individual committee. Any member who does so, will

automatically forfeit their position on said committee. That vacancy will be

posted for the next General Membership meeting.

12.3 (19) The initial term of office is 2 years from 2008 to April 2010 and every three

years thereafter.

Committee members/ alternatives will be elected by the membership from the

location where they work/ represent.

These elections will take place on site , and on a date during the month of April at

the beginning of each term.

Nominations must be in prior to the end of March at the end of each three year

term with the exception of 2010.

Members seeking to sit on the Health and Safety Committee must be a member in

good standing and completed the Basic Health and Safety training course at any

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Level of the Union.

Any vacancy that may occur during the term of office will be covered by an

alternate or if necessary posted and elected in the manner outlined above.

If a member/ alternate of a Health and Safety Committee changes work locations

the position will be considered vacant and filled in accordance with the process

outline above.

Newly elected Committee members/ alternates will select a Co-Chair from

amongst themselves.

12.4 Legislative and Policy Committee

(a) The Legislative and Policy Committee shall consist of the Members of the

Executive Committee and the Stewards of the Local.

(b) The Legislative and Policy Committee shall meet at least twice a year and shall

work in conjunction with the National Director and the National Chief Steward in

connection with seeking legislative changes.

(c) The Legislative and Policy Committee shall only discuss legislative and policy

matters and make reports to the Member ship Meetings.

12.5 The Trustee Committee

(a) The Trustee Committee shall consist of 5 Members in good standing who have

attended at least 50 percent of the Meetings in the previous 12 months.

(b) Nominations and acceptances for the positions of Trustees shall be made at the

February General Meetings.

(c) Election of 5 Trustees shall take place at the March General Meeting.

(d) They shall elect a Chairperson.

(e) The term of office to be 3 years. July, August and September records to be

examined by December. October, November and December records to be

examined by March. January, February and March records to be examined by

June. April May and June records to be examined by September.

(f) The Trustees shall meet and examine the books of the Local every three (3)

months to verify if the expenses are in accordance with they By-laws and with

he decisions adopted by the Executive Committee and/or the General Meetings.

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(g) The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees may call any additional Meetings at his

discretion with a report submitted and the next General Membership Meeting and

the Secretary-Treasurer may also call Meetings.

(h) Any Member who does not attend two (2) consecutive Meetings will be replaced ,

by election at the next General Membership Meeting, unless the absence is

approved by the Local Executive.

(i) In order to meet the liabilities incurred in the performance of the duties of the

positions of Trustees, each Trustee shall receive a $100.00 per annum to be paid

in equal installments after each 6 month report.

(j) At each September meetings, all financial records over seven (7) years old will be

disposed of.

12.6 Organization Committee

(a) This Committee shall work under the responsibility of the Local Executive

Committee in conjunction with the Regional Executive Committee and the 1st

National Vice-President. It’s duties shall be to recruit Members and prepare

strike structures. It shall be responsible for any organization campaign launched

by the National Executive Board.

(b) The Committee shall elect a Co-ordinator and Secretary.

(c) During any strike or industrial action in which the Local is involved, the coordinator

of the Organization Committee shall have the right to attend all

Executive Meetings with no voice and no vote.

(d) There will be at least 6 members of this committee to serve for a term of one

year. The committee may be expanded by the Chief Shop Stewards if the

committee so deems it necessary, giving consideration to the geographical

locations that are not represented by the original 6. The additional members

required will be elected at a meeting of the committee.

(e) Nominations to be at the February General Meeting the elections at the March

General Meeting.

12.7 Finance Committee

(a) The Executive Committee shall be the Finance Committee.

(b) It shall be their duty to draft an annual budget. After the adoption of the proposed

budget, the Committee shall meet regularly for the specific purpose of

determining whether the Local’s revenue and expenditures bear a comparable

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relationship to the budget. In order to enable the Committee to perform this

function properly, the Secretary-Treasurer shall provide the Committee with a

quarterly statement listing the income and expenditures in relation to the budget.

12.8 Education Committee

(a) The Education Committee will consist of (12) twelve Members. It shall be the

responsibility of the Committee to work under the direction of the Executive

Committee. The Regional Officer and the 2nd National Vice President to carry

out the Educational programs of the C.U.P.W.

(b) Nominations for this Committee will be in February and the elections in March.

(c) The term of office to be for (1) one year.

(d) They shall elect a co-ordinator and a Secretary from its Members.

(e) The Vice-President shall be an automatic Member of this Committee.

12.10 Grievance Committee

(a) There shall be a grievance Committee consisting of the Members of the Local

Executive Committee. The Committee shall insure that National Policy with

regards to grievances is carried out within the Local.

(b) The Committee shall meet at least once quarterly.

12.11 Local Disciplinary Committee

(a) Each Local shall constitute a Local Disciplinary Committee composed of three

members. Two of the persons composing the Local Disciplinary Committee shall

be elected by the general membership meeting. The third person is appointed by

the Executive of the Local and shall act as Chairperson of the Committee. The

three members of the Local Disciplinary Committee shall hold office for a term

of two years.

(b) Should a vacancy occur within the Local Disciplinary Committee or should a

member be unable to act, the vacancy will be filled by following the procedure

laid down in the previous section. If the general membership meeting or the

Executive Committee refuses or neglects to appoint a member or members to the

Local Disciplinary Committee, they will be appointed by the National Director of

the region.

12.12 Postal Journal Committee

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(a) The Editorial Board for the Postal Journal of Canada shall be a Committee of

eight (8) Members.

(b) The Coordinator of the Education Committee shall be an automatic Member of

the Editorial Board of the Postal Journal Committee. The editor of the Postal

Journal Committee shall be elected from amongst the eight (8) Members. There

shall be a Secretary elected from its Members.

(c) The Committee will be responsible for the collection and editing of all articles

submitted for the Postal Journal and that it will meet once per month or before

each issue of the paper.

(d) The President of the Local, who is an ex-officio Member of said Committee, has

the right to take decisions of the Committee which they may dispute to an

Executive Meeting for ratification or otherwise, and that this decision be

submitted to the next General Membership Meeting for ratification.

(e) The nominations for the Committee shall be at the February General Meeting and

elections in March. The term is for one (1) year.

(f) The editions of the Postal Journal, once preceded, by mass distributed at shift

change times at the plants and to be mailed to our Members in the Postal Stations.

12.13 The Local Union Counselor Committee

(a) The Union Counselor Committee shall be composed of at least three (3) but up

to five (5) Members with eligibility restricted to accredited union Counsellors and

that a Member of the Education Committee be an ex-officio Member of this

Committee.

12.14 The Anti-Racism Committee

(a) This Committee shall consist of five (5) Members and its duties shall be to

examine the causes of Racism in the Toronto Local area and make

recommendations to combat this divisive problem.

(b) Nominations for this committee shall be at the February General Meeting and

elections in March for a term of one year.

12.15 The Women’s Committee

(a) The Local Women’s Committee shall be composed of 10 Members elected by the

General Membership Meeting in the month of April every year. Nominations at

the March General Meeting.

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(b) The Committee shall meet on a month basis, one Meeting per month.

(c) The President may, at their discretion, call additional Meetings of the

Committee, as may be required.

(d) The Committee shall work to promote and develop a wider understanding,

sensitivity and awareness of women’s issues amongst the Local Membership.

(e) The Committee shall have all of the Local’s resources at its disposal in printing

bulletins and articles for Local Publications dealing with women’s issues.

(f) The Committee, as all Committees, shall work under the direction of the Local

Executive Committee.

(g) All sisters that hold a full-time executive position in the Toronto Local are

automatic members of the Local Women’s Committee and will be over and

above the regular complement of members as outlined in Article 12.15 (a)

12.16 The Ways and Means Committee

(a) The Ways and Means Committee shall consist of seven (7) Members.

(b) Nominations to be at the February General Meeting, the election at the March

General Meeting.

(c) The term will be for one (1) year.

(d) It will attempt by various means to raise money to provide social and recreational

functions for the Local. All disbursements will be decided by the Committee.

Any money raised shall be used solely for this purpose and shall be kept separate

from the union funds. The Secretary-Treasurer will ensure that the books are

balanced once per year and a report giving to the General Membership Meeting.

(e) The Committee shall elect a Coordinator, a Secretary and a Treasurer from

amongst its Members.

12.17 The Social Welfare Committee

(a) The Committee shall consist of three (3) rank and file Members to be elected

annually.

(b) The Committee will be mandated with two primary goals

(i) The organizing of social events for the Membership.

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(ii) The raising and disbursement of funds, to be used for the welfare of the

Membership, in particular, Members who have been unjustly

discriminated against by Canada Post and not limited to, but mainly

discharged workers.

12.18 The Human Rights Committee

The Local Human Rights Committee shall consist of six (6) elected members, with at

least one (1) member from each of the four (4) designated working groups.

Nominations for this committee shall be at the February General Membership Meeting

and elections at the March meeting for a term of one(l) year.

The Committee shall make recommendations to the Local Executive Committee on:

(i) the involvement of people of colour, disabled people, transgender,lesbians and

gays, and aboriginal people in the Union with the goal of full participation of such

people in all levels of the union,

(ii) the education of the membership on equality issues facing people of colour,

disabled people, transgender, lesbians and gays, and aboriginal groups;

(iii) the situation of people of colour, disabled people, transgender, lesbians and gays,

and aboriginal people in the post office and ways to improve it,

(iv) fighting racism, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination against people with

disabilities.

The Local Human Rights Committee shall maintain an ongoing communication with the

National Human Rights Committee regarding matters which are of concern to the Human

Rights Committees of the Union.

12.19 The Route Measurement Committee

(a) The Route Measurement Committee shall consist of (5) Group 2 (external)

members elected annually at a General Membership Meeting, as well as the two

members appointed to the National Route Measurement Committee for the

Toronto Region.

(b) It Shall be the responsibility of the Committee to work under the direction of the

fifth (5) vice-president (Route Measurement Officer) to develop education

prograrms, schedules for observers, verification of volume count data and route

restructures, verification of bar chart data, etc.

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(c) The Committee shall draw from the reports of, and in turn report to, the monthly

meetings of the external Shop Stewards' bodies.

(d) The Committee shall develop strategies to protect the LCRMS and MSCWSS

standards as they apply to the Toronto Local, to counter attacks on the job

security of external workers and to ensure that adequate staffing levels are

maintained.

12.20 Temporary Workers Committee

This committee shall consist of (6) elected members. Nominations for this

committee shall be at the February General Membership Meeting and Elections at

the March meeting for the term of 1 year.

The committee shall make recommendations to the Local Executive committee

on:

i) The involvement of Temp workers in the Union with the goal of

full participation of such members in all levels of the Union.

ii) The education of the membership on issues facing temp workers.

iii) Working conditions of temp workers and ways to improve them.

12.21 Youth Committee

The Youth committee shall consist of (6) elected members. Nominations for this

committee for this committee shall be at the February General Membership

Meeting and elections at the March meeting for a 1 year term.

The committee shall make recommendations to the Local Executive on

1) The involvement of youth in the Union with the goal of full participation

of such members in all levels of the Union.

2) The education of the membership on issues facing youth.

3) The situation of youth in the Post Office and ways to improve it.

12.22 Pension and Retiree Committee

This committee shall consist of (6) elected members. Nominations for this

committee shall be at the February General Membership Meeting.and elections at

the March meeting for the term of 1 year.eligibility to MIGS currently employed,

Retired Members and Lifetime Members status.

The Local Pension and Retiree Benefit committee mandate shall be to study

legislation covering pension plans within the Local, the administation of retiree

benefits and pension plans contained within the collective agreements covering

members and retirees, and pension plans and retirees benefits in all other unions

collective agreements. And it shall make recommendations to the Local Executive

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Committee:

a) The adminstration of pension plans and retiree benefits within the Local.

b) Proposals for negotiating improvements and changes required for

pension plans and retiree benefits;

c) The Education of the membership and retirees on pension plans, retiree

benefits and retirement issues.

The Local Pension and Retiree Benefits Committee shall work under the direction

of the 4th Vice President.

ARTICLE 13: DISCIPLINE

13.1 Article 8 of the National constitution shall be used in its entirety by the Local.

ARTICLE 14: GENERAL PROVISIONS

14.1 For the purpose of clarity, it is understood that the word “he” when used in these

By-laws referring to Officers or Members of this Local, shall apply and refer to

persons of either sex.

14.2 Per capita tax and assessments shall be held as a standing appropriation and shall

require no motion of the Local to pay same.

14.3 The Local shall not submit any resolutions with regard to Federal Legislation to

any central Labour Council or to any government body, if such legislation would

have any effect upon Postal Workers unless such proposed resolution is in

keeping with resolutions already approved by the Union at National Convention,

or, such resolution has been approved by the National Executive Committee.

Under no circumstances shall a resolution with regard to legislation be approved

by a Local for submission to a central Labour body if it has been disapproved by

the National Convention or the National Executive Committee.

14.4 The Local Shall establish a Membership control system to determine the number

of Members and dues paying employees and to control the check-off of the union

dues. Union Stewards shall receive any information required to enable them to

detect errors and prepare a monthly report to the Local Secretary Treasurer.

14.5 The Local shall send to the National Secretary Treasurer on a monthly basis any

information available with regard to Membership control and check-off of Union

Dues and more particularly:

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(a) A copy of the reports by Union Stewards in regards to casuals.

(b) A list of new employees and new Members.

(c) A list of employees who have left the bargaining unit.

(d) A list of persons who are no longer Members of the Union.

(e) A list of employees and/or Members subject to the check-off system who have

not paid union dues indicating the reason for non-payment

(f) A list of Members who are no longer in good standing for failing to pay union

dues and or assessment.

14.6 Any officer of the Local shall make it their particular duty to comply with the

implement National Policies adopted by the convention or by the Members

through a referendum vote and the decision of the National Executive Board.

14.7 Correspondence emanating from the General Meeting shall be dealt with by the

responsible officer within a reasonable time

14.8 As defined in Art. 1.20 of the National Constitution;

14.9 When a Member is absent from a General Meeting, on Union Business, their

attendance shall be recorded with the approval of the Membership. The

aforementioned (Union Business) is the only acceptable reason which may be

referred to the Membership and recorded as attendance.

14.10 Union Representatives shall not participate in any joint venture for profit, or in

any way contribute to social functions sponsored by the employer.

ARTICLE 15: CHANGES TO LOCAL BY-LAWS

15.1 Any provision of the Local By-Laws which is contrary to the letter or spirit of the

National Constitution shall be null and void.

15.2 These By-laws shall not be altered or amended except at the General or Special

General Meeting of the Union.

15.3(a) The Notice of Motion to amend or alter the By-Laws must be submitted in

writing over the signature of the mover and set forth full details of the proposed

amendments. The Notice of Motion must be submitted and read at a General or Special

Meeting held prior to the Meeting referred to in 15.2 above.

15.3(b) Before any Special meeting is called to deal with By-laws, a call for

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amendments or new By-Laws shall go out to the Membership at least 6 weeks

before this Special Meeting. The proposed By-Law changes shall then be posted at

least 2 weeks before this Special meeting. (These changes will not be required to be

read out at any previous meeting, so will cancel that requirement as stated in 15.3(a)

and will also nullify 15.4 for this type of special meeting)

15.4 The Notion of Motion must be posted on all bulletin boards at least 48 hours in

advance of the Meeting which shall consider it.

15.5 The Notice of Motion shall require a simple majority vote of the Members

present, in favour, in order to become effective.

15.6 Consideration of the Notice of Motion may not be deferred from being dealt with

at the General Meeting at which it is being dealt with. The absence of the mover

of the motion shall not be deemed as sufficient reason to defer consideration and

disposition of a Notice of Motion.

15.7 Notion of Motion is required for all motions which the President or the Executive

or the General Membership Meeting deems is of major importance.

ARTICLE 16: THE POLICY OF THE LOCAL

16.1 The policy of the Toronto Local will be that anyone on Education leave will have

their dues waived if required provided the courses are not meant to enhance the

Corporation.

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THE FUNERAL BENEFIT FUND

1. On the death of a Member in good standing of the Toronto Local, Canadian

Union of Postal Workers, the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.00) may be paid

out of this fund within twenty-four hours of death, if possible, to the one named

beneficiary by the Member. If the beneficiary as named is deceased, or failing to

name a beneficiary, the money shall go to his or her estate.

2. Good standing shall mean that the Member shall not be in arrears (3) three

months in payment of his or her Union dues and or any assessment. Such

Member has not applied for, or made himself or herself eligible to fill a

managerial position and is not performing any managerial function on a

temporary basis.

3. A Member who at the time of his or her promotion or retirement has had twenty

years of continuous Membership in the Union, will be required to make further

payments to the Funeral Benefit Fund and will retain the full benefits thereof.

4. A Member who has not attained twenty consecutive years of Membership upon

retirement may elect a to continue his or her Funeral Benefit payments until such

twenty years of continuous Membership has been attained upon payment of three

dollars ($3.00) per annum. He or she will then come under the provisions

outlined in Clause 3.

5. To sustain this fund such money as is needed from the Postal Journal Fund shall

be used.

6. All Local By-Laws governing the collection, banking and payment of accounts

shall apply to this fund and the President, Local Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-

President of the Local, which in office, shall be the board of Trustees of this

Fund. Any two (2) of them may be the signing Officers.

7. An audited Financial Statement showing the past year’s operation of the fund

shall be presented by the Local Auditors at the General Meeting in September, or

whenever considered necessary by the Local

8. The following provisions relating to the Funeral Benefit Fund shall be applicable

only in respect to persons who become Members of the Toronto Local, Canadian

Union Of Postal Workers prior to the first day of November 1973.

9. Such Members shall be entitled to receive the benefits set out herein. Persons

who become members of the Toronto Local, Canadian Union of Postal Workers,

subsequent to the aforementioned benefits.

10. Any suggested changed in the control, management or benefits shall require a

Notice of Motion, the same procedure will apply as that governing the By-Laws

of the Toronto Local.

 

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CUPW PRESENTS GLOBAL OFFER -July 1, 2016

TORONTO LOCAL STRIKE VOTE

Sisters and Brothers

The Locations for the strike votes are:

RSMC

June 11, 2016- Hilton Mississauga                           June 26- Toronto Local Union Hall
6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga                           47 Densley Ave. Toronto Ontario
Time 10:00 am                                                         Time 6:00 am to 7pm

URBAN

June 14, 2016- Royal Canadian Legion                     June 15, 2016- Toronto Local Union
243 Coxwell Ave Toronto                                         Hall, 47 Densley Ave. Toronto ON
Time 6:30 am to 11:00 pm                                         Time 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

June 16 2016- Hilton Garden                                    June 22, 2016- Courtyard Marriott
1870 Matheson Blvd. Mississauga                              90 Biscayne Cres Brampton, ON
Time 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm                                            Time 6:30 am to 7:00 pm

June 26, 2016- Toronto Local Union Hall
47 Densley Ave.. Toronto, Ontario
Time 1 :00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Local and National Union are asking that you give a strong strike mandate to send a clear message to the employer. We deserve a just and fair collective agreement.

Support your Negotiators!

Jin the eDigest to get updates on negotiations www.cupw.ca/cupw-edigest

VOTE YES!

 

In Solidarity,

 

Megan Whitfield
Local President

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Canada Post’s Continued Attacks on Workers’ Future

 

Sisters and Brothers, 

Canada Post has filed for conciliation so early into negotiations.  This is unprecedented.  Canada Post has not even finished giving us their demands.  A conciliator is a person who is appointed to bring the two parties together if possible. What does conciliation means? It means that the Corporation has applied to the Minister of Labour to appoint a conciliator Under the Canada Labour Code. Once an application for conciliation has been filed, the following countdown begins: 1) Within fifteen (15) days, the Minister designates a conciliator; 2) The conciliation process may last a maximum of sixty (60) days, unless the parties agree to extend it; 3) Twenty-one (21) days after the end of this period of sixty (60) days, or twenty-one (21) days after the conciliator submits a report to the Minister (a report can be submitted before the end of the 60-day period). The Union obtains the right to strike, and the employer, the right to lockout. Therefore, we could be in a position to strike or be locked out by the employer in ninety-six (96) days from the appointment of the conciliator (Which was done on April 11, 2016).  We can be in a lockout or a strike position on July 2, or even earlier.  What the Corporation is proposing is a long list of concessions which includes hefty rollbacks on our pensions, benefits, and our job security.  

As you are all aware, the collective agreement expired on December 31, 2015 for the RSMC and January 31, 2016 for the Urban Members. However, all our rights continue to apply for both agreements which are set out under clause 43.03 of the Urban and 34.03 of the RSMC. 

Canada Post is proposing all future and current members to be covered under the Defined Contribution Pension Plan instead of our current Defined Benefit Plan.  What this basically means is that your retirement income would depend on market fluctuations and Canada Post’s ability to grow your money. 

When it comes to job security Canada Post is proposing to increase the continuous employment requirement from 5 to 10 years to qualify for employment security protections. This means that if you don’t have 10 years of continuous employment you could be displaced to anywhere in the country.

But that’s not all! The employer is also proposing to eliminate the 40 km radius and force employees to be displaced to anywhere within their province of employment.

For the RSMC members, the employer is offering NOTHING. The employer stated that they would not even discuss any demand that included job security for RSMCs. 

We know the Corporation is asking for many Roll Backs.  One of the first attacks is on our Benefits. The Corporation wants to raise our premiums by 5% to 25% instead of our current 20%. For those members who are retired they presently pay 35% for the Retiree Health Care Plan. Here are some proposed changes for those members who retire with 20 years of service. You will be required to pay 80%of RHCP, an increase in annual cost of $1080.46 (Family) and $598.45 (Single). Those members who retire with 25 years of service will have to pay 65% of the RHCP increase of $720.03 (Family) and $398.89 (Single), and those members with 30 years of service would have to pay 50% an increase of $360 (Family) and $199.49 (Single) amount.  

The corporation has told our members on numerous occasions to use our benefits. Now they are arguing the cost when if they had done their jobs to correct problems we would not have to use our benefits.  (A perfect example was the issue of the anti-fatigue mats). The corporation is now proposing to limit our physiotherapy to $800/year and not cover our dependents. 

Full Time members have been inquiring what it really means is that Management wants to impose a “pay-in arrears”. Full Time workers are paid up until the week current. Now the corporation wants to put the Full Time on the same pay system as the Part Time and Temps which basically means they are paid 2 weeks behind.  

We will be having a strike vote in the coming weeks. The Local will continue to keep you updated.  

In Solidarity, 

 

Megan Whitfield

President

C.U.P.W Toronto Local

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL STEWARDS/UNION COUNSELLOR

C.U.P.W. – TORONTO LOCAL

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers: 

The Local is setting up a Social Steward network to assist when the need arises.  If you are accredited (certificate) and want to be part of the group, please call the office or e-mail djones@cupw-sttp.ca with the following information: 

1)    Name

2)    E-mail address

3)    Work location and shift

4)    Telephone number where you can be reached 

Thank you for your anticipated interested in the network.

 

In Solidarity, 

 

Doug Jones,

Secretary-Treasurer,                                                                                                  CUPW Toronto Local.                                                                                                  DJ:w

December 18, 2015

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Brother Gary Whitehouse died on November 11, 2015 at the age of 74.

Funeral arrangements: Jarrett Funeral Home 660 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (North of St. Clair)

Visitation: Monday November 16th, 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Tuesday November 17th, 10:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Services begin at 1:30 P.M. followed by procession to Pine Hills Cemetery.

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WE DID IT!!!

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

 

After two years of campaigning, working with allies, the public, municipalities and the Government OUR hard work has finally paid off!

On October 26 the Corporation announced that the implementation of community mailboxes would be “temporarily suspended” until the Corporation worked "collaboratively" with the new Liberal government and determine the best path forward given the challenges in the postal system.

CUPW in the coming months will be urging the Liberal Government to do a full public review of Canada Post and look at innovative ideas to generate revenue i.e. postal banking. We are encouraging members and allies to also do this.

As we celebrate this victory, I would like to personally thank all members in Toronto for all their hard work and help on this campaign. Without this it would not have been possible, whether the contribution was through canvassing or starting the conversation with family and friends, all efforts contributed to the removal of Steven Harper and the halting of CMB’s.

It’s been a little more than 10 months since I have worked on this campaign with you and it has definitely had its up and downs but has certainly been rewarding. There were 9 targeted ridings at the start of the campaign that we targeted and all ridings flipped ousting the conservative Incumbents. They said we wouldn’t be able to oust Steven Harper or halt community mailboxes either, well we did! This proves that with perseverance and solidarity our efforts paid off.

Once again, thank you and I look forward to working with you in the future. Until then, the struggle continues.

In Solidarity

Angela Jones

Campaign Co-ordinator

Toronto Local

 

 

 Support for 2015Canadian Union of Postal WorkersCUPW-STTP

Greetings Sisters and Brothers

As we are all aware, Canada Post announced their 5 point plan in 2013 which included downsizing or eliminating post offices and the elimination of door to door. CUPW has been working hard across the country to save jobs, save services and maintain our right to fair collective bargaining.

We are asking you, the membership, to participate with us on future activities and candidates who are running in the upcoming federal election. We need to talk to with other CUPW members, members in our communities we work and live in concerning the issues that will affect us and them. Volunteering on our own time with federal candidates either NDP or Liberal will give us the opportunity to get our message out to voters and to help the candidates that have put our campaign on their election platform.

We need to continue to get community support to maintain door to door delivery and stop any more cuts downloaded from the Corporation. We don’t want to become a tax burden on our communities and we want to encourage people to vote with these issues in mind.

Get informed on who our candidates are in our ridings and help flip the vote to anyone but the Conservatives. The links below will help you identify who the candidates are as well as to determine who is stronger to knock the conservatives out in these ridings.

Thanks to all that participate and continue to fight against these cuts and maintaining our public post office as well as our jobs.

http://www.electionalmanac.com/ea/canada-ridings-candidates-ontario/

http://www.threehundredeight.com/

 

In Solidarity

Angela Jones                                                                                                     Pam Taschuk

CUPW Toronto Local                                                                                     CUPW Toronto Local

National campaign coordinator                                                           National campaign coordinator

647 909 7484                                                                                          416 272 5985

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Toronto For Door To Door

Canvassing Event: Sunday July 12 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Meeting Place: Bloor and Islington Subway, North East corner

 

Door-to-door canvassing in Etobicoke-Lakeshore to save home mail delivery and stop the cuts at Canada Post.

We need volunteers from the Toronto Local to assist with these community activists in getting petitions and informing the community about the changes to their Public Post Office.  This is not only helping the Public but also helping save our jobs! These volunteers are out there on their time to assist US, its time to lend a hand and fight what belongs to the people of Canada.

Anyone who is interested is encouraged to call Angela Jones, Toronto Local campaign coordinator or just show up at the location and time indicated.  Tel # 647-909-7484.  THE TIME TO FIGHT IS NOW!

 

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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