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

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

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





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.



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.




In Solidarity

Angela Jones                                                                                                     Pam Taschuk

CUPW Toronto Local                                                                                     CUPW Toronto Local

National campaign coordinator                                                           National campaign coordinator

647 909 7484                                                                                          416 272 5985




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 48.04 –




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). 


·         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.




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









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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