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
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Due to the election being called and
the rules and regulations surrounding third parties and
election spending, the campaign for leaf-letting
this weekend in the Don Valley West riding has been
There will be another event to take
place at a later date with Scarborough local and a new
bulletin will be posted with new times and dates when a
decision is made.
Apologies for the short notice but I
encourage all members at this time to get involved and
informed in regards to the upcoming election. The time is now
to spread the word on whom and how to vote. One thing is for
certain, if the Harper Government gets in with another
majority vote, our chances of saving postal services and our
upcoming negotiations will be in jeopardy.
If you have any questions or concerns
regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact me or
your shop steward.
CUPW Toronto Local
647 909 7484
August 18th, 2015
METRO TORONTO REGION EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
- OCTOBER 2ND
Applications are due back to the Region by:
THURSDAY AUGUST 27TH,
The Metro-Toronto Region is pleased to announce that we are
now accepting applications for the upcoming 5 Day Educational
being held in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
The following courses are being offered:
RETURN TO WORK LEVEL 4
IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED for
Return to Work Level 4.
YOU MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING
WSIB LEVEL 1 AND WSIB LEVEL 2
Should you wish to attend the above Courses, we remind you
that there are a very limited number of participants allowed
to attend. We suggest you apply as early as possible.
Please note that members on WSIB are not entitled to apply.
Childcare/Eldercare, travel and accommodation will be paid
for as per our National Constitution. In order to be
eligible for ELDERCARE you are now required to provide medical
documentation to support your request for funding. Should
you be selected to attend the Educational, please be advised
that you are also expected to attend the MANDATORY plenary
session held the first evening.
Please ensure that you complete a legible application form and
return it to the Metro-Toronto Region by, THURSDAY AUGUST
27TH@ 16:00 hours.
We look forward to hearing from you.
CUPW- Metro Toronto Region
5-DAY WINTER EDUCATIONAL
SEPTEMBER 27TH - OCTOBER 2ND, 2015
PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY OR YOUR APPLICATION WON’T BE PROCESSED
Phone # Home:
Phone # Cell:
you a Shop Steward? YES NO
WHAT COURSE DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND:
RTW LEVEL 4
Please indicate your SCHEDULED
hours of work on the chart below
Example: Start: 15:00 End: 23:00
If you WORK PM SHIFTCHECK THIS BOX
IF you work the MIDNIGHT Shift CHECK THIS BOX
Please note that if the above
chart is NOT completed your application will not be accepted.
If you are accepted for this
course and a CUPW Leave form is required;
One will be provided to you from the REGION.
The rate of child care will be paid as per our National
Do you require Child/Elder care reimbursement?
Transportation is available from the Union Hall @ 47
Densley Ave. (If you use your personal vehicle travel
will be provided as per the National Constitutions
allowance). DO YOU REQUIRE TRANSPORATION by the Union
free of charge?
ROOMING Male Female
All rooms are based on double occupancy.
What is your gender?
I would like to share a room with?
you require special accommodation, if yes why? YES NO
Please send applications to: SANJAY SAPRA
201-6725 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1V2
OR FAX TO 905-671-0422
Deadline for submitting applications:
THURSDAY AUGUST 27TH, 2015
Canvassing Event: Sunday July 12 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Bloor and Islington Subway, North East
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!
Come OUT and PLAY
Sunday June 28th
TORONTO PRIDE PARADE 2015
Dear Sisters and
This year the
theme of the Pride Parade is
Come OUT and Play.
Join your sisters and brothers within your local and celebrate
with their friends and families.
Those who wish to
participate in the parade have the option of meeting up with
the float at the staging area (Rosedale Valley Rd.) At this
point out float number is unassigned. Our float number is
60. If you wish to be on the float please be there by 1:45
See map below
If you wish to
merge into the parade please meet up at Bloor St. near Ted
Rodgers Way. Check in starts at approximately noon.
comfortable clothing and shoes. You may wish to bring a
change of clothes in case you get wet (sometimes this
I wish you all a
great Pride Day and hope to see you there.
PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS &
Recently, I was reading
messages on Facebook and I came across what I believe was a
terrible remark made against CUPW and our pension. This person
or person(s) were belittling our pension by basically saying
‘who cares about the pension anyways’. Let me make something
perfectly clear there have been many members in CUPW over the
last 50 years that have stood on picket lines lost wages and
sacrificed for the benefit of all. To ever say something
flippant about our pensions or benefits is insulting and very
was recently quoted as saying; ‘Even though we are making a
lot of money the pension is still in trouble’. This is the
same individual who took away your CTI while he stuffs his
pockets with bonuses for him and his upper managers on the
backs of postal workers. The remarks that I referred to
earlier from Facebook are outrageous. We must all be together
in solidarity to fight for our benefits which includes our
pension. I assure you one day you will be happy that you
struggled to keep those benefits. It’s time for whoever made
these comments to wake up and smell the coffee, for when you
get older and have no pension you won’t be able to afford a
to one is an injury to all, and the struggle continues more
now than it ever did before.
SELLING 407 WAS WRONG
COULD SELLING 60% OF HYDRO 1 BE WRONG?????
"PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE, A RESPECTED LEADER MAKES AN
Read for yourself
CUPE Ontario. Toronto Star Wednesday April 22, 2015.
SPECIAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
TO REVIEW THE DISCUSSION
PAPER FOR URBAN &RSMC’S NEGOTIATIONS.
CONTRACT DEMANDS FOR
RSMC’S& URBAN POSTAL WORKERS
UNION HALL, 47 DENSLEY
APRIL 21, 2015 @ 5 P.M.
Sisters and Brothers
special meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. to
review the “Urban and RSMC negotiations discussion paper”
adopted by the National Office.
discuss and adopt contract demands for both Urban and RSMC’s
send in to the attention of the Secretary-Treasurer separate
demands for the Urban and RSMC’s units. Preferably typed, each
demand on a separate sheet by April 15, 2015.
forward to receiving your contract demands, and hoping to see
you at this meeting.
CROWN CAN WORKERS
• 120 Toronto workers,
members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9176 were
forced on strike by Crown Holdings, Inc. on September 6,
• Crown’s Toronto facility
has been unionized for over 25 years and many of the
workers have worked for Crown for over two decades
• The company consolidated
labour relations at its US headquarters and has little
knowledge of the unique nature and issues of the Toronto
• Crown is one of the
world’s largest manufacturers of food and beverage cans
• It claims to make one
out of every five beverage cans in the world, and one
out of every three food cans in North America
• Crown operates
approximately 140 plants in 40 countries; about 12,000
of its 21,300 employees worldwide are covered by a
• Crown nearly doubled its
profits in 2012, to $557 million from $282 million in
• Crown’s CEO was paid an
average of $13 million/year in the past five years
• The Toronto facility is
one of Crown’s top producers in North America and
received the 2012 “Plant of the Year Award” for
outstanding “safety, productivity and budget management”
• The facility produces
over 5 million beverage and food cans per day for
customers such as Molson, Coors, Labatt, Budweiser,
Moosehead, Creemore, Morgan’s and Cotts
Read more at
and CORPORATE CANADA
The strike at Crown Holdings plant in
Weston illustrates all that is wrong with
Canada - greed, callousness and income inequality. For two
long winters the 120 Steelworkers have walked the picket line
in stubborn refusal to betray the next generation of workers.
Despite being recognized as the most productive plant of
Crown's 140 facilities, the company has rewarded the Toronto
employees with a demand that all new hires be paid half of the
The workers said no, and were forced on strike to defend their
principled position. As the months dragged on the company
brought in strike-breakers to run the plant and supply the
beer and soft drink producers in Ontario. Each time bargaining
resumes the company makes its offer worse. Throughout this
whole disgraceful episode, the Ontario Government has refused
to intervene. The Premier and Labour Minister have been
shamefully silent. It's time to ramp up solidarity for the
Credited to T&YLC.
Canada Post is a Public
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
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.
2nd Vice President, Toronto Local
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
December 13, 2013
ARTICLE 48.04 –
MEAL ON ROUTE, GROUP 2
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
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”.
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.
Von Veh allowed the grievances and following is some of the
highlights from his decision:
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
ignored communications from employees dated May 14 and May 16,
2012 requesting suitable meal locations for routes located in
Toronto Station “T”.
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).
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
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.
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.
seized of any outstanding issues pertaining to these
of this Order apply to all restructured routes at Weston
you will find the above informative, we remain,
CUPW Toronto Local.
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
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
4th Vice-President, Benefits
Officer President, Toronto Local, CUPW
Toronto Local, CUPW
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.
CUPW Toronto Local.
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