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Continued Attacks on Workers’ Future
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
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.
C.U.P.W. – TORONTO LOCAL
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
firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Work location and shift
Telephone number where you can be reached
Thank you for your anticipated interested
in the network.
CUPW Toronto Local.
December 18, 2015
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
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.
Support for 2015CUPW-STTP
Greetings Sisters and
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
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.
CUPW Toronto Local
National campaign coordinator
416 272 5985
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!
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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