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WELCOME TO THE TORONTO LOCAL OF CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL               WORKERS 

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

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

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

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IMPORTANT!!!

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 cancelled. 

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. 

In Solidarity

 

 

Angela Jones

Campaign Coordinator

CUPW Toronto Local

647 909 7484

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August 18th, 2015

 

METRO TORONTO REGION EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR

5-DAY EDUCATIONAL

SEPTEMBER 27TH - OCTOBER 2ND

Applications are due back to the Region by:

THURSDAY AUGUST 27TH, 2015 4:00PM

 

Sisters/Brothers:

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:

·        FACILITATOR TRAINING

·        RETURN TO WORK LEVEL 4

 

IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED for Return to Work Level 4.

YOU MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING PRE-REQUISITES:

·         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.

 

In Solidarity,

Sanjay Sapra

National Director

CUPW- Metro Toronto Region

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5-DAY WINTER EDUCATIONAL

SEPTEMBER 27TH - OCTOBER 2ND, 2015

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY OR YOUR APPLICATION WON’T BE PROCESSED

 

 

NAME:                                                                                                                 

          FIRST                                        LAST                                                     HRID

 

 

Address:                                                                                                              

 

City/Town:                                                             Postal Code:                                   

 

Phone # Home:                                             Phone # Cell:                                  

 

Classification:                                       Work Location:                                                                    

 

Are you a Shop Steward?       YES                 NO

 

 

WHAT COURSE DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND:

 


 

FACILITATOR                                                                   RTW LEVEL 4                   

            TRAINING

         

 

 

Please indicate your SCHEDULED hours of work on the chart below

Example:   Start: 15:00    End:  23:00

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wed

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Start:

Start:

Start:

Start:

Start:

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Start:

End:

End:

End:

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Text Box:  
 


 

If you WORK PM SHIFTCHECK THIS BOX

Text 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.

 

Child/Elder Care:                                                                                                     Yes          No

The rate of child care will be paid as per our National Constitution.

Do you require Child/Elder care reimbursement?

 

 

 

 

Transportation

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?

Yes

 

No

 

                                                                                                 ROOMING      Male Female

All rooms are based on double occupancy. 

What is your gender?

 

Text Box:  

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to share a room with?                                                                

 

Do you require special accommodation, if yes why?    YES     NO

                                                                                                                                                           

 

Please send applications to:                SANJAY SAPRA

                                                            National Director

                                                            201-6725 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON   L4V 1V2

OR FAX TO 905-671-0422

Deadline for submitting applications:

THURSDAY AUGUST 27TH, 2015

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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!

 

 

 

Come OUT and PLAY

Sunday June 28th 2:00 p.m.

TORONTO PRIDE PARADE 2015

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers: 

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 p.m.   

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.  

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.  You may wish to bring a change of clothes in case you get wet (sometimes this happens). 

I wish you all a great Pride Day and hope to see you there.

 

In solidarity, 

 

MEGAN WHITFIELD

President

C.U.P.W. Toronto Local

 

June 22/15

 

PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS & BENEFITS  

 

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 disturbing.  

Our CEO 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 coffee.  

An injury to one is an injury to all, and the struggle continues more now than it ever did before.  

 

In Solidarity,

 

John Slattery

Benefits Officer

CUPW Toronto Local

 

June 18/15

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SELLING 407 WAS WRONG

COULD SELLING 60% OF HYDRO 1 BE WRONG?????

 

"PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE, A RESPECTED LEADER MAKES AN APPALLING DECISION"

Read for yourself www.keephydropublic.ca
                           www.cupe.on.ca
CUPE Ontario. Toronto Star Wednesday April 22, 2015.

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SPECIAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

TO REVIEW THE DISCUSSION PAPER FOR URBAN &RSMC’S NEGOTIATIONS.

CONTRACT DEMANDS FOR RSMC’S& URBAN POSTAL WORKERS

UNION HALL, 47 DENSLEY AVE.

APRIL 21, 2015 @ 5 P.M.

 

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers 

The above 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.  

Also, to discuss and adopt contract demands for both Urban and RSMC’s negotiations. 

Please 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. 

Looking forward to receiving your contract demands, and hoping to see you at this meeting. 

 

In Solidarity, 

 

Doug Jones,

Secretary-Treasurer

CUPW Toronto Local

March 31, 2015

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CROWN CAN WORKERS

The Facts

• 120 Toronto workers, members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9176 were forced on strike by Crown Holdings, Inc. on September 6, 2013

• 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 facility

• 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 collective agreement

• Crown nearly doubled its profits in 2012, to $557 million from $282 million in 2011

• 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 www.takebacksnomore.ca

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 CROWN and CORPORATE CANADA    The strike at Crown Holdings plant in Weston illustrates all that is wrong with


 corporate 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 current salary.  

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 Crown Strike.
www.bottlesnotcans.ca
 

Credited to T&YLC.
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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

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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.

 

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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

 

                                                                                 

Flawed, Failed, Abandoned

Billions in Public Taxes Risked by P3 Hospital Privatization: 100 Failed, Flawed and Abandoned Projects Used to Warn Politicians: A new report, released today by health coalitions across Canada, outlines 100 failed, flawed or abandoned infrastructure projects undertaken using the controversial P3 privatization model.

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