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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
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
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
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
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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
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
(b) Such person is in arrears of three
months or more in payment of Union dues
(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
(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
3.3 The loss of the status of Member in
good standing is automatic.
3.4 A person may be re-instated in good
(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
(b) Such person resigns as a Member of the
Union as defined in Art 1.07 (b) of the
(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
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
(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
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
(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
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:
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The following Part Time Officers shall also be
part of the Executive Committee:
Assistant Secretary Treasurer
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
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
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
5.7 No person shall hold more than one
office, but any Member of the Executive
Committee could replace a Shop Steward in his
5.8 Vacancies of the Local Executive shall
be filled as prescribed by Article 8 of the
ARTICLE 6: DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
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
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(d) Be responsible for grievances and
appeals in his/her Local.
(e) Be responsible for the Local Union
(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
(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
(m) Chair the Meetings of the Local
Executive Committee, the permanent
Committees and any other Committee as well as
(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
(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
(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
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
(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
(i) Be responsible for representing
Members of the Union under the Worker’s
(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
(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
(d) Chair at the request of the President;
(e) Be a Member of the Grievance
(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
(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
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
(b) Be responsible for all communications
to Local Officers and shall convey them to
the Executive Committee and the General
(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
(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
(g) Prepare notices of all General
Membership Meetings and arrange to distribute and
post such notices at least seven days prior to
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
6.8 The Assistant Secretary Treasurer
(a) Be a part time elected Officer and
voting Member of the Executive Committee;
(b) Be responsible to the
(c) Perform such duties as may be assigned
to them by the Secretary-Treasurer and
shall assist them whenever and wherever
(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
(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
(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
(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
(vii) One to represent West Area Letter
(viii) One to represent South Area
(ix) One to represent West Area M.S.C.’s
(x) One to represent Mechanics
(xi) One to represent
They shall be part time Executive Officers and
shall be voting Members of the
(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
(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
(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
(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
(b) They shall keep the Chief Steward or
the Local President advised at all times on
all problems, complaints and grievances among
(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
(e)(2) For Group 2 (Letter Carriers),
there shall be (2) steward per
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
they may decide which Station they wish to
belong to, and join with that Station
for the purposes of participating in the
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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
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
(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
ARTICLE 7: FINANCE
(a) All Full Time Officers of the
Executive will be paid at the rate of “Union
Representatives”, as per article 7.29 of the
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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
(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
(c) Honorarium or expense allowance to be
determined by the Local may be paid to
the Local Executive Committee or Committee
(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
(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
(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
(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
(iii) In conjunction with the above, all
of the Stewards in the Toronto Local of
CUPW shall have the alternative choices as
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
(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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(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
(a) No Member of the election Committee is
eligible to run for office in the
(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
(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.
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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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(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
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
(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
and/or Regional Conference of the C.U.P.W. must have
majority of General Membership meetings in a
24 month period beginning with
the first month after the previous National
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
previous National Convention until the
full compliment of delegates have been
meetings and 22 meetings and so on until the full
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
(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
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.
(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
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
12.3 (19) The initial term of office is 2
years from 2008 to April 2010 and every three
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
Newly elected Committee members/ alternates
will select a Co-Chair from
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
(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
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
(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
(j) At each September meetings, all
financial records over seven (7) years old will be
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
(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
(e) Nominations to be at the February
General Meeting the elections at the March
12.7 Finance Committee
(a) The Executive Committee shall be the
(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
(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
(b) The Committee shall meet at least once
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
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)
(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
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
(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
(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
(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
(b) The Committee will be mandated with
two primary goals
(i) The organizing of social events for
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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
discriminated against by Canada Post and not
limited to, but mainly
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
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
(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,
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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'
(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
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
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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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
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
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
(c) A list of employees who have left the
(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
(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
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
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
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
15.5 The Notice of Motion shall require a
simple majority vote of the Members
present, in favour, in order to become
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
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
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
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
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
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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PRESENTS GLOBAL OFFER -July 1, 2016
TORONTO LOCAL STRIKE VOTE
Sisters and Brothers
The Locations for the strike votes are:
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
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
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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