Imagine what would happen if you were a parent of a little
boy or girl and you told them that they had been really good all
year and you were going to give them a reward. Next, you go over
to their dresser, open their piggy bank, pull out about one-half
of the money, and hand it back to them.
What would be their reaction? Do you think that they would
That is exactly what Canada Post wants to do for Rural and
Suburban Mail Carriers in our current negotiations. They want to
give you a Corporate Team Incentive (CTI) and take it out of
your Financial Cap. Under Article 35, the Financial Cap (the
cap) is the money Canada Post has agreed to invest in improving
wages, benefits and working conditions for RSMC’s. Each year of
the 8 year long, Collective Agreement Canada Post agreed to pay
RSMC’s another 15 Million Dollars.
Instead of investing in improved working conditions, payment
for hours worked or new benefits, Canada Post wants to give you
a CTI bonus that may, or may not, be paid once per year. This
CTI is only paid out if the Corporation achieves certain
targets. Canada Post Board of Directors sets those targets and
they can change them at any time. The CTI is not cumulative like
the Cap. The Cap is like your piggy bank. It is cumulative. If
there is money in the Cap, it becomes part of your total
compensation each year for the life of the Collective Agreement.
If every RSMC were to receive a CTI bonus of $1000.00 it
would cost 7 million dollars ($1000 X 7000 RSMC’s = $7,000,000).
That is about half of next year’s Cap money.
Canada Post thinks their workers are not smart enough to
figure this out. They think that RSMC’s do not understand the
Collective Agreement. They write letters to the RSMC’s that says
the Union won’t allow the RSMC’s to obtain a CTI.
If Canada Post really wanted to offer an incentive, they
would pay you over and above what they have already agreed to
pay you. They would not take it out of your piggy bank.
We want to tell the boss we are not falling for these tricks.
We want to stand together with all CUPW members and tell the
employer to get reasonable and negotiate a fair Collective
Get your hands out of our piggy bank!
(Brother John Bail National Director Pacific Region wrote
this article and we want to express a special thanks to him
sharing it with out members).
Toronto Local President
Acting Chief Shop Steward
April 1, 2010