Appendix T and Article 40 – 2015 Apprenticeship Program Cancellation

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Grievance File Number: 
Collective Agreement: 
Urban Postal Operations (2012)
Relevant Articles: 
Article 40 and Appendix T
Date referred: 
Monday January 11 2016


Canada Post advised the Canadian Union of Postal Workers that they were unilaterally cancelling the intake for the 2015 Apprenticeship program under Article 40 and Appendix T. The cancellation occurred very late in the process and with grossly inadequate evidence being provided to CUPW to justify this action and no meaningful consultation occurring to allow the parties to discuss the issue with the goal of preventing the cancellation from occurring.

In doing so Canada Post violated the collective agreement as any decisions to modify or cancel any part of the program need to be by consent and the deadline to cancel the 2015 intake had long passed.

Corrective Steps Requested

The Union requests a statement to the effect that the Corporation has violated the collective agreement.

The Union requests an order instructing the Corporation to give the 2015 applicants whose continuation into the program was cancelled priority for the next intake.

The union requests an order instructing the Corporation to reimburse the applicants in question for any and all expenses resulting from the cancellation and that the Corporation be liable to pay punitive damages.

The Union reserves the right to amend the grievance and request additional corrective action.