Urban and RSMC Negotiations 2017-2018

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Urban and RSMC Negotiations 2017-2018

We have analyzed the decision from Arbitrator MacPherson, appointed under Bill C-89, regarding Urban and RSMC negotiations with Canada Post. We have summarized the decisions for Urban and RSMC members below, and you can also read the full decision. We continue to review the decision and will release more detailed information in the coming days.

Decision Summary Bulletins

Thursday July 2 2020
The Union argued to Arbitrator MacPherson that regular employees of the Urban Unit as of the date of her decision should have full job security, meaning a limited radius of 40 kilometres for relocation if they are declared surplus. Canada Post wanted to remove this protection from the collective agreement by obtaining a letter of intent granting this protection, but only until the expiry date of the collective agreement, January 31, 2022. In addition, Canada Post asked the arbitrator to allow it not to fill vacant positions in Group 2 when a surplus is anticipated.
Tuesday June 30 2020
Job Retention is new for RSMCs. Since RSMCs are now paid the derived hourly rate of Letter Carriers, there could be an incentive for Canada Post to contract out bargaining unit work. CUPW needed to ensure the work that RSMCs perform every day is protected.
Monday June 29 2020
At a time when many workers are losing job security protections, CUPW has been successful in securing job security for RSMCs! CUPW was clear from the outset, to both the Arbitrator and the Corporation, that this was one of our key demands for RSMCs for this round of bargaining.
Friday June 26 2020
With Arbitrator MacPherson coming down with her decision on the Urban and the RSMC contracts, we wanted to explain the changes to the Short Term Disability Plan (STDP) and to Workers’ Compensation for an Injury on Duty (IOD).
Wednesday June 24 2020
Arbitrator MacPherson awarded the Urban and RSMC bargaining units the same wage increases as follows: 2018: 2.0%; 2019: 2.0%; 2020: 2.5%; 2021: 2.9%; The RSMC increases are effective January 1st of each year and the Urban increases are effective February 1st of each year as these are the effective dates of the collective agreements. The duration of each agreement is 4 years.


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Jessica L. McDonald
Chair of the Board of Directors and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer 
Canada Post Corporation 


Justin Trudeau <Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca> or <pm@pm.gc.ca>
Prime Minister of Canada


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Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Government of Canada


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