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

Tuesday June 23 2020
Arbitrator MacPherson maintained the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in the Urban contract and introduced it into the RSMC contract in accordance with the terms of the 2018 Pay equity award of Arbitrator Flynn. The terms of the COLA are the same as agreed to by the parties.
Friday June 19 2020
*This bulletin applies to those who retire on or after June 11, 2020. Now that Arbitrator MacPherson has come down with her decision on the Urban and RSMC contracts, many members are thinking of retiring. We want to explain what members are entitled to when it comes to benefits when they retire and what their obligations are when they want to retire*. Coverage for post-retirement benefits are for eligible retirees, their eligible dependents or surviving dependents. Life Insurance coverage only applies to eligible retirees and not their dependents.
Thursday June 18 2020
During the arbitration process imposed through Bill C-89, CUPW proposed many changes to the payment of hours worked by RSMCs, including regular, overtime, and weekend hours. For us, it is inconceivable that a worker would not be paid for all his or her hours of work.
Thursday June 18 2020
Arbitrator MacPherson informed the parties that a clerical error had crept into her decision on the RSMC collective agreement. She confirmed that wage increases will take place on January 1st of the years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 (as was the case in the previous collective agreement) and not on February 1st.
Wednesday June 17 2020
In her June 11, 2020 decision, Arbitrator MacPherson rejected the Union’s proposal to reduce the number of pay increment levels and raise minimum wage levels for employees hired on or after February 1st, 2013. However, her decision is imposing a change to the urban collective agreement that deserves particular attention.

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Help Support CUPW

Many of you have reached out asking how you can help as we head to the picket lines. There are many ways to show solidarity with CUPW and its members:

  • Public messages in print and social media in support of our negotiations, our issues and postal workers.

  • Join us on the picket line.

  • Send a letter or message to the Prime Minister, Minister Qualtrough and Canada Post interim President Jessica McDonald, expressing support for CUPW and its workers and urging them to do what’s right for workers (their emails are below). 

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


Carla Qualtrough <Carla.Qualtrough@parl.gc.ca> or <minister@pwgsc.gc.ca>
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Government of Canada


Our members are dedicated to serving the people of this country. We do not want to take strike action but we have been pushed into a corner. Almost a year of negotiations and Canada Post refuses to address our major issues. We are sending a message that we will not back down, that we will fight for what is right.


Thank you for being by our side during this fight.