N00-07-00006 - Article 33 – Reading While Walking

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Grievance File Number: 
N00-07-00006
Collective Agreement: 
Urban Postal Operations (2007)
Relevant Articles: 
33, Appendix V
Date referred: 
Wednesday March 26 2008
Status: 
Scheduled
Arbitrator: 
K. Swan

Statement

Canada Post has violated the collective agreement and the provisions of Part II of the Canada Labour Code by developing and implementing work procedures and standards for letter carriers which jeopardize their health and safety. More specifically, Canada Post improperly requires letter carriers to read and revise mail and to obtain mail from their satchels while walking between points of calls. Canada Post has unilaterally and improperly altered established work procedures and standards and has amended the Letter Carrier Handbook, the CMS and applicable policies in respect of health and safety. In so doing, Canada Post is in violation of the collective agreement including Article 33 and Appendix Vi and Vii and the provisions of Part II of the Canada Labour Code.

Corrective Steps Requested

The Union requests

(1) that CPC rescind the work procedures and standards which jeopardize the health and safety of letter carriers
(2) restore the previous work procedures and standards;
(3) compensation to affected letter carriers and to the Union;
(4) such further and other relief as may be necessary to ensure the health and safety of letter carriers.