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The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is challenging the Canada Post Corporation (CPC) policy of prohibiting bargaining unit employees from wearing a button or other insignia to promote Canada’s public postal service. CUPW also challenges CPC’s policy of disciplining employees who refuse to obey the policy directive or an order to remove such buttons or insignia.
CPC’s policy and actions:
CPC is abusing its rights by using the threat of discipline to stifle freedom of expression. Furthermore, over the years, various arbitrators have ruled that wearing buttons or other insignia is a legitimate union activity, which the Corporation does not have the right to prohibit, or even less to discipline employees who choose to express themselves in this way. More specifically, the Corporation is deliberately violating the order issued by arbitrator Rodrigue Blouin in his decision dated September 27, 2006.
There is an urgent need for the issuance of an interlocutory order under clauses 9.87 and following of the collective agreement because:
CUPW requests that the Corporation and its representatives be ordered, through an interlocutory order issued under clauses 9.87 and following of the collective agreement, to:
CUPW also requests, by final decision, that the arbitrator:
CUPW reserves the right to request any additional corrective action.