N00-12-R0008 - STDP (Short-Term Disability Program) – definitions and time limits – article 17

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Grievance File Number: 
Collective Agreement: 
Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (2012)
Relevant Articles: 
Date referred: 
Friday March 13 2015


Following several meetings between the parties, the employer informed the Union on or about February 9, 2015 of an erroneous definition/interpretation it intended to apply to the Short-Term Disability Insurance Plan (STDP) in relation to the definitions of accident and hospitalization when applying Article 17 of the collective agreement.

Furthermore, as part of the final appeal process, the employer is imposing a time limit on the union representatives for submitting their arguments at the final level on behalf of an employee, failing which the employer is instructing the independent medical physician to render his or her decision without the Union’s input or arguments.

Corrective Steps Requested

The Union requests a statement to the effect that the employer is violating the provisions of the collective agreement, as outlined above, more specifically, but not limited to, Article 17 of the collective agreement, policies and instructions, as well as related laws and regulations. 

The Union also requests that Canada Post be ordered to immediately stop implementing the definitions/interpretation it submitted to the Union in relation to Article 17, and also stop imposing a time limit that is not outlined in the collective agreement for union representatives to present their arguments at the final level on behalf on an employee.

The Union further requests that Canada Post be ordered to reimburse the employees’ lost wages without any loss of the employees’ rights and privileges, and to compensate all those who have been affected by the employer’s decisions. All financial amounts are to bear interest.

The Union reserves the right to amend this grievance and/or request any other additional corrective action.