One of the most significant steps forward in the new RSMC collective agreement is the inclusion of RSMCs in the Canada Post Extended Health Care Plan (EHCP). Coverage for drugs is now included in the EHCP in addition to hospital coverage and a number of different paramedical expenses such as acupuncture, chiropractor, electrologist, massage therapy, midwife, naturopathic, osteopathic, physiotherapy, podiatrist, psychology, social work, and speech therapy treatments.
With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to say good-bye to the old and welcome in the new. We would like to acknowledge your children, both young and adult, who are supported by the Special Needs and Moving On projects. We’ve been moved and inspired by all the hard work and effort your children have made to overcome life’s challenges. We are proud to be playing even a small role in helping them along their journey. We wish all members the very best for 2013. We hope that each and every member’s child experiences renewed health and strength in the new year.
On November 15, 2012, the Union filed a national grievance (N00-10-00008) against Canada Post for failing to allocate points to all eligible employees as of October 2012, so they could obtain the uniform items and clothing specified in the tables contained in Article 34 of the collective agreement, specifically under clause 34.01(b).
Message from the negotiating committee - The National Executive Board (NEB) has decided to put the tentative collective agreement to a vote of the membership. If the membership supports the NEB recommendation, the changes will be incorporated into the collective agreement, which will remain in force until December 31, 2015 or until the parties obtain the right to lockout or strike. If the membership does not ratify the tentative agreement, the NEB will decide our course of action. After many frustrating months we have reached the point where we believe it is appropriate to put the decision into the hands of the membership. We are supporting this agreement not only because it contains some significant improvements, but also because we are aware of the level of uncertainty that exists in collective bargaining in the federal sector. Considering the experience of other unions in the rail and airline sectors, and also the experience of the CUPW urban operations unit, we believe there is no guarantee of success if we pursue the conciliation/strike route at this time. The anti-labour bias of the Harper government has only served to reinforce the hardline that has been taken by Canada Post management during the entire length of negotiations.
Message From the National Executive Board - Brothers and Sisters - The National Executive Board (NEB) is asking you to decide on the tentative agreement because we believe that such an important decision must be placed in the hands of all of the members who will have to live with its consequences. The choices are very difficult because of the terms of the back-to-work legislation passed by the Harper government and the extreme position that was adopted by Canada Post management during the arbitration process, before it was temporarily stopped by the court. The back-to-work legislation imposed a Final Offer Selection process in which the government-appointed arbitrator must operate under a mandate heavily biased in favour of the employer. The situation is further worsened by the position taken by CPC management that they consider there to be dozens of issues in dispute, all of which could be included in their final offer should the arbitration proceed. Despite the justice of our position and the experience and expertise of our negotiating committee, we are in a very difficult position.
If the RSMC Tentative Agreement is ratified, as of May 1, 2013, route holders who are scheduled minimum of twelve (12) hours per week and all permanent relief employees* will be entitled to a corporate uniform. An employee required to wear a uniform will be provided credits, in the form of points. These points will be used to obtain the pieces needed to meet the uniform requirements. Allocation of the points will occur in the first full month after an employee becomes eligible and in each subsequent January.
CUPW/UPCE-PSAC Special Needs Project - My daughter Madison is about to turn nine years old on May 13th. Madison has Down syndrome and has been through many challenges in her young life. She has already had two heart surgeries and there will be a third in the future. The Special Needs Project has been with Madison through it all. With the help of this program Madison is able to receive the extra stimulus she currently enjoys. I want to thank everyone involved in this project for the wonderful work you do. I’m including a picture of Madison so you can put a face to the little girl you have helped to blossom.
After a card signing campaign and lengthy process at the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has been certified as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for the Adecco workers at the Custom and Postal Import Program (CPIP). On July 6, 2012 the CIRB issued a bargaining certificate ordering the CUPW to be the bargaining agent for the unit comprising; “all employees of Adecco Employment Services Limited working at the Customs Postal Import Program, excluding casuals, supervisors and those above the rank of supervisor.” On July 31, 2012 the Union served notice to bargain to Adecco for a first collective agreement.
Many letter carriers are finding their new routes in Modern Post sites very difficult. There are many reasons for this, but one important reason is that many routes do not have enough time to load and unload their vehicles.
Prepared for the 20th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics May 30th to June 2nd, 2012, Brighton, U.K. <p></p>On June 2, 2011, following eight months of collective bargaining negotiations, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) initiated a series of rotating work stoppages conducted in various communities in Canada. On June 14, Canada Post Corporation (CPC) initiated a nation-wide lockout of 48,000 postal workers which completely stopped the delivery and processing of mail. Immediately following management’s implementation of the lockout, the Canadian government announced it would introduce back-to-work legislation. The government claimed that the labour disruption was causing major economic damage.
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