Late yesterday afternoon, Canada Post counsel notified the Arbitrator and our counsel that they would not cross examine either Cathy Kennedy or Sylvain Lapointe. They also stated that they would have no sur reply evidence. This was confirmed via video conference this morning. The evidence portion of the arbitration is now complete.
Dear Sisters, Brothers and Comrades: The current situation is unprecedented and requires us to take exceptional measures to ensure postal workers can safely provide services to all Canadians. For this reason, CUPW, in collaboration with CPC, have developed a tool for Local Joint Health and Safety Committees (LJHSCs), as well as Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) in facilities with 19 or fewer employees.
In Ontario, there is a mandatory government order to close non-essential businesses due to COVID-19. Despite this order, we wanted to ensure that the arbitration hearing continued, so we worked with the Arbitrator, CPC and our IT department to find a way to proceed. This process has been going on for a very long time and we are very close to the end.
Due to the current circumstances (COVID-19), we are no longer meeting with Canada Post. However, we will continue to review remotely the issues pertaining to the 2011 Lockout. On April 2, 2020 (Pay Period 7), CPC will issue another payment to affected members who have not been paid for bereavement, marriage leave and vacation entitlement.
There are currently two members of the St. John’s Local who have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 and three presumptive cases. Other members have been tested and are currently in self-quarantine as a precaution. Our thoughts are with them and we send our best wishes to them and their loved ones at this time. We wish everyone who is affected a quick and full recovery.
Looking for something to do with the kiddos? We have just the thing! Download, print and have them colour this poster. Tape it to your window or mailbox! Please take pictures, share them to your social media feeds and tag @cupw on Twitter and CUPW-STTP on Facebook.
Effective March 22, most post offices open to the public one hour later than usual, and close one hour earlier. This does not change your work schedule or mail clearance schedules. Canada Post’s message to members about this and other changes effective March 22 is available PDF icon here.
Canada Post issued updated instructions to supervisors on Sunday March 22 regarding PDF icon Special Leave for childcare and elder care, updated process for quarantine, and cancelling vacation. You can seek more information from your supervisor, and here is the employee letter that was to be distributed to you on March 22.
Support Postal Banking - Download and Sign the Petition
Canada needs a postal bank. Thousands of rural towns and villages in our country do not have a bank, but many of them have a post office that could provide financial services. As well, nearly two million Canadians desperately need an alternative to payday lenders. A postal bank could be that alternative. Download and sign the petition urging the Government of Canada to instruct Canada Post to add postal banking, with a mandate for financial inclusion.