(PPT) A financial assessment of postal banking and financial services at various postal administrations By Katherine Steinhoff and Geoff Bickerton Canadian Union of Postal Workers Prepared for the 21st Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics May 29th to June 1st, 2013, County Dublin, Ireland
Currently employees pay contributions that equal 40% of the cost of the Canada Post Pension Plan and the employer’s contributions amount to 60% of the cost. This 40-60 ratio was established in law when the Canada Post Pension Plan was created and Canada Post employees ceased to be part of the Federal Superannuation Plan. On May 29, 2013 Canada Post Corporation sent a letter to all employees stating that, effective July 1, 2013, the employee contribution rate for the Canada Post Pension Plan will rise by 0.7 per cent of pensionable earnings. It stated that further increases would occur in 2014 until the rate of contributions for employees would be 50%, the same as that for the Corporation.
Our union must be an active and strong force in shaping the direction of the postal service and the political context in which we work. This publication contains an overview of the work we need to do on important issues like the attack on the Rand formula, Postal Transformation, the Canadian Postal Service Charter, service expansion and reduction at Canada Post and the federal election. These inter-related issues affect our jobs, our communities and the public postal service. We need to work toward a future where our rights are respected, workers are treated with dignity and respect, and public services are valued and strengthened. We encourage every member to get involved in these campaigns.
Volume 41, Number 1, March 2013 - CUPW members in both the urban and rural bargaining units have ratified their respective collective agreements. Both agreements were achieved only after lengthy negotiations. In the case of the urban unit, the settlement was negotiated as part of the final offer selection process established pursuant to the back-to-work legislation imposed by the Harper government. The rural agreement was reached as part of a negotiated settlement without government intervention, but the possibility of back-to-work legislation was a factor in the union’s decision to recommend acceptance.
With the demands ratified by the membership, negotiations began with Adecco on Tuesday February 26, 2013. Members of your Negotiating Committee are as follows: Alex Bousquet (Montreal) Ken Hum (Vancouver) Chris Kush (Toronto) Carl Girouard (National Office) Philippe Arbour (National Office) Cathy Kennedy (National Office) At our meeting, the Union presented its demands and discussed how the parties will proceed. The employer will provide us with any demands that they may have in about a week.
Volume 15, Number 1, March 2013 - This article explores the Idle No More movement through the eyes of three CUPW Sisters who are actively involved: Darlene Kaboni, from the Wikwemikong First Nation, Dodie Ferguson, from the Cowessess First Nation and Diane Mitchell, a Métis descendant from Ottawa. What is the Idle No More movement about? The Idle No More movement, which began in November 2012, has sparked creative actions and protest from coast to coast to coast in response to Bill C-45, the government’s sweeping omnibus budget legislation, and several other bills, which affect treaty rights and the environment.
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).
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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.