We have now completed the testimony of 2 of the corporation’s witnesses; Rob Sinclair, Director of Labour Relations and Susan Whitely, Director Delivery Strategy (formerly the Director of National RSMC Operations), in front of Arbitrator Flynn in the Pay Equity Arbitration...
Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers make 25% less than their Urban Male Counterparts at Canada Post - OTTAWA - Hearings begin next week into the largest active pay equity case in Canada. At the end of collective bargaining in 2016, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post reached a separate agreement to expedite the pay equity process for Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC).
Late last year, Canada Post requested to the Pay Equity arbitrator that their consultant should be allowed to write another report, they had said the reason for this request is that they had listen to the Union’s concerns. Arbitrator Flynn agreed and after an additional delay, ordered Canada Post to submit this second report by January 24th, 2018.
On October 16, Canada Post’s pay equity consultant issued, a very disappointing report, which states that there is no wage disparity between RSMCs and urban letter carriers. After reading this report, we initiated the negotiations period set out in the memorandum of agreement on the pay equity study.
This week, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued notice to bargain to Canada Post for both of our major bargaining units. After years of raucous labour-relations, attacks from government and violations of our constitutional right to free collective bargaining, there are many issues that must be resolved. The Urban Operations unit and the Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers unit will again meet the employer as one committee. Rural-Urban solidarity is key to achieving our demands.
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