At National Consultation held on October 11, 2019, Canada Post Corporation (CPC) presented their 2019 Operational and Staffing Peak Season Plan for the Urban bargaining unit. CPC informed CUPW that they are expecting a 31% increase in parcels/packets for the 2019 Peak Season. In addition, CPC stated that in order to accommodate the increase of parcel/packets, CPC intends to hire 1894 temporary employees for Group 1 and 1874 temporary employees for Group 2. The usage of temporary employees has to be inline with the Urban collective agreement.
We have now completed 35 days of hearings. There are 4 dates scheduled for December; 3rd, 6th, 19th and 20th. Canada Post has used 15 hearing dates so far. When the Arbitrator asked about how much longer they need to complete their case, the answer from their counsel was vague. He never really answered the question but stated they think they have 3 or 4 more witnesses to go.
In our June 28 bulletin (bulletin # 082), we explained that in the current round of negotiations, the parties (CUPW and CPC) agreed to amend some provisions and classifications related to groups 3 and 4.
CUPW buckled down and made a strong showing in our 2019 federal election campaign. We mobilized workfloors and engaged locals and members with the Delivering Community Power vision. Our coordinators did all they could to inform our members on the issues that affect our work, and get out the postal worker vote. Now we have the results!
AUTHORIZED BY THE OFFICIAL AGENT FOR THE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS. - cupw.ca - Sisters and Brothers, I am sharing with you these facts from the Elections Canada website (www.elections.ca). Remember: your vote in this election is crucial to elect progressive and worker friendly Members of Parliament.
We continued with our busy arbitration schedule by completing 8 days of hearings in the last three weeks. We have now completed 32 days of hearings. We presented our entire case in 20 days, which included hearing evidence and the cross-examination of 28 witnesses. So far Canada Post has used 12 days of hearings and we have heard evidence from 3 witnesses. They still have their fourth witness on the stand and have at least 3 more witnesses to go after that.
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