On July 4, CUPW and the employer signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a committee to review the collective agreement articles concerning Groups 3 and 4. We need two (2) union representatives on this committee. Its mandate will be to review all the articles concerning Groups 3 and 4 in order to reach, if possible, an agreement to standardize these provisions. Its mandate will also be to develop a job description for the new Lead Hand classification in Groups 3 and 4.
We are discussing the possibility of a pilot project, under the Appendix “T” process , to test an alternative 40 hour work week condensed into 4 days to handle increased parcel and packet volumes from Direct to Depot Induction (DDI) in 3 installations in the Pacific Region. The project that is being considered would begin in February 2020 and last for one year. Upon completion of the pilot, under Appendix T either CUPW or Canada Post can elect to discontinue the project. Three installations in the Pacific Region will participate – Maple Ridge, North Burnaby and Port Coquitlam. If you do not work in one of these installations, this pilot project will not affect you.
Mental Health is a serious issue in society and it is no different at the Post Office. More than 30% of our members who are off on Long Term Disability are off due to mental health issues. When we receive statistics for the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), we see that for every quarter there is at least one member who is calling because they are at a risk of inflicting self-harm.
**AMENDED** Phase three of RSMC retro payment will be on the October 17th pay. This payment will cover the retro payments for the Rest Period Allowance (RPA), Personal Contact Items (PCI) and admail (Neighbourhood Mail).
IMPORTANT: You have until September 30, 2019 to use your actual points. During this round of negotiations, the parties agreed language that gives RSMC employees the same uniform entitlement as Urban Letter Carriers. Hence, the same uniform and the same colour. As part of the transition to the new points system, all existing points that RSMCs have accumulated will expire on October 1, 2019.
Across the world, people are taking steps to reclaim our future and send us on a better path. It will require big changes. We honour the voices of young people, like Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg who launched climate strikes of students all over the world. Now the youth of the world are calling us to support international Climate Strike activities on September 27. Slowly, a growing number of human beings all over Mother Earth are resetting humanity where happiness, fulfillment, equality, sustainability and dignity have greater value than the desires of the rich.
On July 4, CUPW and the employer signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a committee to review the work content and workload of RSMCs. We need three (3) union representatives on this committee. Its mandate will be to determine and assess the RSMC work content and workload, allowing both parties to have informed discussions on future pay arrangements.
It is now official; Canadians will choose their new federal representatives and next government on October 21, 2019. CUPW has been preparing for weeks to make sure our voice is heard, and that candidates and parties address the postal issues that matter to the public during this important democratic process.
Sisters and Brothers: The federal government, through Employment and Social Development Canada, announced changes to Part III of the Canada Labour Code (CLC). Among other things, these changes deal with flexible work arrangements and personal leave, extended bereavement leave, leave to support victims of family violence, leave for traditional indigenous practices, the right to refuse overtime to carry out family responsibilities and a thirty (30) minute break for every five consecutive hours of work.
We are coming up to the final phase of the wage adjustment for Pay Equity. As of now, we are on course for the payment to be released sometime in October. Phase 3 payment will include payments for Rest Period Allowance, PCIs and Admail. RSMCs will also see adjustments on their Schedule A for activity values for PCIs and Lock Changes.
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