Since May 1, when this campaign launched, the organizing campaign by Foodora couriers in Toronto and Mississauga has been intense and high-profile. CUPW is proud to join their struggle and welcome them as members. Since our last bulletin on the campaign, we’ve accomplished a lot.
We represent TForce Final Mile couriers and other employees in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Kelowna, Victoria, Prince George, Kamloops and Nanaimo. CUPW served notice to bargain for all these units in December 2017. It’s been a rough round of bargaining at times. As you’ve seen in previous updates, we are now concluding successful negotiations in one unit after another
DSRA – RSMC Log Sheets / Urban Edit Books - Canada Post Corporation (CPC) is working on a new modernized system called Delivery Systems Re-Architecture (DSRA).- Through this new system CPC has currently digitized the RSMC log sheets and Point of Call (POC) maintenance report. This means that information currently captured manually, will now be captured on the Portable Data Terminal (PDT). CPC will be implementing this new process nationally on September 30th, 2019. Log sheets will continue to be provided if requested.
We continue to meet regularly with Canada Post to resolve more issues pertaining to the 2011 Lockout. CPC will issue another payment on October 2, 2019, Pay Period 20, to those affected members who have not been paid for their entitlement under Article 21 (special leaves) of the collective agreement. CPC will not be sending out a letter of notification with an explanation for these payments.
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.
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