Our public post office distributes government cheques that are a fundamental part of the social safety net. We do not want pensioners and low-income people to suffer if the union is locked out or forced to strike. After all, our dispute over contract issues should be directed at Canada Post, not the most vulnerable members of society. In addition, your union wants to make sure that live animals are not trapped in the mail system during a work disruption, as they were in 2011.
CUPW has therefore negotiated two agreements with Canada Post to ensure the delivery of many government cheques and the safety of live animals in the event of a lockout or strike. One agreement covers Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs), while the other covers the Urban Operations bargaining unit.
The agreements are very similar to the ones we signed in 1997 and 2011, and the one negotiated but not used in 2003, with the exception of the provision relating to live animals, which is new.
Members who sort or deliver cheques while their local is locked out or on strike would be able to use these days to qualify for strike pay.
In the event that a lockout or strike sets these agreements in motion, please consider donating any honorarium to charity. CUPW does not provide services during work disruptions for the money.