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UPDATED: The rally now takes place JUNE 17th at 5:30

After holding an effective series of rotating strikes, forty-five thousand members of CUPW were locked out by Canada Post yesterday. At issue are significant concessions demanded by the Corporation, including the introduction of a two-tiered wage system for new employees, a reduction in the amount of full-time employees, and roll-backs to the sick leave plan. Picket lines are now up at postal facilities across the country.

Rally For CUPW in Vancouver

  • Friday June 17, 5:30PM
  • Library Square, corner of Georgia & Richards, downtown
  • Look for the PSAC flags andbanners!

Rallies will soon be scheduled for other communities across the province – contact your Regional Office, or check back here – we will post information as it becomes available.

Other ways to support CUPW
  • Visit a CUPW picket line or attend a rally. Here is a list of picket line locations in BC – for more information about rallies and other events, contact your PSAC Regional Office.
  • Do not perform work normally done by CUPW members – for example, do not deliver or drop off packages that are normally sent between work sites using regular mail or Priority Courier.
  • Join the Support Postal Workers Facebook event and invite your friends, family, and co-workers.
  • Talk to your friends, family and neighbours about the importance of keeping Canada Post an accessible, quality public service. Fact sheets are available at the CUPW website
  • Encourage your Local to pass solidarityresolutions, and send messages of support or  strike support funds to CUPW.
  • Show your support by placing posters in your window or at your work site download the images at the Support Postal Workers website.
  • Contact Canada Post President Deepak Chopra and encourage him to drop the concessions. Tell him to negotiate solutions with postal workers.
  • Stay up to date on CUPWs struggle against Canada Post by visiting the CUPW website.

updated April 18th, 2011

clipboard01Grievance time lines are one of the most important elements of problem solving. If we miss the initial filing of a grievance or the transmittal of grievances between levels we shortchange one or more of our members. In order to avoid this happening we have updated and posted several grievance time line flowcharts, more will follow for other bargaining units.

The privatization of Canada Posts’ call centres will have a negative effect on the economy of major Canadian cities, and deprive Canadians of services they have come to rely on. Jobs will be lost in Fredericton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Edmonton and Antigonish. Canada Post recently signed a contract to hand over all its call centre work to the Aditya Birla Minacs company.

Call centre workers provide up to date information on a wide range of topics including rates, delivery standards, parcel and letter tracing, mail delivery routes, redirection of mail, Canada Post on-line services, international mail, and much more.

Continue reading at the national website.

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear PSAC’s pay equity case against Canada Post.

The union asked the Supreme Court for the right to appeal a February 2010 Federal Appeal Court decision that upheld an earlier decision to overturn a human rights tribunal decision in PSAC’s favour.

The current legal battle began in October 2005 when the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal upheld PSAC’s pay equity complaint against Canada Post.

But the corporation fought back – as it has been doing since 1983 when first PSAC filed a complaint over unequal pay.

“We’re very pleased the Supreme Court has agreed to hear our appeals, said John Gordon. “The lower court’s interpretation of the equal pay for work of equal value provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act raise questions the Supreme Court realizes it must answer.”

The union hopes the Supreme Court will endorse the 2005 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision.

Meanwhile we will continue to do everything in our power to obtain justice for current and former employees of Canada Post affected by this compliant, Gordon said.

Gordon cautioned that the Supreme Court will take more than a year before hearing the union’s appeals.

Canada Post Corporation is moving to contract-out the work of their contact centres, as well as the National Philatelic Centre. Such a move would result in the loss of over 300 jobs in Fredericton, Antigonish, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Edmonton. The economic impacts would have lasting effects in these communities, as there are no guarantees that this work would remain in Canada.

PSAC and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (UPCE) are working together to oppose this privatization, but this loss of quality public services concerns us all. Selling off the contact centres and National Philatelic Centre moves Canada Post further towards full-scale privatization and foreign ownership – something we vehemently oppose.

The campaign to stop this contacting-out involves all of us standing together and taking action.

Please take a moment to visit the national website and send a message to your Member of Parliament. Let them know we need to preserve and improve public postal services and jobs in communities across the country. For more information about the campaign, visit the national website.

The PSAC is more determined than ever to protect the 300 jobs at Canada Post call centres and the National Philatelic Centre in Antigonish.

Sign the online petition to save Canada Post’s Philatelic centre and its call centres

Campaign highlights:

  • a petition was circulated at the NDP Manitoba Convention in Winnipeg in April,
  • union representatives met with MPs Chris Charlton, Meaghan Leslie and MLA Moe Smith
  • union representatives met with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • the FCM will consider a resolution on the issue at its June convention .
  • strong participation in the May Day celebration. Watch the video
  • demonstration and leafleting in Antigonish

For more information:  Canada Post to privatize 300 contact centre jobs across Canada

The PSAC is seeking leave to appeal the recent Federal Court decision dismissing the 2005 Tribunal decision. The PSAC will be filing the necessary documents with the Supreme Court in late April.

Visit the national website for more information and background on the Canada Post pay equity case.

Ottawa – The Public Service Alliance of Canada, the largest federal public service union in the country, will be taking swift action to prevent Canada Post from privatizing an important part of its operations. Yesterday, the crown corporation announced that it would outsource its contact centres and the National Philatelic Centre, resulting in the elimination of more than 300 jobs across the country.

Affected locations include:

  • Edmonton
  • Ottawa
  • Winnipeg
  • Antigonish
  • Fredericton

“This obsession with privatization will badly damage the quality of the Canadian postal service as well as the communities it serves,” said Robyn Benson, the PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for the Prairies. “Many regions in the country will lose local contact with Canada Post as well as jobs that are important for the local economy,” she added.

Continue reading at the national website.

On November 3rd and 4th the Federal Court –Appeals Division heard arguments regarding two appeals filed by the PSAC in response to the February 2008 Federal Court-Trial Division decision. This earlier court decision struck down the 2005 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision which found Canada Post had violated section 11 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

The PSAC’ first appeal seeks to have the Tribunal’s findings restored on the basis the trial judge made several errors in concluding there was no violation of the Canadian Human Rights Act’s equal pay provisions and that there was no systemic discrimination within Canada Post. The CHRC also argued the Tribunal’s decision should be re-instated.

The PSAC’s second appeal challenged the amount of compensation ordered by the Tribunal in 2005. The Tribunal halved the amount of compensation it ordered based on its concerns over the reliability and accuracy of the job information involved in this case. The PSAC argued there was no evidence justifying this action as there was any evidence that any uncertainties in the job information over-estimated the wage gap.

The Federal Court-Appeal Division’s decisions are not expected until well into 2010.

The tentative agreement reached with Purolator Courier Ltd. on August 19, 2009, was ratified by the membership on September 27, 2009. Unless otherwise specified, the provisions of the agreement have force and effect on the date of ratification.

Highlights of the four year agreement, set to expire December 31, 2012, include:

  • Economic increases of 3.0, 3.0, 3.25, and 3%
  • Special equity adjustments for all classifications and levels of 2% in January 2011, and a further 2.5 % in January 2012
  • Improvements to vacation leave for long-time employees
  • Improvements to the pension plan and benefits plan
  • Increased coverage for generic prescription drugs, basic dental care, and vision care.

The bargaining team would like to thank all members of the Local for their support during negotiations.

Vote times and locations throughout BC

September 16 – Nanaimo, 6:30PM, Boston Pizza, 2-5779 Turner Road
September 17 – Victoria, 6:30PM, Boston Pizza, 100-3510 Blanshard Street
September 17 – Kamloops, 6:30PM, Starbucks
September 19 – Vernon/Kelowna, 3PM, Creekside, 3929 Lakeshore Road
September 21 – Prince George, 7PM, Main Depot
September 26 – Vancouver, 11:30AM to 2:30PM, PSAC RO, 200 – 5238 Joyce Street
September 27 – Vancouver, 11:30AM to 2:30PM, PSAC RO, 200 – 5238 Joyce Street

A tentative agreement was reached on August 19, 2009 between the PSAC and Purolator Courier Ltd. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by both parties. Unless otherwise specified, the agreement will become effective on the date of ratification. The highlights of the agreement are:

DURATION:

  • 4 years (expires December 31, 2012)

WAGES:

  • Effective the 1st Monday in January 2009 – 3.0%
  • Effective the 1st Monday in January 2010 – 3.0%
  • Effective the 1st Monday in January 2011 – 3.25%
  • Effective the 1st Monday in January 2012 – 3.0%

In addition, a special equity adjustment will apply to all classifications and levels:

  • Effective the 1st Monday in January 2011 – 2%
  • Effective the 1st Monday in January 2012 – 2.5%

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Your bargaining team is pleased to announce that, with the assistance of a Conciliation Officer, a tentative agreement was reached on Wednesday August 19th. Highlights of the four year agreement, set to expire December 31, 2012, include

  • Economic increases of 3.0, 3.0, 3.25, and 3%
  • Special equity adjustments for all classifications and levels of 2% in January 2011, and a further 2.5 % in January 2012
  • Improvements to vacation leave for long-time employees
  • Improvements to the pension plan and benefits plan
  • Increased coverage for generic prescription drugs, basic dental care, and vision care.

More details will be available in the ratification package. The ratification vote is being scheduled, and further details will be available soon.

The bargaining team would like to thank all members of the Local for their support during negotiations.

All PSAC members working at Purolator Courier are invited to join in a Bargaining Update via Regional Teleconference Call

  • Thursday Aug. 20, 2009 – 7:00PM
  • Dial-in long distance: 877.385.4099
  • Dial-in local: 604.899.2339
  • Participants code: call the Vancouver RO at 604 430 5631 or 1 800 663 1655 for the code

Your Bargaining Team will provide an update on Negotiations to date and there will be a question and answer session.

Following the employers Notice of Dispute, the Minister of Labour appointed a Conciliation Officer to assist the parties in reaching a new collective agreement.

The Conciliation proceedings in the dispute are scheduled to be held on August 18 and 19, 2009.

Please contact a member of your Bargaining Team, or your Local President, should you require additional information.

In Solidarity, Joanne Hay, Karen Hirst, Jo-Anne Oberg, Richard Des Lauriers

Purolator Courier applied for Conciliation today. This means that, in the next couple of weeks, the Minister of Labour will be appointing a Conciliation Officer to assist the parties in reaching a new collective agreement. The conciliation process usually lasts sixty (60) days, unless the parties agree to an extension.

Although the collective agreement had an expiry date of December 31, 2008, the terms and conditions of employment contained in the agreement were automatically extended until a new agreement is reached or until the parties are in a legal strike or lockout position (unless the bargaining agent consents to the alteration of the terms and conditions).

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Negotiations between Purolator Courier and the Public Service Alliance of Canada were scheduled to resume June 15 to 17, 2009. However, the employer left the bargaining table on the second day before the end of the session.

Over the course of the 2 days, the parties reached agreement on the following issues:

  • Reimbursement for safety shoes ($100 annually if required by the employer, $25 if not required)
  • Paid leave of one day for the adoption of a child
  • A Letter of Understanding dealing with vacation scheduling
  • Travel allowance (current rate of 0.39 cents if increased, higher rate to apply to the bargaining unit)

Outstanding items where agreement has not been reached yet include:

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Negotiations between Purolator Courier and the Public Service Alliance of Canada resumed May 13 to 15, 2009. The parties continued to work on non monetary issues. Progress was very slow as only three (3) items were signed off. Including:

  • A Letter of Understanding dealing with safety in Retail Stores;
  • A Letter of Understanding dealing with consultations at the national level;
  • A reference that the provisions of Compassionate Care Leave outlined in the Canada Labour Code shall be adhered to.

On May 15, the parties dealt with the majority of monetary issues. The employers response to these issues was less than enthusiastic. Despite consecutive years of profit, the employer stated that your expectations are different than the corporate reality!!! Your bargaining team hopes that the employer will address the concerns raised by the membership more seriously at the next session.

The next negotiation session is scheduled for June 15 to 17, 2009.

Please contact a member of your bargaining team if you would like to discuss further.

In Solidarity,

Joanne Hay, Karen Hirst, Jo-Anne Oberg, Richard L. Des Lauriers

The bargaining unit has approximately 150 members in British Columbia performing duties in different functions of the Company including administration, retail, customer service and operations support.

The collective agreement expired on December 31, 2008.

Negotiations between Purolator Courier and the Public Service Alliance of Canada commenced April 21, 2009. During the three-day session, the parties exchanged bargaining proposals and information related to their respective proposals. Although the number of employer proposals is relatively small (11), several of them contain rollbacks. However, the Union team was clear from the beginning that they were not interested in negotiating rollbacks.

Progress was slow. The issues dealt with were generally non monetary in nature. At the end of the three-day session, agreement had been reached on five items dealing with:
Selection of arbitrators
Job sites re staffing of temporary vacancies
Job sites re lay-offs and recalls
Days of rest for part-time employees
Administrative changes to the vacation year

The next negotiation session is scheduled for May 13 to 15, 2009.

The bargaining unit has approximately 150 members in British Columbia performing duties in different functions of the Company including administration, retail, customer service and operations support.

The collective agreement expired on December 31, 2008.

Negotiations with Purolator Courier Ltd. are set to commence on April 21, 2009. The parties have scheduled three (3) days for this initial meeting.

Establishing dates for the commencement of collective bargaining for this round has been challenging. Following ratification of the bargaining proposals by the membership in September 2008, a Notice to Bargain was sent to the employer on October 16, 2008. The parties had originally agreed to exchange bargaining proposals on December 15, 2008. However, due to a series of unforeseeable circumstances, negotiations had to be postponed to the New Year.

Although the collective agreement has an expiry date of December 31, 2008, the terms and conditions of employment contained in the agreement will be extended until the parties reach a new agreement or the parties are in a legal strike or lockout position, unless the bargaining agent consents to the alteration of the terms and conditions.

This bargaining unit has approximately 140 members in British Columbia.

HOLIDAY MESSAGE TO UPCE MEMBERS FROM JOHN GORDON

Challenging your employer and taking strike action is difficult; it is even more so at this time of year. Between the weather and the holidays, it takes extra strength to remain on the picket line. I am so proud of your courage and determination in standing up to Canada Post and their attempts to break your solidarity.

This strike was long and difficult, but you all showed Canada Post, and the labour movement, how committed you were to making improvements on the employer’s offer. And because of your commitment and activism, you were able to move the Corporation; having them return to the bargaining table with an improved offer.

Throughout the strike, Canada Post claimed many members were returning to work; but we knew that was not the case as the picket lines remained strong. While Canada Post claimed that mail delivery had not been hurt by the strike, we knew that the mail was backed up and significantly behind schedule. While Canada Post claimed it was business as usual, we knew that important year-end work was not being completed.

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