WE ARE PUSHING HARD BUT MEETING RESISTANCE!

We are telling Canada Post to come to the table ready to address our demands but we continue to meet unjustified resistance. We are pushing back hard and reminding CPC over and over that our demands are important and must be addressed.

We Are Serious About Achieving Our Key Demands

CPC does not want to resolve many non-monetary issues that are important to us.

We need to resolve the multiple-bundle delivery issue and have proposed a solution that does not add additional assessed time onto letter carrier routes and still CPC is refusing to agree. Do they not want to resolve an issue that impacts the health and safety of letter carriers and reduce overtime?

Instead of acknowledging our demand for increased retail services provided by CUPW members, CPC wants the ability to close all 493 outlets staffed by us. They want to eliminate 1200 daytime jobs, many of which are located in small communities.

CPC has been putting forward unreasonable conditions that are preventing the resolution of the RSMC seniority issue. Seniority is a basic union right and does not impact the Corporation. Why would CPC not agree to this demand that is important to our RSMC members?

The parties have spent many hours going back and forth on the issue of Group 1 (Internal) staffing and Appendix “P”. It is time to resolve this crucial issue so the parties can move on to other priorities.

CPC first introduced the GeoRoute software program for letter carrier restructures in 2008. It is now being used to restructure RSMC routes as well. Ever since 2008 we have been involved in an arbitration process to force CPC to give us full access to this software so that we can properly evaluate the routes that are being restructured.

Now Is the Time For Action

Negotiations have been going on for a long time and now is the time to ramp it up. We have to remind management that time is of the essence and they need to start picking up the pace.

Serious Negotiations Must Start Now

Sylvain Lapointe

Chief Negotiator – Urban Unit

George Floresco

Chief Negotiator – RSMC Unit

SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS

The parties are making progress on some issues. We are continuing to meet with Canada Post and remain determined to achieve our goal of negotiated collective agreements.

Some Success for RSMCs

Today, we were finally able to agree on a process that will allow RSMC route holders and permanent relief employees to utilize their seniority to apply for any vacant route or permanent relief position in the country. RSMCs can now benefit from their dedicated service and transfer to a new location without a 75 km restriction. This is an important step for all RSMCs. We continue to make progress on our seniority demand and will try to finalize the discussions by the end of the week.

Progress for Urban Members

We met with CPC today and continue to work on a solution to resolve the many problems with Group 1 (internal workers)
staffing. We will push hard until we agree on a process to improve Group 1 staffing and to protect regular jobs. Talks continue on important health and safety issues, including unwanted overtime for Group 2 and the Short-Term Disability Plan (STDP). Discussions also took place on access to information for letter carrier routes.

Crucial Negotiations For Our Future

As we go about our daily routine, it is easy to forget about how important this round of negotiations is for all postal workers. We have a lot to protect and a lot to gain. This round is about each and every postal worker and we must always remember that. We need to continue to remind our supervisors or local postal officials on a daily basis, that we deserve good collective agreements and that we will all benefit from improved working conditions, wages and benefits.

We Are in This Struggle to the End!

Solidarity!

Sylvain Lapointe
Chief Negotiator – Urban Unit
George Floresco
Chief Negotiator – RSMC Unit

WILL THIS BE THE WEEK?

The parties have been making some progress at the bargaining table, but we still have many key issues that need to be addressed. Will this be the week we start to see movement on the major demands that we still need to achieve? Only time will tell.

The Next Step

Over the weekend, the bulletins provided you with updates on some of the priority issues that must be resolved. This week, we must push hard on Canada Post to get these union priorities settled. The agenda must be focused on our demands and the improvements that all of us deserve. The Negotiating Committee will be meeting with Canada Post and the mediators on a regular basis as we try to move these negotiations forward at a faster pace. These are complex issues and our Negotiating Committee will remain focussed and determined so that we achieve the collective agreements that we deserve.

Today’s News

Today we met with CPC and continued to work on finalizing the issues that we are close on. We continued to review and correct the language in the various proposals.
Show Them That We Are Ready
This has been a long process but the end could be in sight. We have shown Canada Post that our solidarity is strong, that we are united and determined to support our demands. We will continue with the same messages, the same work floor activities and the same solidarity and strength that brought us to this point in the process. We are ready for fair collective agreements that have been freely-negotiated, contain no rollbacks and provide all postal workers with the wages, working conditions, health and safety protections and equality we deserve.

Will Fight for What is Right! – Good Collective Agreements for All of Us

Sylvain Lapointe
Chief Negotiator – Urban Unit
George Floresco
Chief Negotiator – RSMC Unit