Alert #6 – Mediation Continues

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We worked hard all weekend with the assistance of Special Mediator William Kaplan and the head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, Guy Baron, in an attempt to finalize our negotiations.

 

Unable To Reach Agreements

 

Despite our best efforts and the assistance of the two mediators, we have not yet managed to achieve agreements in principle for either bargaining unit.

 

Notice Extended:

Conditions of Employment Maintained

 

As requested by the mediators, the parties have agreed to extend the 72-hour notice under Section 87.2 of the Canada Labour Code for 24 hours. This means all job action is postponed until 00:01AM on Tuesday, August 30th.  Also, all changes of employment are postponed for the 24-hour period and the collective agreements remain in effect.

 

As we have throughout negotiations, we remain determined to negotiate collective agreements that will meet the needs of postal workers and improve services to the public.

 

Remain Strong and Determined!

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

Postal Job Action Put Off For One Day As Talks Continue

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OTTAWA – As tense negotiations continue between postal workers and Canada Post management, the rolling overtime ban that was to start after midnight on Sunday has now been put on hold for 24 hours.

 

“We’ve amended our notice in a last-ditch effort to reach a negotiated agreement before we are forced to start working to rule,” said Mike Palecek, national president of the CUPW.

 

“Postal workers are more than ready to take action for pay equity, pensions and decent jobs if that’s what it takes but we’ll keep talking if there’s a chance to settle this peacefully.”

 

Negotiations are continuing with the help of a government-appointed special mediator.

Postal Worker Overtime Ban To Begin In Alberta And In The Northwest Territories

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OTTAWA – Job action in the form of a refusal of overtime will start in the province of Alberta and in the Northwest Territories on Monday morning if no settlement is reached, according to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. However, the Union wants people to know they’ll still be getting their mail.

 

“Our action will cause little to no disruption for the public. We’ll still be delivering mail every day,” explained Mike Palecek, national president of the CUPW.

 

“We simply want to draw attention to our negotiation issues by asking our full-time members across the country to work only their scheduled hours. Part-time members can still extend to eight hours but will not accept overtime.”

 

Overtime has been a major issue for the Union, which has been demanding that Canada Post staff its workforce properly and build routes that match scheduled hours, instead of overburdening workers and making them stay on the job longer.  Postal workers can be forced back and severely disciplined for refusing overtime.

 

The Union says Canada Post should be creating more jobs instead of relying on so much overtime.

 

“Nobody should be forced to stay at work once they’ve done their hours. We all deserve to see our families and have lives outside our workplaces,” said Palecek.

 

The overtime ban will rotate from province to province, one day at a time.

 

“We hope our action will put some pressure on Canada Post to negotiate and to realize that pushing us around isn’t going to work,” said Palecek.

 

In response to the minimal rotating job action, Canada Post has said it will cut off maternity and adoption leave as well as insurance and other benefits, and cancel the workers’ vacations.

72 HOUR NOTICE OF STRIKE FOR URBAN AND RSMC GIVEN BY CUPW! Strike notice under section 87.2 of the Canada Labour Code.

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The following are the 72 hr notices strike notices provided to Canada Post Corp.

2016-08-25_Strike Notice – RSMC

2016-08-25_Strike Notice – Urban

Alert #4 – Strike Activities

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We issued our 72-hour notice of strike activity yesterday and it is important that everyone has a clear understanding of what will happen after 11:59 pm on August 28, 2016.

 

 

What is our Plan for Strike Activities?

 

The National Executive Board (NEB) has decided that our strike activities will rotate through each province or territory and will be the following:

 

  • RSMC Bargaining Unit:         Work only your Schedule A hours.

 

  • Urban Bargaining Unit:       Full-time work only your regular hours – No overtime.

Part-time and temporary employees may extend up to 8 hours but

no overtime.

 

These strike activities will rotate through each province or territory. You will be informed when your province or territory is scheduled to participate in these actions. When you are not scheduled for any strike activities, please report to work and do your job according to the work rules and health and safety provisions.

 

It is possible that Canada Post management may tell you that you must work overtime or work beyond your Schedule A hours. We are in a legal strike position and we are protected under the Canada Labour Code when we engage in legal strike actions. Please call your local immediately if Canada Post management threatens you with discipline for refusing to work overtime or working beyond your Schedule A hours. Please report any hostility, intimidation, discrimination or provocation that you witness or experience from Canada Post management to your local or regional office.

 

Together We Will Succeed!

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

Alert #1

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Today we are meeting with Canada Post and the mediators to identify the key issues for each side that need to be resolved if we are going to achieve negotiated collective agreements. Representing CUPW will be National President Mike Palecek, 1st National Vice-President Jan Simpson, and both CUPW chief negotiators George Floresco and Sylvain Lapointe. CPC will be represented by CEO Deepak Chopra and other senior representatives.

Meeting With the Minister of Labour

We will also be meeting with the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk to discuss our negotiations. As with last week’s meeting with the Government, CUPW and Canada Post will meet with the Minister separately and after there will be a meeting with the Minister and both parties together.

Stay Tuned

We will provide information on what occurred at these meetings tomorrow. Keep monitoring the CUPW website and your email for the latest updates.

 

We Are Determined to Achieve
Negotiated Collective Agreements!

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

C.U.P.W. Royal City Local General Meeting Notice – August 2016

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C.U.P.W. ROYAL CITY LOCAL

GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY August 25th, 2016

 7:00 PM

MAPLE RIDGE SENIOR CENTER

12150 224 STREET

MAPLE RIDGE

Agenda:

  • Nominations and Election for the position of Vice President (1 Yr. Term) To be eligible, nominees must be a member in good standing and have attended 3 General Meetings in the previous 12 months.
  • Regular business of the Local
  • Updates on Negotiations

C.U.P.W. Royal City Local General Meeting Notice – July 2016

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C.U.P.W. ROYAL CITY LOCAL

GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY July 28, 2016

 7:00 PM

MAPLE RIDGE SENIOR CENTER

12150 224 STREET

MAPLE RIDGE

Agenda –

  • Meeting of the Royal City CUPW Assistance Society
  • Nominations and the Election for the position of Vice President (1 Yr.) To be eligible, nominees must be a member in good standing and have attended at least 3 General meetings in the previous 12 months
  • Regular business of the Local