PEL 5-day “Leadership Skills” Course – February 5 to February 10, 2017


The Pacific Region has scheduled a 5-day Leadership Skills course from February 5 to February 10, 2017. Please note the dates advertised by the CLC in the CLC Pacific Region Winter School brochure are incorrect.

This CUPW course will be held as part of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Winter School at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, B. C.

The Leadership Skills course is about communications, both on the shop floor and in the community – but it doesn’t stop there. The wide range of topics covered include: history, media literacy, quality of work life (QWL) programs, shop floor tactics, campaign building, dealing with conflict and problem-solving.

This 5-day course gives shop stewards and other union leaders an opportunity to improve their communication and shop floor organizing skills. Participants will increase their confidence to represent members and to communicate union policies and programs. This course is recommended for local officers and shop floor leaders who have some experience already and want to develop stronger communication and advocacy skills. Participants who complete this course are expected to work with Local and Regional leadership to implement union endorsed campaigns and other initiatives. Continue Reading »

C.U.P.W. Child Care Survey 2016


To all CUPW Members – Urban & Rural

Below is an opportunity for you to take just a few minutes to answer some questions regarding this important subject matter that we ALL care about. We have until December 16, 2016 to do this survey and it will remain anonymous. Thank you for your participation.


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




Thursday November 24, 2016

7:30 PM

Maple Ridge Senior Center

12150 224 street

Maple Ridge


Agenda: Regular Business of the local

-Nominations and Election for the position of Vice President

(Term ends in June 2019)  To be eligible, nominees must be a member in good standing and have attended 3 General Monthly Meetings in the previous 12 months.


At 6:00 there will be an information meeting and RATIFICATION AND STRIKE VOTE for RURAL members.

At 7:30 there will be the General Monthly Meeting.

At 8:15 there will be an information meeting and RATIFICATION AND STRIKE VOTE for URBAN members.



Changes to the admail sizes and payments will not be effective until January 15, 2018.

It is important to clearly understand why we negotiated changes to Admail and what these changes mean. The purpose of this bulletin is not to provide technical information, but to simply explain the reasons and what this represents for letter carriers.


Growth for Job Preservation

Since the start of negotiations, we have focused on growth, improving existing services and the addition of new services to maintain our jobs. The fact is that lettermail volumes are declining, which constantly lengthens letter carrier routes. As a result, we had to open the door to delivering larger items in order to limit, or perhaps even stop, job losses. If we had simply negotiated more payments, it would have created overburdening without stopping the lengthening of routes during restructures. We adopted a “hybrid” approach, which consists of maintaining payments and obtaining time allowances based on the number of items delivered.
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Survey of Member’s Child Care Needs – Lower Mainland of B.C.

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CUPW is trying to help!

CUPW negotiated a $2.5 million child care fund to be used to improve access to quality affordable child care for CUPW members. Some of that money is being used to fund child care projects in locals across the country to help members get the kind of child care they need.

The Lower Mainland of British Columbia (Fraser Valley West, Royal City and Vancouver locals) has been identified as a possible location for an innovative project aimed at supporting members’ child care needs.

Do you have children under the age of 12? Do you use or need child care? If so, we want to hear from you!

We want to find out what you need and to let you know what the union can do to help you find affordable, quality child care.
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*Important* C.U.P.W. Royal City Local Ratification/Strike Vote Information




All Royal City Local Union Members in Good Standing will have the opportunity to vote on a Tentative Agreement and a Strike Mandate.  The voting will be preceded by an information meeting, that attendance is mandatory to be able to vote.   Member participation in this process is of utmost importance.  The doors will be tiled 15 minutes from start times posted.  Please plan on attending one of the following:


Saturday, November 19th at

          Wilson Centre   Main Lounge

2150 Wilson Avenue, Port Coquitlam

3:00 pm   Rural         5:00 pm   Urban

Sunday, November 20th at

Best Western Plus

32110 Marshall Road, Abbotsford

3:00 pm   Urban      5:00 pm   Rural

Tuesday, November 22nd at

Meadow Gardens Golf Course Sherwood Room

19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows, BC

5:00 pm   Rural         7:00 pm   Urban

****   Thursday, November 24th at   ****

Maple Ridge Senior Center

12150 224 Street

Maple Ridge, B.C.

Please note: November 24th is an added opportunity for you to complete a ratification and strike vote.

6:00 pm information meeting and RATIFICATION AND STRIKE VOTE for RURAL members.

7:30 pm General Monthly Meeting

8:15 pm  information meeting and RATIFICATION AND STRIKE VOTE for URBAN members.

Tuesday, November 29th at

Meadow Gardens Golf Course Sherwood Room

19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows, BC

5:00 pm   Rural         7:00 pm   Urban

In solidarity,

C.U.P.W. Royal City Local Executive


National CUPW Latest News – October 20


Below are a list of National CUPW  News articles as it pertains to the Urban/RSMC Ratification Tabloid, National Executive Board (NEB) Minority Reports and Rollback news. Please click on the following links below to view.

The Ratification/Strike Vote for all Urban/RSMC members in the Royal City Local will take place towards the end of November 2016. The dates and times will be announced once the local has secured the locations for this important voting process. Please take the time to read the negotiation bulletins so you can prepare to ask questions at these upcoming meetings.

In sol,

Royal City Local Executive

Pay Equity Review for Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers

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Monday October 17 2016

Following the appointment of the special mediator by the government, CUPW and CPC agreed to a Pay Equity Review Process to deal with the significant difference in remuneration between Urban Postal Operation (UPO) letter carriers and RSMC workers. As we know, Canada Post does not have a reputation for speedy settlements of pay equity complaints. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) complaint filed in 1983 was finally settled by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2012. Resolution payments to all those affected or their estates continue to this day. The original complaint filed in 1993 by the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA) is only now proceeding to the Human Rights Commission Tribunal.

Before and during negotiations CUPW has been very clear that RSMCs should not be subjected to decades of delay in being recognized under pay equity law. Our demands at the bargaining table for equity were rejected by the Canada Post negotiators. During mediation, the Union achieved improvements to different areas of the collective agreement, maintained the Defined Benefit Pension for current and future hires, and agreed to a pay equity resolution process with a fixed schedule of 19 months for a final decision.

Additionally, both collective agreements would be for a duration of 2 years, which would allow the Union to continue fighting for improvements. The majority of the National Executive Board (NEB) agreed to both tentative collective agreements, which will now be dealt with in referendum votes.
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