February 2017 Royal City Local C.U.P.W. Membership Meeting

General Meeting

Thursday February 23, 2017


Maple Ridge Senior Center

12150 224 Street, Maple Ridge, BC


  • Regular business of the Local
  • Presenting and voting on the Local’s Wage and contract Resolutions.
  • Nominations and election for the position of Executive Chief Shop Steward ( Term ends in June of 2018 ) To be eligible, nominees must be a member in good standing and have attended 3 General Meetings in the previous 12 months.

6.06 The Executive Chief Shop Steward shall: (a) Be an elected officer of the Local; (b) Be in charge of all Chief Shop Stewards and Shop Stewards in the Local: (c) Be responsible for the co-ordination and organization of the efforts and actions of the Chief Shop Stewards and Shop Stewards of the Local: (d) Assist the Vice president in the responsibility for Health and Safety in the Local; (e) Assist the President in preparing strike structures and information pickets; (f) Be a member of the Organization Committee and direct their work: (g) Conduct Shop Steward meetings with the assistance of other Executive members.

“Re-scheduled” Pre-Negotiations Resolutions Meeting for all Royal City Local Urban/RSMC Members

Open Invitation to all Urban/RSMC CUPW Members

What: Urban Operations Wage & Contract/RSMC Wage & Contract Resolution Demands

When: February 18th 2017 @ 10 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Where: Royal City Local’s Office – Unit#102-129 East Columbia Street, New Westminster B.C.

Our Royal City Local is holding the re-scheduled resolution writing workshop for both Urban and Rural Members to Saturday February 18, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Come and write resolutions for demands for our next contract for both our groups. This  will be your opportunity to have your input/voice into what you want in our next contract. This meeting will be held at our Local’s office located at #102-129 East Columbia Street, New Westminster. There is some limited parking at the back of building and there is side street parking available.

If you are unable to attend and have resolution(s)s you would like to present, please email them to president@royalcity.ca prior to February 18th 2017. The format of each of your resolution demand(s) does not have to be perfect but your resolution(s) should start with ” Whereas……” and, contain the wordings of ” therefore be it resolved … ” statements.

All resolution demands put forth will be voted on at the February 23rd 2017 General  Membership Meeting.

In Solidarity,

Royal City Local Executive

CUPW Mourns the Loss of Brother Bob White

Jerry Dias
National President, UNIFOR
205 Placer Court
Toronto, ON M2H 3H9

Dear Brother Dias,

We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Brother Bob White.

Bob was a passionate defender of the working class throughout his life. CUPW owes him a debt of gratitude for the role he played, as head of the Canadian Labour Congress, in helping our union win employee status and a collective agreement for over 6000 Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers. We shall forever be grateful for his assistance and support.

We would also like to pay tribute to Brother White for his vocal opposition to injustices of all kinds, especially unfair trade agreements, an issue that plagues workers to this day. CUPW pledges to continue his good work, along with our brothers and sisters in the labour movement.

On behalf of the National Executive Board and the 50,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, I would like to send condolences to Bob’s family and his union brothers and sisters.

In Solidarity

Mike Palecek
National President
Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Arbitrator Appointed – RSMC Pay Equity Study

On February 2nd we were notified that Maureen Flynn has been appointed as our arbitrator under the Pay Equity Study Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Though the parties have not had a disagreement that requires Arbitrator Flynn’s intervention, we welcome her appointment. Her appointment will allow for any disagreements to be handled expeditiously.


Canada Post and CUPW have agreed to a 19 month Pay Equity process. The MOU has agreed upon timelines for completing the process within 19 months. The first month was the selection of the committee and the pay equity expert consultants. The next 12 months (October 2016 – September 2017) is the actual study. From October to December 2017 the parties are to negotiate any changes to the Collective Agreement to reflect the Pay Equity Study’s findings. If the parties cannot agree, then from January to March of 2018 we will be in arbitration in front of Arbitrator Flynn.  Arbitrator Flynn is also required to provide us with hearing dates throughout the process in case of disagreements.
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Islamophobia Not Welcome Here

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter… I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear” Martin Luther King


Our Union mourns the tragic loss of the fathers, husbands and sons massacred while they prayed at the Islamic cultural centre in Quebec City. These acts of hate harm everyone. Now is a time for reflection, compassion and meaningful solidarity. Muslim Canadians are represented in every field of work. They are our families and our co-workers.

Many unfair myths about Muslims are projected in our culture. The truth is that the first Muslims arrived in Canada in the mid-1800s. Like many newcomers, they struggled, raised families, and built the infrastructure of this nation. Today, those adhering to this faith number almost 1.2 million Canadians. They are not a “fringe group,” they are us and we are them. They are our sisters and brothers in struggle for a better quality of life. If there is any threat to our communities, it’s not coming from Muslim Canadians, it’s coming from those full of fear and hatred who think their own misplaced insecurities give them the right to murder.

This senseless violence did not occur by chance. It is the outcome of decades of attempts to vilify followers of Islam as threatening. It is the outcome of Islamophobia; the rantings of right-wing talk radio hosts looking for ratings, and more hidden forms of discrimination. Our popular culture, from Disney to action films, presents Arabs and Muslims as either exotic or villains.
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The spring education seminars for the Pacific Region will be held at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. (Phone 1-800-663-2266).

The following courses will be held April 6 (evening) to Sunday, April 9, 2017:
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Dues Keep Pace with Pay Increase

Thursday January 26 2017

The National Constitution sets the basic dues rate for Urban Operations workers at 300% of the maximum hourly rate for the lowest classification within the bargaining unit. RSMC dues have been set at 1.71% of the wage portion received by each member. Some locals have bylaws for a local assessment over and above the basic dues.

With the new collective agreements, there have been wage increases for the Urban and RSMC bargaining units.

The delay between the expiry of the old collective agreements and the ratification of the new ones created retroactivity both with wages as well as dues owing.

The shortfall in dues paid for the 11 months for Urban operations members is $8.59 which will be collected as an arrears on pay period three (3) dated February 9, 2017. Members received their retroactive wages in pay period one (1) on January 12, 2017.

The dues arrears for each RSMC member is dependent on their individual wages and is 1.71% of their increase.

With respect to the February 1, 2017 wage increase, systems are in place to automatically adjust the monthly dues deduction to $79.53. There will be no dues arrears arising out of that increase.

Attached are charts showing the 2016 and 2017 basic dues rates as well as the exceptions for those locals with local assessments.
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Trudeau’s Liberals have a choice to make: support the big banks or give postal banking a chance

It’s been a wild ride for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers over the past couple of years. After we mobilized with the public to beat back the Harper Conservatives’ planned demolition of door-to-door delivery, our union then faced a tough round of negotiations with the Conservative-appointed managers of Canada Post. At the same time, the newly-elected Liberals began a review of the post office that complicated matters enormously by holding public consultations on the future of the post office at the same time we faced a highly publicized lockout designed to keep everybody’s minds on a manufactured crisis and a fabricated ‘need’ for cuts.

In this political context, the fact that at least some of the CUPW’s proposals for service expansion are being recommended in “The Way Forward for Canada Post,” the Report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, should be regarded as a victory. Among the recommendations are: restoring door-to-door delivery from the start of the 2015 federal election; using the post office as a community hub and delivering new services such as broadband and wireless. These are all positives, although they do not go far enough. Home delivery, for example, should be restored to everybody who has lost it, period. There is also no mention of restoring Food Mail, the Canada Post service that was scrapped for the Conservatives’ disastrous ‘Nutrition North’ program. And the idea of postal banking is conspicuous by its absence.

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