Pay Equity Review On Schedule – Member Focus Groups About To Start

On April 26th, we will be holding our first pilot Focus Group for the Pay Equity Study. This pilot will be in English for RSMCs in the Ottawa area. Our second pilot will be in French on May 5th in Gatineau for Letter Carriers. The pilots will give the consultants a chance to test out the Questionnaire and the Job Profiles.

In mid-May the Focus Groups will be scheduled across the regions. We will hold 16 Focus Groups for RSMCs and 16 for Letter Carriers. There will be 3 Focus Groups for Permanent Relief and 3 for Relief Letter Carriers. We will be holding a smaller number of Focus Groups for the other male comparators (Letter Carrier Assistants, Mail Service Couriers, Mail Service Courier, Heavy Vehicles and Mail Despatchers).

The Consultants will conduct the Focus Groups with CUPW and CPC committee members in attendance as observers. The Consultants will randomly select 8 to 10 members to participate in each group. The Consultants will ensure that we have a proper sampling of routes and offices. Neither CUPW nor CPC will have input as to who is invited to participate.

Members, once they agree to participate, will be provided with their Job Profile and with a list of questions that will be asked during the Focus Group. The session should last approximately 3 hours.

The parties are in the process of setting up the locations and the dates for the Focus Groups. Once this has been finalized, invitations to the Focus Groups will be sent out. Members should check the mail for the invitation. If you are invited we encourage you to participate.

The Focus Groups should be completed by the end of June. At that time the Consultants will evaluate whether the work of a RSMC is of equal value to that of the male comparator. If the work is found to be of equal value, the consultants will need to determine if the RSMC Total Compensation is equal to that of the male comparator. If it is found not to be of equal value, the law states that the employer must bring the RSMCs to the level of the male comparator and, according to the Memorandum of Understanding, any compensation will retroactive to January 1,2016.

Again, if you are invited to participate in a Focus Group, we encourage you to say yes.


In Solidarity,

Nancy Beauchamp
Pay Equity Committee Member
Cathy Kennedy
Pay Equity Committee Member
Barb McMillan
Pay Equity Committee Member

National Day of Mourning – April 28, 2017 – CUPW Shows Respect

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job. This annual event was initiated by the labour movement 33 years ago to increase awareness of on-the-job injuries and fatal workplace accidents. This day of remembrance was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, more than eight years after it was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to raise awareness of on-the-job injuries and fatal workplace accidents.

While the National Day of Mourning is now recognized in over 100 countries, including Canada, and is observed each year, there is still a lot of work to accomplish to improve workers’ safety. A number of Canadian legislative provisions dealing with occupational health and safety are deemed exemplary internationally, but most Canadian governments have not provided the necessary resources to ensure they are applied.

At Canada Post, we’ve mourned the loss of workers. We’ve had to go through the grief and pain associated with the death of a sister or brother. This year, on April 28, the CLC will commemorate the Westray Mine disaster, in Nova Scotia, where 26 miners lost their life at work following a methane gas explosion. This tragedy led to the adoption, in March 2004, of Bill C-45 that provides for the attribution of criminal liability to organizations and their representatives who fail to abide by their health and safety obligations.

On April 28, we take the time to remember those who lost their lives, suffered injuries or became disabled on the job. We must all commit to continuing the struggle to force employers and governments to fulfill their obligation to make every workplace a safe and healthy one. We must also continue seeking stronger health and safety standards and protection, and better enforcement in our workplaces.


An injury to one is an injury to all!


In solidarity,

Marc Roussel
National Union Representative – Health and Safety

List of Covered Drugs and Request for Drug Exception Form (March 1, 2017)

Plan(s) it applies to:

· Extended Health Care Plan

You use it to:

Use this form to request coverage of a drug that is not automatically covered under your drug plan. Provide the requested information to ensure timely assessment of your claim.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hall.

In sol,

Royal City Local

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

General Meeting

Thursday March 23, 2017


Maple Ridge Senior Center

12150 224 Street, Maple Ridge, B.C.


  • Regular business of the Local
  • Election of 1(one) delegate to attend to the Constitutional convention of the Canadian Labour Congress. To be eligible, nominees must be a member in good standing and have attending 3 (three) General Meetings in the past 12 ( twelve ) months.

Management Announces Reorganization of Delivery Operations, Makes Mockery of Consultation

Monday March 13 2017

On Friday, March 10th, we received notification from the corporation that they intend to implement a major restructure of delivery operations in the urban unit.  The change would utilize night-routers to separate sortation from delivery.  This could have many negative effects on our members and we are still analyzing the plan and its possible impacts.

Canada Post tried something similar in the 90’s.  The plan was quickly scrapped after direct-actions on work floors across the country put pressure on management and implementation in the first few locations became unworkable.

The corporation has already failed in its duty to consult us about this change.  We were informed of their decision without consultation and they began announcing this on the work floor shortly after sending us notification.  This blatant disrespect for our members has become all too common from the current management at Canada Post.

What is perhaps even more disturbing is that Canada Post management would unilaterally announce a major change in delivery operations before the government has even made their decision about the future of Canada Post.  Do they have advance knowledge of the government’s intentions?  If not, how can they possibly be planning major changes to delivery operations?  For now, we are left with more questions than answers.

This is a government that has told us that good labour relations is one of their top priorities.  If this is the case, it would seem that nobody informed management at Canada Post.

In Solidarity,

Mike Palecek
National President

The First Three Steps – RSMC Pay Equity Study

In our last bulletin, we explained the importance of following the Human Rights Act and the Equal Wage Guidelines and we outlined the first two steps in a Pay Equity Study. The first step was to determine the male comparators and in our case they are all jobs in Group 2 and Mail Despatchers. The second step is developing and confirming the Job Profiles. The third step is developing the Job Evaluation Plan.
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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

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.