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.

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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