On Monday, December 4, the negotiating committee met with Canada Post to present our opening statement on the program of demands. During this meeting, Canada Post also presented its opening remarks. Their presentation did not clearly define its demands and rollbacks, but instead provided a vague and non-specific outline of topics that they would like to discuss at the bargaining table.
On October 16, Canada Post’s pay equity consultant issued, a very disappointing report, which states that there is no wage disparity between RSMCs and urban letter carriers. After reading this report, we initiated the negotiations period set out in the memorandum of agreement on the pay equity study.
On Friday, November 24, our Chief Negotiators, Sister Nancy Beauchamp and Brother Sylvain Lapointe met with Canada Post Chief Negotiators, Mark Bédard and Bruno Cadieux, to discuss logistics. This is a necessary step required to get negotiations moving.
Negotiations have barely started and already, the public attacks on postal workers’ pensions have begun. This week, the National Post ran an op-ed attacking postal workers’ pensions. Terrence Corcoran goes beyond all sane limits, not only painting a biased picture of the pension plan, but in fact blaming postal workers for “concocting” Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s glaring conflict of interest.
This week, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued notice to bargain to Canada Post for both of our major bargaining units. After years of raucous labour-relations, attacks from government and violations of our constitutional right to free collective bargaining, there are many issues that must be resolved. The Urban Operations unit and the Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers unit will again meet the employer as one committee. Rural-Urban solidarity is key to achieving our demands.
You had your say on the Program of Demands. Here are the results: Urban Unit Vote: 94.2 % in favour, RSMC Unit Vote: 92.9 % in favour. RSMC members also voted on proposed changes to the calculation of their seniority. The results of this vote are as follows: 85.7 % in favour.
As per Arbitrator Flynn’s order, the Pay Equity Consultants have submitted their reports on October 16th. Paul Durber, the CUPW consultant, has concluded that the work of an RSMC is of equal value to that of the male comparators and that RSMCs (Zone 1) receive direct wages which range from 24% less than letter carriers to 27% less than Mail Service Couriers – Heavy Vehicle. Durber also analyzed the differences that exist due to the additional benefits received by the male comparators.
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