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C.U.P.W. Pacific Region
Details Of Tentative Agreements

Tuesday August 30 2016

After 10 months of difficult negotiations, CUPW and Canada Post have reached tentative collective agreements for each of the Urban and RSMC bargaining units. Details below but more information on each point will be available in the coming days and the draft agreements will be made available to all members.

RSMC and Urban - Together

The following applies to both the RSMC and Urban bargaining units:

  • Defined benefit pension plan for all current and future plan participants.
  • Dental Plan:
    • Major dental increased from $1,500.00 to $2,000.00.
    • Fee guide one-year lag and updated January 1st of each year.
  • Extended Health Care Plan: Increase hearing aid coverage to $1,000.00 every five years.
  • Extended Health Care Plan: Increase out-of-country coverage to $250,000.00.
  • Short Term Disability Plan:
    • 16 days to submit forms and full retroactivity if late.
    • Recovery of overpayment limited to 10% (RSMC – excluding vehicle allowance).
    • Definitions of Hospitalization and Accident cannot be changed by employer.
    • Final Level of Appeal improved.
    • Protection against unilateral changes in the policy document.
    • Reallocation of Personal Days (July – June).
  • Technology cannot be used for individual measurement or discipline.
  • All expiry dates in the collective agreements to be updated.
  • Gender expression & identity included.


The following applies to the RSMC bargaining unit:

  • Pay Equity Committee – Final decision due in 19 months.
  • A two-year collective agreement, which expires on December 31, 2017.
  • Wage increases of 1.5% effective January 1, 2016 and 1.5% effective January 1, 2017.
  • RSMC seniority recognized from date of hire pre-2004.
  • OCRE seniority recognized when they become a permanent employee.
  • Extended Health Care Plan - All Paramedical services same as Urban members.
  • Replacements: Employer responsible to cover all absences, in offices with 5 or more employees.
  • Restriction on lifting: Maximum 50lbs.
  • Article 12:
    • National transfers for permanent employees.
    • 2 weeks to report if transfer less than 100KM and 4 weeks to report if transfer greater than 100KM.
  • STDP - Captured in the collective agreement.
  • Clause 33.06 – Claw back from overpayment limited to 10%, excluding vehicle expenses.


The following applies to the Urban bargaining unit:

  • A two-year collective agreement, which expires on January 31, 2018.
  • Wage increases of 1% effective February 1, 2016 and 1.5% effective February 1, 2017.
  • Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for 2017 triggers at 2.67%.
  • Groups 3 & 4:
    • $1.00 per hour adjustment effective January 1, 2017 for MAM10, MAM11, MAM12, EL05, VHE09 and EIM10.
    • Past practice letter on clause 14.25.
    • Protection from Maximo.
  • Unaddressed Admail (Neighbourhood Mail):
    • Right to prepare admail at end of day, overtime cannot be used to stop letter carriers from doing this work at the end of their day.
    • Increased preparation time allowance and lower trigger point.
    • Increased size.
    • HIMS offices protected.
  • Reverse order of seniority when temporary employees are sent home due to lack of work on daily assignments.
  • Compassionate Care Leave: Increase to 28 weeks paid by Employment Insurance.
  • Appendix T:
    • Change apprenticeship program to scholarship fund.
    • Add labour relations committee to look at employee’s well-being, ie. Social stewards.
  • Parcel Delivery: Allows for flexible delivery during weekends, morning and evenings.

More Information

There will be additional details provided for the above points during the next few days. Your negotiating committee will provide you with the information on our new tentative agreements as quickly as we can. This has been a long and difficult process and now the final decision will be made by the membership whether or not to accept these new tentative collective agreements. Please watch for details and information so that you are fully informed before making this important decision.

Sylvain Lapointe
Chief Negotiator, Urban Unit
George Floresco
Chief Negotiator, RSMC Unit

Alert #8 – Agreement In Principle

Tuesday August 30 2016

We have worked relentlessly for the past few days with the assistance of Special Mediator William Kaplan and the head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, Guy Baron, to finalize our negotiations.

Tentative Agreements

Bargaining continued until the early hours of this morning and we have now achieved two agreements in principle, one for each of the RSMC and Urban Bargaining Units. The negotiating committee has unanimously recommended to the National Executive Board that we accept these agreements in principle. The majority of the National Executive Board has voted to accept these agreements and are recommending that the membership ratify them. We achieved these agreements because we remained strong and maintained our strategy.

Ratification Votes

The tentative collective agreements must be ratified by a majority vote of the members in each respective bargaining unit. The ratification vote process can be found in section 6.18 of our National Constitution.


The details of the tentative agreements will be provided in future bulletins. Information about ratification votes will be sent out in the near future. 

Thank you!

The members of the negotiating committee thank everyone for all of your support and solidarity activities during this difficult round of negotiations. The last few days have been difficult with the on again - off again job activities. Thanks to all of you for being patient. We could not have achieved these tentative agreements without your support.


Sylvain Lapointe
Chief Negotiator, Urban Unit
George Floresco
Chief Negotiator, RSMC Unit


August 10, 2016



The fall education seminars for the Pacific Region will be held at the Whistler Conference Centre, 4010 Whistler Way with accommodation at the Aava Whistler Hotel, 4005 Whistler Way, Whistler, B. C. The courses will run Thursday, November 3 (evening) to Sunday, November 6, 2016. The following courses are being offered:

Pacific & Prairie Regions – PEL 5-day Education Seminar “Advanced Shop Steward” Course & “Turtle Island” Course

June 28, 2016


RE: Pacific & Prairie Regions – PEL 5-day Education Seminar
“Advanced Shop Steward” Course & “Turtle Island” Course

The Pacific Region is pleased to announce that the next 5-day Education Seminars will be held in conjunction with the Prairie Region in Gimli, Manitoba from September 18 to 23, 2016. These are Paid Education Leave (PEL) courses so we are limited to twenty (20) participants in total or ten (10) in each class per Region.

The courses being offered are as follows:

1. Advanced Shop Steward

This 5-day course is designed for experienced Shop Stewards. Participants will look at their strengths and areas they want to improve. They will practice face-to-face communications, including dealing with management. They will collectively examine strategies for shop floor mobilization and recruiting new stewards. They will also review grievance investigation skills and Short Term Disability Plan do’s and don’ts. You know your members and they trust you. This course will give you the tools you need to better defend the membership, inform them about Union campaigns and principles, and build solidarity in the workplace.

Consideration for attendance will be limited to members who have completed the Basic Shop Steward course or equivalent.

1. Turtle Island

The Turtle Island course gives an overview of the history of the indigenous people of Turtle Island (North America) as told by Aboriginal workers, who also facilitate it.

Participants will begin the process of understanding the shared struggles of Aboriginal People and Unions. They will deepen their understanding of the general concepts of partnerships and representative workforce. Providing factual information will dispel the current myths and misconceptions that surround Aboriginal People. In a positive environment, participants will examine the barriers to diversity in the workplace. By exploring their personal attitudes towards an inclusive work environment they will build their capacity to become instruments of changes. For solidarity to occur, organized labour and Aboriginal people must work together for both to achieve their goals.
As these courses are offered under the PEL provision of our collective agreement, all costs including loss of wages, transportation and meals will be paid by the National Union.

Interested members should be made aware that all sessions of the courses offered are mandatory and that there will be some evening sessions.

The deadline for registration is 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2016. Please ensure your applications are in by that date, any application received after the deadline will not be considered. All applications must be approved by your Local Executive and the registration form must be signed by the Local President or designate.

In solidarity,

Tom Jackson
Education & Organization Officer

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Celebrate LGBT Pride - Because It’s 2016


June 23, 2016

Celebrate LGBT Pride - Because It’s 2016

Every year between June and September, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Community and their allies celebrate Pride.

On behalf of the CUPW National Human Rights Committee we would like to encourage all CUPW Locals in the Pacific Region to show solidarity with LGBT members in your community by supporting Pride events (please see the reverse side of this bulletin for a list of events in the Pacific Region).

Pride is a chance for the LGBT community and their allies to celebrate diversity and acceptance. However, Pride is more than just a party. It is also a political struggle for safety and full equality for all people. Plus it is a time to commemorate those who have been prosecuted, jailed, assaulted or killed while fighting for their rights.

This year’s Pride season has been marred by the horrific attack on the LGBT community on June 12, 2016 when at least 49 people were murdered and another 53 people were injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Since that time investigations have revealed that their killer was a homophobic fellow American who was born in New York. This is the largest mass shooting in modern US history. In his reaction to this hate crime President Obama described the significance of LGBT safe gathering places when he said, “The place where they were attacked was more than a nightclub. It was a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights.” That is also what Pride events are all about.

We can honour the 49 people who lost their lives with our love, respect and solidarity in the on-going fight for human rights for all people in the World. Discrimination based on sex sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, marital status, family status and disability have no place in our society. Our struggles are inseparable.

Over the last 45 years Canada has made major strides to strengthen the legal rights of LGBT persons. Despite these advances, discrimination and hate crimes against people who are perceived to be, LGBT still occur on a daily basis in Canada and around the world. Same sex relationships are still illegal in 73 countries. In 13 of those countries homosexuality is punishable by death. No one can feel safe unless we all have equality and justice. Progressive Human Rights laws are just words on paper. Real equality can only be achieved when people change their attitudes and beliefs.

You can be part of that change by standing in solidarity with your LGBT family, friends, coworkers and neighbours by participating in Pride events in your community.

An injury to one is an injury to all.

In Pride & Solidarity,

Tim Armstrong
National Director

Below is a list of upcoming Pride Parades and Festivals in the Pacific Region that we are aware of. If your community has a Pride event that is not on this list please let us know:

  • June 11, 2016 - 2nd annual Quesnel Pride Parade
  • June 12, 2016 - The Nanaimo Pride Parade
  • June 25, 2016 – Yukon Pride 1:00 PM: Pride Parade - from the top of Main Street, 2:00 PM: PSAC Pride Picnic at Rotary Park http://www.queeryukon.com/
  • June 25, 2016 – Campbell River Pride Festival noon to 5:00 PM in Spirit Square
  • July 10, 2016 - Victoria Pride Parade starts at Noon at Government and Pandora, and the Festival opens immediately after at MacDonald Park in James Bay. http://www.victoriapridesociety.org
  • July 31, 2016 – The 38th annual Vancouver Pride Parade starts at Noon at Robson and Thurlow and the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach runs from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. http://www.vancouverpride.ca
  • August 6 - 13, 2016 - New West Pride Week and the New West Pride Columbia Street Party Will Be Saturday, August 13, 2015. http://newwestpride.com/
  • August 6 to 13, 2016 - Okanagan Pride Festival: http://okanaganpride.com/
  • Kootenay Pride Weekend Nelson, BC To be announced.
  • Salt Spring Island Pride is celebrated on the weekend after Labour Day in September (September 12 & 13). http://www.glossi.org

For more information on specific events please visit the websites listed above.

The Pacific Region has a CUPW Pride Banner that we can loan to Locals on a first come first served basis. We have also ordered a small supply of CUPW Pride Lion fridge magnets. Pride Festivals may also provide an opportunity to promote our “Postal Banking” and Delivering Community Power” campaigns although that should not be the sole focus of our participation. Puffy the Pig may be available to make a guest appearance at your local events. Please let us know as soon as possible if your Local would like any of these materials.

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