Union presents contract offer to Canada Post: no strike until at least July 6

From the Canadian Union of Postal Workers:

On Friday we presented CPC with our Global Offers for both the urban and RSMC collective agreements. As a result, we will not be servicing our 72-hour notice. Therefore, there will be no industrial action prior to July 6th.

Here are some of the highlights of our offer. You can find a complete summary on the CUPW website.

Expiry Date:

  • Collective agreements that both expire December 31, 2019.

Urban Wages:  

  • A new wage grid with lowest paid employees to receive 85% of highest wage rate (currently 75%).
  • All employees to receive wage increases of $0.78, $0.53, $0.55 and $0.56. This amounts to 3%, 2%, 2% and 2% of the Postal Clerk/Letter Carrier maximum wage rate.
  • Groups 3 and 4 workers to receive adjustment of $1.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 and $1.00 per hour on January 1, 2018.
  • Temporary employees pay in lieu of benefits to rise to 6% from 4%.

RSMC Wages:

  • Elimination of three wage zones.
  • RSMCs to be paid an hourly rate and paid for all hours worked.
  • All regular hours to be pensionable.
  • RSMCs to receive the same wages as letter carriers with increases of 3%, 2%, 2% and 2%. Maximum rate effective January 1, 2016 is $26.73 per hour.

No Two-tier Pension and Benefits:

  • New employees to receive defined benefit pension and the same job security, vacation leave, pre-retirement leave and post-retirement health benefits as other employees.Rejection of CPCs proposal for two-tier pension and benefits.
  • New employees to receive defined benefit pension and the same job security, vacation leave, pre-retirement leave and post-retirement health benefits as other employees.

Parental Benefits:

  • Provide the “top up” for all weeks of parental leave and adoption leave.

Service Expansion: Parcel Delivery on Weekends, Mornings and Evenings (Urban):

  • Provides a model for seven (7) day parcel delivery operation including weekends, mornings and evenings. Includes a new job title and job description for Part-Time Delivery Relief Employee. 

Householder Mail:

  • Changes to the sizes and weights of householder mail. Increase in the time allowances. Changes in the per-piece payments, including increases and decreases. Overall gain for the bargaining unit.

Letter Carriers:

  • Right to sort sequenced mail at the case.

 

Urban Group 1 Staffing:

  • New provisions in Appendix “P” to provide more full-time job opportunities for part-time workers and more part-time job opportunities for temporary workers.
  • Maintain minimum retail counters.

RSMC Benefits and Working Conditions:

  • New work measurement system for RSMCs based on a 8-hour work day.
  • Corporate vehicles.
  • RSMCs to receive numerous rights and benefits received by letter carriers including job security and post-retirement health benefits.

No Rollbacks:

  • No to CPC rollbacks on staffing, wash-up time, human rights training, elimination of apprenticeship program, elimination of Appendix “T”, Groups 3 and 4 compensatory time and increased weekend schedules.

Source: CUPW – 2016-07-01 – CUPW Presents Global Offer