July 05, 2016

For Immediate Release

Canada Post shutting the door on tens of thousands of Canadian workers

The Local has been raising issues around a number of issues related to Volume Counts since the introduction of Postal Transformation (PT). We are still embroiled in arbitrations over the first Station Willowdale Depot 2, Load /Unload Studies and payments, Percentage of Coverage, and Parcel Values amongst other things. We have been successful in some areas and employees have seen payments, and there are still more to come.

Automated Volume Count:

One of the issues being pursued by the Local is the discrepancy between the machine count of the mail from the plants (DMVI) and the mail counted in a station during a volume count. In the case of Willowdale Depot 2, the discrepancy was over 90,000 pieces of mail, which CPC says may have gone to box holders during the two week count.

In recent consultations on a Station at 280 Progress Ave., the difference between the Plant Machine Count and the actual count of the mail was 35%!!!!! Canada Post claims if the numbers are off by 35% all the time, there is nothing wrong with their numbers!!!!

The Corporation is proposing an automated system for volume counts associated with restructures. All of the product volumes would be captured by the processing equipment in the plants and transmitted to the depot being volume counted. This proposal would allow CPC to do restructures more often, even as often as once per year. This would also eliminate the need to hire “people” to count the mail during a volume count.

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Flexible Routing Pilot Proposal:

Canada Post wants to run a Pilot Project in two depots for the duration of the collective agreement. This pilot would allow CPC to structure routes on a daily basis based on the total workload which would include lettermail, parcels and packets and unaddressed admail. The letter carrier would not know the delivery portion of their route until they arrived at work each day. This proposal includes shifts of a variable length at straight time. For example: you might work 10 hours on Monday and only 6 hours on Friday. This proposal also contains a variable annual leave schedule based on staffing forecasts. More people off in the summer and less in December. It would also create routes that would only deliver with no sortation. A carrier could find themselves delivering different streets every day of the week with no idea of volumes until they showed up, and this would be based on the machine count of the mail each day.

OTTAWA – Canada Post has just served notice on fifty thousand Canadian workers that it plans to drive them out onto the streets without pay in an effort to impose steep concessions on them.

        “We knew this was their game all along. They are sabotaging the public review of the post office. They refused to negotiate fairly with us and now they ‘re locking the doors and will try to starve us into submission,” said Mike Palecek, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

        The union has been attempting to negotiate pay equity for its female-dominated workforce of rural carriers and stave off the profitable Crown Corporation’s demands for massive rollbacks. Canada Post has tabled just one offer since negotiations began and is now shutting down Canadians’ postal service across the country.

        “This is brought to you by the men who wanted to take away home delivery,” said Palecek.

        “They wanted us to sell out the next generation of Canadian postal workers for a quick deal, but we stood firm. Now they’re going to hold the public hostage until they get what they want.”

        Canada Post locked postal workers out in 2011 until the Conservatives forced them back to work with legislation that has since been ruled unconstitutional. It remains to be seen what the Liberal government will do about this situation and rogue Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra, who refused a Liberal request to resign.

        “We will not be bullied by a corporation that is supposed to be providing people with public service, that is raking in millions in profits every year, and that is willfully and needlessly waging war upon tens of thousands of workers and their families,” said Palecek.

        The CUPW will hold a media conference today at 10 am EST at 377 Bank Street, Ottawa.


For more information, please contact Aalya Ahmad 613-327-1177 or by email at aahmad@cupw-sttp.org