CUPW Pacific Region
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New Westminster BC
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Tel: (604) 525 0194

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Alert #1
Tuesday August 23 2016

Negotiations Continue: Meeting With The Government
Friday August 19 2016

Postal Workers Plan For Canada Post’s 2016 Annual Public Meeting
Wednesday August 17 2016

What Is Canada Post Waiting For?
Wednesday August 17 2016

CPC And Pay Equity
Tuesday August 16 2016

Labour Code And Strikes
Friday August 12 2016

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As you read this, the government’s task force is putting together a list of “viable options” for the future of Canada’s postal service.

While Canada Post’s Harper-appointed CEO, Deepak Chopra, pushes to cut services, we’re proposing a different vision.

It’s time to use our postal network to help build Canada’s next economy, with postal banking, green infrastructure, and community services.

We all know that politicians read their local papers. Enter your postal code to publish a letter in your local newspaper now.


C.U.P.W. Pacific Region

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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Members Ratify Collective Agreement with Dynamex

The Private Sector Bargaining Unit members who work for Dynamex Canada Ltd. have ratified the first Collective Agreement to represent all CUPW members who work for Dynamex in British Columbia. The new Collective Agreement is now in full force and effect.

RSMC Overtime

On October 15, 2015, the employer and the Union went to arbitration regarding an RSMC claim for overtime during the month of December 2013. The RSMC had submitted a letter to their Supervisor(s) informing them that he did not wish to work beyond his scheduled hours without getting paid for the additional work.