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C.U.P.W. Pacific Region
B. C. COMMUNITIES THREATENED WITH END OF DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY


On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Canada Post advised our union by email that the communities serviced by Depot 4 in Victoria would be the first homes in the Pacific Region to lose door-to-door delivery. This was followed today by emails that Letter Carriers Depots in Sidney and Campbell River would also be converted to Community Mail Box (CMB) delivery. These notifications arrived while management was already announcing this information to our members on the work floor. Canada Post refuses to hold meaningful consultation with the union, the public or municipalities.

This move will have a negative impact on over 18,000 homes in Victoria, Langford, Colwood, Saanich, Esquimalt, View Royal and the Songhees First Nation plus thousands more in Sidney and Campbell River.

This follows on the heels of Canada Post eliminating door-to-door delivery to 74,000 homes in 10 communities around Calgary, Fort McMurray, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax on Monday, October 20, 2014. A further 26,000 homes around Oakville are slated to be converted to community mail box (CMB) delivery in November.

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EMPLOYEES REQUIRING ACCOMMODATION MAY NOT BE DENIED 48 HOURS’ NOTICE OF A SHIFT CHANGE!

altWhen Canada Post seeks to change shift hours and/or days of work for employees in Group 1 (postal clerks, despatchers & mail handlers) and Group 2 (Letter Carriers & Mail Service Couriers), it must first ”meaningfully” consult with representatives of the Union and provide no less than 48 hours’ advance notice to the affected employees.

Should Canada Post fail to provide the required notice, the Collective Agreement requires that it pay the affected employees at the rate of time and one-half for all hours worked on the first scheduled shift following the change:

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Glad Tidings: Arbitrator Reinstates Temporary Employee on the Eve of Christmas Eve!

altOn the eve of Christmas Eve, glad tidings arrived in the form of an arbitration award for a temporary employee who was discharged from Canada Post on September 7, 2012. In his award dated December 23, 2013, Arbitrator Vince Ready set aside the Grievor’s discharge and reinstated her to her employment.

Canada Post discharged the Grievor on the basis of allegations that arose from her first assignment to a Letter Carrier route at the Richmond Delivery Center (RDC) and an incident which took place approximately one year later after she was assigned to a route at the North Burnaby Delivery Center (NBDC).

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WORKSAFE BC APPROVES WAGE LOSS CLAIM RESULTING FROM HARASSMENT AT HANDS OF CANADA POST SUPERVISOR!

In a decision dated July 5, 2013, WorkSafe BC awarded wage loss compensation to a South Vancouver Delivery Center (SVDC) Letter Carrier in respect to a workplace absence that resulted directly from the harassment that she suffered at the hands of her supervisor, Carmelo Renzullo. As the ninety (90) day appeal period has now expired, the decision is final.

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