Canada Post has embarked on an aggressive campaign to streamline its operations and cut jobs. They call it – “Postal Transformation”. It begs the question; what have they transformed? I think it is important to note, other than the automation of parcel and mail processing, the method in which the customer receives their product has remained unchanged. The employer’s agenda is clear, disregard health and safety, overburden the workers, and disrupt the Union’s ability to represent its members. In turn they maximize profits and pay out bonuses to management.
Karen De Francesco - Grievance Officer Erin Collins and Aaron Spires - Arbitration Advocates
Brothers and Sisters,
The Grievance Committee has had a very positive and progressive year, filled with many inspirational wins and triumphs for the members of the Vancouver Local.
The hard work of the advocates are paying off. We have been able to resolve grievances on a regular and continued basis. When I first took office in 2012, I tried to assure the members of the Vancouver Local that my main objective would be to deal with the enormous grievance backlog.
The Fall education seminars for the Pacific Region will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby, B. C. The courses will run Friday, November 21 to Sunday, November 23, 2014. The following courses are being offered:
During the CUPW National Convention held in October of 2011, motions were passed making changes in an attempt to trim our costs in the face of a declining membership and rising costs.
Conventions will now be held every 4 years instead of 3. Area councils have been eliminated. Video conferencing will replace some trips to Ottawa. These changes alone will save the Union substantial costs, but not enough to solve the financial difficulties we face.
In light of this, the National Executive Board (NEB) decided to make use of section 7.09 of our National Constitution which allows the NEB to “levy special assessments” not to “exceed $10.00 in any one year” to pass the following motion:
“That the National Executive Board levy a special assessment of $10.00 per year on all members over the duration of this term and that these funds be allocated to the 2015 National Convention.”
There was an additional $10 amount added to your Union dues deduction in January of 2012, August of 2012 and, most recently, July 17th, 2014. The fourth and final special assessment will be deducted in January of 2015.
The NEB chose these months to deduct the assessments as three pay periods fall within all of them.
New VHE-9 Position Coming for Vehicle Mechanic/Technician at Glen Drive
Some CUPW members may not be aware that the Urban Collective Agreement includes vehicle mechanics/technicians who work in the garage located on Glen Drive in Vancouver. Glen Drive is responsible for vehicle maintenance and repairs throughout much of the Lower Mainland. Most of these workers are classified as VHE-9 and their wages can be found under Group 3 in Appendix “A” of the Collective Agreement.
1968 - A three week strike provided for better wages and the introduction of "consulting" with the Union on issues. A grievance procedure was put in place which allowed Workers to deal with workplace issues.