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The CUPW Lower Mainland Retirees Association is urging you to attend our next meeting

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
Sapperton Pensioners Hall – 318 Keary in New Westminster
(Near Sapperton Skytrain Station and Royal Columbian Hospital)

Grievance News - October 16, 2014

Karen De Francesco - Grievance Officer
Erin Collins and Aaron Spires - Arbitration Advocates

VPDC - $12,000 Award

Sisters and Brothers,

It’s finally over, after six (6) long years the VPDC suspension grievances have now been resolved.


Postal Transformation

altCanada 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.

Lump Sum Payment for PPC Workers

You may be eligible for a lump sum payment of either $200 or $400 if your position was moved to the Pacific Processing Centre. Article 29.11 (f) of the Collective Agreement provides the following:

CUPW Pension Course - November 22, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St., Vancouver, BC

By Car: Turn north off Hastings onto Victoria Drive.
Free Parking at Pandora St. & Victoria Drive.

Application deadline is 12:00 p.m. (noon) - Friday, October 31, 2014

Includes: Setting a date; identifying paperwork and process; income calculations; CPP and our pension planning your hard earned free time

Please complete Education Application Form on the back of this bulletin and mail, drop off or send by fax (604-685-4931) to the Local Union Hall to the attention of Pat Bertrand, Education Director.

Application can be downloaded HERE

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Please include your expected retirement date on the application form. Priority will be given to those with retirement date written on their application form.

There are no book-offs available for this course.

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Lunch buffet will be provided.


Grievance News - September 25, 2014

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.

Fall Educatioin Seminars - November 2014, Burnaby

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:

What’s up with my Dues? July 17, 2014

Third of Four $10 Special Assessments Deducted.

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.

Peter Julian presents petitions - June 19, 2014

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Upcoming Meetings


Thursday, October 23, 2014
7:00 P.M.
The WISE Hall
1882 Adanac St., East Van.

Bulletin (PDF)


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1974 - A two week "illegal" strike saw Coders have "manual sortation" added to their job description which resulted in a wage increase comparable to manual sorters.

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