Several locals have contacted the National Office to let us know that the Canada Post Corporation (CPC) is not taking into account the absences related to COVID-19 in the calculation of the number of relief letter carriers required based on the bar charts (clause 52.05(b) of the urban collective agreement.)
RULES DETERMINED BY ARBITRATOR SWAN
In his decision, Arbitrator Kenneth P. Swan established the exceptionality and non-repetitiveness of an absence as the criteria for exclusion from the application of clause 52.04 of the collective agreement.
CPC pretends that if a similar absence didn’t occur during the last three years, this absence is thus exceptional and must not be included in the calculation.
During the consultation meeting on June 2nd, 2020, we asked CPC to change their position and to take into account all the absences due to COVID-19.
We are still waiting for their answer.