CUPW has been working with Canada Post on developing an Environmental Action Plan. Canada Post has expressed willingness to collaborate with CUPW and representatives from other bargaining agents to develop a strong environmental strategy for Canada Post Corporation.
Though progress has been made in developing a collaborative Environmental Action Plan, we also cannot overlook some recent unilateral actions by Canada Post.
CPC’s Unilateral Actions
On April 22, 2021, Canada Post made an Earth Day announcement and introduced one of the programs from the Environmental Action Plan, and another program not mentioned in the Plan – the Sustainability Action Fund, and Green Teams. Despite Canada Post’s expressed willingness to collaborate with the Union, the Earth Day Announcement came as a total surprise to CUPW. The Union had no opportunity to provide input to the development of these programs. It is unclear to us how either of these programs would contribute to creating a more sustainable corporation.
The Corporation’s actions contradicted commitments made by management, and the decision of Arbitrator MacPherson that CPC should work with the bargaining units to determine the strategy going forward to determine the environmental path forward for Canada Post.