The National Executive Board has appointed the Negotiation Committee members who will represent the Urban Unit during the 2021–2022 round of negotiations. The five members, which include a technical aid, will be joining Sister Lana Smidt, recently appointed Chief Negotiator for the Urban Operations bargaining unit, bringing diversity and a wealth of experience. Carl Girouard, the National Grievance Officer, in accordance with the National Constitution will act as technical consultant.
Gisele has been a union representative for the Ontario Region since April 2017 and has been working in the grievance environment for many years. She began her career at Canada Post in 1999, in Hamilton, as a Group 1 employee. She later changed classifications and groups when she became a letter carrier. As such, she has great knowledge of the work CUPW’s members do. Over time, she has held several union positions, been involved in a pilot project, taken part in consultations with management, and defended grievances before the employer and in arbitration for both the Urban and RSMC units.