The pay equity arbitration hearings are over and we are now waiting for arbitrator Flynn to render her decision. She has informed the parties that we can expect a decision within 30 days.
CUPW’s Position is Simple, Logical and Reflects Reality
CUPW maintains that RSMCs perform work of equal value to letter carriers and therefore should receive the same compensation (direct wages) and benefits (indirect wages) as letter carriers. We are proposing the award be fully retroactive to January 1, 2016. We are also proposing eligibility for post-retirement benefits would be based upon an employee’s continuous service date calculated from January 1, 2004 forward. In the Union’s 138-page final submission, CUPW provided comprehensive arguments to support our position that RMS hours are used to determine RSMCs basic pay (excluding variables) and therefore must be used as the basis for wage comparison with the letter carriers. CUPW also made submissions detailing the additional compensation for variables required to provide equal compensation for this work.