On June 11, 2020, Arbitrator MacPherson ordered that all continuous service of the RSMCs since they became employees on January 1, 2004 be recognized for the right to post-retirement benefits.
IMPACT OF THE DECISION
This means that RSMCs who decide to retire with 15 or more years of continuous service have the right to enroll for these significant benefits. It is a purely voluntary choice. This right includes the full Extended Health Care Plan as well as dental coverage.
RSMCs who must retire due to a disability are also entitled to these benefits even if they have less than 15 years of continuous employment (this entitlement began January 1, 2016 as a result of Arbitrator Flynn’s decision in the RSMC pay equity case).
AND BEFORE JUNE 11, 2020?
After several discussions with Canada Post representatives, it was agreed that the option of post-retirement benefits would be available to RSMCs who retired prior to June 11, 2020 if they had 15 years of continuous employment (i.e. since January 1, 2019).