The tentative collective agreements provide many important elements for all RSMCs and Urban operations workers. No one can predict what the economic situation will be in 2022. Will CPC once again be profitable? Will it continue to lose millions of dollars? No one knows. But with the tentative agreements, members have guaranteed wage increases, improved job security, diversified public postal services, and stability and progress during uncertain times.
More Rights – No Rollbacks
Signing the tentative agreements would ensure that CPC not rely on unconstitutional legislation which leaves us with few options. There are no rollbacks of any kind in these agreements – only improvements. Improvements in compensation and job security, as well as the creation of more full-time jobs and regular positions.
Pensions Are Protected
With the tentative agreements, our pensions are fully protected for an additional two years. The economy will recover and grow, and the pension solvency deficit will disappear or at least be significantly reduced as we expect interest rates to increase. Members who are considering retirement within the next five years will secure two more years of wage increases and uninterrupted pension contributions.
RSMCs – No Losses – Only Gains
The contract extension gives us the opportunity to build upon the important gains made in the pay equity process and the MacPherson arbitration. For the first time, the agreement contains a commitment from CPC that it agrees “to transition Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers to an hourly rate of pay system, conditional upon the development of an updated approach to the Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers’ workload and work content measurement.” If there is no agreement on workload and the required adjustment of the collective agreement, the tentative agreement provides for this issue to become part of the next round of bargaining. Also, effective on the date of signature of the agreement, there will be no retroactive recovery of alleged overpayments in relation to the annualized total of Personal Contact Items delivered.
Guaranteed Wage Increases
The wage increases of two percent each year are in line with the better collective bargaining agreements currently being negotiated, and slightly above the average. For most full-time employees, the (non-pensionable) lump sum of $500 paid in 2022 will represent an addition 0.8% of regular salary. For part-time, temporary, PREs and OCRs the calculation of the percentage increase represented by their $250 (non-pensionable) lump sum will depend on their annual earnings. All employees will receive the lump sum payment whether they are active or not, and regardless of previous earnings. The COLA is also updated and will provide wage protection (for regular employees) should inflation reach 5.33% during the two years of the contract extensions.