In early June, senior Canada Post Corporation representatives approached CUPW with a proposal to extend the current collective agreements by two years and provide a 2% increase in wages. They stated that the uncertainty of the recovery from the pandemic would make our upcoming negotiations extremely difficult.
The National Executive Board decided that we would not accept CPC’s proposal but would consider pursuing discussions if CPC agreed to:
- An improvement in wages greater than the average being negotiated.
- Improvements in job security and greater opportunities for full-time employment.
- Addressing health and safety.
- Injustices faced by RSMCs.
- The inclusion of service expansion and job creation measures.
- No Rollbacks.
- Any agreement to be subject to ratification of the membership.
The National Executive Board authorized National Grievance Officer Carl Girouard, Prairie Region National Director and Urban Chief Negotiator Lana Smidt, Montreal Region National Director and RSMC Chief Negotiator Nancy Beauchamp, and myself to conduct the discussions with CPC. Throughout the discussions the NEB was kept fully informed of all developments.