The Union argued to Arbitrator MacPherson that regular employees of the Urban Unit as of the date of her decision should have full job security, meaning a limited radius of 40 kilometres for relocation if they are declared surplus.
Canada Post wanted to remove this protection from the collective agreement by obtaining a letter of intent granting this protection, but only until the expiry date of the collective agreement, January 31, 2022.
In addition, Canada Post asked the arbitrator to allow it not to fill vacant positions in Group 2 when a surplus is anticipated.
The arbitrator accepted our submission regarding job security, and modified the date of clause 53.01 of the collective agreement to June 1, 2020. This means that all employees holding a regular position (part-time and full-time) as of June 1, 2020, are entitled to the 40-kilometre limit in the event of a relocation (for Toronto and Montreal, the relocation radius corresponds to the Major Area Postal Plant (MAPP) territory).
As a result, more than 6,000 additional regular employees have obtained the 40-kilometre radius protection.