The CPAA negotiating team from left to right: Brenda McAuley (National President). Alison McEwen and Sean McGee (legal counsel), Daniel Maheux (National Vice President), Connie Kelloway (Ontario Branch President), Chantal Guillemette
(Québec Branch), Dwayne Jones (National Vice President)
The CPAA is pleased to announce the results of the vote on the ratification of the new contract. 4890 ballots were mailed to members and the returned ballots were counted by the firm of Welch, LLP. The contract has been ratified by 3081 Yes to 154 No. Our new collective agreement has now been signed and takes place effective immediately. All benefits and wage increases are retroactive to January 2019. Members should see the increases soon.
We see this contract as a historic victory for CPAA. Our members made no concessions and some significant gains, including the elimination of the one-third formula, and job security for Group Postmasters. We have been trying to get rid of the one-third formula since 1966. Group Postmasters will now be paid in full for every hour worked. Our cumulative wage increases of 2% every year for the next five years exceed other raises negotiated in the public sector. We have also improved our benefits and leasing allowances.
Finally, we have made a significant step in the direction of service expansion with the Corporation’s agreement to do a joint study on increased financial services and to work with us on setting up a program to pilot financial services in some rural communities that do not have banks. We will now have the opportunity for real input and greater transparency in providing the much-needed service to our customers.
The new collective agreement will be posted on our website shortly. Please update your files accordingly.
Thank you for your support.
Daniel Maheux on behalf of the CPAA negotiating team.
RATIFICATION: DEADLINE EXTENDED!
We are getting news that some members are only receiving their ratification packages in this week’s mail due to the increased Christmas mail volumes. As a result, the Negotiation Committee agreed to extend the ratification deadline to January 24th and then the Committee will reassess whether a further extension is needed. If you are a member who recently received your ratification packages, please return your ballot as soon as possible!
Tentative agreement for a new collective agreement!
Canada Post and the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association have reached a tentative agreement for a new five-year collective agreement. This tentative agreement is subject to a ratification vote by employees represented by the Association. The previous collective agreement expired on December 31, 2018. Constructive discussions have been ongoing between the parties since the fall of 2018. Our negotiation team will communicate the proposed changes to the collective agreement to members shortly, along with information about the ratification process.
Do you have ideas for negotiations? Click here to download a form you can fill out and send to the National Office.
From The Canadian Postmaster, Spring / Summer 2019
In the summer of 2018, representatives from the Corporation approached CPAA’s executive team to propose a different approach to negotiations. Using this approach, constructive discussions have been ongoing, and we are waiting for a response from the Corporation. As soon as additional information is available, we will be happy to share with the membership.
From The Canadian Postmaster, December 2018
We have continued our preparations for bargaining during the spring and summer. The CPAA Negotiation Committee has met thus far on four occasions. Since the last Board meeting, we met twice in July and more recently in September. Members and Branches worked to present the committee with their suggestions for improving the collective agreement, and, in the end, we were able to collect two large binders full of material. That broke down into a total of 682 demands, signed by 1726 members covering 53 Articles, Clauses and Appendices.
The committee’s work has always been and will remain confidential. Notwithstanding this, it will be no surprise that, like in all previous rounds of bargaining going back to the early days of CPAA, we will be pressing Canada Post to abolish the one third formula as well as to provide Group Postmasters with protection against hour reductions.
From The Canadian Postmaster, May 2018
In January 2018, we sent a Special Bulletin requesting that members send in their demands for changes to the collective agreement. CPAA members attending Branch conventions will have a second opportunity to submit demands. All demands received during these conventions become part of this year’s round of bargaining. Any demands received after June 31st will be kept on file for the
following round of bargaining. Members are always encouraged to attend their Branch conventions and make their voices heard.
The CPAA negotiation committee met on February 23rd and 24th for a training session for new committee members. On April 5th, we started work on the demands received to date.
We have often heard from members that they would like more information about the negotiation process. As in previous rounds of bargaining, the details of negotiations must be kept confidential and any
communications to the members are subject to approval by the other party. This ensures the integrity of the process and we thank everyone for their understanding and patience.