January 27, 2020
Postmasters Reach “Historic” Agreement with Canada Post. New Contract includes Language on Financial Services in Rural Post Offices, Full Equality for ‘Group’ Postmasters, and Annual 2% Wage Increases.
OTTAWA – Members of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA) have ratified an agreement that its negotiators call “historic,” resulting in significant improvements for thousands of members, mainly women, who operate post offices in the small communities of rural Canada.
One of the key gains is the elimination of a wage formula that forced “Group” Postmasters (those whose post office counters are in their businesses or homes) to be on call while getting paid only a third of the hourly rate. The contract finally establishes job security for these members.
“Group Postmasters will now be treated like full-fledged employees,” said Daniel Maheux, chief negotiator for the CPAA.
“Canada Post has also agreed to do a joint study with us on increasing financial services with the goal of setting up a program to pilot additional financial services in some rural communities that do not have banks,” said Brenda McAuley, CPAA National President.
The CPAA and other groups have been campaigning for post offices to provide basic financial services for some time. In the past, Canada Post has experimented with successful banking partnerships in rural communities such as Nain, Newfoundland.
The just-ratified contract contains no concessions and allows for annual wage increases of 2% over a period of five years.
Last year, the CPAA settled a longstanding pay equity dispute with Canada Post and the parties are currently processing applications for settlement claims.
For more information, please contact Daniel Maheux at 613-745-2095 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.