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Pay Equity Update!
On Mother’s Day, May 2019, we signed our pay equity settlement.
The deadline to get the applications in was October 1, 2020. At that time, Canada Post received over 4,000 applications.
The terms of our agreement were that if a member was deemed ineligible for the payout by Canada Post, CPAA would have the opportunity to review and verify all those applications that the Corporation could not find documentation for.
It was a daunting yet rewarding task, going through hundreds of files searching for documentation as far back as 1992. We were successful in finding documentation to support and verify many of those applications.
For the retirees that Canada Post did not have an address for, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) agreed to send out applications to them. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the CRA was overburdened and was not able to do that task. The CRA has committed to send out those 1,000 plus applications in November and we have an agreement with Canada Post to extend their deadline to February 9, 2021.
We were just advised that a required financial audit of the pay equity money will take longer than anticipated. Consequently, members will not receive their settlement amounts during this month as we were previously informed by Canada Post.
We are preparing a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the pay equity settlement amounts and will post it as soon as possible.
A Labour Day Message from the CPAA National President
Labour Day is a time to celebrate everything we have accomplished as a union. Even in this pandemic and the chaos of these times, CPAA does have a lot to celebrate this year – a pay equity settlement, a new collective agreement with some major gains, and a spotlight on the crucial work our members perform.This weekend, let’s take a moment to think of each other and of our Association together – over eight thousand strong, celebrating with all the millions of working people across the country.
National President, Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association
CPAA Letter of Solidarity to U.S. Postal Employees
The following letter from our Association was mailed to unions and associations representing American postal workers.
Mark Dimondstein, President, American Postal Workers Union
Fredric V. Rolando, President, The National Association of Letter Carriers
Ronnie W. Stutts, National Rural Letter Carriers Association
Daniel M. Heins, President, United Postmasters and Managers of America
Greetings from the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association,
On behalf of our 8,000 + members in Canada, I am writing to express the CPAA’s solidarity with your efforts to maintain public postal service in the United States.
In these difficult times, the work we do as Postmasters, letter carriers and inside workers has been proven more vital than ever to our communities and to our countries. As the world struggles with the disruptions and hazards presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we in the North are keenly aware of the dangers facing the USPS.
As rural post office workers, we know all too well the dire impact of cuts and closures on the rural areas of Canada. The CPAA has fiercely opposed any privatization of our post offices. We have supported our members and municipalities in campaigns against cuts to postal service. We remain vigilant and prepared to defend this essential public service.
As disruptive as this pandemic has been, it also presents us with the possibility of seriously considering service expansion. We know that many in the United States are currently reflecting on how the postal network might better serve the public’s needs for financial services and digital services, and function as community hubs. I know that some of you are involved in the U.S. campaign for postal banking. Here in Canada, there has also been a campaign for postal banking, in which we have participated with other postal unions and community organizations.
I am very pleased to be able to share with you that our Association was recently successful in negotiating a commitment to explore pilot projects for offering additional financial services in rural post offices. While we are still in the early stages of this process, we are excited to move forward with Canada Post on developing increasedfinancial services and would be glad to keep you updated on our progress.
I wish you all the best with the campaign to save the USPS. Please know you have our ongoing support.
Brenda McAuley, National President,
Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association.
Pay Equity Claim Forms Now Available!
The CPAA pay equity complaint was resolved on May 12th, 2019. The Canadian Human Rights Commission has completed its analysis of the settlement and has signaled its approval. The Human Rights Tribunal accepted these findings and closed the file.
We filed the original complaint because we believed there was a wage disparity between our members and CUPW classification employees P04 for the period covering September 1, 1992 to March 31, 1997. During our discussions with CPC to attempt to resolve our complaint, it was recognized by both parties that, in fact, for all semi-urban Postmasters levels 5 and 6, there was no wage disparity. Indeed, for the semi-urban postmasters at levels 5 and 6, these individuals had a higher rate of pay than the P04.
Therefore, under the agreement reached on May 12, everyone who was an employee in semi-urban classification level 1 to 4, as well as Group Postmasters category 1 to 6, at any time between September 1, 1992 and March 31, 1997 are eligible to apply for monetary compensation.
Click the above button to download the application form