Canada Post Corporation (CPC) has released a Corporate Plan for 2019 to 2023, approved by its board of directors in October of 2018. Normally, CPC provides the plan to CUPW before it goes public, but in this case the plan came to our attention through the media. Unfortunately, the refrain is all too familiar.
Ottawa – On April 16, 2019, Canada Post quietly tabled its Corporate Plan in Parliament and to no one’s surprise, at least not to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), the forecast was more doom and gloom. “Canada Post has a history of projecting losses and then outperforming their projections, while using those projections to cry poor to the public and at the bargaining table,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “This plan underscores the Corporation’s aversion to building a sustainable post office of the future.”
We began this hearing with the continued testimony of Geoff Bickerton on the history of RSMC negotiations. The hearing continued with committee member, Cathy Kennedy testifying about the pay equity process and Arbitrator Maureen Flynn’s decisions on pay equity.
The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job. This annual event was initiated by the labour movement 35 years ago to increase awareness of on-the-job injuries and fatal workplace accidents. This day of remembrance was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, six years after it was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) in 1985.
Recently, a new CEO of Canada Post was appointed. Doug Ettinger replaces interim CEO, Jessica McDonald, who will remain as Chair of the Board at Canada Post. CUPW met with Mr. Ettinger for the first time last week. A wide range of issues were discussed, but no commitments were made.
A PhD candidate at the University of Quebec in Montreal is studying mental health in the workplace, with a focus on postal workers. The findings will benefit workers generally, and CUPW specifically. In general, studying stresses and mental health effects will help address risk factors for mental health issues, and mitigate and treat the effects. CUPW will learn more about workplace stress and its mental health impact from the project’s final report.
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Canada needs a postal bank. Thousands of rural towns and villages in our country do not have a bank, but many of them have a post office that could provide financial services. As well, nearly two million Canadians desperately need an alternative to payday lenders. A postal bank could be that alternative. Download and sign the petition urging the Government of Canada to instruct Canada Post to add postal banking, with a mandate for financial inclusion.