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Poll results confirm large majority opposes postal deregulation

OTTAWA, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - A new Ipsos Reid poll shows 69 per cent of the public oppose allowing private companies to deliver letters in Canada. The release of this poll coincides with the final day for submissions to the Canada Post Corporation Strategic Review, a government-appointed panel which is considering postal deregulation.



All of the investment vehicles or institutions with which the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association have invested your union dues, or which are being considered for future investments, must have a clearly stated commitment to sound labour practices, protection and renewal of the environment and under no circumstances be even remotely involved in child labour practices.



We want to extend a special welcome to the 21st century business world to our Group Postmasters. After years of successive National CPAA representatives griping to the Corporation about this business aberration, Canada Post has finally seen the light of day. Group Post Offices will now benefit from the installation of telephone lines throughout the country.



If you have children attending post secondary education and you want to keep them covered through your health benefits the following is of interest to you:

    - For dependents between the age of 21 and 25, eligibility for coverage needs to be renewed each year. Once a dependent turns 21, Canada Post Corp. only provide coverage if they are enrolled in a school for a minimum of 12 hours per week.

    - Each year in July, employees with dependents who are between the ages of 20 and 25 are sent a letter to notify them of the status of their over age dependent. They have until September 30 to provide the Corporation with proof of their child's enrolment in college, university, etc.

    - By default, coverage will end six months after the last date of enrolment in school. For example, if CPC has proof that a dependent is in school until April 15, but then receive no response to the above-mentioned letter (i.e. proof of full-time attendance in school), then coverage will automatically terminate six months after April 15; that is, coverage would automatically terminate on October 15, of that year. Also, coverage will automatically terminate when the dependent turns 25.

    - Should an employee with children attending post secondary education not receive a letter in July, they need to contact their local Human Performance Manager to get the required form.



If you retired prior to 2001 and need answers to pension related questions, you need to call Superannuation directly. The Superannuation telephone number for retired members is: 1-800-561-7930



Statistics Canada recently confirmed that Saskatchewan has the fastest growing economy in Canada. Saskatchewan benefits from large deposits of potash as well as the recent discovery of reserves of oil sands which are supposedly larger than those of Alberta. Since Saskatchewan was hard hit by Post Office closures and hour reductions in the 1990's, we are optimistic that this booming economy will have positive trickle effects for our Saskatchewan sisters and brothers.



On July 18, 2008, The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a decision in the case of a New Brunswick miner who sued his employer for forcing him into retirement at age 65. The Supreme Court rejected the workers' appeal that his human rights had been violated, on the basis that he benefited from a comprehensive pension plan. Although New Brunswick, Alberta, Newfoundland, Labrador and Prince Edward Island all prohibit the mandatory retirement of workers, they all have an exclusion for workers who enjoy the benefit of a pension plan designed around a retirement age of 65.