by Brenda McAuley

Signed MOA regarding picket line protocol

Hello everyone, Attached you will find our signed MOA regarding picket line protocol. In solidarity Brenda


by Aalya Ahmad

Is Private Banking creeping into Public Post Offices?

Click here to find out more.


The Canadian Postmaster

View the online PDF version!


Health and Safety Elections are on!

In 2009, CPAA and CUPW agreed (joint letter) on a process (guidelines) to elect Health and Safety Representatives in post offices where they work together with fewer than 20 employees. Health and Safety Representatives are elected for two years.

CPAA and CUPW are each allowed to put forth one candidate for Health and Safety Representative in these offices. If a member from each union is interested, an election is required.

If only one person is interested, they will be named as the Health and Safety Representative; if no member from either union is interested, the Canada Labour Code subsection 136(4) will be followed.

CPAA Branch Representatives and CUPW Regional Representatives are responsible for coordinating the election process and arranging for volunteer election coordinators. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your local CPAA Branch Representative.

Important Dates

      April 2 to 27th 2018 Local Branch Representatives search for election coordinators at regional level.

      April 16 to 27th 2018 Election date is announced, and dates provided to regional and national level.

      April 30th to May 18, 2018 Elections take place and results are returned to regional Branch Representatives.

      May 21 to 25, 2018 Election results are submitted at the National level.

      June 8, 2018 Final results are written up in a bulletin and sent to the offices.

      June 18, 2018 Health and Safety Representatives officially begin their mandate

*** The Parties at the Regional/Branch levels may agree to modifications in this timetable as long as the final results are received by May 25, 2018.


NDP Convention 2018

President Brenda McAuley met with NDP Canada Post Critic, Irene Mathyssen, who introduced a private member's motion on Postal Banking.

At the NDP Convention 2018 the following resolution passed. Please support postal banking and sign the petition.


Lobby Day on Parliament Hill!

Over 300 activists lobbied government on Pension Security, Pharmacare, Pay Equity, E.I. and much more.

President Brenda McAuley with Elizabeth May Green Party Leader. CPAA is proud to say that we have Elizabeth May's support for postal banking.


by Brenda McAuley

The Canadian Postmasters and Assistants responded to the federal government’s announcement on the future of Canada Post. Jan. 24, 2018

Statement from the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association regarding the Liberal Government’s announcement on Canada Post

January 24, 2018

OTTAWA - As the second largest group of Canada Post employees, representing over 9,000 workers in over 3,000 rural post offices, the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants of rural Canada had high hopes for today’s announcement regarding the future of Canada Post.

We wanted to be able to offer more at the post offices in our communities to support and strengthen rural Canada. We know we can deliver accessible banking services, broadband and more to communities sorely in need of these services.

We are dismayed that the Liberal government is not doing more to support services in rural Canada, choosing instead to relegate decision-making to a new team of managers of the Crown Corporation. After all the public surveys, the Task Force and the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations, it is disappointing to see Liberals stepping back from this responsibility.

In the interests of improving labour relations, we hope that the new management team at Canada Post will support pay equity for all postal workers. We also hope that Canada Post will stop cutting services and closing rural post offices. Most importantly, we hope that our voice will be taken into account when it comes to service expansion and innovation because we know the needs of the communities that we serve.

We welcomed that the Minister recognized the success of money transfer services, however, we were disappointed that the government did not take this far enough. Regardless of today’s announcement, we will continue to campaign for postal banking as an alternative to the hold of the big banks over small communities and continue to collaborate with Canada Post. We will campaign for broadband as a public utility and for making post offices the hubs of a greener economy. Rural Canada deserves better services and we are committed to making that happen.

For more information or commentary, please contact Brenda McAuley at; 613 720- 9779


by Brenda McAuley

Radio interview; National President Brenda McAuley

Radio interview; that National President Brenda McAuley had regarding the Canada Post Announcement Jan.24, 2018
Click here


by Brenda McAuley

Update on the Pay Equity Complaint

Hi Everyone,

We finally received a decision from the Human Rights Tribunal this week regarding our pay equity complaint.

To recap, in the 1990s, CPAA negotiated changes to the Collective Agreement that brought us very close to the pay and benefits of employees in the CUPW bargaining unit. Due to those past negotiations, the Commission will have to rule on whether we have a right to complain about a possible wage gap after 1997 which will decide on the time period covered by our complaint.

The tribunal is of the view they cannot find liability past March 30, 1997.

Now that we have confirmation that our complaint covers the period of September 1992 to March 1997, we will be pushing ahead to get a new decision on two issues. The first is whether there is a male-dominated job class when we filed the complaint. If there is no male-dominated job class, there is no violation of the Pay Equity Act. The second is whether there was a gap in compensation. Both of these questions will be decided in the next phase, the hearing on the merits.


Acorn Canada- Uniting Communities -Together for Justice – Demonstration

On Thursday, November 30th, the members and executive of the Ottawa chapter of ACORN took to the streets of the Ottawa Vanier community in protest over the “Payday Lenders”. The protesters were joined by the President of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistance Association, Brenda McAuley and the CPAA National Vice President, Daniel Maheux. The delegation delivered their message to the Liberal Vanier MP Mona Fortier’s office before proceeding to protest in front of the numerous Payday Lenders offices along Montreal Road. Vanier has the highest concentration of the predatory payday lenders in the country. Their demand was “now is the time for the federal government to take action towards fair Banking and called for Trudeau to reintroduce Postal banking in Canada.”

by Peter Whitaker


Minister responsible for Canada Post

CPAA President Brenda McAuley and Vice President Daniel Maheux met with the new Minister responsible for Canada Post, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough. CPAA was informed by the Minister the announcement of the future of Canada Post will be revealed prior to the house sitting for the Christmas holidays 2017.


NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

President Brenda McAuley meets new NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh


by Daniel L. Maheux

POSTAL BANKING - Call to action

Over the last few years, CPAA along with other likeminded groups have put a lot of effort to promote postal banking as a service diversification strategy, to generate traffic and increase revenues in post offices all over rural Canada. Postal banking is a proven win-win formula in several postal administrations all over the world. Now that the large Canadian banks are closing branches all over the country, the idea of postal banking is ever more the hot issue of the day. A bill was introduced in parliament to ask the federal government to get Canadians to voice their opinions. The Government of Canada has now put an online petition opened to all Canadians for us to weigh in on the issue. We urge all CPAA members to follow the link provided below. In less than two minutes you will have added your voice to the discussion.


42ND PARLIAMENT Initiated by Elaine Hughes from Archerwill, Saskatchewan, on September 7, 2017, at 2:49 p.m. (EDT)

The Petition is open for signature until January 5, 2018, at 2:49 p.m. (EDT)



    • Over the last two decades, 1700 of Canada's rural towns, villages and some Indigenous communities, have lost access to financial services due to bank closures;
    • Nearly 2 million Canadians desperately need an alternative to payday lenders with their crippling lending rates, hitting poor, marginalized, rural and Indigenous communities the hardest;
    • Access to financial services is critical in keeping small communities alive and vibrant, especially with the trend to assist senior citizens, for example, to remain in their own homes as long as possible;
    • Many Canadians do not own a vehicle or drive (especially in winter) to another town to access financial services or own a computer in order to seek access to financial services to do their financial transactions online;
    • 3,800 Canada Post outlets (60%) are in rural areas where there are fewer banks and credit unions and, as Canada Post already has the infrastructure to make a rapid transition to include postal banking, it would prove to be as viable alternative;
    • Many global postal systems include access to banking - the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, and New Zealand – all publicly-owned and earn significant revenue without charging prohibitive fees and making the banking sector more competitive; and
    • It's time we had a public banking system that works for all Canadians.

We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to instruct Canada Post to make a rapid transition to include postal banking in its mandate.


Niki Ashton
Churchill—Keewatinook Aski



by Brenda McAuley




Below is information that was produced by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). The Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA) are affiliates of the CLC and CPAA’s National President, Brenda McAuley is a council member.




Video of the town hall meeting held by the Ottawa Committee for Pension Security. This committee came together to counter the assault of Bill C-27 on retirement security and the inequality of recent changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).



by Brenda McAuley

Letter sent to Minister Qualtrough

Here is the letter sent to Minister Qualtrough.


by Brenda McAuley

Update on the Pay Equity Complaint

CPAA is waiting on a decision from the Canadian Human Rights Commission on a preliminary question. To recap, in the 1990s, CPAA negotiated changes to the Collective Agreement that brought us very close to the pay and benefits of employees in the CUPW bargaining unit. Due to those past negotiations, the Commission will have to rule on whether we have a right to complain about a possible wage gap after 1997 which will decide on the time period covered by our complaint.

It is never easy to estimate how quickly the Commission will give us a decision, but we are hoping they will reach a decision in the coming months.

Once we find out what period our complaint covers, we will be pushing ahead to get a new decision on two issues. The first is whether there is a male-dominated job class when we filed the complaint. If there is no male-dominated job class, there is no violation of the Pay Equity Act. The second is whether there was a gap in compensation. Both of these questions will be decided in the next phase, the hearing on the merits.


by Daniel L. Maheux

CPAA’s pay equity complaint

On June 19,2017, CPAA’s pay equity complaint was heard in the Human Rights Tribunal. A few retirees from the Quebec region attended the hearing as observers. Their names are listed below:

Pauline Perreault, Eliette Brisebois, Daniel Maheux, Rolande Vanier, Brenda McAuley, Suzanne Sauyer, Irène Arseneault, Nicole Morel, Louise Brisebois


Royal Assent Ceremony for Bill C-4

Brenda McAuley, CPAA National President, Senator Bellemare and Hassan Yussuff, Canadian Labour Congress President who stated: “As we continue to fight for the working people of Canada, it is important to celebrate each of our victories ”. (more information follows)

On Monday, June 19th, the Governor General held a Royal Assent Ceremony for Bill C-4 in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill. The receipt of Royal Assent marks the official repeal of the previous government’s Bill C-377 and Bill C-525, which sought to undermine the labour movement and working people in Canada.

Senator Bellemare was the sponsor of Bill C-4 in the Senate. Following the Royal Assent Ceremony, there was an informal reception hosted by Minister Hajdu in her office.


by Brenda McAuley

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention

Brenda McAuley and Daniel Maheux, CPAA at the FCM convention along with Diane Mitchell and Jean-Philippe Grenier from CUPW, together promoting increased services in our post offices.

Brenda McAuley and Daniel Maheux at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.


by Daniel L. Maheux

Park’NFly - Corporate Program for CPAA

Now available to all employees – take advantage of these great savings.
Park’NFly’s “BestValue” in Airport Parking can be used for business or personal travel.


by Dwayne Jones

Radon information - courtesy of the Lung Association – Ontario

The Lung Association national website for radon is found on that link: https://www.takeactiononradon.ca/homepage

If people are interested in finding a radon test kit in their province, they can visit: https://www.takeactiononradon.ca/test

If they are in Ontario, they can order from The Lung Association - Ontario's website at http://radonaware.accustarcanada.com
(cost is $30 plus $10 shipping fee - this includes lab fees).

Here is a video we did with Mike Holmes on radon, which includes information on testing and the mitigation process (if high radon levels are found in a home).

Here is the Health Canada radon website for more information about radon:

From there, if members are interested in finding out about federal buildings being tested for radon, the link to more details is: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/radiation/radon/buildings-edifices-eng.php


by Brenda McAuley

Canadian Labour Congress conference in Toronto

From left to right Brenda McAuley (National President), Linden Wentzloff (Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Branch Vice President), Connie Kelloway (Ontario Branch President), Jacqueline Mingo (Maritime Branch President), Daniel L. Maheux (National Vice President) and Chantal Guillemette (Quebec Branch Section) at the Canadian Labour Congress conference in Toronto.


by Brenda McAuley

New stamp on Parliament Hill

Canada Post unveiled a new stamp on Parliament Hill. Brenda McAuley with the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief of Justice of Canada


by Brenda McAuley

Pay Equity Complaint

The Pay equity case is now being fast-tracked by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The Tribunal has directed the parties to prepare a written brief and to be ready to argue in a hearing on June 19, 2017 in order to determine whether damages are payable for any period after 1997.

Once we know the period covered by the complaint, we will be moving forward with our next steps to get this issue resolved.


by Brenda McAuley

Postal Banking - sign and share this petition now!

Trudeau's government is due to make some big decisions on the future of Canada Post. Tell them postal banking needs to be on the table as an alternative to gouging by the big banks and payday lenders. Please sign and share this petition now!

Wanna deal a big blow to big banks and payday loans?

Postal Banking. This isn't' magical thinking.


by Brenda McAuley

Postal Banking - Sample Letter

Postal Banking Letter


by Brenda McAuley

Canadian Labour Congress, Lobby Day on Parliament Hill, February 7th, 2017.

Over 100 meetings with members of Parliament were held, and over 300 union activists participated in the day. Addressing topics such as Pay Equity, Pharmacare, Bill C-27 Defined-benefit vs. Target-benefit and Bill C-4 which corrects the imbalance to labour relations in Canada caused by two private members bills (Bill C-377 and Bill C-525) that were adopted by the previous government.

National President of CPAA, Brenda McAuley with the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff.

President McAuley with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Patricia A. Hadju.

President McAuley with the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Minister responsible for Canada Post, the Honourable Judy Foote.


by Daniel L. Maheux

Park’N Fly - Corporate Program for CPAA

Now available to all employees – take advantage of these great savings. Park’N Fly’s “Best Value” in Airport Parking can be used for business or personal travel.


by Brenda McAuley

Canada Post Review, where are we at?

The review is now in its second stage. Parliament’s Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) held hearings across the country to hear ideas and opinions about the postal service’s future. At the same time, they held an online survey to consult the public on an individual basis.

The committee’s survey, influenced by the task force discussion paper, appeared to focus on cost-cutting measures. CPAA was very disappointed when one of the suggestions from the task force report was to take the highest volume corporate post offices and converting them into privatized franchises to save money. This was very concerning because when CPAA met with Minister Judy Foote in April 2016, she stated that privatization was not to be considered an option in the review of Canada Post.

On November 2nd, 2016, CPAA had the opportunity to appear in front of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates at Parliament to counter some of the misinformation in the task force report; specifically concerning postal banking, privatized franchises and the need to maintain the Universal Service Obligation.

The next step is for the Committee to make a report with recommendations to the House of Commons, and then the government will respond to recommendations in the spring of 2017. The report will also be released to the public.


by Brenda McAuley

Rise Up! 2016

The Canadian Labour Congress hosted its 2nd National Human Rights Conference Rise Up! 2016.


by Brenda McAuley

Rise Up! 2016

President Brenda McAuley with Human Rights Activist and Actor Danny Glover, one of the guest speakers at the Rise Up! 2016 conference.


by Brenda McAuley

CPAA Petition Campaign Launch

Hello Everyone,

This is such a critical time for CPAA due to the review of Canada Post, therefore CPAA along with other likeminded groups have launched a petition campaign. We encourage you all to sign the petition and share it with your friends and family. The English and French links to the petition are found below:

English: https://actions.sumofus.org/a/justin-trudeau-stand-up-for-canada-post/?source=homepage

French: https://actions.sumofus.org/a/justin-trudeau-appuyez-postes-canada/

The petition can also be found on our Facebook page.

In Solidarity,


by Daniel L. Maheux

CPAA Attendance to the Convention of the Fédération Québécoise des Municipalités

The Vice President, Mme Chantal Nault, and the Branch Director, Mme Odette Desgagnés, of the CPAA Quebec Branch attended the Convention of the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) in Québec City on September 28th and 29th, 2016 to promote postal banking. The CPAA representatives made a huge impact with Quebec mayors and councillors.


by Daniel L. Maheux

Changes to the collective agreement

CPAA members,

Please find attached the English language copy of a document which lists all the changes to the collective agreement. This document aims to help you answer your inquiries until such time that the new collective agreement is printed and distributed. Please note that the French version is not an official translation (we are still waiting for the official translation which must be provided by CPC).

We hope that this document will be of assistance,


by Brenda McAuley

Public review on the future of Canada Post

As you aware the federal government is conducting a review of Canada Post. It says that everything, but postal privatization is on the table. This means that the review could look at postal deregulation, cutting jobs, reducing delivery days, moving to community mailbox delivery, raising postage rates, closing post offices and more.

The review has two phases. In phase l, the government appointed an independent task force to identify options for the future of Canada Post.

On September 12th, 2016, the task force released its discussion paper. The paper includes some very damaging suggestions, such as reducing delivery frequency, going to community mailbox delivery, charging people for door-to-door delivery, weakening the moratorium on post office closures in rural and small towns and reviewing labour and pension costs. It is also dismissive of postal banking and advises that it only be considered on a very limited scale.

Fortunately, the task force does not have the last word on these matters. There will be opportunities to point out inaccuracies and critically discuss the task force’s suggestions in the weeks to come.

In phase 2 of the review, a parliamentary committee will consult with Canadians on postal service and the options identified by the Canada Post Review task force. The committee will make recommendations to the government by year’s end.

CPAA wants to make sure that you have the opportunity to express your views. For more information on how to express your views, please see the following paragraph:

The parliamentary committee’s online survey will be available from September 26th to October 21st on http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/OGGO. During this time, you can also request a paper version of the survey by phoning (613)-995-9469 or writing to Standing Committee on Government operations and Estimates, Sixth Floor,13 I Queen Street, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, KIA 0A6 Canada.

The second opportunity to express your views would be to attend one of the public consultations being held across the country. For more information, go to http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/OGGO. (Note: Information on western and northern locations to come).

Some suggestions you can make to the committee:

• Keeping your post office public and stop replacing them with privatized franchises;
• Maintaining the Moratorium;
• Improving the Canadian Postal Service Charter;
• Bring back our postal bank for more inclusive, accessible financial services for everyone?; and
• Electric cars are the future, suitable post offices could have electric charge stations.

List of locations to be visited by the parliamentary committee:

Comer Brook and St. John's, Newfoundland

Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Bathurst, New Brunswick

Levis, Quebec City, Blainville and Montreal, Quebec

Toronto, Kitchener, Windsor, Dryden, and Sandy Lake First Nation, Ontario

(Following locations to be confirmed)
Surrey, British Columbia

Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Regina and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Winnipeg, Manitoba


by Daniel Maheux

CPAA pay equity complaint

On June 7th, 2016, the 1993 CPAA pay equity complaint was finally heard in Federal Court. Following the hearing, the parties were invited to make further written submissions. The Corporation, which seeks to have the matter dismissed by the Court, went first and filed their written submission on June 15th, 2016. Not surprisingly, the Corporation continues to ask for the complete dismissal of the complaint.

CPAA filed its submission on June 22nd, 2016. CPAA maintained its position that the complaint should proceed through the Court without further delay. The Canadian Human Rights Commission also filed its submission on June 22nd, 2016 in support of CPAA’s submission and to ask that the Court reject the Corporation's arguments for a dismissal.

On July 29th, 2016, the Honourable Patrick K. Gleeson of the Federal Court issued a 50 page decision to dismiss the Canada Post Corporation’s application to have the CPAA pay equity complaint dismissed. The Court said it was reasonable for the Tribunal to conclude that Canada Post was responsible for much of the delay in getting this complaint resolved. Mr. Justice Gleeson said the decision to allow the case to proceed to tribunal was a reasonable one and should stand.

On August 25th, 2016, CPAA, Canada Post and the Human Rights Commission had a follow up conference call regarding Mr. Justice Gleeson’s decision. The Commission asked Canada Post if they were going to appeal the decision of the federal court, and the Canada Post lawyer said “no”. This is great news for CPAA as the next step will be to proceed to the Canadian human Rights Tribunal for a final decision.


by The Leap Manifesto

The Big Banks have announced that they will hike their fees by over 30%.

We’ve just accessed their quarterly earnings reports, and guess what? The Big Banks are richer than you think -- they’ve also recorded a giant surplus of almost 10 billion just this quarter alone. [2]

Enough is enough! Please speak out against Big Bank price-gouging in this crucial moment.

If the out-of-control price-gouging wasn’t bad enough, Big Banks lobbyists are also trying to block you from using a new, more affordable option: postal banking. [3]

We have a new tool that lets you easily call on your Member of Parliament to Stop Big Bank price-gouging, with just one click -- Please add your voice right now.

Let’s run this down:

1.The Big Banks are price-gouging us all by unnecessarily hiking their punitive fees.
2.Quarterly reports show that the Big Banks are pocketing record surpluses.
3.The Big Banks are using that surplus to invest in lobbyists who are working to block people across Canada from accessing more affordable banking services. If we don’t stand up to the Big Banks now, they will crush new affordable banking options, and take even more money out of your wallet.

Tell your MP: “Stop bank price gouging -- I want affordable postal banking now!”

This is a huge opportunity to fix our broken banking market. Right now the government is considering whether to bring in affordable postal banking services to people across Canada. [4]

Now is the time to join the call for access to affordable postal banking, with straightforward pricing & no hidden service fees.

From the UK, to France, to New Zealand, postal banks are thriving around the world. It’s past time for Canada to catch up.


by Brenda McAuley

National Quadrennial Convention

National Quadrennial Convention
Oct.3, 4 and 5, 2016
Hotel Le Concorde Quebec
1225 Cours du General-de-Montcalm
Quebec Que. G1R 4W6

All members are welcome to attend the National CPAA Convention as an observer. The delegates and Branch Officers that were elected at your provincial conventions will receive activity reports from the CPAA National Board of Directors; they will discuss and decide on changes to be brought to the By-laws of our Association.

Delegates will also elect the National Executive Officers for the next four years. If you would like to attend as an observer, please let us know by phone or email.


by Brenda McAuley

Our post office is under review - Have your say!

The federal government has appointed an independent Task Force to identify options for the future of our postal service.

Everything but postal privatization is on the table. The Task Force wants to know what you think. You can have your say by contacting the Task Force:

Online : Canada Post Review
E-mail: TPSGC.ExamendeSPC-CPCReview.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

Fax: 1-844-836-8138
Canada Post Review
CP 2200
Matane, QC G4W 0K8


Input from organizations and municipalities – June 23, 2016

Input from the public – end of July 2016

CPAA encourages as many members as possible to send a letter by the end of July in support of our public post office. Please let the committee know what services you would like to see added in your Post Office.


Potential lock-out or Strike for CUPW members

In the event Canada Post locks out CUPW, CPAA has an arrangement with CUPW regarding the picket line protocol.

There will be a separate entrance set up for CPAA members to enter the Post Office. If you typically enter the building from the front door, then the picket line is not to be situated in the front of the building. This will ensure that CPAA members do not have to cross a picket line and will facilitate customers who are entering the front door. We are still able to sell all our products. We are restricted from accepting parcels or mail.

In order to maintain our good relationship with our fellow workers, please let the picketers enter the building to use the facilities.

CPAA is grateful to know that pensioners and those living on low incomes will not suffer during this potential strike or lock-out. Both urban and rural postal workers have an agreement with the Corporation to continue to deliver pension and social assistance cheques, and have further committed to ensuring no live animals get caught in the mail if there is a shutdown due to a labour dispute. We have been told the cheques will be delivered July 20, 2016.

CPAA has confirmation from Canada Post, that it is business as usual for operations in CPAA offices. In the event this position changes, you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

In the unlikely event that you have a picket line in front of your post office, here are a few things to bear in mind:

Under the Canada Labour Code, Canada Post cannot tell you to do the work of someone else who is on strike, but it can require you to go report for work and do your job, even if it means crossing a picket line. If you have to do so:

• Cross lines only at designated areas
• It is often possible to work out an arrangement with a picket captain for going into a location to do your job
• Walk slowly, do not run
• If confronted verbally ‐ do not respond
• Do not talk back or engage in confrontation


Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Branch Convention

Newly elected Branch officers in Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


Postal Banking

John Anderson, the author of the study 'Why Post Offices Need to Offer Banking Services', speaks with Terry Seguin of CBC/Radio-Canada in Fredericton about the postal banking service being a viable option in the village of Chipman, New Brunswick. Available in English only.

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British Columbia and Yukon Branch Convention

Newly elected Branch officers in British Columbia and Yukon.


Québec Branch Convention

Newly elected Branch officers in Québec.


by Brenda McAuley

Have you responded to the weekly question yet?

Here is a friendly reminder to do so:

Go online to: Canada Post Review

The Task Force is collecting input through a “question of the week”. It is also providing a number of ways for people to make general comments. If you wish to make a submission, the deadline for municipalities and organizations is June 23rd, and end of July for the public.

Submit general comments to the Task Force
• E-mail: TPSGC.ExamendeSPC-CPCReview.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
• Fax: 1-844-836-8138
• Mail:
Canada Post Review
CP 2200
Matane, QC G4W 0K8

Through social media
• Twitter: Tweet and use hashtag #CPReview2016
• Facebook: Like and share on Facebook
• Instagram: Share photos and include the hashtag #CPReview2016


by Daniel L. Maheux

Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention

CPAA and CUPW jointly attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba to promote Postal Banking. In the picture, from left to right, are: Daniel Maheux, National Vice-President of CPAA, Mr. Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Mrs. Janet Johnson, President of the Manitoba Branch of CPAA, Mr. Matthew Dubé, NDP MP and Ms. Diane Mitchell, CUPW Political Action Coordinator. The convention was well attended and municipal leaders were very receptive to the idea of Postal Banking.


Maritime Branch Convention

Newly elected Branch officers in the Maritimes.


Newfoundland and Labrador Branch Convention

Newly elected Branch officers in Newfoundland and Labrador


by Daniel L. Maheux

95th Annual meeting of the “Union des municipalités du Québec” (UMQ)

At the Convention of the “Union des municipalités du Québec” (UMQ), Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre and Mr. Lionel Perez, stopped by at the CPAA-CUPW booth to lend their support to the Postal Banking project.

From left to right: Mr. Lionel Perez, member of the City of Montréal Executive Committee, CPAA Québec Branch Secretary-Treasurer, Chantal Guillemette, and Mayor Denis Coderre.

CPAA Québec Branch Secretary-Treasurer, Chantal Guillemette and CPAA National Vice President, Daniel Maheux

CPAA National Vice President, Daniel Maheux and Montréal Mayor, Denis Coderre

CPAA Québec Branch Secretary-Treasurer, Chantal Guillemette and Montréal Mayor, Denis Coderre

CPAA National Vice President, Daniel Maheux talking about Postal Banking

At the opening of the Convention of the “Union des municipalités du Québec” (UMQ), during the speech of the Prime Minister of Québec, Philippe Couillard, municipal employees are protesting budget cuts.


by Brenda McAuley

Manitoba Branch Convention

Members who attended the Manitoba Branch Convention April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016.


by Brenda McAuley

Ontario Branch Convention

Members who attended the Ontario Branch Convention April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016.

Newly elected Branch officers in Ontario.


by AFL

Fort McMurray

URGENT: Solidarity with Fort McMurray


by Brenda McAuley

President McAuley speaking at a rally in Ottawa on the day of the announcement of the review of Canada post.

she states: Now is the time to tell the government what Canadians want and need in their public post office, when the meeting dates are announced we will make sure to let you know.


by Brenda McAuley

Honorable Judy Foote

President Brenda McAuley met with the Honorable Judy Foote, Minister responsible for Canada Post, to discuss the future of Canada Post.


by Brenda McAuley

President McAuley with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

President McAuley with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at a reception that followed the Canadian Labour Congress day of lobbying, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to our very large group of activists.


by Brenda McAuley

Canadian Labour Congress Lobby Day at Parliament Hill – April 19, 2016

CPAA National President, Brenda McAuley, and Pat Kerwin, President of Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, met with Bruce Stanton, Deputy Speaker, to talk about opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), enhancing the Canada Pension Plan and legislation officially banning asbestos.


by Brenda McAuley

Progress Summit 2016 – Broadbent Institute

CPAA National Officers, along with CUPW representatives, promoted Postal Banking at the 2016 Progress Summit-Broadbent Institute in Ottawa from March 31st to April 2nd.

For more information on Postal Banking, please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Like” and “Share” our pages and posts in order to help us spread the word on Postal Banking.

The National Officers presenting the joint Postal Banking video, between CPAA and CUPW.

Friends of Public Services shared this image on Facebook with the following caption:

“Environment Minister Catherine McKenna receives a copy of Delivering Community Power from Brenda McAuley, President of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association, which represents rural postal workers.

Will Liberals choose to make Canada Post into the engine for a green energy economy, starting with a green fleet and postal banking?”


by Brenda McAuley

We need your help to promote Postal Banking!

Right now, a coalition is preparing to launch the biggest postal banking campaign yet. And we need your help. Big banks have hockey ads and downtown billboards. We have great supporters in communities all over the country.

Can you commit a few minutes a week and become an ambassador for postal banking?

We might ask you to share a great video on Facebook before anyone else, for example. We want this campaign to reach every Canadian. Being an ambassador is a small commitment, but it adds up to big results.

I know you care about postal banking and the future of Canada Post. It’s time to make it happen. Please send us a quick e-mail to mail@cpaa-acmpa.ca and state « I want to become an ambassador! »

In order to spread the information easily, please take a few moments to “Like” our Facebook page and “Follow” us on Twitter:



If you do not have any accounts, do not worry! We will be sharing information through e-mail as well.

We will keep you informed of developments in the upcoming weeks.


by Brenda McAuley

Election Year 2016! Triennial to Quadrennial

If you are considering running for a position at your upcoming 2016 provincial convention, you need to know that it will be for a four year term. At our board meeting October 6, 2015, the National Board of Directors passed a motion unanimously that we would change our three year term (Triennial) to a four year term (Quadrennial). As per Article 23.1 in our By-laws, confirms the authority of the Board to make amendments to the By-laws by a resolution carried by the National Board of Directors. Article 23.2 confirms that this change is in effect up to and including the date of ratification. Therefore, we are in a Quadrennial year, if this resolution does not get ratified at the National Convention in October, then we go back to a three year term.

We are looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at the upcoming conventions. Please come out and let your voice be heard.


by Brenda McAuley

Coalition promoting an environmentally friendly Canada Post

February 29, 2016, Leap Manifesto actions took place across the country. CPAA is proud to have teamed up, here in Ottawa, with CUPW, the Leap Manifesto, ACORN, Idle No More, SmartChange.ca as well as Friends of Public Services. The groups introduced a bold vision for the green transformation of the post office and how Canada Post can be the hub of our next economy. One of the initiatives is to reintroduce postal banking, which CPAA has been a champion and promoting for many years. Our CPAA banking study shows that there are close to 1,200 communities that have a post office, however, they do not have a financial institution in that community. Those community members are often faced with long drives to receive basic services. Climate change is real. Canada Post’s vast delivery network can deliver the kinds of changes that Canadians really want, such as postal banking, which are environmentally friendly options.

Brenda McAuley, CPAA’s National President, Naomi Klein, author activist and Lynda Kitchikeesic, Idle No More

Brenda McAuley, CPAA’s National President and Avi Lewis, Canadian documentary filmmaker


by Brenda McAuley

to Minister Judy Foote – when and where the review of Canada Post will take place



by Brenda McAuley

Support from the government for rural Canada – Letter to Judy M. Foote as well as her response

Please read the letter sent to Judy M. Foote, Privy Council and Member of Parliament – Minister of Public Services and Procurement (responsible for Canada Post), as well as her letter of response regarding the importance of postal services for rural Canada.


by Brenda McAuley

Postal Banking Services - a benefit for rural communities

Please read the article, that was published in the MacLean’s magazine, for more information on postal banking.


by Sonia Dupuis

Leave without pay grievance decision

Please read the decision by arbitrator Jean Denis Gagnon concerning the Corporation breaching Clause 30.01 and other texts of the Collective Agreement.


by Brenda McAuley

Election 2015

I encourage everyone to get out and vote, the outcome of the current federal election is critical for every citizen of rural Canada. Your vote does matter!

Please read the editorial that was printed in the Hill Times.


Insurance Program for Postmaster Provided Premises

For postmasters who provide the premises, please read the insurance program, as well as the program’s highlights for your information.


by Brenda McAuley

Labour Day Parade

There was a fairly good turnout at the Labour Day parade in Ottawa. It was good to have the support of Paul Dewar, Member of Parliament for the NDP, walking in support of our public postal services.

Photo credit: Diane Mitchell


by Brenda McAuley

Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Conference

National President, Brenda McAuley, and Ontario Branch President, Sandy Wilson, attended the AMO Conference (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) in Niagara Falls from August 16 to 18, 2015.

The purpose of attending this conference was to bring awareness to the representatives, of the 444 Ontario Municipalities attending, that their constituent's post offices are in danger of privatization and closure, similar to the 38 closures already in Ontario and 232 across Canada since 2004.

We asked for their commitment to have a resolution passed at their council meeting demanding that CPC maintain their rural public post offices in their community. We also distributed the KYSS (KEEP Your Standards of Service) postcards as well as had letters of support signed and sent to Lisa Raitt.

Both studies Why Post Offices Need to Offer Banking Services as well as Rural Post Offices and the Communities that rely on them are being abandoned were also distributed and well received.

It was a wonderful opportunity to get our message out there and garner support.


by Brenda McAuley

Press conference on Parliament Hill to present our returned post cards from concerned Canadians

Here are pictures taken June 18, 2015, at Parliament Hill. Alexandre Boulerice, official opposition critic responsible for Canada Post, along with CPAA presented hundreds of thousands of postcards returned to Mr. Boulerice's office, protesting the drastic cuts, leading to the potential privatization of Canada Post. We were greeted by several reporters and then invited into question period in the afternoon, which proved to be very educational.

Photo credit: Kevin Matthews

Photo credit: Chantal Legault


by Brenda McAuley

Rally in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador

Rally in St. John's Newfoundland, protesting the closure of public Post Offices and cut-backs at Canada Post.


by Daniel L. Maheux

CPAA-CPC Negotiation Update

Yesterday, Canada Post Corporation released a communiqué through RPS informing CPAA members that a Global Offer had been presented to the Association negotiation team. It is doubly unfortunate that the Corporation chose to table a global offer and to communicate that fact to our members at large.

To explain, as of writing this communication, the Association has not yet tabled several of its proposals on key issues such as Monetary and the Pension. Furthermore, we have yet to discuss important changes to the STDP and the Corporation has yet to provide responses to a number of questions we have asked. We have had virtually no discussion on several Association proposals.

Yesterday, June 3rd, we informed the Corporation that we did not intend to respond to their Global Offer. We will not be pushed toward an agreement that is bad for our members. We have told the Corporation that the Association will proceed with its remaining proposals. We will continue to seek discussions on issues of importance to our members’ working lives and economic well-being.

The goal is a collective agreement that is fair and reasonable for CPAA’s members while allowing Canada Post Corporation to continue to serve the needs of all Canadians. Further communication will be posted on the Association web site as bargaining progresses.


by Daniel L. Maheux

Marystown NL Resolution

Please see below the Resolution that was voted and passed by the town council of Marystown NL in their struggle to maintain postal service:

Marystown NL Resolution


by Daniel L. Maheux

Save our Public Post Offices!

CPAA T-shirts are available in French or English in various sizes for men and ladies for $16.00. These T-shirts are union made in Canada. You can order via mail, email or telephone at the coordinates shown below:

281 Queen Mary St.
Ottawa, ON
K1K 1X1



• Under no circumstances should Canada Post employees wear the T-shirt in the workplace.


by Brenda McAuley

Resolution to protect your Post Office

Here is a resolution that you can either send to the mayors in your communities, or present at a council meeting, if a post office is being threatened with Saturday closures, closure or reduced hours.


Supplemental Allowance for postmaster-provided premises Form

Please read the letter for information on eligibility for supplemental allowance and fill out the form if you apply. Return the form to the address indicated on the form by June 30th, 2015.


by Brenda McAuley

Canada Post confirms a massive profit

March 27, 2015, Canada Post reported a massive profit from operations of $299 million for 2014. The Canada Post segment reported profit from operations of $204 million and a profit before tax of $194 million. This profit is around $555 million dollars better than CPC’s projected loss.

This is good news for CPAA. There is clearly no reason to continue to reduce operations in our offices.

Letters will be going out to Deepak Chopra, Lisa Raitt Minister Responsible for Canada Post, and to the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, requesting that Canada Post stops reducing our hours to the public and cutting good paying jobs with benefits and promoting franchises.


by Brenda McAuley

Pay Equity Complaint

We finally have some action regarding our 1993 Pay Equity Complaint. To bring you up to date, after much prodding to get this complaint dealt with, a few months back the Canadian Human Rights Commission issued a report recommending that our complaint be referred to the Human Rights Tribunal. Both CPAA and CPC were given the opportunity to present submissions on their report. CPAA’s response was that we were in full agreement with the Commission's findings. CPC's position was that it was not in agreement with the Commission and demanded that the complaint be dismissed.

We are pleased to inform you that the Commission is in agreement with CPAA and Canada Post’s arguments did not alter their decision. Therefore, the Commission has referred our complaint to the Tribunal. Once we have the date we will let you all know.


by Brenda McAuley

Good news for the labour movement, from the Canadian Labour Congress

Read the letter written by Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, regarding a lawsuit against Sun Media.


by Brenda McAuley

Election Preparation Conference

The Canadian Labour Congress, along with the Ontario Federation of Labour and Labour Councils across the province, hosted an Election Preparation Conference in Ottawa February 27-28, 2015. The objective of the National Officers attending this conference was to gain tools needed for the upcoming election. There were several workshops provided and information around building political support and tips on face-to-face skills, when speaking on elections issues with members and the public.

It was beneficial to network with people that have common election issues. Such as, protecting public services, good paying jobs, and pension security.

In Solidarity, Brenda

CPAA National President, Brenda McAuley and CLC Secretary-Treasurer, Barbara Byers

National Vice President, Dwayne Jones, National President, Brenda McAuley and National Vice President Daniel Maheux of CPAA



CPAA is one of the Associations that support the alliance of over 100 women’s organizations and their allies from across Canada that have come together to form Up for Debate, a campaign that aims to raise awareness about women’s rights in the lead up to the 2015 federal election, and to call federal political parties to commit to a federal leaders’ debate on issues identified by women.

Since our Membership is 95% women, this debate could be beneficial to our members, in many ways.

Every signature matters, please sign this petition at: www.change.org/upfordebate

You can also send a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, and Bloc Québécois Leader Mario Beaulieu here: http://upfordebate.ca/take-action

Sign the petition: change.org/upfordebate




by Brenda McAuley

Term Pension Update

The agreement reached between Canada Post Corporation (CPC) and CPAA to resolve the national grievance on Pension for Terms, included the signing of two Memorandums of Agreement.

In terms of MOA #1, this deals with the eligibility for term employees into the Pension Plan on a go-forward basis. This part of the settlement is conditional on receiving the approval from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the federal agency that regulates all pension plans. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict when this approval might be received, however we have been informed that Canada Post has been following up with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) every few weeks for their response.

In terms of MOA #2 (compensation), we are very happy to say that Canada Post has completed their analysis of the members who have responded.

To recap, July 2014, employees were asked to submit a response if they believed they fell under the eligibility criteria of being:

- represented by CPAA and worked as a term employee for at least six continuous months in a single position for a minimum of 12 hours per week after August 19, 2004; AND
- an active employee on or after January 1st, 2010.

In total, 336 members who responded met the eligibility criteria. You will receive a letter informing you of the payment amount, eligible periods and positions. The deposit will be made on pay period 3 (February 12th, 2015). The remaining 1,609 members, who submitted a response but did not meet the eligibility criteria, will also receive a letter informing them of such.

If you are not in agreement with the decision in your letter, please contact Canada Post for an explanation and let our National Office know as well.

Thank you for your patience during this lengthy process.


by Brenda McAuley

How to Improve Life for Rural Canadians – ad campaign

This ad: “How to Improve Life for Rural Canadians” has been and continues to be placed in the papers across Canada. Please click on the links in the ad for more information related to our Banking Survey and the suggested letter content to Lisa Raitt, the Minister in charge of Canada Post. This letter can be sent free of charge to:

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Member of Parliament
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6


by Brenda McAuley

CPAA supports CUPW in their fight to save door-to-door delivery, to save our jobs and to promote banking in post offices.

Check out this video:


by Brenda McAuley


This article was sent out for publication in newspapers across Canada identifying that you can send a letter to Lisa Raitt.

We encourage you to sign this letter and send it to Lisa Raitt.


by Daniel L. Maheux


As most members know, CPAA and the other three unions of Canada Post are looking at ways to improve the financial position of the Canada Post Pension Plan, as well as to make it sustainable for future retirees. It is critical that current CPAA members do not sell out the entitlements of future members. We need to work hard today to ensure that our sons and daughters are able to enjoy the same level of retirement security offered to our predecessors and to us. Your opinion, as always, counts. We ask that all CPAA members sign the attached petition, which was started by our CUPE brothers and sisters. We ask that in signing the petition, you clearly indicate that you are a CPAA member or the spouse, or son or daughter. We invite all CPAA members to spread the word and urge as many Canadians as possible to sign the petition.


by Brenda McAuley

Survey: Why Post Offices Need to Offer Banking Services

This survey proved to be a very useful tool, as it confirmed that almost 1,200 communities that have post offices have no bank or credit union. Therefore, rural Canadians are definitely under serviced. Click here to open the survey.


by Brenda McAuley

Rally Speech - September 12, 2014

The Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association is calling for a public review of the Canadian Postal Service Charter. Our members, consisting of 95% women, work in 3,313 Post Offices across rural Canada. Where there are very few opportunities for good paying jobs with benefits for women.

The Charter states: “The provision of postal services to rural regions of the country is an integral part of Canada Post’s universal service.” Therefore, CPAA is requesting that all Canadians have an opportunity to voice their opinion on their needs regarding universal postal service and upholding the Moratorium on Post Office closures. Postal services are a public service and belong to all Canadians.

When Canada Post announced their Five-point Action Plan, they did not give “all Canadians” an opportunity to weigh in on the changes they were making to the “public post offices”. They only reached out to a selected audience in 46 communities, the majority of which were in Conservative ridings before announcing its drastic cuts.

Unlike Canada Post, we reached out to over 3,313 communities across rural Canada and they told us:

-they want to keep their public post office, typically, the only federal presence in their community that links rural Canadians nationally and internationally;

-they told us, they are terribly underserviced because out of 2,611 communities that responded to a banking survey we sent out to them, nearly 1,200 communities have no bank or credit union.

Offering more complete financial services will allow us to keep our public post offices and increase services to communities.

-they told us, part of the solution to saving and expanding the post office is stopping the opening of franchise offices, which are in competition with the existing post office, as well as ending the allowing of Pitney Bowes to undercut post office rates. It is evident to us that these practices are stepping stones to privatization. Privatization is not the answer, modernization is.

The Charter states: “The Government will review the Canadian Postal Service Charter every five years after its adoption to assess the need to adapt the Charter to changing requirements.” That time has come; CPAA is demanding that this government honours that commitment and gives every Canadian citizen the opportunity for their voice to be heard. We need accountability from this government. The gutting of the public postal system and the erosion of essential services in rural communities has to stop! A public review of the Canadian Postal Charter is the first step.


by Brenda McAuley

Rally at Lisa Raitt’s constituency office, September 12, 2014

CPAA will be joining CUPW and other allies at a rally September 12, 2014, since it is the 5th anniversary of the 2009 Canadian Postal Service Charter, which promises a review of the Charter every five (5) years. We want to know why the Conservatives couldn’t wait for the charter review, a public and accountable consultation process, before rushing to gut public postal services.


Meet at Victoria Park, 3 p.m.
March to Lisa Raitt’s constituency office
86 Main Street East
Milton Ontario


We need to protect and defend our Defined Benefit Pension Plan, please sign this petition. Your signature does matter!



Settlement of the Term Pension Grievance

July 31, 2014

Dear Colleague,

Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA) recently reached an agreement that resolves a national policy grievance relating to term employees.

You may be eligible for a cash payment in recognition of the delay in resolving this grievance. You are eligible if:

• you were an active employee on or after January 1, 2010;

• and you worked as a term employee for at least six continuous months in a single position for a minimum of 12 hours per week any time after August 19, 2004. If you meet the criteria above, you will receive a lump-sum payment of either:

• $1,400 (less deductions required by law) if you were paid at the CPAA level of 1 or 2 during this period, and an additional lump-sum payment of $40 (less deductions) for each additional, continuous week you worked in the same position without interruption past the six-month period; or

• $2,080 (again, less deductions) if you were paid at the CPAA level 3 or higher during this period, and an additional lump-sum payment of $80 (less deductions) for each additional continuous week you worked in the same position without interruption past the six-month period.

Under the terms of the agreement that Canada Post and the CPAA reached, you have 90 days from the date this letter was mailed to inform Canada Post that you may be eligible for payment. If you believe that you meet the criteria listed above, please fill out and mail the attached form by November 3, 2014.

Please note that AccessHR is unable to confirm your past work history and you will receive a letter confirming your eligibility once the verification process is complete. If you need the eligibility criteria clarified, please contact AccessHR at 1-877-807-9090 or AccessHR@canadapost.ca.

Mark MacDonell
General Manager, Labour Relations



by Brenda McAuley

Letter to the Prime Minister

July 25, 2014

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister Harper, The Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA) represents over 8,600 employees of Canada Post Corporation who work in over 3,300 rural Post Offices across Canada. These offices make up over 50% of all postal outlets. Our membership, consisting of 95% women, serve communities in every province which rely on our commitment and our jobs where employment opportunities are often limited.

We are writing to you about three (3) important Post Office issues which will greatly affect our members and their communities, and also are of major concern to the whole of the Canadian public.

The first issue concerns the recently revealed (by Blacklock’s Reporter July 2014) September 2013 study commissioned by the Prime Minister’s office on the possible privatization of Canada Post. While we do not know the exact content or final recommendations of this study, as the version released was heavily redacted, we are asking you to publicly disassociate your government from any future plans to privatize Canada Post. Privatization of Canada Post, we believe, would have disastrous consequences for the Canadian public by resulting in more increased prices and poorer service, particularly for rural Canada. Privatization would undoubtedly mean the closure of many rural post offices and the loss of even more jobs. A Stratcom national survey conducted between April 9th and 10th, 2014, shows 64.4% of Canadians oppose the privatization of Canada Post.

Secondly, we are writing you to ask you to immediately halt the further implementation of the Canada Post Five‐point Action Plan announced in December 2013, which will shut down home delivery, promote franchises, close down more rural post offices and reduce service, result of 8,000 job losses as well as dramatically raise prices for mail service. We are particularly concerned with the increased closures of rural post offices, that will be a major effect of the Five‐point Action Plan. Already Canada Post has closed down 1,700 rural post offices in the last decades and continues to do so. Closing down community post offices, as a 2014 survey of mayors and band chiefs that we commissioned, “Rural Post Offices and the Communities that rely on them are being abandoned”, showed has a very negative effect on economic and social life in rural Canada. While our union has opposed the Five‐point Action Plan, we also believe that major changes to an important public service ‐ that of postal delivery ‐ should be up to the Canadian people to decide in an election. Here again, the public has opposed these moves. For example, 58% of Canadians, in a December 2013 Angus Reid survey, were against the end of home delivery.

Finally, we ask your government, as an alternative policy to the measures outlined in the December plan, to bring in postal banking services. Many countries, including France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Switzerland have successful banking services in their post offices, and all have been highly profitable. Offering financial services in the post office has helped to stabilize and preserve postal services and has provided banking services to many communities with no or few banking services. Your government commissioned a recent study of offering financial services in the post office, and, while we have not been able to see the full study, one of the documents called financial services a “win‐win strategy”.

We would welcome an occasion to further expand on these positions with you and your office. We look forward to hearing from you, at your earliest convenience, on these important concerns. With the upcoming 2015 election it is important that we know your position on these matters.


original signed by:

Brenda McAuley
National President, CPAA


by Daniel L. Maheux

Consent Form for access to Confidential Information and Records

Please click here to open the Form.


by Daniel L. Maheux

Save our Rural Postal Service!

On December 11, 2013, Canada Post Corporation announced unprecedented cutbacks to our public postal service.

The Conservative government supports Canada Post's plan to eliminate all door-to-door mail delivery, the reduction in services to rural Canadians and the dramatic increase in stamp prices. This is just the latest attack on your public postal service.

Other postal administrations around the world face their challenges through innovative services, such as postal banking rather than through service reductions.

Help us Save Canada Post!

Print and display this window sign:


or use these name tags:



by Brenda McAuley

Letter to 303 Members of Parliament, asking them if they support saving our federally run Post Offices.

To view the letter click here.



Conservative MPs once more demonstrate their arrogance and contempt for Canadians

CUPW has produced a video which highlights the heartlessness and arrogance of Conservative Party Members of Parliament (MPs) who clapped while voting down a motion in support of door-to-door delivery. You can view the video here.



A Symposium on Postal Banking

On April 26 and 27, 2014, Officers of CPAA attended a postal bank symposium organized by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), where experts and representatives of postal administrations from France, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the United States spoke of the benefits and challenges of postal banks. The symposium was of great interest to the CPAA Officers and should also be of great interest to all members of CPAA. We obtained the kind permission of CUPW to put a link to the broadcast of the entire symposium on our Web site for our members’ benefit. You can click on the link here to watch and listen.

In closing, we mention that between the years 2009 to 2011, the Canada Post Corporation did an exhaustive study on the possibility of implementing a postal bank. That study proved beyond a doubt that a postal bank would be a win-win proposition for the Corporation and that it would provide a much needed source of revenue. That study and the idea of a postal bank were set aside by the Harper government.


by Daniel L. Maheux


Please send all resolutions to: Lisa Raitt, Minister of State for Transport, Place de Ville, Tower C, 29th Floor, 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N5.

Please send copies of your resolutions to:

• Your member of Parliament. You can get your MP’s name, phone number and address by calling 1-800 463-6868 (at no charge) or going to the Parliament of Canada website here.

•Claude Dauphin, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, 24 Clarence St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P3


by Brenda McAuley

Canadian Labour Congress Convention 2014. Eight delegates were in attendance representing CPAA.

CPAA National President, Brenda McAuley and CLC President, Hassan Yussuff

Swearing in ceremony for new Canadian Council

CPAA Saskatchewan Branch President, Shelly Krahenbil with new CLC Secretary-Treasurer, Barb Byers

Canadian Labour Congress rally in Montreal, May 8, 2014

CPAA National President, Brenda McAuley and CPAA Newfoundland Labrador Branch President, Louise Ade with Bob White and his wife Marilyn. Bob was past President of CLC and a well known activist.

CPAA National President, Brenda McAuley, speaking to delegation of 2,500 unionists

CPAA Newfoundland Labrador Branch President, Louise Ade, speaking to delegates


by Brenda McAuley

Pension for terms

Great news to share with you all, we signed a MOA today, to resolve the pension for terms grievance, NA-004-005.

Eligible terms who have worked in a replacement/acting assignment for six months, over 12 hours per week, will receive a lump sum payment. This will be based on the level of the assignment they were working in for six months. Then an additional amount for every week they worked in the assignment after the six months.

Information will be required to determine the term employees who will be eligible to meet these requirements between 2004 and 2010.

A letter will be going out to members, identifying what documentation, will be needed to qualify.

We will keep you posted.


The results of a survey of municipalities and band councils on the closure of 1700 rural post offices by Canada Post

Rural Post Offices and the Communities that rely on them are being abandoned


by Brenda McAuley

Canada Post Abandoning Rural Post Offices and the Communities on which they depend

OTTAWA April 8, 2014 /CNW/ -

Canada Post has shut down over 1700 rural post offices since the 1980s. In spite of a 1994 moratorium on rural closures, the shutdowns are continuing right up to the present. A new survey of 1635 mayors, reeves and band chiefs, where a post office has been closed, documents the effects on communities. While some communities saw their federally run post office replaced with a franchise outlet, 53% of communities have no postal outlet of any kind. The closures of post offices are signalled out by many respondents as “another nail in the coffin of rural Canada”. Some 24% of communities expressed very high levels of dissatisfaction with present postal service.

In the Internet era, where sending and receiving parcels has grown, and where many small business depend even more on reasonably priced, reliable, local postal service, the closing or cutting back on postal services is hurting the development of rural Canada. The survey study recommends an end to all postal outlet closures and setting up national and provincial panels to examine postal service needs.

The survey study is available for free download in English and French at http://cpaa-acmpa.ca/pub/ . The survey was carried out by John Anderson of Anderson Consulting for the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA). CPAA , founded in 1902, is a national association representing more than 10,000 members consisting of 5,651 full and part-time employees and 4,558 term employees of Canada Post, particularly in rural areas.

CPAA, with Anderson Consulting, will be holding a press conference at 281 Queen Mary St., Ottawa, ON K1K 1X1 on Wednesday April 9 at 11 AM.


“The closure of the post office has taken away the personal touch from the community. It is hard to talk to a metal box.... Bring back our post office! We have lost our identity.” David Shulist, Mayor of Wilno, Ontario

“The closure of a post office in a municipality always has a negative effect and it is the whole population which feels it. ..Potential new residents are little inclined to settle in a municipality which offers few services.”

Further information:

Brenda McAuley, President
Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association

John Anderson
Anderson Consulting


by Daniel L. Maheux

Unions request a joint meeting with CPC and OSFI (Office of the Superintendant of Financial Institutions)*

In an unprecedented move, senior executives of all four unions at Canada Post met in Ottawa on Saturday March 15th, 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the best approach to use to finally get the employer to have an open and frank dialogue on the pension issues. We are concerned that all options have not been carefully reviewed to ensure the long term sustainability of the pension plan.

The employer for its part, with the full support of the Harper Conservatives, appears to be embarked on a fear campaign in which the only solution is to make structural changes to the plan and to introduce Defined Contribution. Please see below the letter that was sent to the OSFI representative.

*OSFI - the independent regulatory agency that supervises all pension plans in Canada.


by Brenda McAuley

Canada Post Corporation Registered Pension Plan (the “Plan”)

Re: Canada Post Corporation Registered Pension Plan (the “Plan”)



Supplemental Allowance Declaration

Supplemental Allowance Declaration


by Brenda McAuley

Rally For Postal Service Draws Thousands



by Brenda McAuley

Help support all postal workers.

Here is a list of rallies that are taking place in areas near you. CPAA has been invited to speak at them. I encourage all members, if you are in the area, to attend.




by Brenda McAuley

Emergency meeting with the Transport Committee regarding Canada Post’s Five-Point Action Plan

After the emergency meeting with the Transport Committee regarding Canada Post’s Five-Point Action Plan, the letter included was sent to various Members of Parliament in attendance.



Expand the Canada Pension Plan Campaign

To: Members of the CLC Canadian Council

Re: Expand the Canada Pension Plan Campaign


Since 2010, Canada’s finance ministers have been talking about improving the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans (CPP/QPP), but every time they get close to an agreement, the federal government gets in the way. At the same time, the labour movement has been advocating a modest, responsible plan that would double future CPP/QPP benefits on a fully-funded basis.

This isn’t a political issue. It’s an issue of fairness for all Canadians. As was mentioned at the Canadian Council meeting in November, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is launching a country-wide petition drive to gather signatures from a million Canadians, asking the House of Commons to improve the CPP and the QPP. We have particular need of strong responses from a few provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Alberta – to shore up provincial support.

Help us reach our goal by:

✔ Adding the attached buttons to your web site and linking them to the online version of our petition at www.pensionfairness.ca;
✔ Using the attached QR code that links directly to the online petition wherever you can to promote the online petition;

✔ Spreading the word about the petition across your social media networks;
✔ Sharing the paper version of our petition with activists to collect signatures from their co-workers and neighbours, friends and family;
✔ Organizing petition drives to collect signatures or connect volunteers to our organizers in our regional offices:

      Atlantic Region – 506-858-9350
      2282 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB E1G 1B4

      Ontario Region – 416-441-3710
      15 Gervais Drive, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8

      Prairie Region – 306-525-6137
      1888 Angus Street, Regina, SK S4T 1Z4

      Pacific Region – 604-430-6766
      5118 Joyce Street, Suite 201, Vancouver, BC V5R 4H1

      National Headquarters – 613-521-3400
      2841 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 8X7

Petitions must be printed on legal-sized (8½” x 14”) white paper stock. Once completed, they can be sent to any of the CLC’s regional offices.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

In solidarity,

Ken Georgetti President


by Brenda McAuley

Stop service cuts at Canada Post
Sign this petition


I encourage everyone to sign this petition. The Corporation has been cutting our hours of service so low that it appears CPC is implying we are no longer “convenient” for the public. In this new Action Plan, CPC is promoting Franchises and calling them the “convenient” Post Offices.

In Solidarity,

Brenda McAuley National President


by Brenda McAuley

Five-point Action Plan

CPAA has many concerns about this announcement and one of those concerns is why we found out about the Canada Post Five-Point Action Plan, one hour prior to it being on the news.

We will be meeting with the Corporation next Wednesday to try and get some answers to our many questions.

Canada Post unveils Five-point Action Plan

Five-point Action Plan

Proposed funding relief for the Canada Post Pension Plan


by Brenda McAuley

Letter to Deepak Chopra, October 25th, 2013

October 25, 2013

Deepak Chopra
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canada Post Corporation
2701 Riverside Drive, Suite N1200
Ottawa, ON K1A 0B1

Dear Mr. Chopra,

I am in receipt of your letter dated October 15, 2013, with regards to the Conference Board of Canada report. Historically, CPAA has always worked with the Corporation to find ways to improve business and we will continue to do so.

You identify that the report issued by the Conference Board of Canada is an independent study, however, with all due respect, it is my understanding that you sit on the Board of Directors of the Conference Board. Therefore, it could be perceived that this is a conflict of interest, and that this report was bought and paid for by the Corporation is a biased report.

As part of the process for determining the “Future of Canada Post”, you state that you held 50 meetings in communities across Canada. To what extent did you actually hold meetings in rural Canada? You also identify that Canadians have been contributing to a dedicated on-line forum, and that you are reviewing all the input you have received. At what point will the CPAA National be involved, not only in these discussions, but also in the decisions to be made?

I had the privilege of attending the Annual Public meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. You mentioned at the meeting that the Corporation reviewed banking services in Post Offices and stated that this would not be necessary service because the needs are already being met for Canadians. However, you never asked CPAA for our input, and to what extent did you ask for input on this idea from citizens living in rural and remote communities? After doing our research, we discovered that there are many rural communities across Canada that do not have financial institutions in their communities. Rural Post Offices would be an ideal place for banking services, as the infrastructure is already set up and you have already insured our members (your employees) are security cleared.

As we previously identified, we are prepared to work together with the Corporation to ensure its relevance for the future. Therefore, we are asking to be involved in the discussions that lead to the decisions that will be made, which will affect our members (your employees).

Please feel free to contact me at anytime, as we look forward to open and meaningful dialogue on these issues.

Yours Sincerely,

Brenda McAuley National President


by Brenda McAuley

Letter to Olivia Chow

Upon receipt of this letter from Brenda McAuley, Chair of the Political Action Committee, Olivia Chow agreed to meet with the Committee in September 2013. The letter stated:

Since 1902, the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA) has fought for the rights of rural post office employees and for full access to postal services for rural Canadians. Our struggles have focused on employment equity, pay equity, various benefits and the fight against rural post office closures.

Canada Post has recently commissioned the Conference Board of Canada to do a report on the Future of Postal Service in Canada. It is of great concern to CPAA that this is a biased report because Deepak Chopra, CEO of Canada Post, sits on their Board of Directors. It appears this report, that was bought and paid for by the Corporation, supports future reductions in postal services to the public.

Adverse measures, taken by Canada Post to reduce labour costs, are at the expense of all rural Canadians. For example, reducing hours of service to communities by:

     - closing Saturday;
     - opening later;
     - closing during lunch hour;
     - closing earlier.

Many of our rural Post Offices are bedroom communities to larger cities and these reductions have had a negative impact on their level of service. When residents voice their concerns, the response has been that they will get used to it.

We are asking that you bring this issue forward in the House of Commons when Parliament resumes in October.


by Brenda McAuley

Political Action Committee members

Political Action Committee members, Brenda McAuley, Julie Hughes and Shelly Krahenbil met with Olivia Chow Member of Parliament who is the Official Opposition critic for Canada Post, to discuss the contents of the letter and a discussion around hour reductions in offices across Canada and how it is affecting our members.


by Brenda McAuley

Banking services

National President, Brenda McAuley, met with CUPW President, Denis Lemelin, and other union leaders in support of putting banks or financial services in federally regulated Post Offices. Brenda stated:

“I am here today in support of putting financial and banking services in Post Offices. The infrastructure is already set up. Our Postmasters are good at authenticating people, as most often they live in the communities where they work in and typically they stay in their positions until they retire. Our members are security cleared, so these Post Offices are a secure place and ideal to set up banking services. We have numerous small communities all across Canada where we have Post Offices and there are no banking services. Banking services would help secure good paying jobs with benefits in rural Post Offices. Since 2006, 230 communities have lost their Post Office and the number of closures is aggressively trending upward. Half of those closures have occurred since 2010.

“The Post Office has over 100 years of tradition. They are the hub of the communities. With on line shopping so popular, the Post Office continues to be a necessity in the community. Many small businesses, especially those that operate within a community, continue to deal with customers and suppliers primarily through the mail. Banking services will certainly be an asset to small businesses and make it even more attractive for them to stay in the community. Our members have been hit hard with hour reductions, some offices that used to have three (3) employees are now down to one (1), and this is not working. We need to keep good paying jobs in the community and rural Canadians should not have to travel outside their community for their banking services.

“We want the Minister responsible for Canada Post to instruct the Corporation, to stop downsizing Post Offices and instead to invest in new revenue generating services like banking.”


by Brenda McAuley


We are pleased to announce that Sonia Dupuis has accepted the position of Labour Relations Officer for CPAA, effective Monday October 21, 2013.

We look forward to working with Sonia for the next three years.

In Solidarity,



Subject: The Future of Your Postal Service

Dear Postmaster and all Staff (including terms):

We want to make you aware that we have prepared a press release which will be published in all local newspapers across the country. Please find a copy enclosed.

This press release will also be posted on the National CPAA Web site: www.cpaa‐acmpa.ca

We encourage everyone to respond to Canada Post sharing their thoughts on “what kind of postal service will you need in the future?”

Canada Post is instructing all post offices to have the handout available containing instructions on submitting feedback to Canada Post. Please encourage your customers to respond in order to make their voice heard.

CPAA must caution all staff not to engage in discussions regarding these issues with your customers. Speaking out against the Corporation could result in discipline and your job could be in jeopardy.

As a Canadian citizen, you have the right to submit your suggestions.

Additionally, a letter is enclosed that you can send to your Member of Parliament.

Submitted by the National Political Action Committee

Our Solidarity is our Strength and our Survival


Update in regards to CTV news release

by Political Action Committee

Hello Members,

You may have heard some of the news releases that have been aired recently stating; sweeping cuts may be ahead for Canada Post because they are no longer sustainable. It stated:

“In order to stay afloat, Canada Post is considering:

    -reducing home delivery from five to four, or even three days
    -closing some of the 6,500 retail outlets across the country
    -consolidating its 21 sorting centres to just major cities”.

Recently our National Officers spoke with Canada Post. They were assured that there is no new “Corporate plan”, and that the moratorium to keep Rural Post Offices open is still in effect. However, where possible, they will be looking at Saturday closures and any offices that may have a surplus of hours.

Canada Post also stated that things will be changing and the Corporation will not be the same as it was years ago. We know that letter mail is down significantly and although parcel business has increased, it is not increasing fast enough to meet the shortfall. Basically, Canada Post has to evolve and meet the needs of all Canadians without losing money!

You ask: “What is my union doing for me?”

Filing grievances:
Despite the fact the Corporation says it is losing money, we still need to uphold our Collective Agreement. We must remember, Canada Post signed this agreement as well as the union.

Trying to prevent lay-offs:
We work with the Corporation when positions are vacant, so the impact to our active members is minimal.

Holding the Corporation accountable:
Through meaningful consultation, by basing the hour reductions on the operational requirements of each office.

In regards to Saturday closures:
When an office has no traffic, or very little on a Saturday, we are asking the Corporation to replace those hours of the position during the week, providing there is no objection from the community to close on Saturdays.

CPAA would like to assure all our members that we will look out for your rights and benefits by maintaining good communication with Canada Post.

Our motto is: To Build up, Not Destroy; To Improve, Not To Hinder.



Strike at Porter Airlines

Strike at Porter Airlines


by Pierre Charbonneau


Any member interested in obtaining a copy of the CPAA Policies should make a request to the following:

    By mail: 281 Queen Mary, Ottawa, ON K1K 1X1
    By e-mail: mail@cpaa-acmpa.ca
    By phone: (613) 745-2095
    By fax : (613) 745-5559

You should provide your CPC identification number, as well as your name and address, so that we can send you a copy of the CPAA Policies.

N.B.: The policies can be modified any time by the National Board of Directors.

Thank you for your attention.


Group Life Insurance Plan (all active members)

You will notice on your pay stub for pay period 23 that the $1.25 insurance deduction was not processed. As a result, pay period 24 will have, $2.50, deduction to rectify pay period 23.



One Minute Message Ad Contest

The CLC is giving away some great prizes to whoever comes up with the best video ad about the basic unfairness that sees Canadians work until June to earn the money they need to pay their share of taxes, while corporations only 'work' through January to pay their share – and working people are still expected to do with less (cuts to services, longer waits) or pay extra. Read more...


by Daniel L. Maheux

Origins of the 1/3 pay formula used for remuneration of Group Postmasters

Origins of the 1/3 pay formula used for remuneration of Group Postmasters


by Daniel L. Maheux

Supplemental Allowance for Postmaster-Provided Premises – 2nd Update

On September 19, 2011, Canada Post Corporation informed CPAA that 1,400 Supplemental Allowance request forms were sent out to Group Postmasters, and 813 were returned. Approximately 100 of the 813 were incorrectly and/or incompletely filled out. As this number of incorrectly filled out forms may affect the amount of the payment, it was decided to further delay payment until CPC can verify whether these Group Postmasters are entitled to the Supplemental Allowance. We remind all Group Postmasters of the importance to properly fill out their Supplemental Allowance request forms.


by Daniel L. Maheux


CPAA is pleased to announce the release of our updated Web site. The site has been redesigned with a fresh new look including better navigation tools. Please browse and let us know your feedback. Thank you for visiting our Web site.


by Daniel L. Maheux

Supplemental Allowance for Postmaster-Provided Premises – Update

In our first Communiqué of 2011, we reminded all Group Postmasters of the new supplemental allowance available under the current Collective Agreement. Please note that as a result of the recent strike, the deadlines for applying as well as the payment issuance have been extended by one month. That is to say that CPAA members can still apply until the end of August and the payments will be issued by the end of September.


by CLC

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by Leslie A. Schous


To CPAA Members,

We know that there is a lot of confusion and frustration for you with regards to what is happening with Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

We are aware that Canada Post has sent you a number of directives as to how to proceed with the work in your Post Offices. Sometimes this information comes as a local initiative and takes some time to filter up to National, both CPC and CPAA. We appreciate your vigilance in keeping us up to date as to what is happening in your Post Offices.

One issue was not clarified, until this morning, was whether or not any of our CPAA members will be laid-off if this lock-out continues for a long period of time.

I was assured this morning by Bruno Cadieux, General Manager for Labour Relations that:

'At this stage there is no intention of laying off any employees. The Corporation is working very hard to put this file to closure and return to normal operations as soon they can.'

Mr. Cadieux also advised me that if this should change, we would be advised as soon as possible.

We will do our utmost to ensure that the rights and benefits of our members are maintained through this process.


by Leslie A. Schous

Upcoming Strike at Canada Post

We have received a number of enquiries in the past few days with regards to the upcoming strike by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

CPC has identified to CPAA National Office that no CPAA members will be laid-off as a result of this strike. Rumours are running rampant regarding lay-offs. Should events take place that are contrary to the information we have been given at National, please advise us as soon as possible .

CPAA is not CUPW and we are not on strike. We settled our collective agreement a year ago without any work stoppage, strike or lockout. CPAA is expected to go to work as usual.

We understand CPC is identifying that, although CPAA is at work, we may be told not to process any mail. Not even local mail for local delivery. I have written a letter to CEO & President of CPC, Deepak Chopra expressing our dismay at this decision, explaining that we are at work to sort mail for our customers and that we should not be prohibited from doing so.

In addition to this we are hearing that there will be no replacement hours granted in our Post Offices. Our major concern at this time is to ensure that your hours, at your substantive position, are protected.

What IF there is a Picket Line?

In the unlikely event that you have a picket line in front of your post office, and please remember this possibility is extremely remote, here are a few things to bear in mind:

Under the Canada Labour Code, Canada Post can not tell you to do the work of someone else who is on strike, but it can require you to go report for work and do your job, even if it means crossing a picket line. If you have to do so:

- Cross lines only at designated areas
- It is often possible to work out an arrangement with a picket captain for going into a struck location to do your job
- Walk slowly, do not run
- If confronted verbally - do not respond
- Do not talk back or engage in confrontation

If you believe you are in physical danger while crossing the picket line:

- Stay calm and avoid any confrontation
- Protect yourself but do not respond with any sort of verbal abuse or unnecessary force
- Ask for assistance
- Try to remember the details
- Contact your Supervisor immediately, identify the danger and ask for help and direction.


by Leslie A. Schous


CPAA National Office is disputing the methodology that CPC is using to calculate the PAYMENT FOR RECOGNITION OF SICK LEAVE CREDITS for employees who are not Full-Time. This includes Part-Time Assistants as well as Group Postmasters.

Canada Post advised us on February 22, 2011 that the sick leave bank for Part-Time Assistants and Group Postmasters will be divided by 8. They are basing this on a full 8-hour day. CPAA opposes this calculation as we believe that your average daily hours should be used as the denominator for calculating your Aqualifying days@.

We are filing a National grievance.

In addition to this, we were advised that AccessHR is telling our membership that this was agreed to by CPAA. This is totally false. CPC assured us last week that the employees in AccessHR would be advised accordingly.

Thank you for your patience and we will keep you posted.


by Daniel L. Maheux

Recognition payment for sick leave credits

Despite repeated requests from the Association, the Corporation has not yet figured out an equitable calculation method to convert accumulated sick leave hours into days for the purpose of the recognition payment for sick leave, for employees who work less than full time shifts.

Discussions are ongoing at the time of writing. On February 2, the Corporation gave assurances to the Association, that only full time employees would receive their recognition payment in pay period 3. Members with less than full time hours were quick to call their CPAA Officers to inform us that they were receiving payments which they neither agreed with or for which they could not understand the rationale.

All members of CPAA need to know that discussions are ongoing with the Corporation and that the Association will not rest until an equitable and acceptable solution has been found. We will utilize every means at our disposal within the Collective Agreement to resolve this issue.


by Daniel L. Maheux

Payment for Recognition of Sick Leave Credits

CPAA is putting the final touches to a document which will be mailed to all members highlighting the changes to the Collective Agreement. One change, on which we have received inquiries, is the onetime payment the Corporation will make in recognition of Sick Leave Credits. The appropriate Letter of Understanding is reproduced in part below (bold type modification has been done by CPAA):

“In recognition of an employee’s sick leave credits, the Corporation will make a onetime payment to each eligible employee who is active on the date of December 31, 2010, as set out below:

Accumulated sick leave: Payment:

400 or more days $3,000.00
300 to 399 days $2,000.00
200 to 299 days $1,000.00
150 to 199 days $500.00

The above payment will be made based on sick leave credits accumulated by the employee as of December 31, 2010.

Please note that each employee may only receive this payment on one occasion.”


by Shirley L. Dressler

Raising Awareness for Mental Health

Wayne Stremel, a Canada Post employee from Nanaimo, BC, is cycling across the country in support of the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. He is stopping at various Post Offices along the way. Click on his tentative cycling itinerary to find out where he is going to be next. Follow his journey from Parksville, BC to Neils Harbour, NS at www.outoftheshadowstour.ca.


by Leslie A. Schous

Certificate of Posting

All Post Offices across Canada should have received, from Canada Post, a notice to post information regarding the CUPW application for a bargaining unit review. This document originates from the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) and CPC is obligated to send this to all Post Offices for posting. Please post and report as directed in the instructions. In addition to this, please note that the Notice to Employees document identifies that you, as an interested party, may submit a written submission to the CIRB. This gives you an opportunity to express your position with respect to the order or decision sought by the applicant (CUPW).