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Local Dispatch (21/08/13) - Reasons to Vote No!

Comrades and friends, 

I am filling in for President Roland Schmidt this week while he is away on a well-deserved rest.  He will return before the upcoming ratification vote. 

It’s an exciting time in our union right now with so many things happening. You will find information on the upcoming ratification vote inside this weekly dispatch.  Don’t miss the short video presentation from brother Matthew Aitken, President of Winnipeg Local 856.
NOTE: Members who have not received their PIN are NOT registered to vote!
If you have not received your pin in the mail or through e-mail, contact the CUPW office and speak to the Secretary Treasurer! Phone: 780-423-9000  EXT 2.
Also in this issue, Canada post has a new supervisor position, the Driver Safety Compliance Specialist.  It’s a good time to review your driving skills.  Remember that you have a right to a shop steward in any conversation with management.

In solidarity, 
James Ball
Education Officer
CUPW 730



Five Reasons to "Vote No!"

The president of the Winnipeg Local of postal workers shares his top five reasons to vote no to the proposed contract extensions. "The only way we get our demands met in this country is when we take them to Ottawa, not when Ottawa brings them to us.” - Matthew Aitken, President, Local 856. Click on link above or watch here >>


CPC Increases On-Route Surveillance 

Canada post has introduced a new management position - a Driver Safety Compliance Specialist - to monitor your driving habits, and they mean business. CUPW members have already been given multiple-day suspensions and terminations of employment for violating the traffic act.  Even the city director has been out observing on the street.

Your safety is paramount. When you are first leaving the depot, take a moment and make sure you are focused on the task of driving. If you are confronted by a supervisor you do not know, ask for ID and ask for a shop steward to be present during any discussion. Say something to the effect of, "I'm sure this is an important meeting and I would be glad to have it in the presence of a shop steward back at the depot/facility."  

Canada Post believes that they can monitor your safety performance and it is difficult to mount a vigorous defence against traffic law violations. You can always contact a shop steward or our office at 780-423-9000 as soon as you’re able. Grieve any discipline, including letters "cc'd" to your file without any perceived punishment.  This applies to all meetings where a letter of any sort is placed on your file.

Traffic Safety Act info: Read here >>



Call for September Newsletter Submissions

We want to hear from people in all areas of our local, from fleet to retail and everywhere along the way. Submissions must seek to grow solidarity in some way, be it an analysis editorial, a fact-based article, an investigative piece, a poem, a photo, or an illustration - all forms are welcome! 

Please send submissions to communications730@gmail.com by August 21, 2021. 


Contract Extension Proposal Analysis

For perspectives on the 'Yes!' campaign, the National website (www.cupw.ca) has extensive documentation to share. Since our local Executive and GMM voted to support the 'No!' campaign, we will be sharing that analysis here. We encourage members to explore both sides of the debate to be fully informed for the vote. Our responsibility as elected leadership of the union is to provide perspectives and analysis; in the end, the membership will vote to decide the direction of our union.

08.04 - Toronto, ON Statement: A 'No!' vote is not a strike vote. A 'No!' vote means negotiation of our demands start immediately. We should not let the NEB dictate what goes in the collective agreement, it should be membership driven. Read more >>

08.02 - Royal City, B.C. Statement: If inflation is between 3-5%, why would we consider this [2%] a reasonable offer? Let’s not forget that we the workers just carried this corporation through a pandemic! It was as if the Christmas season never ended and we were stuck in parcel hell all while having things like SSD stuffed down our throats as a thank you. Read more >>

07.22 - Counterpoint Bulletin: Our members are frontline workers that helped deliver Canadians through a pandemic. We deserve better. A 2% increase will not even match inflation. We could win at least this amount through proper negotiations. Additionally, we should not accept any wage proposal that does not also seek to eliminate the two-tier system. Read more >>

07.11 - CUPW 730 Local Exec/GMM Statement: The contract extension proposal unanimously endorsed by our National Executive Board (NEB) undermines the democracy of our union, and fails to address the many wounds inflicted on postal workers over the decades. To reclaim our dignity and begin the process of revitalizing our union, we must vote down this proposal. Read more >>



Extension Proposal Voting Times

Who Can Vote?
The extension votes will be conducted virtually or by phone. Only Members In Good Standing (MIGS) with updated contact information, can participate in the vote. 

NOTE: Members who have not received their PIN are NOT registered to vote!
If you have not received your pin in the mail or through e-mail, contact the CUPW office and speak to the Secretary Treasurer! Phone: 780-423-9000  EXT 2.

- If you have not yet signed your CUPW membership card contact our office (780-423-9000 ext. 2)
- To update your contact information visit: www.cupw.ca/en/update-my-info

Voting Dates
RSMC and Urban members will each have their own, separate, meeting presentations, voting days and times. Extra time slots have been added to accommodate the different shifts. Select only one time slot.

-Once you have updated your contact information, you will receive your voting PIN from the National CUPW office either by mail or email. 
- If you have not received your voting PIN via mail or email from National CUPW office by August 20, contact the Regional CUPW office for assistance at 1 (204) 942-5480.

RSMC Voting Options
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 // choose only one time slot:

-1630h // Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/89207338917
Meeting ID: 892 0733 8917 // Password: 904946 // Phone Option: 1-855-703-8985

- 1900h // Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/86739232219
Meeting ID: 867 3923 2219 // Password: 109532 // Phone Option: 1-855-703-8985

Urban Voting Options
Thursday, August 26, 2021 // choose only one time slot:

- 0900h // Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/81120089172
Meeting ID: 811 2008 9172 // Password: 672844 // Phone Option: 1-855-703-8985

- 1200h // Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/88067063399
Meeting ID: 880 6706 3399 // Password: 456536 // Phone Option: 1-855-703-8985

- 1630h // Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/85063867924
Meeting ID: 850 6386 7924 // Password: 883207 // Phone Option: 1-855-703-8985

- 1900h // Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/84370187306
Meeting ID: 843 7018 7306 // Password: 589470 // Phone Option: 1-855-703-8985

How To Vote

1. Update your contact information: www.cupw.ca/en/update-my-info
2. Receive your 8-digit PIN via mail or email from National CUPW to participate in the vote.
3. Choose one time slot link for your classification (RSMC or Urban).
4. Use your link and password (or phone option) to join 10 minutes before the listed time.
5. Watch/listen to the presentations then receive voting instructions.

National CUPW Voting Guidelines

- Each voting member must be logged into the Zoom meeting before the meeting start time.
- Every meeting will begin with a presentation you must attend to vote.
- Once presentations start, no late-comers will be admitted to the meeting.
- After the presentation, there will be time allowed for questions and answers.
- Voting instructions will then be provided.

Downloaded/printable PDF version: Link

Ongoing Reminder: Local Office Access

To stay aligned with the federal health guidelines affecting our members, our office remains locked and available by appointment only. We are trying to conduct all meetings with members over the phone or via video conferencing. Exemptions can be made for unique circumstances. In either case, please call (780) 423-9000 to arrange an appointment with the appropriate officer. We are extremely busy in the office so please leave a message if you’re unable to catch us on the phone.