June 21, 2001

INTERNET ACCESS AT WICKETS, TRAINING AND RELIEF POSITIONS, COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM (CAP)

By September of this year, anyone will be able to freely access the internet in most urban post offices in Canada.

Almost 600 retail clerks across the country will be trained in computer and internet use. Under this project, 105 urban post offices will have a computer and a printer installed for the public to access freely. Members will be trained to help the public establish e-mail accounts, to search the Web, in particular government web sites, and to generally promote CPC’s electronic products and services.

The federal ministry of Industry is paying for the computers and printers under the Community Access Program (CAP). Appendix “T”, the Union negotiated fund for job creation and service expansion, is paying for training related costs and for 21 retail relief positions to support this project. Canada Post is paying for non-salary costs and research into revenue generating applications such as parcel delivery for goods ordered over the internet.

The Union sees this initiative as the expansion of an earlier Appendix “T” project proposed by the Union in 1996 in which computers with internet access were installed and all members trained in two post offices, St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario.

CUPW members selected by the Union are developing an eight-hour training package on the internet and computers. The Union will have time during the training program to talk about its view of the project and retail expansion in general.

Project coordinators in thirteen cities will organize the training of the retail clerks in their area. Seventeen CAP coordinators are required in the following cities: Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Sudbury, London, Scarborough, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, Montreal, and Halifax. Coordinators will attend a 5-day training session in late July.

Coordinators will be chosen by seniority. Watch for the posting of these positions.

In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
President
Scarborough Local