September 17, 2008

$200,000.00 YDC GRIEVANCE SETTLEMENT CHEQUES

Being mailed September 26, 2008

Under the 2003 Collective Agreement there were five hundred and seventy one (571) grievances attached to the 1860 Midland Avenue facility.

Of these 571 files, one hundred and twenty one (121) grievances (November 2004 to November 2006 inclusive) were settled in the Spring of 2007 concerning, overtime bypasses, staffing and scheduling issues, restructuring issues from the first two Parcel Model restructures, shift changes for the Postal Clerks, and shift changes & overtime bypasses for the technical employees. This settlement did not include any, discipline, denied leave provisions (WSIB or Sick), human right issues, or other non-monetary issues.

The Local thought long and hard about the $200,000.00 Lump Sum settlement, which has grown to $206,897.40, and decided it was in the best interests of the members for a number of reasons.

Currently due to CPC stonewalling we argue about 4 files a month in front of an Arbitrator in a process the Local does not control. Some of the files in the settlement would take several days of hearings each. We estimated to argue the 121 files alone would take approximately ten (10) years and cost the Union approximately $400,000 in arbitrator fees alone. We would not be successful in arguing all these files.  This timeline does not include prior live grievances in the system for Scarborough Local to be argued (approximately 500) or grievances filed for incidents after November 2006.

One has only to look at the recent payout of the “PCP #1” 280 Progress plant closure in 1990 that was settled in 2007, seventeen years later. Over 900 people were involved in the bid, and approximately 600 people got a payment of $1000.00. Many of the rest were no longer around.

The YDC settlement boiled down to, do we settle for a rough average of $600 now for each member or $1000 in a few years if everyone is left standing.

The 121 files were extensively reviewed and assessed for the “claimed value”, the “realistic value”, and then various employees entitled were identified in each file based on the results of the bids (Restructures/Shift Bids) in the periods. This resulted in payments to three hundred and eighty four (384) employees from less than $100.00 ( a few Temporary Employees) to close to $10,000.00 (a couple of GLT’s). The results included MSC’s, P04’s, GLT and EL members and a few temporary employees. Leave provisions of all kinds were not considered, rotation days, sick leave, annual leave, LWOP.  If you bid / assigned to own, you were paid.

Once the value of a grievance was determined and it was determined that you were to get a payment in a file, you were added to the pool of payments. That total pool amount was then divided by $201,897.40. Five thousand dollars was held in reserve to cover postage / costs (less than a $1000.00) and any accounting errors. In December 2008 the remaining amount and any un-cashed/returned checks will be recalculated and distributed with the T-4 slips for this payment.  The C.C.R.A. requires all incomes outside of reimbursement for expenses to be reported; therefore the Local must file a T4 slip with Revenue Canada for this payment.

Each member receiving a payment will get a letter indicating grievances in their name that were settled, and grievances they benefited from that were filed by the Local on their behalf.

It is a constant struggle with the Employer. Moya Greene and Canada Post are not your friends; you only have to look at what Moya had to say about you in her submission to the CPC Strategic Review. She suggested that Parliament pass a law that a third party should come into Canada Post and straighten you out. She believes that your expectation’s for this job are set at a level which is too high, you get paid too much, you grieve too often, you take too much time off for injuries and you don’t work hard enough.

I hope that this Grievance Team Incentive (GTI) payment encourages you to support the Union and the Local in the work that we do for you and be part of our team.

I apologize for the delay in the distribution of these funds.

In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
President
Scarborough Local