February 4, 2010

NATIONAL CONSULTATION, JANUARY 28, 2010

On January 28, 2010, there were National Consultations in Ottawa on the changes coming to the Scarborough, Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal Locals. I attended on behalf of the Local, which dealt with several National and Local issues. We can expect to see unprecedented turmoil in the Local over the next 2-3 years, not seen since the late 80’s / early 90’s. Jobs will be lost, employees will be displaced.

In this time period most stations will be restructured and the mail will come sequenced in line of route for the Letter Carriers, who will be motorized, and they will also deliver Parcels currently delivered by MSC’s out of the YDC.

Each station will be restructured individually, and the criteria are appropriate docks, and space for new styles of equipment and space for Parcels. Stations that do not have space or proper docks, will be modified or moved to a new location. New trays will be introduced along with new Depot Carts for the trays. When a station is converted to sequenced mail, the Final Sort, DRS and RTS will be removed from the station and sent back to SCLPP. Letter Carriers will spend a minimal amount of time in the station, with mail for delivery arriving much later than it does now.

The employer is proposing two start times (waves) for Letter Carriers and in some cases two carriers using the same A62 case. An example could be a Carrier starts at 7:00 AM sorts and departs by 8:00, and a second Carrier who starts at 8:00 then uses the same case with different case strips (Magnetic or electronic) and departs by 9:00. There will also be Carriers who start later in the morning and could have SLB & RPO clearances and / or Commercial Pickups.

In my estimation, we will lose 25% of the Letter Carrier routes and Relief; have a slight increase in LCA’s, lose 75% of the MSC’s and 75% of the Clerks by the end of 2013. This will happen over a period of time and will involve complex bidding in stages as the reductions take place. The employer will likely declare a “SURPLUS” and invoke article 53, allowing layoffs of some of the most junior employees. [1] Employees will be displaced, the work will change.

This is all based on the US system already in place for a number of years. The average age of a US Letter Carrier is 35 years and does not deliver in the snow. The average age of a Scarborough Local Carrier is 47.5 years.

The zones have changed, and the Mgt you have today could be unemployed in a week or two. CPC is in constant flux and is unpredictable. There are many rumours floating around. As more concrete information becomes available and notices are received, we will keep you informed.

In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
President
Scarborough Local


[1] 53.01        There shall be no lay-off of any regular employee who was employed in the bargaining unit as of September 1, 2007 provided the employee agrees to be displaced to another position in accordance with the procedure set forth hereinafter. The same shall apply to any other employee who becomes a regular employee after September 1, 2007, and who has five (5) years or more of continuous employment.