August 27, 2013

Article 6.05 Notice,
Change to the Post Offices

On July 19, 2013 Canada Post sent a National Notice under Clause 6.05 changing the Post Offices in the Toronto MAPP which will impact all Clerks, Letter Carriers and Mail Service Couriers in a drastic way. This change will go into effect on October 20, 2013. What does this mean and why should you care?

Currently there are a number of “Post Offices” in the Toronto MAPP. There is the “East C&D / Retail Post Office” which is all the Scarborough Local members with the exception of the YDC Group 1, 3 & 4 employees and the UMO employees. There is the “West C&D / Retail Post Office” which is all the Toronto Local members in the Stations, excluding the plants (South Central and Gateway) with a minor exception. Both the East Post Office and the West Post Office have these weird appendages called the “East Final Sort Section” and the “West Final Sort Section” at Gateway, created by CPC to avoid declaring a “Surplus” under Article 53.

Because the Scarborough Local has been successful in maintaining the staffing of positions in the last few years, there are currently a number of what are called “Attrition Relief” employees. This was done again to avoid declaring a “Surplus”. Declaring a “Surplus” gives the employees rights and CPC must pay some minimal damages.

To get around their problem, CPC has decided to eliminate the East Post Office and the West Post Office and create a new Post Office called Metro Post Office. CPC is also eliminating the two sections at Gateway and creating one section there.

What is the impact of this change:

Group 1: There will be a wide open bid of all Group 1 positions in the East Post Office and the West Post Office for both C&D and Retail with no one owning a position. An Ajax Clerk could end up in Port Credit and a Etobicoke clerk could end up in Stouffville. C&D clerks could end up in Retail and vice a versa.

Group 2: Attrition Relief will be assigned to west stations, which is the big issue for CPC.

All Groups

In the future the monthly bids for both Groups will be MAPP wide, displacement will be MAPP wide and relief will move around on the whim of a staffing officer. Employees crossing Locals will work under different sets of rules.

The Local is very much opposed to these changes, and will try to negotiate with the Local employer, but it is not within our power to stop these changes. Prior to 2000, there was one Post Office, before it was split between East & West.

As of today, there have been no consultations, or time frame for bidding. There are a number of concerns and areas where disputes will arise. The employer through their Local Mismanagement has messed up the PT implementation in the Toronto MAPP. To clean up their mess, they are going to stick it to you! And there will be more reductions in the near future, Depot 11 and YDC.

Consultations are set for September 13 at Gateway on the new “Post Office”. Once there is more information available we will provide it to you.

In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
Scarborough Local