April 8, 2014


In an extraordinary move, Canada Post has rescinded its Clause 6.05 notice from July 15, 2013 that was to merge the “East C&D / Retail Post Office” and the “West C&D / Retail Post Office” into one huge “Metro Post Office”.

The employer wanted to delete some Relief Bar Chart positions and the “Attrition” Relief Employees and send Scarborough Local employees west into the Toronto Local, as they claimed to have about 150 vacant positions. The Local in conjunction with the National Union filed an application through a National Grievance asking for a “Cease & Desist” order (similar to an injunction) preventing the change. The reasons for the application, was that the merger of the Post Offices violated a MOA that was signed concerning the movement of Parcel work from the MSC’s to Letter Carriers in Postal Transformation in the GTA. The Union had asked to litigate the issues at hand prior to the movement, but the employer said no. The Union responded with the “Cease & Desist” application, and hearings took place in the fall of 2013. The Union won the temporary “Cease & Desist” order in early January 2014, preventing the employer moving employees as planned in January 2014. The Union was successful in arguing there was a prima facia[1] case for a violation of the Collective Agreement / MOA.

The hearings on the merits, was scheduled to begin on April 30, 2014. The employer sent a letter on April 12, 2014 rescinding the notice, and reverting back to the prior structure. CPC does not want to proceed on the merits.

While times right now are very hard, Postal Transformation, the ending of Door to Door, and Final Sort at Gateway, this is a victory of significant impact on our members in the Local. The grievance / arbitration process is slow & cumbersome due to the employer’s tactics, but we are successful in the long run in many cases.

In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
Scarborough Local

[1] prima facie, literally, at first sight, on the face of things; a prima facie case is a case that has been supported in essential respects by sufficient evidence for it to be taken as proved in the absence of adequate evidence to the contrary;