DATE OF MEETING: November 30, 2007

P. Liu M. Duquette
B. Loreti H. Bigras
L. Charles
D. Roosevelt

Regional accommodations

The Corporation advised the Union that they intended on offering employees (up to a maximum of 42), with medical restrictions and currently using their entitled leave credits, a temporary assignment to perform work, within their restrictions, in the International and the Originating S/S sections of the SCLPP.

The Union responded that although this seemed like a good idea, they had several issues. They advised the Corporation that they must maximise the Toronto Local first, prior to considering any employees from the Scarborough Local.

The Union further stated that this type of agreement will open the door for them to accommodate employees into facilities in the other Locals under the normal Article 54 process.

The Corporation responded that the parties could agree to do this on a without prejudice and without precedent basis. They responded that due to volumes being higher during this time of the year they would like to accommodate employees within their restrictions prior to needing to use temporary employees.

The Union did not agree to a without prejudice and without precedent agreement. They reiterated that the Corporation must consider all Toronto Local employees, with their Article 54 committee prior to consulting the Scarborough Local Article 54 list of employees (including all employees, not just the YDC employees).

The Corporation replied that all Directors had been advised of the temporary assignments at SCLPP.

The Union proceeded to say that this was not the process established and requested the Corporation proceed with the established process.

The Union then reviewed the list of employees provided to them, from the Hubs, and raised a concern with employees on the list who have claimed, or are in the process, of claiming disability benefits and/or WSIB claims. They were opposed to the Corporation offering these employees this temporary assignment as this could potentially negatively impact their benefits claims.

The Union further said that by offering employees from the Hubs only, the Corporation would be discriminating against all other employees appearing on the Article 54 lists.

They further stated that WPDH employees could be accommodated in the Gateway facility instead of SCLPP. They were specific in saying that the work in the Special Product Section of the Gateway Post Office is similar to the work in Short and Long at SCLPP.

The Corporation responded that the work performed at SCLPP is different than the work performed at Gateway, and that they were offering work that would be suitable to employees’ restrictions.

The Union reiterated the need to exhaust the Toronto Local list prior to consulting the Scarborough Local list.

They then asked if the employees would be made aware of the ramifications or the possibility of jeopardising their benefits and claims, when the Corporation offers them these assignments. They asked if the Corporation could include that if they have any questions, they are to contact the Local office.

The Corporation agreed to attach the minutes of consultation to the letters.

The Union said the Corporation was, in their opinion, weakening their own case for hardship by proceeding with this offer. They further stated it could be a difficult battle for the Corporation if any of these employees were denied transfers to SCLPP due to their restrictions.

The Corporation responded that it certainly was not their intent to jeopardise any employee’s claim for benefits with Sunlife or with the WSIB. They told the Union that they had raised valid points. The Corporation further responded that employees who are currently on Sunlife or in the process of applying for Sunlife or with the WSIB will not be offered this accommodation because the accommodation is temporary. They asked that the Parties reconvene early next week to review the proper lists (Article 54) and apply the process.

It was agreed that the Parties would meet on Monday, December 3rd at 1100 hrs at 280 Progress, if all participants were available.