On January 16, 2013 the Association wrote to the Corporation asking for parity for our members of the Association with regards to the recent collective agreement signed by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post. While we recognize that we are not currently in negotiations and that the current collective agreement does not expire until March 31, 2014 nonetheless, we have requested that parity be granted to our members.
Specifically, the Association is seeking the same allowances for members of the Association with regards to the Personal Days. The option to be paid out for seven (7) Personal Days as opposed to the current five (5) Personal Days be permitted – Article 188.8.131.52
The Association received the following response from the Corporation on Tuesday, February 19, 2013:
The provision of Personal Days to our employees is an important aspect of the Program. While additional flexibility for employees when it comes to Personal Days can be appreciated, the cost associated with this request as a stand-alone item is simply too great at a time when the Corporation is faced with rapidly declining lettermail volumes and working to adjust our cost structure in line with our competitors.
The Association has expressed our disappointment and dissatisfaction with the position taken by the Corporation and have asked further consideration be given to this matter.
If left unaddressed by the Corporation, this issue will continue to serve as a dis-satisfier for these employees of the Corporation and members of the Association.