Breaking through barriers for workers
who have children with special needs

Welcome to Special Needs and Moving On Projects!

Special Needs & Moving On projectsThe Special Needs and Moving On Projects provide resources and support for workers at the post office whose children have disabilities. The projects are available to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada). The Special Needs Project is geared to families with young children; the Moving On Project is for adult sons and daughters with special needs. Life is more demanding when you work and have a child with special needs. Learn more about our Special Needs and Moving On projects.

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In Our Own Words: CUPW Special Needs Project Celebrates 20 Years!

Unions can do so much more than negotiate wages and benefits for workers. Thanks to unions, workers enjoy weekends, vacation leave and minimum wage; and of course, one of the historical breakthroughs that CUPW fought for was maternity leave. Unions have defended and implemented initiatives that support families, and improve our quality of life while setting a benchmark for social justice. The Special Needs and Moving On projects are among the most outstanding examples of the way unions improve quality of life for their broader communities.

CUPW has created a special anniversary video to celebrate what the Special Needs Project (SNP) has accomplished. In this moving 4-minute video, “In Our Own Words”, (https://youtu.be/5H9lzpFeaHc; ASL version: https://youtu.be/Zl295LjCfWU) postal workers share what this project has meant to them and their families. 

The Special Needs Project (SNP) is an initiative of the CUPW Child Care Fund, and is a one-of-a-kind program. It was launched in 1996 after a union-sponsored study found that parents of children with disabilities face more barriers to workforce participation than others. The project provides information, resources and financial support to families with children who have special needs, to help reduce the emotional, physical and financial stresses and improve their quality of life.

Over these past twenty years, thousands of postal workers and their families have benefited from the financial support and resources they receive through this program. Just as importantly, they benefit from the moral support they get from their Special Needs Advisor and SNP staff. In the words of one postal worker, “She opens a lot of doors in terms of my son’s special need…and the information she provides makes a huge difference”.

Unions do so much more than negotiate wages. CUPW works hard to improve the daily lives of our members and the communities in which we live and work. Today, we celebrate 20 years of doing just that for families with children who have special needs.

In Solidarity,

Dave Bleakney

2nd National Vice-President

2015-2019 / Bulletin # 151 

Will This Be The Week?

Monday July 18 2016
No 47
2015-2019/147

The parties have been making some progress at the bargaining table, but we still have many key issues that need to be addressed. Will this be the week we start to see movement on the major demands that we still need to achieve? Only time will tell.

The Next Step

Over the weekend, the bulletins provided you with updates on some of the priority issues that must be resolved. This week, we must push hard on Canada Post to get these union priorities settled. The agenda must be focused on our demands and the improvements that all of us deserve. The Negotiating Committee will be meeting with Canada Post and the mediators on a regular basis as we try to move these negotiations forward at a faster pace. These are complex issues and our Negotiating Committee will remain focussed and determined so that we achieve the collective agreements that we deserve.

Today’s News

Today we met with CPC and continued to work on finalizing the issues that we are close on. We continued to review and correct the language in the various proposals.

Show Them That We Are Ready

This has been a long process but the end could be in sight. We have shown Canada Post that our solidarity is strong, that we are united and determined to support our demands. We will continue with the same messages, the same work floor activities and the same solidarity and strength that brought us to this point in the process. We are ready for fair collective agreements that have been freely-negotiated, contain no rollbacks and provide all postal workers with the wages, working conditions, health and safety protections and equality we deserve.

Will Fight for What is Right! – Good Collective Agreements for All of Us

Sylvain Lapointe
Chief Negotiator, Urban Unit
George Floresco
Chief Negotiator, RSMC Unit

Now Is The Time!

Thursday July 14 2016
2015-2019/143
No 43

Talks are continuing and some progress is being made. Now is the time to send a strong message to Canada Post that we are still ready to negotiate seriously, to get new collective agreements.

Messages from the Work Floor

Many Locals have been doing various activities on the work floor to send messages to local management telling them that our demands are important. Now more than ever, we must get our message heard. Through various activities, we can let management know that we are encouraged that there is some progress, but the clock is ticking and we need to pick up the pace. Let them know that we have always wanted negotiated collective agreements and that we are ready to resolve the outstanding issues. Please keep up the good work that you are doing out in the Locals. We cannot achieve our goals without everyone’s support.

Today’s Update

The parties met today on a number of issues. We are now very close to finalizing the right of RSMC route holders and permanent relief employees to transfer nation-wide by seniority. We also provided contract language for our proposal to establish seniority dates for RSMCs based on the first day of work at CPC. This will not change provisions such as vacation entitlements, which are based on the date of continuous service. With respect to urban workers, we have made significant progress on the issue of Group 1 temporary employees being sent home by reverse order of seniority. Discussions are also continuing with respect to health and safety training and Appendix “T”, which governs job creation and service expansion initiatives.

The Union also pressed hard for our demand that CPC be responsible for arranging relief for all RSMC absences. We noted that in all other industries it is normally an employer’s responsibility to ensure replacements for workers who are absent.

Our Future is Now!

We have said it before, but the message needs repeating: This round of bargaining is about the future for all postal workers within CUPW. This is the year we must make improvements in both the RSMC and Urban collective agreements. We deserve better working conditions, fair wages, enough staff to get the work done safely, and a secure future both during our working time and after we retire. We are the face of Canada Post and we provide a valuable service to the public. It is time for CPC to recognize this fact.

We Deserve Good Working Conditions and a Secure Retirement!

Sylvain Lapointe
Chief Negotiator, Urban Unit
George Floresco
Chief Negotiator, RSMC Unit

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