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.


CPC And Pay Equity

Tuesday August 16 2016
No 63

Canada Post spokesperson, Jon Hamilton is at it again. He is continuing to try and put his spin on the serious issue of RSMC pay equity. Is this how Canada Post intends to address this issue?


Canada Post seems content to put out misleading statements in the media. On August 13, 2016, CBC News attributed the following comments to CPC spokesperson, Jon Hamilton:

RSMCs can make just as much money as their urban counterparts.


"The union has taken that position in bargaining — it's a bargaining position but that's not true." 


While the two positions fall under different collective agreements, Hamilton said it all comes down to the size of a carrier's route.

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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”, (; ASL version: 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

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Will This Be The Week?

Monday July 18 2016
No 47

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.

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