Re Canada Post Corp and CUPW

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Arbitration Decision

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Casual Workers, Regional Pay System, Collective Agreement, Method of Payment, Union Silence, Delay


During gradual elimination of the Imprest Account Pay System for casual workers, in May 1985, the Post Office decided to transfer 180 workers across Canada to the biweekly Regional Pay System. In June it notified C.U.P.W. that the change would occur at the end of July. The Union grieved that in the changeover, Employees would get paid a week later than usual. The Union demanded the change be nullified, and the workers repaid for the cost of borrowing a week's salary. It grieved that the Employer had failed to negotiate changes in working conditions, contrary to the Collective Agreement, and pointed to a special clause providing that the Union's silence on any point could not eliminate its right to grieve. C.P.C. Labour Relations Manager stated that there were no complaints from previous changes, that it was a valid change in method of payment, that written notice was given, and that he discussed the matter on the phone with the National Secretary Treasurer, who never called back.


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