The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) recently reached a new collective agreement with Canada Post for Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC). The agreement was reached after months of negotiations and will impact approximately 8,000 RSMCs across Canada.
One of the key highlights of the new agreement is the wage increases. RSMCs will see an increase of 2.5% in the first year, followed by 2% in the second and third years of the agreement. This will bring the starting wage for RSMCs to $25.41 per hour, which is a significant improvement from the previous starting wage of $19.86 per hour. Additionally, the maximum wage for RSMCs will increase from $27.68 per hour to $33.66 per hour over the course of the agreement.
Another important aspect of the agreement is the improvements in job security for RSMCs. Previously, RSMCs were classified as temporary employees, which meant they had limited job security and were not entitled to benefits such as sick leave, vacation pay, and pensions. However, with the new agreement, RSMCs will now be considered permanent employees after working for Canada Post for six years. This will provide them with greater job security and access to benefits.
The new agreement also includes provisions for safety and health issues. For example, RSMCs will now be given access to ergonomic assessments and training to help prevent injuries on the job. They will also have the right to refuse unsafe work without fear of reprisal.
Overall, the new CUPW collective agreement for RSMCs is a positive development for both the employees and Canada Post. The improvements in wages, job security, and safety measures will help to ensure that RSMCs are treated fairly and with respect. This, in turn, will help to ensure that Canada Post continues to provide high-quality mail delivery services to Canadians across the country.