| 10-08-2021

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Local Dispatch (21/10/08): New C19 Health Regulations

Comrades and friends,

CPC has finally provided more details on how a federal vaccine mandate will affect CUPW members. The link included below explains the options left for those still unvaccinated. This development is the result of extensive legal exploration by both CPC and CUPW around circumstances that are not properly addressed by our collective agreement. Please carefully read the CUPW bulletin as well as the legal opinion from the Alberta Federation of Labour to fully inform yourself. If anything changes, we will be sure to keep you updated.

Also in this dispatch: proposed peak season and annual shift bid schedules for the EMPP, as well as volunteer opportunities to campaign for CUPW allies running in the upcoming Edmonton municipal elections.

Be safe and enjoy your long weekend.

In Solidarity,




Federal Vaccine Mandate Options

(Shared from www.cupw.ca)

Tensions are high about vaccines and the measures taken to deal with COVID-19 in general. Fatigue and anxiety are real, and we have to be patient with one another, and all do our best to protect ourselves and avoid transmission of the virus. CUPW has sought legal advice while in consultation with Canada Post Corporation and has taken measures to ensure you have options that respect your rights and the current applicable laws. As we have been doing throughout the pandemic, CUPW will continue to keep you updated with current information on processes that will impact you in your workplaces. This will assist you to better understand the stakes and consequences of your choices. Read More >>


EMPP Peak Season & Annual Shift Bid Proposals

CPC is not proposing that many changes this year but it's still important for us to follow the process properly and involve trusted representatives from each impacted section to potentially come up with feedback and counter-proposals. For those that do not know, peak season is a temporary schedule change in the EMPP to account for substantial holiday volume increases. If you have any feedback for any of the sections affected (listed below), please contact a shop steward on your shift before Oct 15 to relay that info to our office.

Peak Season Consult (to be scheduled sometime during the week of Oct 18)

Impacted Sections
- Shift 2 Parcels (FT & PT)
- Shift 2 Packets
- Shift 3 Parcels (FT & PT)
- Shift 3 PO5
- Shift 3 O/S
- Shift 3 Pubs & Ads
- Shift 3 Mech

Annual Shift Bid Consult (scheduled for Oct 25, 9am)

Impacted Sections

- Shift 2 PO5
- Shift 3 PO5



Edmonton Municipal Elections

Our local proudly endorsed the following three pro-labour candidates running for councilor positions in the upcoming municipal election on Monday, Oct 18. We encourage our members to read their platforms and get involved in their respective campaigns.

Rashpal Sehmby for Ward Sspomitapi

Brother Sehmby is our own local Health and Safety officer. He is an active volunteer, community organizer, and tireless advocate for working class people and our right to have a voice at the table.

Cori Longo for Ward Métis

Cori is a former postal worker and former nurse with a strong labour background. She is a mom and strong community advocate who currently works with the Canadian Labour Congress here in Edmonton.
Glynnis Leib for Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi

Glynnis is a community leader and advocate. She is a social psychologist and has worked for both government and not-for-profit social services as a
post-secondary instructor and on behalf of working Albertans. She is a tireless long-time volunteer for a variety of local events and organizations.

Glynnis Drag Brunch Fundraiser - Event Link


Ongoing Reminder: Local Office Access

To stay aligned with the federal health guidelines affecting our members, our office remains locked and available by appointment only. We are trying to conduct all meetings with members over the phone or via video conferencing. Exemptions can be made for unique circumstances. In either case, please call (780) 423-9000 to arrange an appointment with the appropriate officer. We are extremely busy in the office so please leave a message if you’re unable to catch us on the phone.