Comrades and friends,
As a result of CPC’s newly announced vaccine policy, our office is fielding a fair amount of questions and misunderstandings. To be clear, we are in uncharted territory where the collective agreement has zero authority and there is little legal protection for the unvaccinated expecting guaranteed work. Our members are bitterly divided on this issue. An overwhelming majority got vaccinated in an effort to end the pandemic, while a small fraction of the rest are demanding everyone mobilize against needing vaccination in order to work.
Here are the facts: the pandemic is real and vaccination remains our best option to end the pandemic. If you are not vaccinated, for whatever reason, our union is obligated to explore ways to uphold any legal rights that may exist for you. A couple weeks ago, our proposal for a rapid-testing alternative was rejected by CPC. Since then, the lawyers consulted by CUPW have not found any solid legal grounds that would allow the non-vaccinated to work under the new CPC mandate. If any credible options are discovered, we will update you; until then, our office and collective agreement have no control whatsoever in this situation.
If this is unsatisfactory, you have the option to seek your own legal counsel. No matter what you believe, the hope is that you always treat your fellow union members with respect. Verbally abusing co-workers over disagreements or threatening to sue our union officers for a mandate created by the government will not change anyone’s mind and accomplishes nothing constructive.
This dispatch includes further information on the latest vaccine mandate as well as details on the new schedule bidding process CPC is trying in the EMPP, PCI clawbacks for RSMCs and our next GMM. If you are concerned about the vaccine mandate, please read all the following associated information very thoroughly and carefully.
If you are concerned about the vaccine mandate, please read all the following information very thoroughly and carefully.
On October 6, the federal government announced that Crown Corporations like Canada Post would implement workplace vaccine policies that aligned with federal public service vaccination guidelines. Canada Post has now released its vaccination practice. The practice comes into effect October 29, 2021 and will apply nationally to all Canada Post employees, contractors, and visitors to Canada Post facilities. Read More >>
CPC vaccine policy: LINK
CPC vaccine FAQ: LINK
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.