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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.





No.22                                                                                                                                                                          June 15, 2016

On June14th,the Union received letters from Canada Post stating that as of July2nd, RSMC and Urban members will no longer be covered by our benefit plans. It is extremely important that you read this bulletin and follow the suggestions we have made.


Many members or their family members are on prescription drugs that are commonly referred to as maintenance drugs or long-term medications. Maintenance or long-term medications are those drugs you may take on a regular basis to treat conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.

July 2nd Fast Approaching

Both the RSMC and Urban Collective Agreements could expire on July 2nd and if that were to happen, we would not be guaranteed coverage under our Drug Plan. Members would then have to pay 100% of the cost of any prescription.

Three-month Supply

If you or a family member is on any medication that would fit into the category of maintenance or long-term medication, you should consider speaking with your Doctor and have him or her write out a prescription so that you can receive a three- month supply of the drug.

Have the prescription filled in June to ensure that you have your necessary medications to take you through a strike or lockout.

While we hope to have a negotiated Collective Agreement, it is always best to prepare.

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  Sylvain Lapointe                                           George Floresco
  Chief Negotiator –Urban Unit                     Chief Negotiator –Rural Unit
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Latest News

Wednesday June 15 2016
On June 14th, the Union received letters from Canada Post stating that as of July 2nd, RSMC and Urban members will no longer be covered by our benefit plans. It is extremely important that you read this bulletin and follow the suggestions we have made.
Tuesday June 14 2016
For Immediate Release - OTTAWA - Urban and rural postal workers have signed memoranda of agreement with Canada Post that they will continue to deliver pension and social assistance cheques, and have further committed to ensuring no live animals get caught in the mail if there is a shutdown due to a labour dispute.
Tuesday June 14 2016
Our public post office distributes government cheques that are a fundamental part of the social safety net. We do not want pensioners and low-income people to suffer if the union is locked out or forced to strike. After all, our dispute over contract issues should be directed at Canada Post, not the most vulnerable members of society. In addition, your union wants to make sure that live animals are not trapped in the mail system during a work disruption, as they were in 2011.
Tuesday June 14 2016

Are you thinking of retiring soon? Have you submitted your papers to Canada Post to say that you plan to retire on or after July 2nd?


Monday June 13 2016
Conciliation ended on Friday, June 10, 2016. Despite seven months of negotiations and 60 days of conciliation involving intensive negotiations, we are still without a new collective agreement for urban and RSMC members.


Parents of Kids With Disabilities Don’t Get Sick, Right?

This morning, there is a medical appointment in my diary. It’s not a specialist clinic for our son Nicholas; it’s for me. I’m going to review my spinal xrays with our GP. I’ve abused my spine by lifting Nicholas throughout his life and Natalie when she was small. Now, I have degenerative disc disease and my neck and back are causing pain that interferes with my happiness and my mobility. I might be a danger on the road because I can’t turn my head to see the car behind me!

All of this got me thinking about how we parents of children with disabilities manage to cope when we’re ill or injured. We can’t book off our children’s care for a day or two if we get the flu. So how can we plan for the times when even the most determined and attentive parent will be so sick that help is a necessity just to keep everyone fed, bathed and safe?

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