Talks between Canada Post and its employees are stalled over the pension shortfall, introducing a new twotiered wage system for new hires who would make $6 to $8 less than existing employees doing the same job and the elimination of a defined pension benefit for new hires, said John Vigneux, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 630 representing about 550 local workers.
"If I'm working next to you and you are making $6 more per hour than me, there is something off there," Vigneux said.
yeah... it's called the guy beside you has seniority!! I fully agree with this "two-tiered" system (which even surprises me).... in tough economic times, employees have to be willing to do what they can to help their company back to a stable position - it's not the time to be going after them to bleed them dry! One other article I read (Huffington Post maybe?) mentioned that the starting wage is approx $24/hr and the union wanted 3.3% this year and 2.75% in year 2 and 3 - really?! IMO that's too much - especially when other sectors are agreeing to wage freezes for the next couple years....
somewhere else I thought I had read that they are moving from a defined pension (where you know how much you have at the end) and replacing it with a defined contribution system (where what you have at the end depends on what's contributed over time). I'm much more surprised that anyone even still had a Defined Pension... I thought everyone had moved to Defined Contribution plans.... even from an economic pov, you (the employee) have much more control and say over a DC plan as compared to a DP plan..... Wake up - this is not a bad thing!!
Another beef of mine is relying on company pensions... In this day where seeing people work for places 30+ years seems more and more rare, I would much rather see people in general use that money for their own RRSP's.... We've seen too many companies go belly up and the workers lost all their pensions and had nothing to show for it.... yes I do feel really bad for those folks caught in the crossfire - but we should also be using that as a lesson that the only person responsible for living comfortably in retirement is you!
So if it's good enough for the CAW why not the CUPW?
Some of the changes Canada Post is seeking from its employees reflect the dramatic concessions made by unions in the auto industry before Chrysler and GM headed into bankruptcy. In 2008 the CAW agreed to a wage freeze, benefit cuts including the loss of vacation time and a reduction in pension entitlements.
So where is the Health and Safety Committee? Where is the PROPER training? Where is the protective gear? Common sense people... if you are going to be working with or near a machine, you damn well better now how to use it, and how to do so safely!! Duh!
There's been a 57 per cent increase in workplace injuries since Canada Post introduced a sorting machine that organizes the mail for letter carriers, he said. Employees are being injured using the machines, as well carriers are getting hurt carting more mail and delivering on longer routes, Vigneux said.
Canada Post gives its employees seven days a year of sick time and allows workers to carry unused days year-to-year. The company wants to scale that back and allow employees to carry over only two days. None of the sick time can be cashed out or used to retire early.
Having worked for many, many places that do not allow you to roll over ANY unused time, this seems fair to me... you could still potentially bank a lot of time...
Part of this comment would fit in the spin-off about the usefulness of unions - but it seems to me that all we ever hear about any more are the unions who hold the companies hostage. They seem to demand more and more and not allow the company the room to make changes to adjust for the changing market conditions and other external factors.....
Edited by cbarker78, 16 June 2011 - 10:08 AM.