Canada Post – response to ruling on pay equity

CEO of Canada Post Jessica McDonald has responded to the employment arbitrator’s ruling on pay equity between rural and suburban delivery staff (that are mainly female) and urban delivery staff who are mostly men.

In a statement issued last week, McDonald – who is the Chair and Interim President and CEO of Canada Post – said: “In her ruling, Arbitrator Flynn has indicated there is more work to do. She has instructed both parties to sit down over the next 90 days, using her guidance, to reach an agreement on the matter.

“Canada Post is therefore committed to acting swiftly and diligently with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to find a meaningful resolution.

“Gender equality is a basic human right and therefore pay disparity on the basis of gender is wholly unacceptable for Canada Post. This is fundamental to the values of Canada Post, just as it is to us all as Canadians.

In yesterday’s statement, Canada Post provided this synopsis on the issue: “Approximately 8,000 rural and suburban mail carriers (RSMC) deliver mail and parcels in rural and suburban communities across Canada. Up until 2004, these were contract delivery positions with Canada Post and often part-time to reflect the requirements of the routes. The first RSMC collective agreement was negotiated with CUPW in 2003 and took effect on January 1, 2004. A separate collective agreement is in place for roughly 34,000 urban employees represented by CUPW.

“The compensation structures for employees in each collective agreement are unique. The urban pay structure is time-based while the RSMC pay structure depends on the characteristics of the route, such as the number and type of addresses and the distances travelled. The structures were developed years ago and negotiated over time to reflect the work involved in delivering mail in large and small communities across Canada. Comparing the two collective agreements in terms of pay equity is a complex task and has led to disagreements between the Corporation and the union. As a result, both parties agreed to a comprehensive review process.”