Canadian RSMCs win pay equity

Canadian Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) have one their long battle for pay equity with their urban colleagues. This comes after lengthy arbitration between the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post.

“After years of struggle, we are happy to finally have the recognition that there was a profound injustice at Canada Post,” said Nancy Beauchamp, member of the Pay Equity Committee.

Arbitrator Flynn’s decision comes after months of difficult negotiations. The CUPW has successfully established a process to permanently close the wage gap between the RSMCs and the letter carriers of the urban bargaining unit.

“No one should have to negotiate with their employer to ensure they comply with the law. Pay equity has been the law of the land for decades. It’s time for the real enforcement of pay equity for all,” added Barb McMillan, another member of the Pay Equity Committee.

Currently RSMCs earn 28% than their urban carriers. Most of them are women who also have inferior working conditions according to the CUPW.

“This decision is a major step forward in our long struggle to obtain justice for the RSMCs. We have achieved equity, but not yet equality. Equality is part of the ongoing collective bargaining process,” concluded Cathy Kennedy, also member of the Pay Equity Committee.