The Federal Government is in the process of drafting legislation representing an unprecedented attack on the retirement security of all Canadians.  If the Conservatives are re-elected and push through this legislation, the defined benefit pension plans of federally-regulated workers will be at risk of being converted to target plans with lower pension benefits for both retirees and active employees.

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The UPCE National Executive is concerned over an article that was released by the Council of Canadians, this past July 30, 2015.  The subject of the article is privatization. The article seems to openly contradict Canada Post’s previous and multiple statements that there are no plans to privatize Canada Post.

The PSAC-UPCE’s primary focus was to ensure that Canada Post continued to make its pay equity adjustments for discriminatory wages paid from August 24, 1982 to June 2, 2002. The Pay Equity Project on the Canada Post side is now winding down and we started an internal project to review our members’ eligibility to a pay equity adjustment from the Union.

Just as it is the responsibility of Canada Post to pay the amount of the wage gap while a member was working for them, it is the Union’s responsibility to pay the amount of the wage gap for times a member was working for or attending Union functions. For example, it could be leave without pay for meetings or conventions during which a member received a cheque for salary reimbursement directly from the Union.

Canada Post says 10,000 have received pay equity cheques. 

(Vanessa Lu / Toronto Star)

The post office is set to place ads to find others who could be eligible for compensation in a case that has spanned more than 30 years.

(Complete article)


December and all the activity that surrounds this month is upon us.  As 2014 draws to a close, we hope that you will have an opportunity to reflect upon the year that has passed, and find quality time to spend with your loved ones, your family, and your friends.

Life is precious and it passes way too fast.  The Holiday Season is a good time to slow down, enjoy, and appreciate what is important to you.

Best wishes of the season, and all the best for 2015.

UPCE Collective Agreement books will be distributed to UPCE members this week.


For employees at Head Office, you are asked to bring your employee ID card and go to the rotunda at the following times to pick-up your copy.

Date: November 27 and 28, 2014

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


In 2006 the PSAC, in collaboration with York University, sent 2250 survey questionnaires to PSAC members who worked in contact centre environments to find out more about their working conditions. At that time members told us that they were proud to be assisting the public and other clients but that their work environment often made their jobs a lot harder.

PSAC is thinking of everyone working on Parliament Hill and surrounding areas today, including many of our members following today’s unfortunate events.

Our thoughts go to the soldier who was shot and everyone who is impacted by today’s events.

The UPCE 16th Triennial Convention was held at the Hilton Lac Leamy Convention Center in Gatineau, from September 27 - 30th, 2014.  It was great to see the UPCE family once again. Thank you to all the delegates, observers and guests who attended the Convention.  The Convention delegates elected the following National Executive;