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Friday, 13 April 2007
CUPW National President, Deborah Bourque, Was At Gateway Today
Mood:  energetic

It wasn't to speak to the converted. She simply wanted to get out the vote for tomorrow's ratification meeting at The Toronto Congress Center.

Deborah has an intuitive sense of knowing when Canada Post is starting to push back on union demands for more. This was not the strong point of former presidents', Daryl Tingley and Jean Claude Parrot. They pushed Canada Post into the arms of an unsympathetic Government who gave us binding arbitration in four instances.

She has earned the ire of some local executives who feel that more could be achieved from further negotiations or a strike. 

I'm aware of the pressure she feels from both sides. But with Parliament in session, the call for a "yes vote" is the proper one at this time.

Personally, I don't want to deal with Canada Post's retreaded rollbacks like a 30% increase in retirement benefits in further negotiations or in arbitration. A confrontational union would only create a confrontational Post Office and Government. It has happened many times in the past.

One Of Deborah Bourque's Recent Bulletins

The Campaign Against The Closures Of Post Offices


Posted by qualteam at 10:47 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 13 April 2007 10:57 PM EDT
Thursday, 12 April 2007
Regional Director, Irwin Nanda Was At Gateway Yesterday
Mood:  special

Unlike Toronto Local President(Vote No), Jane Marsh, Regional Director(Vote Yes), Irwin Nanda, doesn't have a website. That gives sister Marsh a definite advantage in this area, but he made up for his low profile by showing up at Gateway yesterday and promoting a "feel good yes-fuzzy".

Jane Marsh hasn't made an appearance yet. That gives an advantage to Irwin who got a positive response from our staff(TEO).

Voting for Toronto West CUPW members is at "The Toronto Congress Centre" 650 Dixon Rd. on April 14/18 at 11.00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.

You're lucky if 25% of the membership votes. Many members already know how they'll vote, but large, loud and long union meetings are a real turn off.

It would be better if ballots could be sent to all members like when local executives are elected. The results would be greater participation by the membership in the quiet of their own home. What do you think? (This is the CUPW National Website) (This is not a unionized website. So what?) (This is CUPW Guy's Personal CUPW InfoSpace)

The Toronto Congress Centre




Posted by qualteam at 10:24 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2007 10:50 PM EDT
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Why Should Our CUPW Local Union Dues Go To Promote One-Sided Positions?

A fair debate has to occur on all parts of the "Tentative Agreement" including the CTI. Just having a "no side" on the CTI issue or other issues isn't a fair democratic debate. In any CUPW local, members can be found that support the "yes side".

If the union is truly democratic, it would see that both sides are heard equally on any issue. There should be a committee that supports the "no side" and a committee that supports the "yes side". Union dues would be equally distributed to promote the views of both sides. This happened at the National CUPW Level when "vote no" NEB members expressed their views on the national website.

Where the local executive is predominately "no" orientated, the yes members should also have a voice to express their views to undecided local members. The 5% of those who attend union meetings do not speak for everyone. The silent majority pays union dues and they should have a platform for their views as well.

Posted by qualteam at 11:09 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 10 April 2007 11:27 PM EDT
Monday, 9 April 2007
Local CUPW Marshland

And we could sink fast unless we get a good grasp of reality. It’s never easy negotiating with Canada Post when their lifeline is THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA.

 Do you remember the strikes in 1975, 1987, 1991 and 1997? In 1975, CUPW executives said we would get more than $1.70 an hour raise if we went on strike. We went on strike for six weeks and we settled for $1.70 an hour and six weeks of lost wages. 

In 1987, 1991, and 1997, there were more issues, but the results were the same.

  1. Canada Post refused to negotiate after a final offer was tabled. A strike would be called at that point.
  2. CUPW continued to insist that Canada Post make a better offer which it didn’t. CPC negotiators often complained to the media about how union demands might send them into bankruptcy.
  3. A mediator-arbitrator would be chosen by the Government, but Canada Post still wouldn’t move on its final position. CUPW was now confronting “The Final Offer Brickwall.”(i.e. CPC was handing over negotiations to the Government of the day.)
  4. The mediator-arbitrator would conclude the parties were too far apart and only binding arbitration was the answer. The workers were legislated back to work and the union sat back helplessly while a third party imposed a contract.
  5. The result for the members was a “CANADA POST FINAL OFFER SOLUTION,” sometimes a rollback in wages, inevitably a big screw up in retroactive pay. Of course, there was always lost wages from the strikes. 

Are things different now with the Government in a minority position? Will Bloc Quebecois and NDP support stop Canada Post and the Conservatives/Liberals from doing the inevitable with uncertain results and maybe rollbacks?

  Let’s Keep The Facts Straight On Wages 

According to Stats Canada, During the first three months of 2007, the average hourly wage in Canada rose an estimated 2.4% compared to the same period last year. This exceeds the most recent comparable Consumer Price Index, which increased by 1.6%. 

According to Human Resource, Skills Development Canada, the wage average increase from 2003 to 2006 were as follows:

 Public Sector





Private Sector






For those years, postal workers had a 3.0% increase each year. (CUPW Guy In CUPW Land)

Posted by qualteam at 7:23 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 9 April 2007 7:29 PM EDT
Sunday, 8 April 2007
Ten Lessons I Learned From Christ's Resurrection
  1. Brotherhood can exist between different life forms.
  2. You can't keep a good being down.
  3. We don't have to be trapped in death or death-like conditions.
  4. Memory and personality can be preserved after death on a spiritual level.
  5. An afterlife, opens the door to other worlds and other civilizations.
  6. Spiritual empowerment can continue after death.
  7. When a universe gets too old or screwed up, another one can be created.
  8. Never worry about where your next body's coming from. One will be provided.
  9. There will be opportunities to communicate with millions of other Christians who went before.
  10. In the great beyond, you have time and resources to get your questions answered about the mysteries of life.


Spiritual Beings

Posted by qualteam at 10:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 8 April 2007 11:50 PM EDT
Saturday, 7 April 2007
Toronto Moved From Laughs To Leafs In 20 Minutes
Mood:  a-ok

In the first period tonight, Toronto moved ahead 3 to 1 in the first period. Raycroft then let in a soft goal and the Leafs seemed to come undone. Slowly, but surely Montreal scored goal after goal until they were ahead 5 to 3.

I turned the TV off in disgust. I really thought the Leaf were going to do their usual choke in a big game. Do you remember last year and the double losses to Montreal that put them out of the playoffs?

A little later, I tuned the TV on and the Leafs had jumped to a 6 to 5 lead. I was exposed as a fair weather fan, but there was a lesson here to learn. Despite the setbacks (lots of losses at home) of this year and other years, the Leafs won their respectability back. Whether or not, they make the payoffs is irrelevant. They won the biggest game of year in front of their home fans and that's what matters.

I'm proud to be a Leaf fan and the team will always be a champion to me. I remember 1967.

History Of The Toronto_Maple_Leafs


Posted by qualteam at 11:00 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 7 April 2007 11:03 PM EDT
Friday, 6 April 2007
Ten Lessons I Learned From The Crucifixion Of Christ
  1. When confronting evil, there is no retreat and no surrender
  2. Be true to your master game plan.
  3. Be willing to stand alone against evil of any magnitude.
  4. Never go into agreement with anti-life and anti-spirit conditions.
  5. Be willing to move outside of mass, energy, time and space with the help of God.
  6. Make sure the memories of your life are preserved.
  7. Have a vision of triumph during times of despair and pain.
  8. Never desert a friend in need or in trouble.
  9. Ask for forgiveness and give it to others.
  10. Be willing to move up to greater responsibilities

Good Friday

Posted by qualteam at 11:45 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 7 April 2007 9:55 AM EDT
Thursday, 5 April 2007
My Own Personal CUPW Domain Name

Thanks to "", I've managed to accumulate a list of some great domain names. Godaddy is usually very cheap. Domain names can run over $20 a year for those most in demand like "cc" to $7.99 for "com", "net" and "org". URL forwarding is offered free with the name at Godaddys.

The CUPW name which I purchased on special for .99 cents is

CUPW has been a part of my life for 34 years so I decided to write my memoirs on a few webpages.

My other personal websites that you can check out are,,

This personal blog is identified as

Domain names are easy to remember and use. Check out for your names.

Posted by qualteam at 1:10 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 6 April 2007 2:55 PM EDT
Tuesday, 3 April 2007
My Personal CUPW Website Is Up And Running
Mood:  caffeinated

I've finally created a "home" for all of my CUPW material. There's still much more I could put on this website ( if I can find it. My history with the union goes back 34 years.

At some point in time, I'll go through each major CUPW conflict and how I responded to it.

As well as the articles, I've put cartoons and memorable pictures that you might find meaningful or funny.

Most of the content in my blog (1090 entries) and on my webpages have nothing to with CUPW, unions or politics.

I have a life outside of the Post Office and CUPW and I'm looking forward to enjoying it without contract fixations and conflicts.


Posted by qualteam at 1:28 PM EDT
Sunday, 1 April 2007
Tentative Agreement Holds The Line On Cost Of Retirement Benefits
Mood:  a-ok

Retirement benefits can be expensive. I know of one retiree who paid $200 a month for himself and his wife. Ontario nurses don't even have a retirement benefits plan.

Before the tenative agreement, there was a proposal by Canada Post to increase retiree benefits premiums by 30%. With the tentative agreement, this rollback and 15 other negative suggestions are off the table.

With 10,000 senior workers retiring over the next four years including me, the above is a big gain for us.


Posted by qualteam at 9:55 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 1 April 2007 10:16 PM EDT

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