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January 14, 2013

Please confirm your attendance at National convention June 24-28 2013

Members that meet minimum general meetings attendance, please see document section if you qualify.


          

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July 25, 2012

Mid-year review time

It's Mid Year review time again, our position is that you ask your APOC representative to be present in your mid year review meeting with your...

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March 28, 2012

"TIME AND DATE OF THE NEXT GENERAL MEETING"

Hello Everyone,


 


As a result of the activities at the end of our March 25th general meeting, a very important part of the meeting agenda...

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November 28, 2011

IMPORTANT BULLETIN

It has become evident that some of our members do not understand or appreciate the importance of the Canada Post Information Security and Policy...

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November 23, 2011

The Year-End review and Performance Appraisal

Hello to all. This is a reminder to all members that as we come to the year-end, you will be required to review your accomplishments for the...

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February 10, 2009

SENSITIVE MATERIAL DO NOT DISTRIBUTE.

SENSITIVE MATERIAL DO NOT DISTRIBUTE.


WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CORPORATION THAT WE WILL ONLY


PUBLISH JOINT COMMUNIQUE. THIS WILL HELP YOU TO ANSWER


QUESTIONS FROM YOUR MEMBERS.





Why don’t we get any information about negotiations?


What are our demands?


What is happening at the table?





The members of the executive and the members of the bargaining team are


often asked these questions, and it is not surprising. It is only natural for


us to want information, and to know what the effects will be on us


individually. We understand the frustration of not knowing.





The Interest Based Negotiation Process that we use does not lend itself to


providing answers to these questions. The process is based on frank and


open dialogue between the parties and calls for solutions to be suggested


by anyone in the room. It calls for the participants to throw in whatever


idea comes to mind regardless of what one supposes the ramifications


could be. Without confidentiality people would be reluctant to share some


of those innovative ideas.





At the start of the process, each side has issues that need to be resolved.


In the traditional type of bargaining each team would develop ‘DEMANDS’,


which would be a list of solutions to the problems/needs that they had


determined their issues to be. These lists were exchanged with very little


dialogue, and then the parties would break off to ponder their response to


the other side’s demands. When they met again, the two sides would


exchange new lists of demands based on their responses and the process


would commence again. Traditionally only the Chief Spokesman for each


team spoke during these sessions.





In the interest based model, the parties do not exchange pre determined


solutions (demands), but rather share their issues with the other party.


(What needs to be fixed and why, or what they need). At various stages in


the process, any and every one in the room suggests possible solutions,


and finally the group as a whole evaluates those solutions as to whether


or not they solve the problem and whether or not they can be


implemented. This last step would include each team assessing whether or


not they could get a buy on from their constituents.





The process is not followed in a linear fashion, for example all of the issues


are shared first. These are usually framed in a manner which tells


everyone the direction but lacks specifics. The next step is to categorize


these issues and determine the order in which to proceed. Usually a


generic grouping would be housekeeping – which would include minor


language corrections, revision of dates etc., the next group is often the


non-monetary items, a lot of these actually do have cost implications, and


finally the monetary issues which include compensation and benefits.





After the grouping and order is determined the participants begin to


discuss the interests under each issue which provides the road maps, and


then they generate the options (proposed solutions). The final step in the


process is to evaluate the options and attempt to come to agreements on


the solutions. The generating and evaluating of options is usually, but not


always done within the groupings, before moving to the next group.











Invariably at some point during the negotiations, the parties have to revert


to the traditional type global offer to resolve the outstanding issues.





Since the entire process needs everyone’s participation and the issues stay


open for some time without closure, confidentiality on the discussions is a


must. As I said earlier, without that assurance of confidentiality the


parties would be reluctant to share some of the ideas at all and wouldn’t


share others at an early enough stage in the discussions for both teams to


see/understand the whole picture.





Although the parties may agree in principal on some items as we move


through the process, nothing is officially agreed to until the end, and


therefore there can be no sharing of the specifics at the table until the end


of the process.





At the end of the process any issues that the parties can not agree on will


be taken to an Arbitrator for Final Offer Selection- Binding Arbitration. In


this type of arbitration, the arbitrator chooses either one side’s solutions or


the other’s. There is no jurisdiction to take pieces of each of the Final


Offer’s, only to take one in its entirety. This practice forces each side to be


very realistic in formulating their final offer, to ensure they can be


successful.

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