Strike/Lockout Pay – How Much? Who? When?

Above are the three most frequently asked questions with respect to strike / lockout / picket pay.  Hopefully, the information in this posting will assist the members in understanding strike pay.

HOW MUCH: The National Executive Board has set the amount of strike / lockout pay at $175.00 in accordance with section 7.24 of the CUPW National Constitution.  There are no provisions for partial payments in the event the strike or lockout lasts less than a seven-day period, or portion thereof.  Strike/Lockout pay is non taxable.

WHO: All members and members in good standing are elligable for strike/lockout pay.  To qualify, each member must participate in strike/lockout  activities to the level required by their Local.

The Calgary Local requires that in order to qualify for strike/lockout pay you must be a member or member in good standing of the Calgary Local.  You must participate in strike/lockout activities or other related activities sanctioned by the Calgary Local, for a minimum of four (4) hours each day that the Local is on strike or locked out.  You must participate for 4 hours of strike/lockout activities on five (5) of the seven (7) days that fall within a specific 7 day period.  You can NOT bank hours!!

You can picket for more than 4 hours a day if you so choose, but, you will only be credited for 1 picket duty for that specific day.   If you are unable to picket for 4 consecutive hours you can break up the picket duty into two 2 hour occasions, so long as they fall within the same day period.

For the Calgary Local the first seven day period was Wednesday June 8th, 2011 (Rotating Strike)  / Tuesday June 14, 2011 (letter carrier lockout)  /  Wednesday June 15, 2011Thursday June 16, 2011 / Friday June 17, 2011 / Saturday June 18, 2011 / and Sunday June 19, 2011.

For the Calgary Local the next seven (7) day period is: Monday June 20, 2011 / Tuesday June 21, 2011 / Wednesday June 22, 2011Thursday June 23, 2011Friday June 24, 2011Saturday June 25, 2011 / and Sunday June 26, 2011. Once again for clarification: there are no provisions for partial payments in the event the strike or lockout lasts less than a seven-day period, or portion thereof. As stated below “The CUPW National Constitution says that strike pay shall be paid to the member for each week of a strike or lock-out. It goes on to define “week” as a period of seven (7)  days or more….”.

Simply put, in order to qualify for strike/lockout pay  within the Calgary Local (for each of the separate strike/lockout periods) you must be either a member or member in good standing of the Calgary Local and participated in strike/lockout activity, sanctioned by the Calgary Local, for a minimum of four (4) hours per day on a minimum of five (5) of the aforemention seven (7) days  in each of the separate strike/lockout periods.

Strike/lockout pay is not compensation for doing picket duty. It is to finacial assistance for those who are receiving no income from the employer while participating in strike/lockout activities. Those on approved injury-on-duty or disability insurance claims should not receive strike/lockout pay.  The nominal payments for the processing and delivering socio-economic assistance cheques do not disqualify members from strike pay/lockout.

RAND employees are not entitled to strike/lockout pay. A RAND employee who signs up with the 2Union begins to earn credits towards strike/lockout pay as of the date they complete the qualifications under section 1.04 of the CUPW National Constitution.

Individuals who have been expelled from from the Union are not entitled to strike/lockout pay.  While they are not entitled, their participation in strike/lockout activities and their support of the goals of the Union are factors to be considered if and when they apply for readmission to the Union.

WHEN: The CUPW National Constitution says that strike pay shall be paid to the member for each week of a strike or lock-out.  It goes on to define “week” as a period of seven (7)  days or more during which the Local is on strike for five days.  In the case of a a continuous shut down, strike pay would be payable on the eighth day.

In the case of rotating strike, payment would be made on the day after the fifth day of strike as long as that is not more than seven (7) days after the strike began. Section 7.26  of the CUPW National Constitution states that there shall be no Local strike pay of any kind.

The Local sincerely hopes that this posting is self explanitory.  If you have any questions or need further clarification please contact the Calgary Local Union office.

*posted June 15, 2011, updated June 22, 2011 & June 27, 2011 


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