Canada Post threatened by class action lawsuit

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As if tense union negotiations weren’t enough for Canada Post to worry about, the company has now found itself at the centre of a proposed class action lawsuit which could affect thousands of former workers in Québec.

Retired mail clerk Réal Robillard claims Canada Post’s employee insurance policy goes against provincial regulations and forces former workers to pay far in excess of regional caps.

“Since 2008, people in Québec who are either active employees or retirees of [Canada Post], they pay 20 per cent of everything, every prescription drug they buy,” explained Robillard’s lawyer Carl-Olivier Rouleau.

“There is a maximum that is set by the Québec law which, right now, is a little bit over $1,000 so if somebody has a lot of medication and they end up paying more than $1,000 because of the 20 per cent that [Canada Post] is asking them to pay, this is, in Québec, illegal,” he told CTV News.

Robillard told the news channel that he has paid $9,000 over what is permissible under the law which is capped at about $1,050 each year – he is seeking reimbursement for the excessive healthcare costs as well as compensatory damages.

The request for a class action suit was filed in Superior Court on Friday, on behalf of Robillard and 25,000 Canada Post retirees living in the province – it also pushed for corrections to the insurance program, administered by Great-West.

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  • Mark on 2016-07-12 9:01:56 AM

    www.cpcintegrity.ca

  • John A Law on 2016-07-12 10:27:48 AM

    One crucial piece of information is missing here...are the medications in question on the provincial list of medications? The rules on maximums would apply under both public (RAMQ) and private plans if the medications are on the provincial list (formulary). If they are not then the lawsuit is trying to reinterpret the provincial regulations themselves. I believe more can be found at: http://www.ramq.gouv.qc.ca/en/citizens/prescription-drug-insurance/Pages/amount-to-pay-prescription-drugs.aspx

  • LoriA on 2016-07-12 11:43:05 AM

    Here we go more CP workers complaining their benefits "aren't good enough" how fortunate you are to have any healthcare benefits after retirement!!! I only wish!!! sure do wish I'd become a postal worker way back in the day but those are tough jobs to come by!! nobody leaves!! why would they best pension, benefits and compensation going!!! does the greed, entitlement and complaining every stop. enough said!

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