Canada Post not obligated to provide sunglasses to couriers and letter carriers

An arbitrator has rejected a claim by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers that Canada Post must provide its outside workers with non-prescription sunglasses
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The issue arose in 1992, when the union recommended Canada Post provide outside workers with sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to minimize the exposure letter carriers and mail service couriers get to bright sunlight.

A year later the employer provided sunscreen and hats, at its own expense, as part of the uniform allotment. It was never made mandatory that workers should use it, but Canada Post encouraged them to do so and also to wear sunglasses.

In 2003 the union filed a grievance against Canada Post. It claimed that under the