Monday April 18, 2011
Postal Negotiations Still On
Canada Post confident an agreement can be reached prior to May 24 deadline
Released by Canada Post
he Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has announced the results of their national strike vote. As expected, the union has received a strong strike mandate just as it has in past rounds of collective bargaining. A strike vote is part of the collective bargaining process and is employed during most rounds of labour negotiations.
However, a strike vote does not mean that there will be a work stoppage at Canada Post. The union has held strike votes during past rounds of collective bargaining without a work stoppage occurring.
The union is not in a legal strike position and meetings between Canada Post and CUPW aimed at reaching a new collective agreement continue with the help of a conciliator. It is business as usual across our network and the mail is being delivered nationwide. We do not anticipate any disruption to mail service at this time. The earliest date that CUPW could go on strike is May 25.
Canada Post remains optimistic that a negotiated settlement can be reached just as it has in each round of collective bargaining with CUPW since 1997. We are confident that we will reach a negotiated settlement because we are offering employees annual wage increases, a secure pension and continued job security. Under the new collective agreement that has been proposed, members of CUPW will continue to enjoy some of the best wages and benefits in Canada.
We are proposing a new sick leave program and different terms and conditions for new employees. These changes are needed to keep Canada Post financially viable and secure the future of the postal system in this country. Competition and electronic substitutions of traditional mail are growing and putting a strain on our business.
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