Mail Disruption Looms
Prince George, B.C. – Though labour negotiations are ongoing, there could be a mail disruption in Canada as earlier as this Saturday.
Talks between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) started last November yet a deal has yet to be reached.
Cindy McDonald, regional grievance officer with CUPW, says the union is currently going over the employer’s latest offer which was presented over the weekend.
She says the biggest sticking point is gaining “equality” for their rural mail carriers.
“So we’re looking for equality in working conditions, pay, wages, benefits, that kind of thing.”
McDonald says their rural/suburban mail carriers are currently earning 28% less pay and half the benefits of their urban members though the issue wasn’t addressed in the weekend offer.
Instead in a posting on their website, Canada Post says “all employees would see an increase in their take-home pay.”
The crown corporation also notes there is no change to pensions and job security remains the same.
Moving forward, McDonald says the union will be in a legal position to issue 72-hour strike notice on Wednesday though she says at this point they “don’t have any intention of doing so.”
As for Canada Post, it says a 60-day cooling off period expires July 2 which McDonald says could mean postal workers will be locked out.
The collective agreement between the two sides expired December 31, 2015.