Cooling Off Period Ends in Postal Talks
Prince George, B.C. – The 60-day cooling off period in the contract dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers expired today, but so far neither side has made a move toward job action.
The corporation can now legally give 72-hour lockout notice while the union can give strike notice, but there have been no such filings to date. The earliest any form of job action could occur would be Monday.
There are, in fact, two contracts covering urban and rural postal workers which are under negotiation. One expired in December 2015, the other in January of this year.
Local CUPW President Tami Brushey says the union presented Canada Post with a comprehensive counter-proposal on the contracts covering its approximate 50,000 members on Friday.
Pay equality between urban and rural mail carriers, pensions, home delivery and working conditions are some of the major issues in dispute in these negotiations.
Canada Post and CUPW have agreed that should a strike or lockout occur, social assistance and pension cheques would still be delivered to Canadians, but nothing else.