CUP-W Rejects Request for Binding Arbitration
Prince George, B.C.- The Canadian Union of Postal workers have turned down a request that they submit to binding arbitration in an effort to avoid a disruption in mail service.
The Postal workers union says it’s a matter of principle.“We appreciate the offer to help, but paying women equally for work of equal value is the law of the land; it’s not something that can be awarded or withheld by an arbitrator,” said Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers .
The request had been put forth by the Federal Minister of Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk. Canada Post said yes, and extended its lockout deadline to 12:01 am ET Monday so the Union had some time to consider the option.
While rejecting the binding arbitration option, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it “remains hopeful it can reach a negotiated settlement and encourages people to keep using the mail system and participate in the Liberal task force and review for the post office’s future.”