Canada Post and Union Exchange Offers
Prince George, B.C. – There’s a possibility, however slight, that a disruption in postal service could be avoided next week.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers requested an extension of the “cooling off period” for another 30 days, during which time they would agree to be involved in “intense” negotiations. But the proposal has a catch. If the cooling off period is to be extended, the terms and conditions of the existing contract must be extended as well. The union has dangled the carrot of dropping its unfair labour practices against Canada Post, if the corporation agrees to the extension.
Canada Post has agreed to the extension, but has its own condition to that agreement. Saying if the two parties fail to “successfully conclude negotiations, both parties must agree to binding arbitration.”
The Union has not yet responded to that “condition”, so as it stands right now, Canada Post is prepared to close the doors and shut down service as of 12:01 am ( Eastern Time) on Monday July 11th.