Canada Post workers warn strike could happen this month

Sep 10 2018, 4:48 pm

There could be disruptions with mail across the country, as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) could be striking very soon.

According to an announcement from Mike Palecek, National President of CUPW, the union “will do everything to achieve an agreement without a strike.”

However, despite ongoing negotiations, the union says it has not made any progress with Canada Post Corporation (CPC).

“Over the decades, we’ve seen time and again when bargaining is tough, the only thing that gets Canada Post Corporation moving is a powerful strike mandate – it’s where our bargaining power really comes from,” reads the statement.

The CUPW says that this round of negotiations is “difficult and complex” as the union looks to address issues regarding the changing nature of work, which includes the large volume of parcel deliveries.

On September 7, Canada Post presented an offer to the union, but CUPW said the proposal did not address key issues including:

  • Job security
  • Pay for all hours worked
  • Hourly rate of pay
  • Guaranteed minimum hours.

Both CUPW and CPC have until September 26 to reach an agreement or CUPW notes they “will have to be ready for some type of job action.”

Canada Post will also have the power to legally lock out postal workers.

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