Canada Post disappointed with union's response to contract offer
Oct. 30, 2008
Canada Post tabled an offer to the UPCE late last week that included significant changes to address many of the concerns expressed by the union. Despite an earlier indication from the union that they would present management with a counter-offer, they instead decided to walk away from the table.
"We believe that our offer was fair and reasonable given today's challenging economic climate", said Mark Macdonell, General Manager, Labour Relations at Canada Post. "The employees in this bargaining unit would receive increased compensation, benefits, an excellent pension, and job security that is second to none."
Some of the key highlights of the offer include:
- Four year contract, providing stability for employees and Canada Post;
- A 2.25% wage increase each year for four years;
- A renewal of the cost of living clause (to ensure that salaries do not fall behind the inflation rate);
- A Short Term Disability Program that includes income protection for all employees;
- Retention of 7 weeks holidays after 28 years service for all employees on strength at the time of contract signing
"We are committed to resolving these discussions in a positive manner, with a collective agreement that meets the needs of both the employees and Canada Post. It is our hope that the union feels as we do and returns to the table to negotiate a new collective agreement," said Macdonell.