OTTAWA – On June 25, Canada Post tabled global offers to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) that were designed to reach settlements without a work disruption. They included modest and manageable wage increases for all employees and no changes to the pension for all employees currently in the plan.
Six days later, CUPW tabled demands that would add at least $1 billion in new costs over the term of new collective agreements. Their demands completely ignored the pension issues as well as other significant challenges faced by the postal service. Simply put, their demands are not affordable.
Since we entered our final days of bargaining the impact of uncertainty is already being felt. Volumes of mail and parcels are rapidly declining across the system necessitating us to reinforce our last offer.
Today, Canada Post informed the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) that the offers the Corporation presented to the union on Saturday, June 25, 2016 are to be considered final, as they represent a fair and reasonable framework for settlements.
The letter to CUPW states definitively that should the union not accept the Corporation’s offers prior to the expiry of a 72-hour notice provided by either party, they will be withdrawn. Neither party has served a 72-hour notice of intent to strike or lock out, but either can do so at any time.
In the event of a full work disruption, Canada Post will not operate. Mail and parcels will not be delivered, and no new items will be accepted.