Negotiations move to conciliation following a request from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Customers can continue to mail and ship items with certainty

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Canada Post in Customer Updates

This note is to provide you with an update on the two negotiations underway with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents our delivery agents and plant employees.

Canada Post has been working to reach new collective agreements with CUPW since late 2017.  At the beginning of June, both negotiations teams relocated to a hotel in Ottawa to accelerate talks. Throughout the entire process, a mediator has been participating in the process to provide guidance and assistance. 

Conciliation process begins

On Friday, June 29, 2018, CUPW asked the federal Minister of Labour for conciliation assistance in these ongoing negotiations.  We understand that quickly resolving negotiations is in the best interest of our customers and are hopeful this process will help both parties get there. We understand you are looking for certainty and appreciate how much of an impact uncertainty can have on your business.

The conciliation process provides certainty in the short term. Under the Canada Labour Code, there can be no legal work disruption for roughly three months after initiating the conciliation process.  We provide greater detail on the process below, but it essentially means customers can ship with certainty until at least mid-September.

Our Commitment to You

We are working hard to find the common ground needed to renew both collective agreements. We want Canadians to be able to continue to rely on their postal service without hesitation. The incredible growth we’ve seen over the last few years has come from working together to better serve customers and build e-commerce in Canada. This renewed relevance is a source of great pride for our employees and we don’t want to lose momentum.

The conciliation process is a normal phase of negotiations and we remain committed to work with CUPW to resolve issues needed to reach deals that set our customers and Canada Post up for success.  

The Canada Labour Code explained

  • Once a Notice of Dispute is filed, the Minister of Labour has up to 15 days to appoint a conciliation officer. CUPW filed a Notice today.
  • Conciliators are then provided 60 days to build consensus and help broker a deal.
  • After the 60-day conciliation process concludes, a mandatory 21-day cooling off period follows before any legal work disruption may occur. A 72-hour notice must also be filed before there can be an interruption in work, and either party can file that notice.

With CUPW filing a notice today, the earliest a work disruption could occur based on the above timeline is mid- to late September.

We will provide regular status updates on our progress so that you can make the necessary decisions for your business and your customers.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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