With the conciliation process nearing the halfway point, we wanted to provide you with a quick update on labour negotiations with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents our delivery agents and plant employees.
As a reminder, the conciliation process is a normal phase of negotiations detailed in the Canada Labour Code. Conciliators have 60 days to build consensus and broker a deal. Should the process conclude without new collective agreements, there will be a mandatory 21-day cooling off period before there can be any legal work disruption. A 72-hour notice must also be filed before there can be a legal interruption in work.
Talks are ongoing at an off-site location. Bargaining teams for both parties have been working with the help of conciliators at a hotel. With bargaining teams for the Corporation and the union working out of the same location, talks are able to be held on a more intensive schedule.
Understanding the need to keep moving forward, Canada Post negotiating teams have sharpened their focus on reaching common ground and resolving issues. While that process is under way, we won't comment on specifics. But as we have stated before, our goal remains to reach deals that set up our customers and Canada Post, including its employees, for success.
You may hear news or read bulletins over the next few weeks that CUPW is conducting strike votes in August and September. These do not change the conciliation timelines. It is also part of the process spelled out in the Canada Labour Code. According to section 87.3, a union must obtain a strike mandate from its membership in order to commence concerted actions which may include work disruption. This does not mean a work disruption will occur.
We do not want a work disruption and are negotiating with customers in mind. We want Canadians to be able to rely on us without hesitation, especially as we grow our parcel business.
As a customer, we are providing these updates simply to keep you informed of the timelines within the conciliation process. Customers can continue to ship with certainty. The earliest a legal work disruption can occur is at the end of the day Tuesday September 25, 2018.
As promised, we will start increasing the frequency of these updates to advise you of any developments.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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