Talks continue with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Posted on Aug. 23, 2018 by Canada Post in Customer Updates

Dear Customer,

Talks are ongoing between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) with the help of a conciliator. Both parties remain at the off-site location to allow more frequent discussions.

While we understand there is a desire for greater detail, we respect the process and are not commenting publicly on the discussions at the table. The timelines we have communicated to date have not changed. We are now increasing the frequency of updates and will certainly keep you apprised of any significant details.

If this is your first update, here are some specifics:

  • CUPW represents our delivery agents and plant employees.
  • 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.
  • CUPW is conducting strike votes in August and September, which does not change the conciliation timelines. It is part of the process spelled out in the Canada Labour Code and does not mean a work disruption will occur.
  • The earliest a legal work disruption can occur is at the end of the day Tuesday September 25, 2018.
  • We are providing these updates simply to keep you informed of the timelines within the conciliation process.

Our goal remains to reach deals that set up our customers and Canada Post, including its employees, for success.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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