No arbitration, says postal workers’ union

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This could be the scene on Monday!

The threat of work stoppage has been delayed to Monday at 12.01 a.m. EST, the new extended lockout notice issued by Canada Post. With the largest union rejecting a proposal from the federal labour minister to undergo binding arbitration to reach an acceptable settlement, the fate of your mail will be decided two days later, today being the initial deadline.

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are at loggerheads over two key issues— CUPW’s request for wage increases for rural mail carriers and the pension changes Canada Post says are needed to cut costs.

According to the union, Canada Post is bargaining in bad faith. It said it filed a formal compliant with the Canada Industrial Relations Board on Wednesday, alleging that Canada Post has refused to negotiate on the offer the union tabled a week before the union was in a legal position to strike and the corporation in a legal position to lock out workers. The complaint further alleges that managers have been making threats and spreading disinformation members of the union members.

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CUPW says it declined the suggestion from Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk for binding arbitration as a matter of principle and is hoping to reach a negotiated settlement. However seven months of negotiation between Canada Post and the union has brought them no closer to achieving that goal.

A note on the union’s website says the two sides met briefly Wednesday in the presence of mediators to discuss a range of issues, but there was no “major progress” made. – CINEWS

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