Canada Post Says: Strike Notice to be Expected from CUPW Within Next 7 Days

Canada Post expects the 50,000-strong CUPW union to announce a 72-hour strike notice soon.

CANADA — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post have been struggling to come up with a fair agreement now for nine months.

To this day, an agreement has not been made, and the CUPW is expected to announce a 72-hour strike notice as soon as (or just days before) the 60-day strike mandate expires. The strike mandate expires on August 25th, 2016.

Canada Post writes:

Rather than secure the renewed support of their members through a vote, the union is looking at other ways to extend their strike mandate. They are looking for the Corporation’s support to extend the strike mandate on behalf of employees, which is unprecedented and would be completely inappropriate. It would only provide further uncertainty for employees and Canadians.Canada Post

Canada Post continues to refuse to agree to the CUPW’s demands, which are valued at over $1 billion over the long term.

If Canada Post agreed to make these changes, this would in turn make it so that Canada Post’s products and services are entirely unaffordable to the general public, therefore damaging the financial sustainability of the postal service in Canada.

Canada Post has already lost tens of thousands of customers at this point. Over the course of the past few months, worry of the CUPW striking, and Canada Post locking out its employees, has wreaked havoc across the country.

Canada Post states:

If the union is serious about negotiating a deal without work disruption, Canada Post remains available to sit 24/7 at the table to hammer out a deal before August 25.Canada Post

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Here’s to hoping that Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers can come up with an agreement before August 25th, or shortly thereafter.

Other national postal services across Canada cost far more than what Canada Post offers Canadians.

View the official press release from Canada Post

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Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

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  • Terri Badiuk
    August 18, 2016 at 11:08 AM
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    Give me their job. I will do the same job for the same pay. I just want a JOB!!!

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  • Brad Becker
    August 18, 2016 at 11:14 AM
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    How much money do they honestly need to make just to drive to a box and fuck up everybody’s mail by putting it in the wrong box

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  • August 18, 2016 at 10:11 PM
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    Actually the ones that just finished arbitration are CPAA, the postmasters and assistants

    I am a CUPW member, and the nutjobs running my union are holding me hostage for socialist pipedreams.

    We the urban MEMBERS wanted to accept the offer presented to us 2 months ago.

    Our union leaders won’t let us vote on it.

    Now their strike mandate is about to expire and they KNOW they won’t EVER get another, which is why they are refusing to have another mandate vote and instead asking MANAGEMENT to extend the strike mandate……

    Let that sink in a second. The union asked MANAGEMENT to give them a strike mandate.

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  • August 20, 2016 at 11:51 AM
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    “Canada Post Writes” “Canada Post States” – what an extremely one-sided piece of journalism. We may as well rename Jody Mitoma to Jon Hamilton. They lost tens of thousands of customers because they scared all the business away 2 months earlier by sabre-rattling. The give one offer and then state it’s the final one; giving the union 2.5 weeks to decide on a first and final offer. Who negotiates like that? Exactly: no one, unless the intention is to not bargain in good faith as mandated by the law and unless the intention is to prolong uncertainty and provoke your workers. We just had a record 1st quarter! Awesome! Let’s issue a 72 hour lockout notice to our employees!

    It’s not the employees who are asking for more, it’s the employer who (once again after a record performance) is asking its workers to give up something based on unsubstantiated claims that it is “unaffordable”. Total BS. They’ve been doing well thus far. So why change the status quo just so a couple dozen corporate executive paper-pushers can collect a six-figure bonus?

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  • Mike Rees
    August 18, 2016 at 5:06 PM
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    This is typical union. Didn’t they just finish arbitration? Didn’t like the result so they’re going on strike.

    Who needs letter mail anymore anyway? I hope the government holds their ground. See how empowered they feel after two or three months on $25 a day picket wages.

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    • August 20, 2016 at 12:02 PM
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      You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. Both sides never agreed to arbitration. They are only going on strike because the 60 day window for negotiating has expired and the union has no other option against an employer who seeks to take away rights and benefits of new workers for no reason. You may not need lettermail but Canada Post delivers more than that too if you haven’t noticed. eBay and Amazon packages? You might have heard of them? Guess what? Canada Post delivers them more cheaply than their competitors. As for $25 a day, you’re misinformed: it’s $40 a day and I don’t need it because I can go two years without a paycheck.

      Businesses and consumers won’t be able to go 2 months without receiving their checks and packages. Hopefully Canada Post management will be able to see past their own corporate greed and negotiate with the greater good in mind. Unfortunately I don’t think that will happen with a Harper-installed management team in place whose actions are driven by an ideological agenda as opposed to fairness and common sense.

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