A 72 hour lockout notice has commenced as Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) were unable to come to an agreement.
Although Canada Post’s 54,000+ unionized workers have previously stated that they would [not strike] until Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Canada Post has in turn issued a 72 hour lockout notice to its union workers one day earlier; in the early morning hours of July 5, 2016.
What does this mean for you?
If an agreement cannot be made between the CUPW and Canada Post, then that would mean that all of Canada Post’s unionized workers will be temporarily out of a job, and all of Canada Post’s locations nationwide will be shutdown until the company and the CUPW can agree on new contract terms.
The official notice was made public in a news release posted by Canada Post. View that news release [here].
These negotiations have been ongoing now for nearly eight months; beginning in late November of 2015. View the full timeline [here].
Here’s the letter of notice sent from Canada Post:
What is the CUPW asking for?
On July 8th, 2016, the terms and conditions of the current agreement will be expiring, which is why new terms are being negotiated.
According to the company’s news release, the CUPW is asking for an unrealistic change to the contract agreement, and therefore cannot agree to make the changes being asked for.
The demands that the CUPW are asking for are valued at over $1 billion.
Canada Post has already seen a massive decline of parcels and letters of up to 75% because of everything that has been happening between them and their unionized postal workers.
This would not be the first time that the CUPW were locked out from Canada Post.