Ah summertime . Sunshine, good times and possibly no mail. It looks like Canada Post may be getting ready for a summer lock out…


Reports say that some of the post office’s biggest customers including the federal government have been told to make alternate plans before the possible July lockout.

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have been in contract negotiations since late 2015 to reach a new agreement for about 50,000 workers and the CUPW president says management will be in a position to lock out workers by July 2.

CBC News is reporting a memo being sent to CUPW members by their union on Friday. It lists some of the demands from management, including:

  • Cutting the “more secure defined benefit” pension plan and switching to a “riskier defined contribution” pension for all members in the future.
  • A pay freeze for temporary workers for the life of the collective agreement.
  • Eliminating the paid meal period for employees.
  • Removal of stools in new concept stores.
  • Amending the promise of job security so it applies only to employees with 10 or more years of continuous employment instead of the current five years.

BOTTOM LINE: Canada Post says Canadians are sending fewer pieces of traditional mail than they did a decade ago, which is having an effect on the corporation’s bottom line.

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