Canada Post is pushing back the deadline for its threatened lockout of postal workers in a bid to reach a tentative contract agreement with its unionized postal workers.
The Crown corporation said last night it is pushing back its lockout notice from Friday to early Monday morning and also said it’s willing to submit to binding arbitration — and hopes CUPW will too.
There are no talks set up at this time and it is not clear if Canada Post’s threat to suspend the current collective agreement on Friday is still in effect.
SO IF THE LOCKOUT HAPPENS DO I GET ANY MAIL?
In the event of a full work disruption, Canada Post will not accept or deliver any mail. HOWEVER a memorandum of agreement with the union “where the federal socio-economic cheques will be delivered.”
A STATEMENT FROM THE CANADA POST WEBSITE:
On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, asked both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-Urban and CUPW-RSMC) to submit to binding arbitration to resolve the current impasse at negotiations. Canada Post agreed to voluntarily submit to binding arbitration as an opportunity for both parties to reach an acceptable resolution.
While negotiated settlements are always the preferred option, it has become clear that after seven months of negotiations, the parties remain far apart on key issues at the bargaining table. The uncertainty caused by the prolonged negotiations is having a severe impact on the business, our employees and our customers.
It is our hope that CUPW will consider submitting to binding arbitration to end the uncertainty. Canada Post is extending the current 72-hour notice period to Monday at 12:01 am to provide time for the union to consider this option. A quick resolution is in the best interest of our employees, our customers and the long-term future of the postal system.
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