CUPW says renewed contract talks failed- asks NDP to push amendments to law

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued the following statement:

Thanks to the stamina of the opposition MPs, led by Jack Layton and the NDP caucus, CUPW resumed bargaining with Canada Post Corporation (CPC).

Last night, we held extensive discussions involving representatives of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Labour Minister Lisa Raitt. This morning, we met twice with CPC in direct negotiations. Even though we modified our position, the negotiations were unsuccessful. CPC remained as intransigent as it has been since the introduction of the back-to-work legislation by the Harper government.

Given these circumstances, we have requested the NDP to introduce amendments which would remove the most oppressive aspects of this legislation.

“We are grateful for the remarkable support from the opposition MPs, especially the NDP caucus,” said Denis Lemelin, National President of CUPW. “Their efforts provoked a resumption of negotiations. These talks failed, but the responsibility for that lies squarely on Canada Post management and the Harper government.”

We also thank the tens of thousands of people, including students, women’s groups, anti-poverty activists, other unionists, seniors, and local community activists who have been walking on our picket lines, sending messages of support, and participating in rallies and other activities.

Canadian Union of Postal Workers President Denis Lemelin sent the following letter to NDP leader Jack Layton earlier today:

Mr. Layton:

Subject: Bill C-6

On behalf of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, I wish to congratulate you, your NDP colleagues, and the other opposition members of Parliament who have continued to oppose Bill C-6.

Your efforts were successful in provoking a resumption of negotiations between CUPW and the Canada Post Corporation. During the evening of June 24, we held extensive discussions involving representatives of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Labour Minister Lisa Raitt. This morning, June 25, we met twice with CPC in direct negotiations.

Despite your efforts and the support and solidarity activities of tens of thousands of people across the country, the negotiations were unsuccessful.

CPC once again refused to amend their position. They remain as intransigent as they have been since the introduction of the back-to-work legislation by the Harper government.

Given these circumstances, we believe it would be appropriate for you to introduce amendments which would at least remove the most offensive aspects of this legislation.

Once again, we offer you and your colleagues our deepest thanks for your efforts to oppose this unjust law. We especially appreciate the fact that you were prepared to continue the debate during the national holiday of Quebec.

Your actions, which were successful in provoking a resumption of negotiations, demonstrate the importance of a strong progressive opposition. We remain committed to continue to work with you and the members of your caucus in the broader struggle for decent jobs for ourselves and for future generations of workers.

Denis Lemelin

Président national / National President

Négociateur en chef, unité de l’exploitation postale urbaine /

Chief Negotiator, Urban Postal Operations Unit

via CUPW – 2011-06-25 – Letter to Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition regarding Bill C-6.