We continue to work long hours with the assistance of Special Mediator William Kaplan and the head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, Guy Baron, in an attempt to finalize our negotiations.
Trying to Achieve Agreements
The mediators are busy working with both parties to get to the point where agreements in principle are possible. Despite all this work, we have not yet succeeded in achieving agreements in principle for either bargaining unit.
Special Mediator Reappointed
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk – Minister of Labour has reappointed Special Mediator William Kaplan for up to two more days and he will continue working with the parties until Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Another 24-Hour Extension
The parties have once again agreed to extend the 72-hour notice for 24 hours. This means all job action is postponed until 00:01AM on Wednesday, August 31st. Also, all changes to conditions of employment are postponed, for the 24-hour period, and the collective agreements remain in effect. As we have throughout negotiations, we remain determined to negotiate collective agreements that will meet the needs of postal workers and improve services to the public.
As uncertainty continues about possible labor disruptions at Canada Post, eBay sellers who rely on the crown corporation to deliver their products are asking the government to step in. Here is the text of a petition posted on eBay’s Main Street web site:
We, the undersigned Canadian eBay sellers, are writing to raise concerns about the negative business implications of the ongoing Canada Post Corporation/Canadian Union of Postal Workers negotiations and to encourage your government to explore legislative solutions to the current situation.
eBay sellers, like other small and medium businesses (SMBs) across Canada, have been dealing with this uncertainty for months; we have been forced to adapt our businesses and make other shipping arrangements for our goods. In demonstration of our resiliency, many eBay SMBs have created a patchwork of alternative solutions, but the work involved in doing so negatively impacts our productivity and competitiveness, and as such, these arrangements are unsustainable.
Canada Post’s role as an enabler of ecommerce drives not only Canadian parcel volume but also unlocks tremendous economic potential among Canadian small businesses: Technology-enabled sellers, such as SMBs on eBay, export at a rate of 99.8% and reach 20 markets on average every year – results far better than those of traditional SMBs. As Canada looks to support SMB innovation and trade, these micro-multinationals demonstrate what is possible while also underscoring the importance of key infrastructure like Canada Post.
With the above context in mind, we strongly encourage your government to take the actions necessary to implement a long-term agreement to restore certainty in Canada’s postal service and ensure consistent, reliable support for Canadian SMBs.
Statement by the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour:
GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 26, 2016 /CNW/ – I announced yesterday that I would appoint a special mediator to assist Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in reaching an agreement that would avoid a work stoppage.
Today, I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Mr. William Kaplan, a highly respected mediator and arbitrator, to assist the parties. Mr. Kaplan joins the team of federal mediators working with the two parties including Guy Baron, Director General of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, who will also support this engagement.
I am hopeful that this will bring a new perspective to the negotiating table, which could motivate the parties to find a solution and move beyond their current impasse.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has abruptly cancelled a news conference Thursday, prompting speculation there may be progress in negotiations with the letter carrier.
The union had been expected to give a 72-hour strike notice before their mandate to do so expires at midnight.Canada Post talks stall as strike mandate nears”If nothing changes between now and tomorrow, we will be issuing our 72-hour notice of strike activity,” the union had said Wednesday evening.
But just minutes before that was supposed to happen, the union cancelled the event.
Following is the text of an email sent to Canada Post customers earlier today:
Dear Canada Post customer,
Negotiations between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) continue and unfortunately we are no closer to a resolution. Over the next ten days, we do expect to see some activity from the union as they attempt to address the expiration of their strike mandate.
The union’s 60-day strike mandate, based on a vote by their membership earlier this year, is set to expire on August 25, 2016. This timeline is set in the Canada Labour Code. Rather than secure the renewed support of their members through a vote, the union is looking at other ways to extend their strike mandate.
Based on options available to CUPW, we can expect a 72-hour strike notice to be issued by the union between now and August 25. This does not necessarily mean that there will be full-scale work disruption associated with the notice, as in a recent bulletin the union reiterated that they do not want to go on strike.
I regret that I cannot provide you with more certainty and greater assurance at this time. My team and I will continue to provide regular and timely updates so that you can make the right decisions for your business.
We remain committed to our goal of reaching agreements that are fair to our employees – and that also allow us to provide the affordable pricing and service on which our customers depend.
OTTAWA – On Sunday, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, encouraged both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to continue their discussions beyond the lockout notice.
Accordingly the Corporation has withdrawn its 72-hour notice. As a result, there will not be a lockout, which will allow both parties to focus their efforts on serious negotiations.
We are also expecting the union to honour their repeated public statements that they have no plans to issue a strike notice. Assurance from both parties that the postal system will remain open for business while we negotiate will provide the certainty that Canadians and our employees are looking for.
Canada Post is committed to negotiating agreements that are fair to our employees while providing affordable pricing and service to Canadians.
Hope that a work stoppage at Canada Post could be avoided for at least one more month faded Friday as a proposed truce fell apart over what the union called a “poison pill” from the Crown corporation.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, facing being locked out by their employer on Monday, and Canada Post were both ready to agree to a 30-day cooling off period that would keep packages and mail moving under the old contract and let negotiations continue without the threat of a work stoppage.
But Canada Post said it was willing to continue bargaining for another month only if the union agreed to binding arbitration in the event a deal could not be reached — a proposition CUPW had previously rejected.