The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has declared that collective job action could take place on September 26 if a new agreement is not reached soon.
Canada Post has been working to reach new collective agreements with CUPW since late 2017. At the beginning of June, both negotiations teams relocated to a hotel in Ottawa to accelerate talks. Throughout the entire process, a mediator has been participating in the process to provide guidance and assistance.
On June 29, 2018, CUPW asked the federal Minister of Labour for conciliation assistance in these ongoing negotiations.
As a reminder, the conciliation process is a normal phase of negotiations detailed in the Canada Labour Code. Conciliators have 60 days to build consensus and broker a deal. Should the process conclude without new collective agreements, there will be a mandatory 21-day cooling off period before there can be any legal work disruption. A 72-hour notice must also be filed before there can be a legal interruption in work.
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