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CUPW Issues 72 Hour Strike Notice

OttawaFRIDAY UPDATE – CUPW says if any job action is taken, it will rotate by province and territory.

THURSDAY UPDATE –  CUPW – the union representing a majority of workers at Canada Post has issued a 72-hour notice of job action as it tries to bargain a collective agreement with the Crown corporation.

The notice spells out what actions it is planning, but stops short of a full-blown walkout.

The union’s strike mandate was set to expire at midnight.

The two sides have been in negotiations for more than nine months but are far apart on key issues including pay equity for rural carriers and proposed changes to the Canada Post pension plan.

If nothing happens over the next few days with negotiations, a mail stoppage could start Monday.

ORIGINAL STORY – An announcement was supposed to be made Thursday morning by CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) and was abruptly postponed.

This was supposed to be an update on stalled contract negotiations with Canada Post.

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk stated, “Last night I proposed to Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers that I appoint a special mediator to assist them in their negotiations. I will do so expeditiously,”“I expect both parties to work with this special mediator to come to a resolution and avoid a work stoppage. I continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The union was expected to officially issue the 72-hour strike notice before its mandate expires at Midnight ET, 9PM PT.

CUPW  has been in talks with the Crown Corporation for months trying to work out a deal that would see both sides deal with wage discrepancies between rural and urban carriers and worked out a pension plan.

Back in July, the country was on the verge of a Canada Post lock out before it was agreed to continue talking for a couple of months.

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