PRESS RELEASE; OTTAWA — Today, Canada Post advised the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) that it has filed Notices of Dispute with the Minister of Labour in ongoing negotiations with CUPW-Urban and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC). These notices ask the Minister to appoint a conciliator in each negotiation.
The process for requesting conciliation assistance through the Minister of Labour is established by the Canada Labour Code.
We are taking this step because while the parties have been meeting since late 2015, we are not seeing progress on key issues. In both cases, we hope that a neutral party can stimulate constructive discussion and accelerate the negotiations process.
We remain fully committed to negotiating new collective agreements that are fair for our employees while also reflecting the changing nature of our business and needs of our customers.
The collective agreement between Canada Post and CUPW-RSMC expired December 31, 2015. The collective agreement with CUPW-Urban expired January 31, 2016. For now, the terms and conditions of both agreements continue to apply.