OTTAWA – Labour negotiations between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) continue. Talks have been ongoing since late 2015, and the parties are now in the final stretch. No legal work disruption can occur until July 2, 2016. Details of the offers are highlighted in the background section below.
While there is still time to reach new agreements, a legal work disruption could occur as early as July 2, 2016. We understand the impact a work disruption would have on customers and are therefore doing everything possible to reach a negotiated settlement quickly. While a labour disruption remains a possibility, we are asking customers to take precautions.
In the event of a labour disruption, Canada Post will not operate. Mail and parcels will not be delivered, and no new items will be accepted. Any mail and parcels within the postal system during a work disruption will be secured and delivered as quickly as possible once operations resume.
As a result, many organizations have already communicated their contingency plans to their customers. To ensure delivery through Canada Post prior to a possible work disruption, customers are encouraged to send any items as described below:
Product (within Canada) – Last day to ensure delivery by June 30
Expedited Parcel (Regional) – June 27
Expedited Parcel (Local) – June 29
Xpresspost (National & Regional) – June 28
Xpresspost (Local) – June 29
Priority (National, Regional & Local) – June 29
Update on Negotiations – Canada Post tables offers
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Canada Post tabled offers for the separate negotiations under way with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-Urban and CUPW-RSMC), which represent our delivery and plant employees.
Our offers are designed to help reach agreements and avoid a work disruption. They would allow greater flexibility to better serve customers while protecting the things that are most important to employees.
- There is no change to the pension for all current employees and their job security remains unchanged. All employees would see an increase in their take-home pay.
- Future hires would receive a Defined Contribution pension plan as part of a new, competitive compensation package that would apply to those we hire or make permanent going forward.
- This approach is necessary to help address our pension challenge in the long term. It’s also the approach in place for most employees who have recently joined Canada Post.
- With Canadians shopping online 24/7, the offer would allow us to establish temporary and part-time jobs to better enable us to deliver parcels on weekends and evenings. This would not only provide greater flexibility, especially during peak times, it would also help us manage costs and keep our prices competitive. Our current approach of providing this service while paying double-time is not financially sustainable.
- In addition, we have included more flexible size specifications for Neighbourhood Mail to respond to requests from businesses and marketers for more options.