It appears the ball is back on Canada Post’s court.
With the threat of a lockout looming, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is asking Canada Post to engage in intensive negotiations during a 30-day cooling off period. It says that would allow both sides to sit down and hammer something out, without the threat of any type of job action hanging overhead.
In a statement out this morning, it says that would include an extension of the terms and conditions of 50, 000 workers’ current contracts.
As well, as a sign of good faith, the union has offered to drop an unfair labour practices complaint, if management agrees to it’s proposal.
“Our members, their families and all Canadians do not deserve to have this threat of a lockout ‘looming’ over our heads from a profitable public service. Postal workers want to work and people need to know that it’s safe to use the mail system. Instead of negotiating with us fairly, this profitable crown corporation has been busy scaring businesses and the public off with threats of labour strife. They need to give that a rest and get back to the table with us.” – Mike Palecek, National President of the CUPW.
The main sticking points continue to be wages and pensions.
As of yet, there has been no comment from Canada Post.