On Thursday, the union which represents about 54,000 workers at Canada Post, issued a 72 hour notice of job action in response to little movement in the latest collective bargaining talks with Canada’s letter carrier.
With the strike mandate expiring at midnight, the declaration means the Canadian Union of Postal Workers could implement a full on work stoppage after the notice. However, the union’s chief stopped short of suggesting that a strike was imminent.
The Union has been negotiating for over nine months but claim Canada Post has been extremely rigid on key issues including pay equity for rural carriers and proposed changes to the company pension plan.
With negotiations going nowhere over the last nine months, CUPW president Mike Palecek pointed the finger at Canada Post due to their refusal to accept the federal labour minister suggestions that negotiations should continue with the help of a special mediator.