OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has
announced the results of their national strike vote. As expected, the
union has received a strong strike mandate just as it has in past
rounds of collective bargaining. A strike vote is part of the
collective bargaining process and is employed during most rounds of
However, a strike vote does not mean that there will be a work stoppage
at Canada Post. The union has held strike votes during past rounds of
collective bargaining without a work stoppage occurring.
The union is not in a legal strike position and meetings between Canada Post and CUPW
aimed at reaching a new collective agreement continue with the help of
a conciliator. It is business as usual across our network and the mail
is being delivered nationwide. We do not anticipate any disruption to
mail service at this time. The earliest date that CUPW could go on
strike is May 25.
Canada Post remains optimistic that a negotiated settlement can be
reached just as it has in each round of collective bargaining with CUPW
since 1997. We are confident that we will reach a negotiated settlement
because we are offering employees annual wage increases, a secure
pension and continued job security. Under the new collective agreement
that has been proposed, members of CUPW will continue to enjoy some of
the best wages and benefits in Canada.
We are proposing a new sick leave program and different terms and
conditions for new employees. These changes are needed to keep Canada
Post financially viable and secure the future of the postal system in
this country. Competition and electronic substitutions of traditional
mail are growing and putting a strain on our business.
SOURCE Canada Post
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Director of Media Relations
Canada Post Corporation