Canada Post on the brink of a strike

    OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Post management is bringing a group
of its employees to the brink of a strike by trying to impose a new Short-term
Disability System that was clearly rejected by almost 9 out of 10 of those
employees. The workers are represented by the Union of Postal Communications
Employees (UPCE), a component of the 160,000 member Public Service Alliance of
    "Canada Post recently signed collective agreements with other larger
groups of employees and never imposed this ludicrous Short-term Disability
System on them," said John Gordon, PSAC National President. "Why is Canada
Post trying to impose it on a smaller group of PSAC members? "He added.
    UPCE-PSAC members recently voted 88% in favour of strike action against
Canada Post. It was the strongest strike mandate in their union's history. The
national strike vote took place at membership meetings between October 1 and
October 17, 2008.
    Canada Post also tabled a meagre wage increase offer of 2.25% per year
for each year of a four-year contract. The union maintains that 3% per year
for a three-year contract is in line with other settlements that Canada Post
has recently negotiated with other unions.
    Gordon indicated that the negotiations have broken off, but that the
union is ready to return to the bargaining table at any time if Canada Post
decides to truly engage in meaningful bargaining.
    Gordon acknowledged that there was some progress made over the past few
days, but that the employer's amended proposal on Short-term disability
remains totally unacceptable to the membership.
    The collective agreement between UPCE/PSAC and Canada Post expired on
August 31, 2008. The union served the employer a notice to bargain on May 1,
2008, and the negotiations began on June 4, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, (613)

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