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Postal workers in Canada reject Canada Post’s call for a cooling-down period

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, well before the 5 p.m. deadline set for a response, has rejected the request of Canada Post for a cooling-down period through the end of January.

Under the headline of “Union Rejects Binding Arbitration,” the CUPW said it wants Canada Post to “return to the bargaining table and negotiate a settlement now.”

Canada Post did not specifically call for binding arbitration in its statement calling for the cooling-off period released earlier Monday. It said it wanted a mediator and a “process” to end the dispute. The contract covering the CUPW expired Saturday, and there have been localized strikes throughout parts of the country leading up to the current standoff. Those strikes are still said to be ongoing.

“We aren’t doing this to harm the public, but the proposal asks our members to go back to work at the heaviest and most stressful time of year, under the same conditions that produce the highest injury rate in the federal sector. It asks women to continue to do work for free. How can we do that?” CUPW president Mike Palecek said in the union’s statement.

Canada Post earlier had recommended a “cooling-off period” of about two months in which the company and the union representing its workers try to end a lengthy dispute.

The Crown Corporation said that as part of the cooling off, the rotating strikes that have hit the company in various parts of Canada would need to come to an end “immediately.” During the cooling-off period, the two sides would again turn to a mediator and “introduce a process to achieve a final resolution.”

“With the rotating strikes, resulting backlogs, and the massive Black Friday and Cyber Monday volumes that will arrive within days, we are trying everything we can to work together with the union – urgently – to deliver the holidays to Canadians,” Jessica McDonald, Chair of the Board of Directors and Interim President and CEO of Canada Post, said in the Canada Post statement calling for the cooling-off period. .”This proposal also includes a way for the parties to resolve their differences and these negotiations.”

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John Kingston

John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.

One Comment

  1. So after an year of supposed negotiations Canada post decides that it is busier now and wants a mediator and Cooling down period ? Even if it doesn’t go to a mediator after this rush you can bet how seriously Canada post will negotiate .

  2. Back logs are already at over 30days. People would love to have a job for the post office. Get paid more than half the country. Government holidays off all the time. They have it easy. They need to get back to work.

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