Canada Post Mail Service Interruption – They Are Still in Talks and There is No Lockout or Strike at this Time
July 11, 2016
Canada Post and CUPW are still in talks and no notice for a strike or a lock out has been scheduled at this time. For up to date information you can click the link below.
July 8, 2016
With Canada Post operations potentially on the verge of grinding to a halt on Monday, here’s what Canadians need to know about the postal service disruption.
Canada Post has said it will lock out its employees on Monday, as the postal service and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers remain without a contract. The postal service originally set Friday as the deadline, but extended it through the weekend in hopes of reaching a binding arbitration agreement.
Mail circulation has already dropped dramatically since last week, when the union entered a legal strike position. Customers were warned at the time that delivery could not be guaranteed beyond the week. However, a last trickle of deliveries are slipping through the system this week, as Canada Post waited a few days to schedule the lockout.
It’s unknown at this point how long a potential service disruption might last, but just to be safe, Canadians are being told to take their banking online, refrain from sending letters and use other services for absolutely essential deliveries.
What happens to my mail?
All letters and packages in the postal system will sit there until Canada Post and the union reach a new agreement. Essentially, if your mail isn’t delivered by Friday, it’ll be stuck in limbo. No new mail will be accepted for delivery.
What about my government cheque?
The Government of Canada has arranged for essential cheques to be delivered on 20th day of the month, so those in need will have the money they require. Child tax benefits, disability benefits, pension payments and veterans’ benefits will all be delivered on that date. However, the government has also asked people to sign up for direct deposit, so they can receive their payments and benefits without waiting for the mail.
‘Equality is the law, not an award’: Pay equity for rural carriers not a case for arbitration: CUPW
For Immediate Release
OTTAWA- Postal workers have politely declined a suggestion from federal Minister of Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk to bring negotiations with Canada Post management to binding arbitration, saying it’s a matter of principle.
“We appreciate the offer to help, but paying women equally for work of equal value is the law of the land; it’s not something that can be awarded or withheld by an arbitrator,” said Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The union is demanding that Canada Post create an hourly wage for rural and suburban mail carriers, 70% of whom are women. They currently earn on average almost 30% less than their mostly male counterparts in the larger urban unit.
Palecek noted that Canada Post fought a major pay equity claim for 28 years, all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was eventually ordered to pay an estimated $250 million settlement in 2011. It’s still looking for some of those women, some of whom have passed away.
“Wouldn’t it be easier, not to mention cheaper, for them to just do the right thing now so rural and suburban carriers don’t have to wait?” said Palecek.
The Special Committee on Pay Equity recently recommended proactive pay equity legislation, which puts the onus on employers so that workers aren’t forced to fight wage discrimination in the court system. Canada Post has refused to conduct any investigations or studies to determine if it is in compliance with the pay equity legislation. Palecek said that postal workers don’t want to wait for years for legislation to settle the matter.
The union remains hopeful it can reach a negotiated settlement and encourages people to keep using the mail system and participate in the Liberal task force and review for the post office’s future.
“Our members want to work and keep delivering good service to all Canadians. We want to expand our valuable postal service and safeguard it for the public,” Palecek said.