Postal problems ironed out

Postal problems ironed out

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A Canada Post mailbox
A Canada Post mailbox

After being at odds all summer, the Canada Post Corporation and the Union of Canadian Postal Workers reached a bargaining agreement which means there will be no postal strike.

Canadians were warned that a strike of lockout could have happened as early as July 2 and threats were continually renewed over the intervening months. The Union of Canadian Postal Workers announced on Aug. 29 that posties in B.C. and Yukon would be refusing overtime duties on Aug. 30 if a settlement had not been reached, but an extension in negotiations averted that.

Few details have been released since the deal was reached, but last week, a member of CUPW who didn’t want to be named said the union won’t agree to a revised pension plan that Canada Post wants to offer new hires, and that the Crown corporation is expecting too much overtime from its employees when it should be hiring more posties.

In a new release from July 2, Canada Post said that to keep the pension from changing for existing employees, “the Corporation made it clear it required a new pension approach for new hires.”

According to CUPW’s website, “The details of the tentative agreements will be provided in future bulletins.”

Canada Post hasn’t published any updates on its website, but CUPW delivered a proud message on its online bulletin – “We achieved these agreements because we remained strong and maintained our strategy.”

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