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Volume Eight, Number Five: July 2003
Canada Post: Strike
time you read this (on Tuesday of after), Canada Post workers could be
on strike, or still in negotiations with the corporation’s bosses.
union, which has been working without a contract since January 31,
originally set midnight on Friday as a strike deadline, after months of
talks had failed to budge company managers from a series of severe
concession demands, including the elimination of severance pay for laid
off or retiring workers.
a last minute offer by the managers delayed any strike action. Since
then, a counteroffer by the union’s negotiating team set the deadline
back to Monday.
good news," said manager representative John Caines at a press
conference. "We're optimistic that a deal is close. Definitely, things
are progressing well."
Union of Postal Workers President Deborah Bourque said that some
progress had been made in negotiations with the corporation. But she
added there are still several contentious issues, especially around
concession demands, that need to be resolved.
remains hopeful that with their new offer, management may be changing
its position. “It’s not the basis for a tentative agreement, but it is
a sign that Canada Post may be taking negotiations more seriously."
Post employs two unions with a workforce of over 55,000 members, making
it one of the largest employers in Canada. CUPW is by far the largest
of the two organizations, with about 48,000 members working in every
position from delivering and sorting mail, customer service, technical
and plant maintenance and operating the company’s parcel, bulk freight,
courier and telecom services.
remaining workers, who mostly supervise, administer and professionally
service the corporation, are members of the Postal Communications
deliver approximately 37 million pieces of mail every day. Canada Post
estimates its workers delivered almost 10 billion pieces of mail in
2002. It also claims that its postal rates are among the lowest among
the major industrialized countries.