Canada Post Negotiations – 2018 Update
July 9, 2018
Canada Post is working to reach new collective agreements with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents Canada Post’s delivery agents and plant employees.
On June 29th, the CUPW requested conciliation assistance and on July 6th the conciliators were appointed.
The conciliation process is a normal phase of negotiations and Canada Post remains committed to working with CUPW to resolve issues needed to reach deals that set all parties up for success. Under the Canada Labour Code, there can be no legal work disruption at Canada Post for roughly 3 months after initiating the conciliation process.
The earliest any potential work disruption at Canada Post could occur would be in late September.
If a deal is not reached by the union’s final strike vote deadline set for September 9th, then Canada’s postal workers could be forced to strike.
- Conciliators had 60 days to build consensus and help broker a deal.
- The 60-day conciliation process concluded on September 4, 2018.
- Both parties are currently in a mandatory 21-day “cooling off period”.
- A 72-hour notice must also be filed before there can be a legal interruption in work.
- Under this scenario, the earliest a work disruption could occur is at the end of the day on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We will provide regular updates on their progress so that you can make the necessary decisions for your business and your customer.