Monday, January 31, 2011

Postal workers union files for conciliation in negotiations with Canada Post

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has filed for conciliation in its negotiations with the government of Canada. According to a statement from Canada Post,
A conciliator, once appointed under the provisions of the Canada Labour Code, meets with both side and attempts to reconcile issues at the bargaining table. The conciliation process can take a maximum of 60 days, after which either party is in a legal position for strike or lockout, probably no later than the end of April.
Canada Post said
"This is an expected part of the negotiations process and does not mean that CUPW is in a legal strike position. Conciliation must be completed before Canada Post or CUPW acquire the right to lockout employees or strike."
CUPW said that filing was an effort to get CPC moving off its demands for rollbacks for current employees and inferior wages, benefits and pensions for new employees.

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