Canada Post requests conciliator in negotiation with CUPW-Urban
Today, Canada Post filed a Notice of Dispute with the Minister of Labour asking for a conciliator to help reach a negotiated collective agreement with the Urban bargaining unit of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
The process for requesting conciliation assistance through the Minister of Labour is established by the Canada Labour Code. We are taking this step because while the parties have been meeting since late 2015, we are not seeing progress on key issues. We hope that a neutral party can stimulate constructive discussion.
Under the process, the Minister is expected to appoint a conciliation officer within 15 days. Once appointed, the conciliator will focus on helping the parties resolve outstanding issues. Our goal is a negotiated collective agreement that is fair for our employees while also reflecting the changing nature of our business and needs of our customers.
For now, the collective agreement between Canada Post and CUPW-Urban, which expired January 31, 2016, continues to apply.
We will keep you informed of key developments in negotiations through your team leaders and the online Negotiations Hub.