The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) dismissed Canada Post’s global offer last Wednesday and rejected the proposal and shared a counter-offer late Saturday.
On Wednesday, Canada Post issued a global offer, stating that CUPW had until Saturday, 23:59, to accept it. The crown corporation had justified the ultimatum by saying that it could finance its offer “only if we can process the mail accumulated because of the strikes of the union and effectively deliver the huge volumes expected in the framework of the crazy Friday and Cyber Monday” .
While Canada Post offered wage increases of 2% per year, the union is calling for an annual increase of 2.9%, both for its urban unit and for the rural unit.
The global supply for urban factors also includes provisions to reduce the workload of workers, to improve the sorting of the package and to eliminate compulsory overtime.
In the case of rural mail carriers, CUPW’s overall offer includes double rate pay on the sixth and seventh workdays of the week, retirement benefit eligibility, and eight-hour restricted routes. per day and better job security.
Both offers also include improvements to disability programs and call for the addition of protections for victims of domestic violence in the collective agreement.
“We believe that our proposal can serve as a basis for a collective agreement. To that end, we have asked the Minister of Labor to appoint a mediator to help the parties negotiate a collective agreement, “CUPW said on its website.
The union said in the early evening of Sunday that it received no response from Canada Post or the Ministry of Labor.
On Saturday evening, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again invited the union and Canada Post to get along, while Crazy Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas are fast approaching. “Canadian businesses and families depend on Canada Post, and we are asking both sides of this labor dispute to resolve their differences quickly and reach an agreement,” Trudeau wrote on Twitter.
The latter had previously left the threat of imposing a special law, if the parties fail to reach a quick agreement.
According to Canada Post, a few hundred trailers loaded with mail and parcels are waiting to be unloaded at the country’s sorting centers, including Toronto and Vancouver.
In addition, CUPW continues its rotating strikes, which began almost a month ago. On Sunday morning, unionized workers in Kelowna, BC, and Edmonton were out of action.