Canada Post Union

October 8, 2012 by  

Canada Post Union, After two years of bargaining, Canada Post finally reached a “tentative” new labour agreement with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) on Friday afternoon, subject to a membership vote. Neither side released any details of the agreement over the weekend, with officials playing carefully ahead of a vote by union members.

CUPW began talks with management regarding salary and benefits for its 48,000 of its members back in October 2010, but a huge gulf appeared between the two sides, culminating in a damaging month of strikes and lockouts in June 2011.

Negotiations between the two sides have been bogged down over the past 12 months in an arbitration process that has seen union pressure, including legal action, forcing two different arbitrators to quit before making a decision.

But late on Friday the union confirmed in a brief statement: “This afternoon after many weeks of discussion and some very tough decisions, the Union and Canada Post have reached a tentative agreement for the Urban Operations collective agreement.”

The union said details of the deal were being kept under wraps until early this week, “to ensure that the members receive accurate information”.

The deal remains subject to approval by the membership at large.

Separately on Friday, Canada Post and CUPW also secured a tentative agreement for the union’s rural and suburban workers, who number around 6,000 and have been negotiating since October 2011, with their last deal running out at the end of December 2011. The rural and suburban contract must also be ratified by members.

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