Postal striker's mandate runs out tomorrow, but how did the Canada Post dispute start?

By Polycarp Kazaresam

Canada Post is experiencing a long-running disagreement with a large portion of its workers. Negotiaions between the company and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) keeps surfacing in the news, but do you know what is actually happening? Here’s a quick run through.

June

Changes to employee pension plans have irked several Canada Post workers. The firm want to change new employees to a defined contribution plan, rather than a defined benefit plan for current employees. CUPW engage in negotiations with Canada Post. In these negotiations, management or labour must give 72 hours notice ahead of a strike or lockout.

July

On the 4th, Business Review Canada reported that Canada Post says discussions with the union representing postal workers are ongoing.. “A Canada Post representative says that the union's proposed plan would add "at least $1 billion" in costs over the next three years.”

August

CUPW complains of little progress in negotiations. CBC stated, “Union leaders attending Canada Post's annual meeting were left frustrated Friday as the Crown corporation refused to provide details on its calculations on the cost of the union's latest contract proposals”.

On the 16th the union speculated that Canada Post is trying to run out the clock on the union's strike mandate, which expires 25 August. A strike mandate allows the union to call for a strike. Canada Post says the union is insisting on $1 billion worth of demands that are not affordable.

On the 20th, people rallied outside Winnipeg South Centre (MP Jim Carr's office) to throw their support behind Canada Post workers.

Currently, there is just one day left before the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) strike mandate expires. 
 

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