Feds to leg­is­late end to Canada Post

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Fed­eral Labour Min­is­ter Patty Ha­jdu says the gov­ern­ment will ta­ble leg­is­la­tion to end the Canada Post strike un­less a res­o­lu­tion is reached soon. “We strongly en­cour­age both sides to reach a deal and are pre­pared to ta­ble leg­is­la­tion if we do not see a res­o­lu­tion over the next few days, a step we do not take lightly,” she said in a state­ment. It’s a move that Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers na­tional pres­i­dent Mike Pale­cek says un­der­mines the pos­si­bil­ity of the par­ties be­ing able to ne­go­ti­ate a set­tle­ment. “Free col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing is a Char­ter right in this coun­try, and we have a gov­ern­ment that claims to be­lieve in free col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing, but ap­par­ently that means only when it’s con­ve­nient,” he told The Cana­dian Press. He says that the union plans to re­turn to the ta­ble, and hopes that the spe­cial me­di­a­tor ap­pointed by the gov­ern­ment will help push Canada Post to ne­go­ti­ate. “Canada Post only has one game, and it’s to refuse to ne­go­ti­ate and sit back and wait for leg­is­la­tion,” Pale­cek said. “They’ve done this again and again, and it looks like the gov­ern­ment is help­ing them out.” The news comes as Canada Post en­ter the fifth week of ro­tat­ing strikes by its union­ized work­ers, with nei­ther side mak­ing head­way in the on­go­ing con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions. Ha­jdu says that de­spite the gov­ern­ment’s be­lief in the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing process, sup­ply­ing con­cil­i­a­tion of­fi­cers and ap­pointed me­di­a­tors, the two have made “lim­ited prom­ise,” and the gov­ern­ment has “ex­hausted” their op­tions. The nearly year-long ne­go­ti­a­tions process seem­ingly hasn’t seen the two sides come any closer to­gether, with Canada Post’s re­sponses to ma­jor is­sues like gen­der in­equal­ity, over­bur­den­ing, and pre­car­i­ous work re­sult­ing in an “in­jury cri­sis” un­sat­is­fac­tory, ac­cord­ing to the union. On Mon­day the Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers re­jected an of­fer for a “cool­ing-off” pe­riod of the strikes for the hol­i­day sea­son, as well as a one-time $1,000 bonus for its 50,000 mem­bers for ac­cept­ing the of­fer. The strikes have cre­ated a se­vere back­log of un­de­liv­ered mail, with hun­dreds of trans­port trail­ers sit­ting at Canada Post’s main Toronto sort­ing fa­cil­ity, ac­cord­ing to the Crown Cor­po­ra­tion. Distri­bu­tion cen­tres in Van­cou­ver, Ed­mon­ton and Mon­treal are also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sig­nif­i­cant back­logs, and pack­ages are bot­tle­neck­ing at bor­der points. Even with a po­ten­tial end of the strikes in sight, the walk­outs have left Canada Post warn­ing cus­tomers it is un­able to pre­dict just how long pack­ages may be de­layed. “This is likely to be the sit­u­a­tion for the fore­see­able fu­ture, mean­ing the next sev­eral weeks, in­clud­ing the peak hol­i­day sea­son and through Jan­uary 2019,” the com­pany said. Source: CTV News

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