On July 7, 2016 Canada Post served the Union with a second 72- hour notice of lockout. This notice takes effect as of 12:01 am on Monday, July 11, 2016. CPC claims that they want to negotiate but they refuse to move on our key issues. Will CPC continue to issue 72-hour notices? In locations across the country, CPC has begun the process of reducing Group 1 part-time schedules to the bare minimum hours and swipe or access cards are being deactivated. What will happen on Monday? Only time will tell.
Our negotiators are more determined than ever to negotiate collective agreements that provide all of us with the improvements that we deserve. Canada Post seems to be determined to try and force the Union to accept binding arbitration. CPC also appears to be determined to negotiate with members directly instead of truly negotiating with the negotiating committee that was appointed for this purpose. It is time to send CPC a loud and clear message to come to the table with the intention of resolving the issues between the parties.
Now, more than ever we must stand together and not let the employer’s tactics divide us. Our negotiating committee is working hard to get good collective agreements for both bargaining units. We all deserve good working conditions, reasonable wage increases, pay for all hours worked, job security and proper staffing.