On Friday, July 6, the Union received the notices confirming the start of conciliation for the Urban and RSMC bargaining units. These notices also confirm the appointment of two conciliators, one of whom is the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The two conciliators will work with both bargaining units.
The Canada Labour Code provides for a 60-day conciliation period. This period will end on September 4, 2018 at midnight. The Code also allows for the extension of the conciliation period if both parties agree.
Conciliation is followed by a 21-day “cooling off” period that would end on September 25, 2018 at midnight. Unless there is an agreement before then, the parties would therefore obtain the right to strike or lockout at one minute past midnight on September 26, 2018.
The strike vote, which must take place before parties obtain the right to strike or lockout, will take place from August 7 to September 9, 2018. Stay tuned to find out the dates of your local strike vote. They should be announced soon. Your participation in this very important vote is key to our success.
Although there has been no significant movement at the table up until now, we remain determined to reach a negotiated settlement without a strike. For this to happen, Canada Post must show a serious willingness to solve the problems experienced in the workplaces. A fair agreement is one that finally resolves the problems experienced by all members, whether they belong to the Urban or the RSMC bargaining unit.