Meetings held on September 29 and 30 between Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) officers and top executives of Canada Post Corporation (CPC) were interesting, but the impact on bargaining is unknown at this time.
Both CUPW and CPC recognize that there have been issues of trust between the parties. Both had expressed hope that the talks this weekend, though not a place to work out substantive bargaining issues, might help find a path forward and get things moving.
Sister Jan Simpson 1st National V-P, Brothers Mike Palecek – National President, Peter Denley – National Grievance Officer, and Sylvain Lapointe – National Director, met this weekend with Jessica McDonald - CPC Interim President and CEO, Barbara MacKenzie – V.P. of Finance and Comptroller, and Rod Hart – V.P. of Parcels and International Business.
Discussions were frank, open, and touched on common ground: a vision of Canada Post as a highly-valued public service, as well as, the crucial task of maintaining long-term viability.
Our representatives stressed that CPC can do much better by consulting and including the union’s perspective and interests in its plans for growth.
We were able to make it totally clear that we require a collective agreement that addresses your demands and issues.
We still await a response from Canada Post on our global offers presented September 14, and negotiations will have to get moving.
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