Canada Post workers vote in favour of strike action

Canada Post workers gave their union a green light on Tuesday to call a strike by the end of the month.

The members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a walkout in a vote that concluded Sunday.

The union says that nearly 94% of urban drivers voted for a work stoppage, compared to 96% of workers in the suburbs and rural areas.

CUPW and the Crown Corporation have been negotiating separate agreements for these two groups of workers since the end of last year.

The union believes that the employer offers filed Friday are unacceptable to its members. The deadline for reaching an agreement is 26 September.

The results of the vote were released hours after CUPW recommended that its members stockpile prescription drugs in the event of a strike or lockout by the employer.

The union called on its members who needed long-term medication to get their prescription drugs from their pharmacists in the event that they could no longer benefit from their drug insurance during a walkout.

Job security at the heart of the dispute

CUPW stated that the key issues in bargaining with the employer are job security, pay for all hours worked, hourly wage rates and the guarantee of a minimum number of hours of work each week. The union criticizes management for offering nothing satisfactory on each of these issues.

Negotiations intensified in early June, in the presence of a conciliator. A pay equity dispute involving 8,000 rural and 40,000 urban workers was at the heart of the talks.

In a May ruling, Arbitrator Maureen Flynn concluded that Canada Post’s pay gap is “fundamentally flawed” and granted both parties until the end of August to reach a settlement. pay equity.

This past deadline, Mrs. Flynn should now impose a settlement on both parties, even though the union recalls that other pay equity issues are still to be resolved outside the arbitration mechanism.

In issuing its second quarter financial statements last month, Canada Post estimated that a settlement could result in an extraordinary charge of nearly $ 250 million.

The state-owned corporation has recently seen a dramatic boost in its parcel delivery business, thanks to online commerce, but the volume of letters has fallen dramatically. CUPW wants Canada Post to expand its product offering, including providing banking services to underserved communities by financial institutions.

The collective agreement expired last December.

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