The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has asked for the appointment of a mediator at the outset of negotiations with Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC). The Corporation supports the request.
CUPW filed a Notice to Bargain for RSMCs on November 14, 2017. The same day, the Union advised that it had submitted a written request for negotiations assistance to The Honourable Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
We welcome support that allows the parties to work together to solve issues at the table and help the parties reach a negotiated settlement in a timely manner.
The decision to appoint a mediator rests with the Minister; she can appoint a mediator at any time in the collective bargaining process.
The request does not trigger any countdown to the right to strike or lockout.
The collective agreement with CUPW-RSMC is due to expire on December 31, 2017; when it does, it will continue to apply, in accordance with the Canada Labour Code.
We will continue to keep you informed through your team leaders and here on the Negotiations Hub.