The negotiations teams for Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have agreed to move formal collective bargaining discussions to an off-site location in Ottawa starting June 4, 2018.

This follows several months of constructive dialogue facilitated by a mediator. Moving offsite will allow the parties to meet several times a day and to have more comprehensive discussions. The mediator will still be involved.

Reaching an early agreement is in the best interest of our employees, our mailing and shipping customers and the countless Canadians who rely on our service.

In a letter to all CUPW-represented employees, Jessica L. McDonald, Chair of the Board of Directors and Interim President and CEO of Canada Post, expresses optimism that both parties will spare no effort to reach a fair deal as soon as possible.

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The collective agreement with CUPW-Urban expired on January 31, 2018 but its terms and conditions continue to apply, in accordance with the Canada Labour Code.

We will keep you informed through your team leaders and here on the Negotiations Hub.

Negotiating teams from Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have begun formal negotiations with the help of mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

The parties agreed to adopt a problem-solving approach to start this round of negotiations. Mediators are helping the parties collaborate to define issues and brainstorm solutions.

The parties met last week and are scheduled to meet frequently in coming weeks.

In November 2017, CUPW requested the help of mediators from the outset of talks and Canada Post agreed. It is our hope that mediators will help the parties reach a settlement in a timely manner through facilitated negotiation.

The involvement of mediators does not trigger any countdown to the right to strike or lockout.

The collective agreement with CUPW-Urban expires on January 31, 2018 but 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.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has asked for the appointment of a mediator at the outset of negotiations with CUPW-Urban. The Corporation supports the request.

CUPW filed a Notice to Bargain for Urban employees 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-Urban is due to expire on January 31, 2018; 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.

Today, Canada Post received a Notice to Bargain from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, representing Urban employees (CUPW-Urban).

The collective agreement for CUPW-Urban is due to expire on January 31, 2018.

A Notice to Bargain is the routine, initial stage of a labour negotiations process. Once filed, talks must begin within 20 days.

While the parties will meet before Christmas, we don’t expect negotiations to begin in earnest until the New Year. Over the coming weeks, the parties will identify issues to be addressed through negotiations, which typically last months.

Upon expiry, the current collective agreement will continue to apply in accordance with the Canada Labour Code.

We will keep you informed of key developments through your team leaders and here on the Negotiations Hub.

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