Canada Post & CUPW Negotiations
CBJ — The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post are continuing negotiations in order to come to an agreement on what has been a nine-month long stalemate regarding better working conditions and pay equity between urban and rural letter carriers.
It has been estimated that rural carriers — who are mostly women — are paid about 25% less than their urban counterparts.
The union had been in a position to strike as of September 26 but that was averted when the two sides said they would continue to try and solve the crisis amicably. There has also been a threat that Canada Post would lock out the workers, but that threat has also subsided, at least for the time being.
While the two sides continue talking, the union warns its members may still face a work stoppage if there is no progress in bargaining.
A spokesperson for Canada Post says that both sides are working hard to reach negotiated agreements.