RCC Member Notice: Update on possible disruption of Canada Post service

RCC continues to monitor the Canada Post labour negotiations closely in order to ensure that members are informed of any potential disruption in postal service.

As of August 25th, it was announced by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuck that a special mediator had been named by the Federal government to find common ground between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. We will keep you posted on further developments.

RCC has met with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour’s office and her Parliamentary Secretary to discuss this matter, as well as hand delivered a letter urging the government to quickly resolve any service disruption. RCC has communicated the importance of the postal service for retailers of all sizes in Canada, particularly those with online businesses (package delivery/customer communications) and the need for government attention and potentially, direct and timely intervention. Read more.

AUGUST 31, 2016

Yesterday, Canada Post issued the following media statement:

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers reach two-year agreements

Canadians can now ship with confidence heading into the holiday season

OTTAWA – Canada Post is pleased to have reached tentative short-term agreements with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). The agreements will avert a work disruption, bringing much-needed certainty in th postal system for our employees and customers. Canadians can now use the postal system with confidence. This is especially important as Canadian businesses large and small are already planning for the upcoming holiday shipping season.

These agreements are for a period of two years, rather than the typical four-year contracts negotiated in the past. The issues facing the Corporation, with declining mail volumes and a growing pension obligation, are complex. This approach provides more time for thoughtful discussion and analysis on how to best address these issues without the ongoing threat of a work disruption. The agreements must be ratified by members. 

Canada Post would also like to thank the mediators for their help in bringing a neutral perspective to the discussions.

For more information contact:

Canada Post Media relations
[email protected]

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RCC Action Plan

  • RCC is communicating with the relevant Federal ministers both with formal written letters and in person to express our concern over the potential of a CPC service disruption. RCC has ensured that our government in Ottawa recognizes the impact potential disruption a strike by Canada Post could have our delivery of regular mail but more important a serious and costly disruption to the delivery of parcels.
  • RCC has written the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and Minister of Public Services and Procurement and called on the government prevent service disruptions by Canada Post, given the essential nature this national service plays for retailers and their customers. Click here to read the letter.
  • RCC has also raised concerns in various meetings with MPs,the Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and key political staff.