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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CUPW National Bulletin

May 24, 2011
CPC has submitted a revised final offer in which they have dropped some demands and amended others. CUPW is analyzing it this evening and will provide details tomorrow. Statements made by the CPC Chief Negotiator appear to justify a resumption of intensive negotiations at the three sub-tables.
In this context the CUPW National Executive Board has decided not to submit a 72 hour strike notice today.  Consequently there will be no strike activity on May 28th.

CPC Exaggerates Cost of Union Proposals
The Employer also made a statement that CUPW's proposals will cost $1.4 billion over the next 4 years. There was no explanation of these figures. Exaggerating the cost of union demands is a tactic that has been used by CPC in all previous rounds of bargaining to distract attention from the real issues and justify taking a hard line during negotiations.

Collective Agreement to Apply
The Employer has stated that all provisions of the collective agreement will continue to apply until the Union provides a 72 hour notice as required by the law. Consequently the collective agreement will remain in full force and effect.

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