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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Union to Submit Global Offer

In an effort to energize negotiations CUPW is preparing a global offer that will address all outstanding issues in our negotiations with the Canada Post Corporation. We believe this offer should be the basis of a settlement. The offer will be provided to the Employer on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The exact time has yet to be determined.
The Union will summarize the details of the global offer in a bulletin and post a copy of it on the Union’s website ( as soon as it is submitted to the employer.

72-Hour Notice Postponed

In the context of the Union submitting a global offer tomorrow the CUPW National Executive Board has decided not to submit a 72-hour strike notice this evening. A 72-hour notice is required under the Canada Labour Code prior to any strike/lockout action being undertaken by a union or employer.

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.

No Strike on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Since we are not providing the 72-hour notice this evening there will be no strike activity on May 25th.

Goal remains a negotiated settlement

Currently it is impossible to predict what will occur over the next few days. If the employer responds favourably to the Union’s global offer we may move quickly towards a negotiated settlement. If not there is little doubt that strike action will be necessary to convince CPC to drop its rollbacks and negotiate the demands of the membership.
We prefer to negotiate a settlement. But we are ready and prepared to strike if necessary.
In solidarity,

Denis Lemelin
National President and Chief Negotiator

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