October 30, 2008 19:44 ET

Canada Post Disappointed With Union's Response to Contract Offer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2008) - Canada Post was disappointed today when the Union of Postal Communications employees (UPCE) rejected the company's latest global offer. The 2,100 UPCE-represented employees are predominantly administrative and technical workers and do not handle the mail.

Canada Post tabled an offer to the UPCE late last week that included significant changes to address many of the concerns expressed by union. Despite an earlier indication from the union that they would present management with a counter-offer, they instead decided to walk away from the table.

"We believe that our offer was fair and reasonable given today's challenging economic climate", said Mark Macdonell, General Manager, Labour Relations at Canada Post. "The employees in this bargaining unit would receive increased compensation, benefits, an excellent pension, and job security that is second to none."

Some of the key highlights of the offer include:

- Four year contract, providing stability for employees and Canada Post

- A 2.25% wage increase each year for four years;

- A renewal of the cost of living clause (to ensure that salaries do not fall behind the inflation rate);

- A Short Term Disability Program that includes income protection for all employees;;

- Retention of 7 weeks holidays after 28 years service for all employees on strength at the time of contract signing

"We are committed to resolving these discussions in a positive manner, with a collective agreement that meets the needs of both the employees and Canada Post. It is our hope that the union feels as we do and returns to the table to negotiate a new collective agreement," said Macdonell.

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