Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 20, 2011 14:06 ET

Minister Raitt Urges Canada Post and CUPW to Reach an Agreement

Federal mediator is assisting parties in negotiations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2011) - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, emphasized the importance for Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) – Urban Operations Unit to reach an agreement.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting unions and employers, while advancing stable labour relations," said Minister Raitt. "Canadians want a good postal service. I urge both parties to promptly come to an agreement with the assistance from the federal mediator," Minister Raitt added.

The collective agreement covering a unit of approximately 50 000 postal workers expired on January 31, 2011. Negotiations between Canada Post and CUPW – Urban Operations Unit started in October 2010, but despite important progress, are not yet concluded. The parties will acquire the legal right to strike or lockout on May 25, 2011, at 12:01 a.m.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was established to provide dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.

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Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Special Assistant, Media Relations
    Office of Minister Raitt
    819-953-5646

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559