Less than three months after commencing bargaining for the renewal of the collective agreement, which expires on August 31st, 2020, PSAC-UPCE and Canada Post Corporation reached a tentative agreement on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
The agreement will be put to a ratification vote by PSAC-UPCE members across the country. Once ratified by the parties, the agreement will have an expiry date of August 31, 2024.
PSAC-UPCE members will receive a separate communique very shortly with details on the ratification voting process.
PSAC-UPCE and Canada Post Corporation have come to an agreement despite the COVID-19 pandemic. PSAC members across the core public service and agencies are still without a contract while they continue to deliver key, quality and essential services to Canadians in these tough times. If an agreement at Canada Post was possible, the same can be done at Treasury Board. We call on Treasury Board Secretariat to return to the table and negotiate a fair deal for the workers and all Canadians.
Background on this round of bargaining
Earlier this year, PSAC-UPCE announced that we would head into early negotiations with Canada Post Corporation to reach a new collective agreement before the current one expires in August 2020. In this context, the parties commenced bargaining on January 27th, 2020.
The parties began negotiations on a set of priority issues that were agreed to as part of the Letter of Understanding signed on December 12, 2019 outlining the parameters of this expedited process. The parties revised the original timelines to reach a deal to May 1, 2020. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became more imperative for the parties to double their efforts and reach a fair agreement.