Our PSAC bargaining team and management at Canada Post were back at the negotiations table in Ottawa from September 27 to 29, 2017.
Our PSAC bargaining team met in caucus for two days and reviewed in detail the global offer that Canada Post tabled on August 9, 2017. Our team fully considered the employer’s offer and prepared a counter-proposal which we tabled on September 27. Both parties met and discussed a number of outstanding issues.
One of the key outstanding issues is the employer’s demand to replace our current job security protections with an inferior layoff and recall provisions. On this issue, our bargaining team discussed with the employer a letter of understanding that commits both parties to work together to resolve outstanding surplus-employee issues once this round of bargaining concludes. This is an alternative to the full gutting of our job security protections.
Our bargaining team also revised a number of our original proposals (such as Bereavement Leave and Leave for Family Related Responsibilities) to match what we agreed to in bargaining earlier this year between PSAC and Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS).
On the last day of our bargaining, the employer responded to our counter proposal and both parties agreed to return to the table the week of October 30 to continue our discussions. Our bargaining team remains hopeful that a negotiated settlement can be reached, and we will be working hard over the coming period to get a fair collective agreement for all our members at Canada Post.
Between now and the next bargaining session, our union will be holding townhall meetings to share more information on the state of negotiations and to hear back from our members across the country. Please stay tuned for information on dates, times and locations of these townhall meetings.
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