In recent weeks, several questions have been asked about the process that led to the renewal of agreements and the tentative MOAs between CUPW and CPC for the Urban and RSMC units.
Q) Why are we having this referendum vote on a two-year renewal when we have been preparing for full-scale bargaining to begin in the autumn?
A) Canada Post came to us with the original proposal to renew the Collective Agreements for a period of two years. The NEB knew the members should decide. The two-year renewal increases our wages, improves our security, and makes some improvements. It also provides an opportunity for CPC to expand into new services that will create new revenue streams and help improve CPC’s financial situation. This will allow CUPW to address outstanding issues and negotiate improvements to our working conditions in the future. Also, no one knows what the post-pandemic economic and political climate will look like. Inflation and a potential change in Government would have a real effect on negotiations.
The NEB believed it was proper and necessary to let the membership decide.