Canada Post Collective Agreement 2019
Legislation passed by the Canadian government ordered the Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) to resolve a tariff dispute through an interest rate-setting process. The mediation procedure, and then conciliation, were introduced into the legislation which put an end to a series of rotating strikes by the Union. The parties had conducted collective bargaining but had not reached an agreement. The legislation stipulated that the Minister of Labour would determine the issues in the interest rate arbitration process. However, the minister gave the arbitrator the power to make that decision. The arbitrator is also empowered to rule on the terms of the collective agreement. The parties met with arbitrator Elizabeth McPherson, a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, in mid-January 2019 at that time, the arbitrator decided to ask questions still controversial. The parties agreed to convene evidence and make submissions in a traditional arbitration proceeding, which will be heard on different dates in February and March 2019. CUPW received the decision of arbitrator Elizabeth MacPherson regarding collective agreements for our two bargaining units at The Canada Post: Urban Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers. A collective agreement is a written law contract covering workers grouped into a bargaining unit. The contract is concluded through collective bargaining between the union and the employer. blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2019/01/16/arbitration-begins-canada-post-workers/ It has been more than a year since the federal government returned to work after a month of rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
As part of the negotiations, arbitrator Elizabeth MacPherson granted wage increases of two per cent for 2018, two per cent for 2019, 2.5 per cent for 2020 and 2.9 per cent for 2021. These wage increases apply on January 1 of each year for rural and suburban workers and February 1 for urban workers. Younger retirees who were still working for Canada Post after the first bump are also entitled to retroactive pay increases.