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US and Canadian Postal Services Continue Union Negotiations

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Canada PostThe US Postal Service extended contract negotiations with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), with no disruption to delivery. Meanwhile in Canada, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) are engaged in rotating strikes, and both sides are in disagreement as to the extent of the impact on delivery. Today, there was a new development as Canadian legislators entered the fray.

The USPS contract with the APWU expired on September 20, 2018, and both sides mutually decided to extend negotiations to December 7, 2018.

In Canada, workers began striking earlier last month after nearly a year of negotiations failed to produce agreement. Canada Post said the strikes have created massive backlogs of mail and parcels already in its network, “just days before we expect millions more parcels from Black Friday and Cyber Monday online sales.” It said the strikes, in their fifth week, have touched virtually every Canada Post facility and every Canadian address.

The CUPW disputes that account, calling it a “manufactured crisis” and a tactic by the postal service to get the government to intervene. “Toronto local reports that rather than the “hundreds of trailers” that Canada Post reported, they have about seventy – a backlog that can probably be cleared in a few days.”

Today, the Canadian government introduced back-to-work legislation. eBay has been one of the parties pressuring the federal government to act, saying the disruption harms small businesses.

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The CUPW condemned the Canadian federal government’s back-to-work legislation.

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