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Canadian Postal Strike Looming


Pensions for new hires is one of the main sticking points as talks between Canada Post and its 50,000 unionized workers go down to the wire, with the post office warning services could come to a halt by July 2.

Canada Post, which turned a $44-million profit in the first quarter of 2016, is insisting that new employees receive a less generous pension package than the one offered to existing letter carriers and postal plant workers. “They are asking us to sell out our future co-workers and agree to major cuts,” Mike Palecek, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), says. Of management’s recent refusal to extend negotiations, he says “They don’t really want to give us a chance to settle a deal. They want us out and they want the public to blame the postal workers for management’s decisions.”

Canada Post and the union have been in negotiations since December 2015. The post office, a Crown Corporation, has made up for declines in letter mail and now delivers two out of every three purchases that Canadians make online. Canada Post grew its parcel revenue by 12.5 percent in the first three months of 2016.

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