Vote on tentative CUPW, Canada Post deal expected in October

By Jill Sperling
September 1, 2016 - 9:12am Updated: September 1, 2016 - 5:35pm

KAMLOOPS — When Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) reached a tentative deal on Tuesday, Aug 30, it came as a relief to Kamloops Local 758, but there's still the matter of a vote to ratify the agreement.

The deal incorporates much of what the union was asking for, including raises for urban and rural carriers and a continuation of the workers' pension plan. 

Union members are expected to vote on the deal in October. 

"It's going to take a while," said Patricia Nauss, Vice President of Kamloops Local 758. "There's 54,000 members, so we're looking around the beginning of October because they've got to set all of the schedules up, and they've got to send us out the tentative agreement. We actually haven't seen the whole agreement that they've agreed to, so we have to wait for that."

If the agreement is ratified CUPW and Canada Post will likely be back at the bargaining table in a year and a half, but for that time mail would continue to move without the threat of a labour stoppage.

"We know now that for the next year and a half we're going to be able to work under a contract and keep delivering the mail, and the public doesn't have to worry about what's going to happen," Nauss said. "If we had stayed in flux, like just a holding pattern, who knows what would happen in the next six months? We don't like that uncertainty."

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