Canadian Postal Union Seeks Settlement

Montreal Gazette
November 4, 2011

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is hoping that Thursday’s resignation of a federally-appointed arbitrator will give way to a negotiated settlement between the CUPW and Canada Post, the Canadian postal service. Retired justice Coulter Osborne officially resigned from the case yesterday, citing concerns about a recent court order that may stay arbitration proceedings until a related act of parliament can be reviewed.

“As a consequence of a Federal Court of Canada order staying the arbitration until the completion of the broadly based attack as to the constitutionality of the Restoring Mail Deliver For Canadians Act, it is apparent to me that the arbitration will not continue for a lengthy period of time,” Osborne wrote in his resignation letter. The act was written in June as an effort to force over 50,000 postal employees back to work after a series of protests and lock-outs.

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