11/18/08

Post Office On Strike

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Work stoppage may offer U.S. a preview of Obama labor policy

Canada Post administration and technical staff went on strike early yesterday in a dispute over disability and family-leave benefits. The 2,100 members of the Union of Postal Communications Employees include counter staff, technical support and other support positions.

Canada Post issued a statement late Sunday saying mail delivery would not be affected by the walkout, which follows a breakdown of negotiations last week.

The key issue in the dispute is a proposed rollback in sick leave provisions, union president Richard Desaulniers said.

In a statement, Canada Post said its "final offer" included a short-term disability program that includes income protection for all employees, plus a 2.5 per cent wage increase in the first two years of a four-year contract and a further 2.75 per cent in the final two years.

Desaulniers said the offer has not yet been presented to the union bargaining team.

"They gave that (offer) through the mediator," he said.

(canadaeast.com)

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