Mail moving by Tuesday
Published Monday, June 27, 2011 6:12PM MDT
A special session in Ottawa over the weekend passed back to work legislation that forced striking Canada Post workers back to the job.
The legislation to end the lockout imposed a smaller wage increase than Canada Post was offering during initial negotiations.
As a result, closed and partially closed post offices will also fully reopen tomorrow.
Since it will take 24 hours for the back to work order to take effect, locked out workers are still walking the picket lines.
"Until this afternoon, we're still locked out," said Brett Miller, mail carrier. "6:30 our time, we'll get the order to officially go back in."
Calgary CUPW president Anna Beale hopes Canada Post has a plan for delivery. "There's mail between cities, there is mail in private outlets. Hopefully the employer is going to set up some sort of schedule so it's not backed up on the Deerfoot."
Forty-eight thousand urban postal workers began a series of rotating strikes on June 3, after failing to come to an agreement with Canada Post.
Wages for new employees, sick days and the company's plan for the future were among the sticking points between the Crown corporation and its employees.
In the early days of the rotating strikes, the post office and the union remained engaged in negotiations. But the two sides didn't get very far and Canada Post announced June 14 that it was locking out its striking workers.
A day later, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt signalled that the government would table back-to-work legislation if the two sides couldn't reach a deal.