CBC Ottawa is reporting this morning. But doesn’t say where. Allow me to guess – no swing ridings, no otherwise vulnerable government MPs. Because superboxes suck. CPC spokesmuppet Jon Hamilton admits as much. I’ve said it before, Canada Post, even if you’re hell bent on getting rid of as many postal workers as possible – which of course you are…
Canada Post grand plan pronouncements (especially when there’s bargaining to be done) have a habit of not coming true or being counter-factual, but this latest, about the crown corporation phasing out urban door to door delivery warrants a response.
The Toronto Star is reporting that CUPW has tossed aside all the business about Tory hack arbitrators and reached a settlement with Canada Post. Face to face. I’m not surprised. They’ve done it before, but it’s heartening to see that it can still happen. If the government would just butt out and leave the two sides to duke it out.
In uniondom we talk a lot about the ‘right to free collective bargaining’. I expect most of us realize the meaning of that phrase is lost on most people in the country and even on most amongst union members. If anyone asks me my professional opinion, I’ll usually tell them that bemoaning its loss – as recently happened with Canada Post and Air Canada – is usually a non-starter from a communications perspective.
They do this every time. The union prepares a global offer, presumably with the hope of reaching a settlement, Canada Post’s negotiators go off and huddle to consider it and then – even mid huddle – the corporate communications team comes out with a statement denouncing the union’s demands because they would [insert numeric factoid intimating dramatically higher costs here].