Wherein I plead with Canada Post to do the sensible thing and settle. As if corporations are guided by rational thought.
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.
It all makes perfect sense to me now. At first I thought it strange that the Tory government was ordering its wholly-owned crown corporation and its Tory government-appointed president to open the doors and let CUPW back to work. After all, I would have thought they’d need the blessing of cabinet to stand tall in the saddle and face down those pesky workers, and that the government’s enthusiasm for the lockout would take a lot longer to wane than just a few days.
Not exactly a shock, I suppose, since I worked at CUPW for seven years. But I’m reading a bunch of stuff online about how we ‘must’ support postal workers because of all the great things CUPW has done for workers everywhere, how what Canada Post workers deliver has an important social policy function (aka universal access etc etc), and how important solidarity is etc etc.
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].