Canada Post Back-To-Work Legislation Introduced To End CUPW Strike

Canadian couriers are bracing for a possible surge in shipments as the Canada Post strike slips into the holiday gift-mailing season.

The Senate is then set to sit Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday, to deal with the bill, which would go into effect at noon eastern time on the day following royal assent.

That fast-tracking motion passed by a vote of 173-13, whereupon debate immediately resumed on the back-to-work bill itself. All but a handful of NDP MPs staged a walkout during a vote on the motion.

Labour leaders and New Democrat MPs slammed the government for undermining the collective-bargaining process.

Once votes were counted, the House started debate for second reading of Bill C-89.

On Thursday, November 22 Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tabled the bill in the House of Commons, a move that could potentially force employees back to work.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) said members are participating in strike action in Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Campbell River and Courtenay starting at 7 a.m.

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Edmonton postal workers were most recently on strike last weekend, returning to the job Monday night, local union officials said. "Manufactured crisis", read another.

The union has been on a rotating strike schedule for a month.

The federal government tabled back-to-work legislation this week but has held off pushing the bill while a special mediator tries to negotiate a deal.

"And when I say small, I mean really small".

The Canadian Press has reported that two independent senators, Frances Lankin and Diane Griffin, wrote Hajdu expressing their concern that the bill may not be constitutional.

NDP MPs voted against the motion as a caucus. It was challenged in court and found five years later to be unconstitutional, though Hajdu defends this new bill as taking a different, more "fair and balanced" approach.

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