Liberals pass fast tracking motion on Canada Post back to work bill



On Monday, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers turned down an offer for a cooling off period that would have seen the 50,000 workers get a 1,000 dollar bonus to work through the holiday period.

Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas wouldn't come without a back-to-work bill, added CUPW president Mike Palecek. "We're going to be there until the legislation is hopefully rejected". "We wouldn't come down this road, (but) we have exhausted every option", she said.

"Obviously we're outraged. It's another violation of our constitutional rights".

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"We went to court and won this fight after the 2011 legislation", the union said in a statement on its website.

Hajdu said at the time that it was not a step she took lightly and still was hopeful the two sides would strike a deal before legislation would be imposed, but on Friday she was decisive that this strike needed to end, calling postal service "essential".

"It could be the long-haul", said another across DC at the Canada Post depot location. "People have been getting their mail and online orders delivered".

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A vote on the motion to speed the legislation through the Commons could come as early as Friday. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers' right to strike, the bill violated their right to freedom of association and expression.

Meanwhile, the federal government is trying to push a back-to-work bill through the Commons.

Disruptions to the postal service have been occurring since October 22, when members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers began holding rotating walkouts to push for their contract demands.

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"Negotiated agreements are always the best solution", Hajdu told parliament as she unveiled the bill. Canada Post has said clearing the backlog that's built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, could take into 2019.

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