Posties returning to work

Letter carriers are expected back on the job this week after the Senate approved Sunday a bill ordering locked-out Canada Post workers back to their jobs.

Letter carriers are expected back on the job this week after the Senate approved Sunday a bill ordering locked-out Canada Post workers back to their jobs.

The government tabled back-to-work legislation last Monday after Canada Post locked out the union in the midst of rotating strikes that began early in the month.

The legislation provides members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers slightly lower wages than the last offer from Canada Post.

Talks between the two sides collapsed last Wednesday, and in a last-ditch effort Saturday.

The union started rotating strike action June 3 after eight months of failed negotiations. The main issues, according to CUPW, are unsafe work methods, a 22-per-cent wage reduction for new hires and the elimination of a short-term disability plan. Canada Post says changes are necessary due to declining letter volumes — 17 per cent per household in the past five years — and a $3.2 billion pension shortfall.