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Raitt Introduces Legislation to End Canada Postal Strike

June 20, 2011

(Updates with Raitt comment in third paragraph.)

June 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Canadian government introduced legislation today aimed at ending a work stoppage at Canada Post.

Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said lawmakers will start debate on the law Tuesday, and the Conservative government could use its parliamentary majority to force an end to debate, ensuring the bill will be approved before the legislature leaves for its summer break.

“It’s still important for the parties to try to find their own process, because they can bring this to an end quickly,” Raitt said.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post have been unable to reach a contract for about 48,000 letter carriers in urban areas. The union began a series of rotating strikes June 2, and the company locked out the workers on June 14.

The legislation sets out annual pay raises of between 1.5 percent and 2 percent until the end of 2014. Raitt said it sets out a process of “final selection binding arbitration” where a federal arbitrator picks between offers submitted by the two sides on non-salary issues.

--Editors: Paul Badertscher, Kevin Costelloe

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Mayeda in Ottawa at amayeda@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Badertscher at pbadertscher@bloomberg.net


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