The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it’s “politely declining” binding arbitration.
In a statement released on Thursday morning, CUP-W says it’s a “matter of principle,” and that pay equity is too important to be left to this option.
Mike Palacek, National President of CUP-W:
“We appreciate the offer to help, but paying women equally for work of equal value is the law of the land; it’s not something that can be awarded or withheld by an arbitrator.”
Meantime, with the threat of a Canada Post work stoppage looming, small local businesses are scrambling for a solution.
Leanne Campbell relies on Canada Post for her two online businesses, and says a lockout would cost her big time.
“Having to fork out quite a bit more for another courier makes a big impact.”
She sells greeting cards and baked goods.
“That will affect of course my income, and also affect the people that would normally purchase from me – like from Alberta or Nova Scotia.”
Nicole Vaslot sells reusable women’s cloth pads overseas.
She stopped shipping last week as a precaution.
“The cost of shipping with any other places is outrageous. Most of my products are $10. If a person were to order a $10 item, the shipping could be $15.”
Both Campbell and Vaslot say they’re sticking with Canada Post, despite the uncertainty.