Back-to-work legislation was tabled on June 20 to end the Canada Post lockout and return mail delivery service, but the NDP does not want this to happen and will do what they can to delay legislation.
If the legislation goes through, Canada Post and the CUPW will each present their final offer to a federally appointed arbitrator, who will choose one the offers and make a binding decision. During this time, the lockout would end and mail delivery would begin again.
Rotating strikes began on June 3. Services were cut back to three days a week starting June 13 with a full lockout coming into effect on June 14. Canada Post has stated a loss of about $100 million due to the rotating strikes, which led them to lockout workers completely in hopes of minimizing further loss.
Although the lockout was in effect, government issued cheques were still delivered on June 20.
Canada Post and the CUPW are still talking after months of negotiating but are still not coming to an agreement. Some of the major issues in dispute include pay and sick leave.
Due to the ineffectiveness of negotiations, the government is prepared to put the bill to a vote quickly, possibly resuming mail service by the end of the week.