However, the catch is that these are only two year deals. After over nine months of negotiations, which needed to include a mediator at the end, the two sides only have a temporary fix. There was no long term commitment to this deal, because neither side made much headway on what they saw as the big issues in these negotiations.
Canada Post said it themselves, this “provides more time for thoughtful discussion and analysis.”
These deals can best be described as a 'two year ceasefire'. The war has not ended between the two sides, neither side is truly happy yet.
For a service that is, according to Canada Post, dealing with declining mail volumes, and in the eyes of some Canadians, losing relevance, you would think both sides would have the shared goal of a long term pact.
But instead, the other issues; of pensions, pay equity for rural and urban carriers, and the uncertainty of the results of the federal government’s review of the service; loomed too large over these negotiations, so both sides opted for only a short term solution.
Yes, these deals do create the short term certainty for business owners and customers that their products will be delivered, but when the collective agreements expire, both sides will be back at the table and the heated conversations on all the other issues will once again commence.
Unfortunately, despite the fact the two sides have agreed on a deal, there is not a lot to be optimistic about at Canada Post.
Not much has been achieved, and there is a lot more work to do.