On June 14, Canada Post, state owned yet independent, reacted to 12 days of rotating strikes by locking out 50,000 postal workers led by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
In justification, the company cited $100 million in losses the strike has caused and CUPW refusal to cooperate in dealing with declining mail volumes and a $3.2-billion pension deficit.
CUPW spokesperson Gerry Deveau alleges the corporation is pushing the government "to legislate us back to work and legislate some type of unfavorable collective agreement." CUPW had offered to suspend further walkouts if Canada Post restored a lapsed agreement on employment conditions ("collective agreement"). The union, reports CBC News, objects to proposed mail-processing technology and reduced wages for new hires.