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16 June 2011,     OTTAWA
Federal legislation will end postal disruption
Bowing to pressure and facing a June 23 deadline for the House of Commons summer break, the federal government yesterday announced it would introduce back-to-work legislation next week to end the postal lockout.

The bill will pass with a majority Conservative government, but could require that the House sits past June 23 if the NDP opposition slows progress.

Legislation would get the mail moving again while mandating an arbitrated settlement to the dispute. There is still time for Canada Post management and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to reach an agreement, and yesterday Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra said he would be willing to meet with CUPW president Denis Lemelin one more time. But that seemed unlikely.

In the meantime, no mail is being delivered as Canada Post has locked out its workers in a bid to force a resolution to the dispute, which centres over pensions, sick leave and wages, particularly for new hires.

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