Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have reportedly reached a tentative deal despite having no arbitrator.
The Toronto Star
said in an article
on Friday that the union told members that it reached a tentative collective agreement. It also reached a separate agreement
for a smaller unit that represents rural mail carriers (RSMC).
During the summer a judge threw out the federal government’s second appointed arbitrator Guy Dufort
, saying "his work as a lawyer for Canada Post and as a Conservative Party candidate raised the perception of bias," according to the Star
The union previously retained constitutional lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo of Ontario's Walkerton tainted-water inquiry fame to fight back-to-work legislation
introduced by the Conservatives to end the postal lockout (following rolling strikes) last year.
Cavalluzzo said in an email response today there hasn't been a hearing yet.
CUPW has not commented on what exactly this would mean if the union won the case against the back-to-work legislation.