December 23, 2008

Canadian postal admin. workers end strike

A strike by 2,100 administrative workers in Canada's postal system ended Tuesday with ratification of a new contract in Ottawa.

Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada union went on strike Nov. 17 in a dispute over wages, employee sick leave and family-related leave.

The strike didn't affect sorters or delivery workers, although it impacted administrative, financial, technical and professional duties, particularly in the Toronto area, the PSAC Web site said.

In an early Tuesday vote, members agreed to Canada Post's offer of a 2.5-percent increase in 2008 and 2009, a 2.75-percent increase in 2010 and 2011 for a four-year contract and a $500 signing bonus.

The workers' contract expired Aug. 31.

The Canwest News Service said the new contract will give employees a total of 12 personal leave days annually, with the option (to) receive a payout should workers choose not to carry over their allotted amount.