Yesterday, without any warning, CPC announced that they would not proceed with their witnesses that were scheduled to appear in the afternoon and today. Their decision will delay the arbitration for several weeks. December 19th, was the 38th day of arbitration.
The Arbitrator has done everything that she can to keep this case moving, however Canada Post appears to have its own agenda and is now not planning to complete its case until at least February 28, 2020. They have now added a new “expert witness” to their list of witnesses.
On December 19, 2019 the Minister of Labour granted the Arbitrator’s request for an extension of her mandate until June 30, 2020.
We completed our cross-examination of CPC Witness Sanjay Paliwal on December 3. We then heard evidence from Susan Whiteley, Director of Delivery Strategy, on RSMC issues in dispute. She continued her testimony on December 6 and we completed her cross examination on the morning of December 19. The next scheduled date is January 15, 2020.
You’re working hard during this holiday season again and you deserve negotiated collective agreements. If you celebrate it, have a happy holiday season.