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Postal union challenges constitutionality of government's back-to-work bill

Last Updated Dec 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm PDT

Striking Canada Post workers walk the picket line in front of the Saint-Laurent sorting facility in Montreal on Thursday November 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The union representing Canada Post workers is going to court to challenge the legislation that forced its members back to work.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) argues the move is unconstitutional because it violated its right to collective bargaining.

Their members have been back on the job for about two weeks after the feds brought in the law, ending a series of rotating strikes that had crippled the postal service.

This news comes one day after the government appointed a mediator to bring the labour dispute to an end.

CUPW national president Mike Palecek says the government can’t legislate labour peace.

The union’s lawyer says the back-to-work legislation was passed after Canada Post created a “false emergency” over a backlog of parcels at the Crown corporation’s sorting plants.

Canada Post said Monday that, while letter mail is moving well, parcel deliveries are sporadic and delivery delays are expected through January as a result of the rotating walkouts that ended Nov. 27.