Starting January 1, 2020, municipal employees will protect their salaries from inflation. This protection is granted during the last two years of the collective agreement. If the cost of living increases by more than 5.33% over these two years, COLA protection is triggered. In the absence of a new agreement, the union began a series of rotating strikes across the country on 22 October 2018.  Postmen can now combine their manual and sequenced mail in their vehicle prior to delivery, as long as there is no overtime. On June 11, 2020, Ombudsman and Conciliator Elizabeth MacPherson issued her judgment, which serves as the basis for new collective agreements between the Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Sometimes we just need a little help from each other to find our way down this path. In recent weeks, a number of people have sent me an email about the impact of the new business conditions on them. As you know, with the withdrawal of work, whether because of work stoppages or overtime bans or other measures, collective agreements no longer apply and conditions of employment are lagging behind the Canadian Labour Code. We have made a number of specific exceptions, such as the continuation of prescription drug coverage and the creation of a compassionate clause in which individuals can continue to receive benefits in exturing circumstances. One of the consequences of the strikes was that the benefits such as holidays and personal days are no longer to be done. The first major CUPW strike was an illegal strike of feral cats in 1965 (before public sector employees had the right to strike or even create unions) and was the largest illegal strike involving government employees. The action has earned the right to collective bargaining for all public sector employees.
A strike in 1968 and a campaign of resignations in 1970, which led to above-average wage increases, were also strike actions. Other strikes in 1974 and 1975 helped to gain job security in light of new postal technologies. A 1978 strike led CUPW President Jean-Claude Parrot to be jailed when the union opposed laws passed by the Canadian Parliament. The failure to comply with THE CUPW Act created a temporary gap between him and the more conservative Canadian Labour Party convention. In 1981, after another strike, cupW was the first federal public service union in Canada to win the right to maternity leave for its members.