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Arbitration Decision

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Employee Grievance, Suspension, Postal Services Continuation Act, Strike, Collective Agreement, Compulsory Arbitration


The grievances which are the subject of this arbitration were filed under the Postal Services Continuation Act, 1991, S.C. 1991, c. 35, which was passed to bring an end to the postal strike of August and September, 1991. The Act directed the employer to continue or resume postal operations, required every employee to continue or resume the duties of his or her employment, extended the relevant collective agreements to July 31, 1993, and provided for the amendment and revision of the collective agreements by compulsory arbitration. Excepted from period of statutory exten­sion of the collective agreements was the period beginning on August 24, 1991, and ending at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 5, 1991. With respect to that period s. 5(3) and (4) of the Act provide: