UPDATE 08/31/16: Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached a tentative agreement, hopefully avoiding the strike that has been looming over their discussions.
UPDATE 08/30/16: The two parties are still bargaining, and have agreed to another 24 hour extension as suggested by a federal mediator. Some of the key issues still on the table are pension changes for new employees and pay scales for rural postal workers.
UPDATE 08/29/16: The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has said that their original plan to begin an overtime ban at midnight on Sunday has been placed on hold for 24 hours. This gives the Union more time to try to reach a negotiated settlement with Canada Post, with the deadline for the strike notice now being tonight (Monday) at midnight.
UPDATE 08/26/16: The union representing a majority of workers at Canada Post has issued a 72-hour notice of job action while it tries to bargain an agreement with the Crown corporation. The Union says that the notice announces their upcoming plans, which will not involve a full walkout. It is not currently clear if the job action will affect delivery.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers will be holding a news conference this morning in Ottawa with an update on their contract negotiations with Canada Post.
The strike mandate expires today (Thursday), and workers could be on strike by Monday, if the 72-hour notice is given on Thursday. Canada Post also has the option to lock out workers on Thursday too.
The union is reminding members that they must continue to show up for work until a strike is launched.
If there is a strike or lockout, any letter mail and parcels in transit at sortation facilities will remain there until service begins again.
The only exceptions are Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, Working Income Tax Benefit and the new Canada Child Benefit cheques, these cheques are considered essential and will still be delivered.
When Justin Trudeau was in Barrie on Wednesday, he’s said many times that Ottawa will respect the collective bargaining process.