If you’re planning on mailing anything this week, you may want to look at other options.
The union representing Canadian Postal workers says it’s preparing to issue a 72-hour strike notice “if nothing changes” between now and Thursday.
In a bulletin to members, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it met with Canada Post and the Minister of Labour, and says the crown corporation won’t budge on what it calls “unacceptable” positions on pensions, job security, and working conditions.
It says union leadership is now weighing its options.
“Our National Executive Board (NEB) is meeting this morning to consider the position that Canada Post is maintaining.”
The move comes as stalled negotiations reach a critical stage, with the union’s 60 day strike mandate expiring Thursday.
Last week, Canada Post issued a statement saying that the nine-month negotiation process had reached an “impasse,” and that the union “must adapt to its new reality as Canadians lead increasingly digital lives.”
The crown corporation says it has no interest in supporting CUPW’s request to extend the strike mandate, “which is unprecedented and would be completely inappropriate.”
By law, the union must now either settle with the employer, get a renewed strike mandate from membership, or pull the trigger on issuing 72-hour strike notice.