WINNIPEG – Months after the start of a bitter labour dispute, The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is getting set to serve strike notice.
Nine months of negotiations between the Canada Post and its largest union have not produced much progress towards a new contract, so the union is expected to strike as early as next week.
They have to issue a three day notice beforehand. That is expected any time between now and next Thursday.
Union President Mike Palecek says timing is a big part of this.
“Our strike mandate expires on the 25th,” he says. “We can’t leave our members in the position where we’re not covered by a strike mandate. Canada Post has previously threatened to unilaterally change our working conditions. We would need to be able to respond to that.”
Pensions and pay equity have been the biggest sticking points in the contract talks.
Earlier this week, the post office reached a deal with one if it’s smaller unions, covering some rural employees.