WINNIPEG – The job action that may be coming from postal workers shouldn’t affect your home mail delivery.
Canadian Union of Postal Workers president Mike Palecek tells 680 CJOB if it happens, you probably won’t notice.
“Rotating on a daily basis, from province to province and it’ll simply be a refusal to work additional hours or overtime. So, it shouldn’t impact the service to the public, they can count on getting their mail,” said Palecek.
CUP-W and Canada Post will sit down with special mediator, William Kaplan, today, in the hopes of kick-starting talks that have stalled after 9 months of going nowhere.
Both sides are still far apart on issues of pay equity and pension changes.
MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour provided the following statement on the situation:
“I announced yesterday that I would appoint a special mediator to assist Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in reaching an agreement that would avoid a work stoppage. Today, I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Mr. William Kaplan, a highly respected mediator and arbitrator, to assist the parties. Mr. Kaplan joins the team of federal mediators working with the two parties including Guy Baron, Director General of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, who will also support this engagement. I am hopeful that this will bring a new perspective to the negotiating table, which could motivate the parties to find a solution and move beyond their current impasse.
I continue to closely monitor the situation.”