OTTAWA – Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached tentative agreements.
The announcement on Tuesday evening follows months of negotiations under the threat of a labour dispute.
In a statement, Canada Post said the agreements are for a period of two years, rather than the typical four year contracts.
“The issues facing the Corporation, with declining mail volumes and growing pension obligation, are complex,” Canada Post said in the statement. “This approach provides more time for thoughtful discussion and analysis on how to best address these issues without the ongoing threat of a work disruptions.”
Two of the main issues during talks were difference in pay for rural mail carriers and urban letter carriers along with potential changes to pensions for new employees.
While it’s unclear if those issues were addressed, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said agreements had been reached ‘voluntarily’.
The tentative deals follows a weekend where CUPW threatened job action starting on Monday. There were two 24-hour extensions at the request of a federal mediator.
“We’re pleased that our members don’t have to resort to taking job action,” said Mike Palecek, national president of CUPW in a brief statement.
The agreements must still be ratified by the 50,000 postal workers across the country.