It appears if or when Canada Post workers begin job action against the Crown Corporation, the public can expect little to no impact on mail delivery.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ 72 strike action notice, issued last Thursday, was set to expire at midnight.
While CUPW members could walk off the job, the plan was to rotate overtime bans from province-to-province on a daily basis beginning Monday in Alberta and the North West Territories.
Under the proposal, nearly 51,000 postal workers would continue delivering mail and working up to 8 hours a day.
That plan was put on hold for 24 hours shortly before the strike deadline, after both sides agreed to return to the bargaining table at the request of the mediator who joined in the talks on Friday.
The news should provide a bit of relief to Canadians who’ve been anxious about whether they can mail letters and packages, and expect them to arrive at their intended destination in a timely fashion.
Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton doubts the threat of an overtime ban will pressure the Crown Corporation to back down, noting the two sides remain far apart on a number of issues.
Those include overtime, pay equity for rural letter carriers, many of whom are female, and proposed changes to Canada Post’s pension plan for future employees.
The Crown Corporation says it has no plans to lockout employees, and is committed to mediation.
Since the job action was only delayed 24 hours, we hope to get an update Monday afternoon on how talks are progressing.