Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached tentative agreements.
The announcement from Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk on Tuesday evening follows months of talks under the threat of a labour dispute and two 24-hour extensions to talks at the request of the federal mediator.
CUPW said it would begin job action on Monday, with union members refusing to work overtime hours, starting in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. After a special mediator was brought in Friday, that plan was stayed. Further job action was threatened with the same refusal to work overtime in British Columbia and the Yukon starting Tuesday morning, but was put on hold as well.
A statement from Mihychuk states agreements have been reached “voluntarily” but provides no details about them. Both sides still must ratify the deal.
Two of the main issues during negotiations were differences in paycheques for rural mail carriers – most of whom are women – and urban letter carriers as well as potential changes to pensions for new hires.