Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have agreed to another 24-hour extension 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 has now been put on hold as well.
In a statement, CUPW national president Mike Palecek said they remain prepared to take action if talks fail.
“We are hopeful that a negotiated settlement may be achieved, but we remain prepared to defend our members and public postal services.”
The union continues to press for pay equity for rural letter carriers, many of whom are female, and proposed changes to Canada Post’s pension plan for future employees.
The latest extension to negotiations came after eBay made a plea to Canadian businesses to write prime minister Justin Trudeau, demanding the government take action to end the labour dispute.
In an email that went out to eBay sellers, along with the PMO’s office, the E-commerce giant formally requested the prime minister to “explore legislative solutions to the current situation” at Canada Post, and that an interruption to parcel service for small and medium sized businesses would have damaging affects to their operations.
Preparing for the worst, many online business are already making changes to their shipping options, electing for other carriers to ensure their customers are not affected by job action, or a halt to service.
Still, Palecek restated that the union’s planned job action would not have a drastic effect on Canada Post customers, and that mail would still reach its destination.
The Crown Corporation says it has no plans to lockout employees, and is committed to mediation.