The Canadian Press has reported that the union representing thousands of Canada Post workers said it will stay at the bargaining table, averting a potential strike deadline of Wednesday, September 26. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) said that it would not issue a 72-hour notice of job action, giving Canada Post’s negotiators an opportunity to address the union’s demands, which include higher wages and better working conditions.
Both sides have been bargaining for separate collective agreements for the past nine months. They were facing a Wednesday, September 26 deadline of 12:01 a.m. (EST) for a possible strike or lockout after conciliated talks failed to reach an agreement earlier this month. This would have impacted printers nationwide, many of who have already made contingency plans. While the two sides continue talking, the union warned that its members may still face a work stoppage if there’s no progress in bargaining negotiations. A spokeswoman for Canada Post said late on Monday that both sides were working hard to reach negotiated agreements. We’ll keep you up to date.