Narrowly missing a strike earlier this week, Canada Post and the union representing more than 50,000 of the Crown agency’s employees have agreed to meet over the weekend.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says its National President Mike Palecek and Canada Post Interim President and CEO Jessica McDonald, along with a few members of the CUPW National Executive Board and senior management representatives of Canada Post, will attend the weekend meeting in hopes of unblocking negotiations.
The union issued wide-ranging contract proposals to the Crown corporation nearly two weeks ago, but said Thursday it had not yet received a response, reports The Canadian Press. The two sides have been bargaining separate contracts for the carrier’s urban and rural employees for nine months, with no success.
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An original early Wednesday deadline for job action passed with the union saying it would not issue a mandatory 72-hour strike notice if there was progress at the bargaining table.
— With files from The Canadian Press
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