UPDATE AUGUST 30: Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have again agreed to extend mediation aimed at resolving their labour dispute by another 24 hours. Both sides will continue to negotiate through a special mediator into Tuesday.
POSTED AUGUST 29: The Canadian Union of Postal Workers on Thursday, August 25, provided Canada Post with 72-hour strike notices. As a result, the union was in a legal position to commence strike action on Sunday, August 28.
Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) spent this past weekend negotiating with the help of a special mediator. On Monday morning, August 29, the two sides agreed to extend mediation by 24 hours.
Shortly after CUPW issued its 72-hour strike notices this past Thursday, MaryAnn Mihychuk, Canada’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, appointed a special mediator to assist in negotiations. Canada Post stated: “We hope that the assistance of a neutral third party will help both parties address the real challenges facing the postal service caused by declining mail volumes and increasing pension obligations.”
The current collective agreements remained in effect until late-Monday night, barring another extension or settlement.
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