Canada Post and its union have reached a tentative 2 year agreement, averting a labour dispute.
In a statement, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says the agreement was reached voluntarily, but details were not released.
A main sticking point in the negotiation was the issue of differences in pay for rural mail carriers and urban letter carriers.
The negotiations were extended twice since the weekend, when a deadline expired on a 72-hour job action notice issued last Thursday by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
Canada Post Statement
Canada Post is pleased to have reached tentative short-term agreements with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). The agreements will avert a work disruption, bringing much-needed certainty in the postal system for our employees and customers. Canadians can now use the postal system with confidence. This is especially important as Canadian businesses large and small are already planning for the upcoming holiday shipping season.
These agreements are for a period of two years, rather than the typical four-year contracts negotiated in the past. The issues facing the Corporation, with declining mail volumes and a growing pension obligation, are complex. This approach provides more time for thoughtful discussion and analysis on how to best address these issues without the ongoing threat of a work disruption. The agreements must be ratified by members.
Canada Post would also like to thank the mediators for their help in bringing a neutral perspective to the discussions.