NORTH DURHAM: The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has once again decided to push back their strike mandate deadline to continue negotiations with a federal mediator.
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, The Standard’s press time, the union announced they were pushing back their strike deadline to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The union announced their first delay of their strike mandate late on Sunday, Aug. 28, deciding to push back their possible strike action deadline by 24 hours.
On Friday, Aug 26, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk appointed William Kaplan the role of mediator during the ongoing negotiations.
“I am hopeful that this will bring a new perspective to the negotiating table, which could motivate the parties to find a solution and move beyond their current impasse,” the Labour Minister said in a statement on Friday.
In a press release, Canada Post said they will “fully cooperate in the process” and they “hope that the assistance of a neutral third party will help both parties address the real challenges” facing the industry.
CUPW President Mike Palecek said, in a press release, if postal workers do decide to take job action, it “will cause little to no disruption for the public.”
“We’ll still be delivering mail every day,” he said.
The possible strike action is expected to include the refusal of postal employees to work overtime.