DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: A postal strike has been averted, as Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached tentative agreements.
The announcement was made late on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The agreements are reportedly for two years, which is shorter than the usual four year pacts. The two sides had been working the past week with a federally appointed mediator.
In a statement issued to The Standard, a spokesperson for Canada Post said they were “pleased to have reached tentative short-term agreements” and added the agreements bring “much-needed certainty in the postal system” for employees as well as for customers.
The agreements must go through the next step of being ratified.
As of press time, not much was known about the deals, other than the term, as they had not yet been brought to the union members for ratification. The union has not yet set the dates across the country for ratification, but are looking at some time in October.
However, the union did caution, in a press release, that many of the issues are still unresolved and added “the next year and a half will decide the future of the post office for decades.”
Both sides have stated that these agreements will give them time to gather more information on the issues facing the post office.
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