While the looming threat of a transit strike has moved to the backburner, it’s looking like mailboxes across the country could soon go empty.
Mail delivery could grind to a halt as early as next month, as the clock ticks down on contract negotiations between Posties and Canada Post.
The deadline before legal job action is July 2nd, and Canadian Union of Postal Workers Union national president Mike Palecek says talks aren’t going well.
“So right now, we’re very far apart.”
Jon Hamilton, spokesperson for the crown corporation says there’s still time cut a deal by the deadline. But when asked what Canada Post would do if nothing was inked by then?
“Obviously we can’t drag this on forever. But we’re committed to negotiating, but we need to see some movement from the union.”
Palacek says the union is convinced it will be locked out, and soon.
“Every indication is that they’re moving towards locking us out. The first day they would be legally able to do that is July second.”
“They’ve been making preparations and informing the public as well as all of their biggest customers that they expect the post office to be shutting down.”
Postal workers have been without a contract since the beginning of the year, and are locked in tough negotiations over pay for rural posties, pension structure, and job security.