It looks like mail service won’t grind to a halt, even if postal workers and Canada Post fail to come to terms in protracted negotiations tonight.
The union representing 51,000 postal workers issued a 72-hour notice of job action Thursday, with a negotiation deadline set to expire at midnight eastern tonight.
We’re now getting a better idea of what that job action will look like.
In a statement today the union says barring a breakthrough, posties in Alberta and the Northwest Territories will refuse to work overtime tomorrow.
The overtime ban will then rotate province-to-province one day at a time.
The union says overtime has been a key sticking point, claiming the crown corporation should hire more staff rather than relying on it.
Other hot button issues in the dispute include pension structure, job security, and rural-urban pay differences.
The union has been without a contract since the beginning of the year, leading to an intense standoff between the two sides over the summer.