A Special Mediator has been called in to end the squabble between Canada Post and it’s Union.
President of Local Union 812, Tami Brushey says the union has extended their right to negotiate a 24-hour strike mandate.
“Our national executive board has agreed to the extension, we’re ready to keep negotiating that’s what were wanting to do and the ball is now in Canada Post’s court.”
Brushey believes Ottawa is on the side of the union. “To me, it means the government doesn’t want to strike, we’re very aware in my workplace we don’t want to strike either, were looking for a negotiated agreement, not job action. ”
Federal Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk expects both sides to hammer out an agreement.
Other issues include a new pension structure for new workers, and pay equity for rural postal workers, who make nearly 30% less than their urban counterparts.