Last month, it was the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, with a 72 hour lock-out notice axe swinging above their heads.
Over the week-end, the postal workers were threatening a rolling overtime ban if no agreement was reached.
Well, no agreement was reached, but maybe there is a little light at the end of the mail train tunnel, because both sides are agreeing to a 24 hour extension on talks.
The main issues is this disagreement seem to be pretty black and white. Will there be pay equity for rural and urban employees? Will incoming workers get the same pensions the current staff gets?
Can you even meet in the middle on either of those issues?
On the bargaining side, Canada Post says declines in mail volume are affecting the bottom line, but the union says the corporation is still making millions.
Kudos to the postal workers for trying to maintain a proper pay and pension plan, but in the background, I’m hearing from those who have been long looking for work, and they’d be happy to get whatever postal workers get without complaint.
Let me know where your sympathies lie.