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Canada Post workers propose new deal, won't strike before Wednesday, union says

A Canada Post employee fills a community mail box in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been in negotiations since December for its 50,000 delivery and plant employees. The workers are in a legal strike or lockout position as of Saturday if an agreement isn’t reached.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
July 02, 2016 - 10:15 AM

The union representing postal workers says it has presented Canada Post with new offers, and workers won't be striking before Wednesday.

Provided that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers gives 72 hours notice, 50,000 of its members are legally allowed to strike starting Saturday, and Canada Post is also allowed to lock out its workers.

But CUPW representatives say the union hasn't presented its notice.

The union and Canada Post both say the number one sticking point in negotiations involves changes to employee pension plans.

Canada Post tabled new contract proposals a week ago, and on Friday, the union came forward with a counter-offer.

The union is proposing wage hikes, and rejecting Canada Post's suggestion that new employees get a pension plan that operates like an RRSP, called defined contribution, instead of the defined benefit plan for current employees that guarantees a set level of retirement benefits.

The last time Canada Post experienced a work stoppage was in 2011, which included 10 days of rotating strikes and a lockout before employees were legislated back to work by Ottawa.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2016
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