Canada Post workers could vote to strike soon

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It has been a while since Canadian Post workers gone on strike and the union president says his members are overworked.

Strike votes were held at locals across the country between August 7 and September 9, and an overwhelming number of rural and suburban mail carriers voted to walk out if an agreement can’t be reached with Canada Post.

That could happen as early as September 26, shutting down mail delivery, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has warned.

Negotiations began in November 2017, with mediated talks starting in January. The collective agreement for the rural and suburban letter carriers, with about 8,000 members, expired Dec. 31, 2017, while the collective agreement for the urban postal operations unit, which has 42,000 members, expired Jan. 31, 2018.

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Wages and working conditions are main issues that need to be settled.

A spokesperson from Canada Post declined a request for an interview from CBC but provided a written statement that said talks are continuing with the union to find common ground. -CINEWS

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