A potential strike or lockout is looming at Canada Post.
Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers will be in a legal position to walk off the job July 2nd.
At the same time, the crown corporation will also be in a legal position to lock out postal workers.
Many Canadians began receiving notices in some of their bills this month warning them about a work stoppage and to make alternate plans in order to avoid late fees. Many small businesses who rely on Canada Post to deliver their products have been notifying their customers that the looming strike could impact their deliveries.
Canada Post is reportedly considering making cuts to pensions, benefits and job security. Last Tuesday, the union says it received letters from Canada Post that members will no longer be covered by their benefit plans as of July 2nd.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said they would continue to deliver pension and social assistance cheques, and ensure the safety of live animals. In a news release, the union said, “After all, our dispute over contract issues should be directed at Canada Post, not the most vulnerable members of society.”
A labour disruption in 2011 lasted nearly three weeks before the federal government passed back-to-work legislation which the Supreme Court of Ontario later found to be unjust.