The union representing postal workers says it has presented Canada Post with new offers, and workers won’t be striking until at least Wednesday, if necessary .
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 rejected Canada Post’s suggestion that new employees get a pension plan that operates like an RRSP, 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.