Canada Post has yet to reach a new contract agreement with its employees union, and both sides are preparing for possible labour action.
A conciliation period ended on June 10, and the legally-mandated 21-day cooling off period will end next month.
“I think that there is definitely a plan in place on Canada Post’s part for a prolonged lockout of its employees,” said Julee Sanderson, president of Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) local 824.
Sanderson said if no agreement is reached by July 2, Canada Post will cut off employee benefits, including medical benefits to the 574 members of local 824.
Labour negotiations have been ongoing since late last year, but little progress has been made.
In the event of a strike or a lockout, there is already an agreement in place to ensure delivery of government cheques, and that no live animals are left stranded in the mail stream.
“I know that sounds sort of ridiculous … but we do actually deliver a lot of live animals in the mail,” Sanderson said, citing bees and baby chickens as examples.
Packages ordered from Amazon should also be unaffected.