Canada Post and the union representing Canada post workers have tentatively agreed to a 30 day “cooling off period”.
Proposed by the union, they are prepared to negotiate over the next 30 days to try and stop the lockout before it happens.
Canada Post has agreed but wants both parties to agree on binding arbitration if no deal is made over that time period. This would allow an arbitrator with no bias towards any of the two parties the chance to make the new contract. If both parties agree then no negotiations can be made to the arbitrators choice.
No word yet if the union and the workers will agree to the proposed idea. The union had denied the first attempt made by Canada Post.
Both parties have been in contract talks since December of last year. The deadline to reach an agreement was at midnight on July 2nd.
Citizens nationwide have been waiting for the news that a notice of 72 hours would start the lockout. On Wednesday the notice was given.
If the proposed period is not fully agreed on along with no deal for workers over the weekend, they would be locked out starting on Monday at 12:01 a.m.
Canada Post employs over 50,000 workers nationwide. All have been without contracts since December of last year and January of 2016.
Fort McMurray has already experienced a big delay in their mail due to the fire. People who lost their mailboxes in the fire have been going to the Postal Office on Hardin Street.