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Crown agency ups wage, benefit proposals, backs down on pension changes

Failure to reach agreements could result in a strike or lockout once either side gives 72 hours notice


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OTTAWA – Canada Post has issued wide-ranging new contract offers to its employees in the hope of preventing a work stoppage at the Crown corporation ahead of the busy holiday online shopping season, The Canadian Press has learned.

The proposals come after high-level talks were held over the weekend aimed at bridging an impasse in negotiations with the union representing 50,000 of its workers.

The talks have stalled in recent weeks, mainly over wages and working conditions.

Failure to reach agreements with the agency’s 42,000 unionized urban carriers and 8,000 rural and suburban employees could result in a strike or lockout once either side gives 72 hours notice.

Any job action at Canada Post this time of year could threaten deliveries of packages to consumers who shop online.

Canada Post said last year that it delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season – an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.

A spokesman for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers confirmed the union had received new proposals from the Crown corporation late Wednesday, but said the bargaining agents would need to analyze them before commenting.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016

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