No strike notice from Canada Post workers

By Jill Sperling/Doug Collins
July 2, 2016 - 9:15am Updated: July 4, 2016 - 6:48am

KAMLOOPS — There will be no strike action by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for at least the next couple of days. 

Patricia Nauss, president of Kamloops Local 758, says the union has presented Canada Post with a new offer, and is waiting to hear a response. 
Nauss says the union hasn't issued strike notice, and the Post Office hasn't issued lockout notice, so the Post Office should be functioning as usual for the next couple of days. Each side must give 72-hour notice before they can take action. 

Nauss says the union's stance is not to go on strike at this time. Canada Post has the option to lock out its workers. 

Contract negotiations between Canada Post and CUPW began in December, with the key  issue being changes proposed to employee pension plans. Other issues involve wages, working conditions, and job security. Canada Post says two other unions have agreed to pension plan changes, and CUPW is the only union holding out. 

Canada Post presented new contract proposals earlier last week, and on Friday, the union presented a counter offer. 
The union is without a contract as of the weekend, and extended health benefits have been cut off. 

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