We continue to work long hours with the assistance of Special Mediator William Kaplan and the head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, Guy Baron, in an attempt to finalize our negotiations.
The mediators are busy working with both parties to get to the point where agreements in principle are possible. Despite all this work, we have not yet succeeded in achieving agreements in principle for either bargaining unit.
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk – Minister of Labour has reappointed Special Mediator William Kaplan for up to two more days and he will continue working with the parties until Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
The parties have once again agreed to extend the 72-hour notice for 24 hours. This means all job action is postponed until 00:01AM on Wednesday, August 31st. Also, all changes to conditions of employment are postponed, for the 24-hour period, and the collective agreements remain in effect.
As we have throughout negotiations, we remain determined to negotiate collective agreements that will meet the needs of postal workers and improve services to the public.