While the waiting game continues as contract talks between Canada Post and the Union of Postal Workers continue, local postal carriers are hoping a strike or lockout will be averted.
CUPW Victoria Local 850 president Janet Barney says anxiety levels are rising for local members.
I think its nerve wracking for a lot of people, they hope for the best and we’re preparing for the worst, and it’s day to day now
Mail carriers have been working without contracts for months.
With negotiations stuck over wages and pension issues, both sides have been in a legal position to issue 72 hour notice of either a strike or lockout since midnight Saturday.
While talks between Canada Post management and CUPW leaders continue in Ottawa, Barney says frontline workers are worried.
Currently, the earliest a labour disruption could come would be Thursday.
While workers would get strike or lockout pay from the union, Barney says it would be hard on many.
“It’s just enough to get you by for the week, maybe a bag of groceries and some gas in your gas tank. It’s not nothing to live on.”
For customers, delivery of payment cheques deemed “essential” including Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan payments, and Working Income Tax Benefit and Canada Child Benefit cheques wouldn’t be affected if there is a labour disruption.