Canada Post carriers will not walk off the job – for now – giving the union more time to negotiate with the company.
The issue is pay equity between urban and rural mail carriers. Urban carriers make 28 per cent more than their rural and suburban counterparts, according to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW.)
The union has decided not to give a 72-hour strike notice yet.
A strike would affect water and sewer bills, court and traffic tickets, and Ontario Works (OW) payments, according to the Region of Durham.
People who receive monthly payments from Ontario Works would have to pick up their social assistance cheques at their local OW office starting Sept. 27, according to the region. They will require two valid forms of ID. OW direct deposits will not be affected.
People who need to pay fines can pay them at the regional headquarters or a court office, online at durham.ca/tickets or toll-free at 1-866-779-8839.
For information on where to collect cheques, pay bills or fines residents can visit the Region of Durham Website.
– With files from Morgan Kelly and Keisha Slemensky