Nonstop bargaining through a federally appointed mediator appears to have found common ground between Canada Post and its 50,000 union employees.
Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said Tuesday that a tentative agreement has been reached by the two parties, which have been negotiating for months with no sign of progress.
The agreement heads off job action by postal workers that was set to begin with a no-overtime rule in Alberta and Northwest Territories.
No details of the tentative agreements were revealed.
Talks were twice extended in the past several days after a deadline on job action passed late last week.
“Bargaining continued until the early hours of this morning and we have now achieved two agreements in principle,” said chief union negotiators Sylvain Lapointe and George Floresco in a joint statement.
The potential deals apply to rural and urban postal workers.
“The negotiating committee has unanimously recommended to the national executive board that we accept these agreements in principle. The majority of the national executive board has voted to accept these agreements and are recommending that the membership ratify them. We achieved these agreements because we remained strong and maintained our strategy.”
The tentative collective agreements must be ratified by a majority vote in each bargaining unit.