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Canada Post strike looms

UPDATE: 12:45 a.m.

Municipalities are starting to warn people that a looming Canada Post strike or lockout could have implications to their tax bill.

The City of Kamloops, for example, is warning people to take precautions with their property tax payments and homeowner grant applications.

Kamloops officials say the tax payment should be in the mail no later than end of day today (June 23) to ensure delivery on time. 

"A Canada Post post-mark is not considered proof of on-time payment," says the city. 

Most municipalities charge a 10 per cent fee for overdue bills.


ORIGINAL

A labour dispute at Canada Post could have consequences for customers starting in July.

Canada Post has warned major customers that a service disruption could occur as soon as July 2.

"We need a more flexible model," Jon Hamilton, Canada Post spokesperson, told CTV News.

"We need a model that allows us to deliver on evenings and weekends and peak times without having to pay double time, which is pricing us out of the market."

Canada Post and the union are still at the bargaining table, but remain a fair distance apart on many issues.

The union is concerned about job security and pension reform, and claim Canada Post wants to force a lockout. 

"The union is currently conducting strike votes across the country, and we are getting prepared in the event that the employer does decide to lock us out," said Jennifer Savage of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Five years ago, Canada Post employees walked off the job, only to be legislated back to work.

The future of home delivery by Canada Post is now in question, a service Canada Post would like to end.   

- With files from CTV Vancouver

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