(Canada Post)

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) organized a vote on whether or not to hold a union mandated strike, which came to a conclusion on Sunday

The results are expected to be released today or tomorrow.

Based on the results of the vote, workers could commence a strike or lockout action as early as September 26th, after the union undergoes a 21-day “cooling off process”.

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been discussing new contracts since early November, and a deadline for a pay equity settlement was slated for the end of August by a third-party arbitrator.

The arbitrator, Maureen Flynn, described the pay discrepancies at Canada Post as “fundamentally flawed” in an investigation in May.

While the deadline for a pay equity settlement has passed, Mike Palecek, Union President of the CUPW, has said the union “will do everything possible to achieve an agreement without a strike.”

However, Palecek also notes that union members “will have to be ready for some type of job action” if a deal is not reached by the end of the month.

The last time the CUPW conducted a lockout was in 2011.