While they have only been striking for a few weeks, the Canada Post dispute has been going on for much longer. For about a year now, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post have been in talks.
Despite the years worth of negotiations and even having an appointed mediator, the two sides are no closer to reaching a deal in what appears to be an endless strike.
On one side, the union is saying that their demands of better health and safety, permanent employment, and equality aren't being met. On the other, Canada Post has said they've made a number of offers that included increased wages, benefits, and job security.
With the two sides at a complete crossroads, it doesn't look like the strike is going to be resolved on its own anytime soon. It's so bad that even Justin Trudeau is saying that time is running out.
Last week the Prime Minister warned that if the two sides can't make any progress soon he's going to take matters into his own hands. He didn't specify when exactly that would be or what that means, but most likely Trudeau is referring to back-to-work legislation that would force the strike to end.
This wouldn't be the first time Canada Post was forced back to work. In June 2011, Stephen Harper passed legislation to force an end to the then rotating strikes and lockout by Canada Post. The strike situation this time around is very similar and could reach a similar forced end.
Canada Post and the union workers have been in talks for almost a year. Rotating strikes began across Canada on October 22nd and are still ongoing today.