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Senate to debate legislation that would order postal workers back to work

Last Updated Nov 24, 2018 at 7:59 am PST

FILE: A mail box is seen outside a Canada Post office in Halifax on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

OTTAWA — The Senate will sit today to debate legislation that would order postal workers back to work.

The bill passed the House of Commons during a special session early this morning by a vote of 166 to 43.

Senators will sit today, and tomorrow if necessary, to deal with the bill, which will go into effect at noon eastern time on the day following royal assent.

WATCH: Legislation passed to end postal strike

Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots.

Canada Post says it could take weeks — even stretching into 2019 — to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

CUPW’s 50,000 members, in two groups, are demanding better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more job security and minimum guaranteed hours.

The Canadian Press