Postal union to members: stock up on prescriptions as strike threat looms

The union representing the majority of workers at Canada Post is telling its members to stock up on prescription medications in case there's a strike or lockout at the Crown agency.

The warning comes as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, CUPW, tallies the results of a strike vote that ended on Sunday.

A CUPW spokeswoman says a final vote count should be completed later this week.

If union members approve a mandate for job action, Canada Post employees could go on strike or be locked out by September 26.

The union says it still hopes to negotiate contract agreements with Canada Post.

In the meantime CUPW says members who depend on long-term medications should get prescriptions filled soon for an extended period because health benefits could be cut off during a strike or lockout.