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CWU of Des Plaines traces its history to a time when migrant workers picked onions on land that eventually became the site of Kmart, at Lee and Oakton streets.
Ninety-five percent of CWU students are Washington residents.
On pensions, the CWU has accepted that the current Defined Benefit scheme arrangements are not sustainable.
A statement said: "Royal Mail requested CWU withdraw its notification of industrial action and commit to following the dispute resolution procedures.
If CWU does not withdraw its notice of strike action by 12 noon Monday 9 October, Royal Mail will lodge an application with the High Court for an injunction to prevent industrial action.
A Royal Mail statement said: "We very much appreciate the care that the CWU applied to its proposal and we have agreed to meet them to discuss it further.
The CWU has called for a strike ballot in response to the latest cuts, which they claim is bringing "hundreds of job losses" and cutting services to communities.
The CWU is running a nationwide tour with a giant 20ft postcard next week to raise awareness.
The CWU said: "Postal workers are committed to delivering mail and working closely with Royal Mail to ensure that commercial contracts are fulfilled.
The agreement breaks new ground in the UK by incorporating extensive legally binding protections for employees alongside a commitment to improve industrial stability," said Dave Ward, CWU deputy general secretary.
He said: "The CWU are calling for an above inflation pay agreement when last year our overall performance was a loss of PS116m.
Pay and protections could not be changed for the period of the contract without CWU agreement.
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