VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C. – Postal workers in Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Campbell River, and Courtenay are off the job today.

It’s been one month since the rotating strikes began and as letters and packages pile up for delivery the federal government has introduced back to work legislation.

On Monday, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers turned down an offer for a cooling off period that would have seen the 50,000 workers get a 1,000 dollar bonus to work through the holiday period.

Canada Post says there are hundreds of trailers full of packages to deliver and many of those may not reach their destinations until next year.

The Union says the numbers of undelivered items is exaggerated.