Canada Post workers begin rotating strikes across the country

Ivan Schwartz
October 23, 2018

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) kicked off it's country-wide rotating strike on Monday.

The main points of interest for the CUPW are job security, ending forced overtime and overburdening, better health and safety measures, service expansions, and equality for rural & suburban mail carriers (RSMCs).

CUPW will begin rotating strikes in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, and Halifax.

While the strike is looming close to the deadline the Canada Post has confirmed that they do have an offer on the table that involves wage increases, job security, plus improved benefits from before.

The union says it has opted for rotating strikes to minimize the impact of a postal disruption on customers, and says that in those four cities, mail will still be delivered, although it could be delayed.

The strikes will continue until Canada Post "gets serious" about bargaining, said Palecek.

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Spokesman Jon Hamilton says mail will be delivered in all other locations across the country in the event of a strike.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which in Quebec is affiliated with the FTQ, has some 50,000 members in Canada, including 42,000 in urban areas, and 8,000 in remote sectors.

"We value the relationship with the union and have been able to find common ground on some issues and have also committed to work together constructively on several important files", the statement read.

Small businesses reliant on the agency for deliveries of goods and invoices, and for receiving payments, have already been harmed by ever-increasing costs for Canada Post services, and should not be expected to pay more, Kelly said.

Tony Rogers, president of CUPW's Nova Local, says that the union has been in negotiations with Canada Post for over 10 months.

She says federal mediators have been working with both sides and they will continue to be available to help the crown corporation and its workers reach an agreement.

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