Canada Post hit by rotating strikes in Windsor, Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax

Andrew Cummings
October 23, 2018

The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees has begun rotating strikes in four cities across the country.

"Canada Post had the opportunity this weekend to stop any postal disruption on Monday, but instead, as they have for nearly a year, they refused to talk about the issues that matter to our members", says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President.

The strike began Monday after negotiations failed to produce new contract agreements before the strike deadline.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) filed a strike notice earlier this week after 10 months of negotiations to renew collective agreements.

While the growing popularity of online shopping has been accompanied by an increased workload for postal workers, on Saturday, Canada Post refused a new proposal that would see postal routes modified according to the volume of mail, according to Gelinas.

And while most Canadians may not miss a day or two of delivery, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses say it can be a real problem for small businesses.

CUPW members were set to walk picket lines in front of Windsor post offices.

Some letter carriers have needed to work 12 to 16 hour shifts in order to finish their deliveries, Whitfield said.

"I'm sorry for the delay and it's unfortunate we're here", says Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Victoria local president Jessica Dempster.

For the rural unit, Rogers says that they won a pay-equity settlement recently, but accuses Canada Post of negotiating as though the settlement did not happen.

"The insane thing for Canada Post workers right now is they're fighting to keep making sure they have on-going relevance in the economy and yet the strike action is making sure more and more customers will bleed away from the corporation", says Dan Kelly of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Monday she was monitoring the situation but gave no indication the Trudeau government would intervene to end the strikes expected to continue on Tuesday.

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