Canada Post rotating strikes now underway
UPDATED November 5 — Since October 22, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ (CUPW’s) rotating strikes have shut down Canada Post’s operations in more than 70 communities across the country.
The rotating strikes are expected to last 24 hours. In those areas, mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up. Canada Post says it will continue to operate across Canada and is accepting and delivering mail and parcels in all other locations.
On October 24, Canada Post appointed a special mediator by the federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, to assist the parties in reaching a negotiated settlement. We remain committed to the bargaining process.
“We remain committed to arriving at a negotiated settlement with CUPW, while making every effort to minimize the impact of any disruption on the customers we serve,” according to a statement from Canada Post.
The rotating strikes started on October 22 at 12:01 am local time in and around Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and Halifax. Beginning 12:01 am local time October 23, the rotating strike action hit the Greater Toronto Area (excluding Scarborough) and most of the 905-region.
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On October 24, The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)’s rotating strike extended to Kelowna, B.C. and Calgary, Alta.
Rotating strikes hit Vancouver at 9 a.m., October 26, while strikes began in Saint John, N.B. and Sudbury, Ont., at 12:01 a.m. and in Niagara Falls, Ont., at 10 a.m. (local times).
On October 28, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) announced it will conduct rotating strikes in Winnipeg, Man., beginning at 10 p.m. local time.
On October 29, rotating strikes began in Pickering, Ont., at 4 a.m.; Oshawa, Ont., at 6 a.m.; Thunder Bay, Ont., at 1 a.m.; and in Brandon, Man., at 12:01 a.m. (local times). Strikes also continued in Niagara Falls, Ont., and in ÎIes-de-la-Madeleine, Que.
On October 31, the union began strike action in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., at 12:01 a.m. local time. Strike action also began in Sorel, St-Jean, Valleyfield, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., at 7:00 a.m. local time.
Meanwhile, strike action in Regina, Sask., Hamilton and North Bay, Ontario and in the Outaouais and Mauricie regions of Quebec began on November 1. CUPW also conducted strikes in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, on Vancouver Island (Campbell River, Courtenay, Nanaimo, and Port Alberni), B.C., and Moncton, N.B.
While negotiations continue, on November 2 CUPW began strike action in Grande Prairie, Alta., Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, Ont. and the Bois-Francs region of Quebec. CUPW also conducted strikes in St. John’s, N.L., Moncton, N.B., Kitchener-Waterloo and Hamilton, Ont., and Regina, Sask.
On November 5, strike action extended to Barrie, Simcoe, St. Catharines, Welland, Guelph, Fort Erie and Brantford, Ont. CUPW is also conducting strikes in London, Scarborough and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in Carbonear, Exploits Valley, Gander-Lewisporte, Deer Lake, St. Anthony and Stephenville, N.L., and in Bois-Francs region, Que. Meanwhile, strikes have ended in Moncton, N.B.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, representing 50,000 of the Crown agency’s employees, filed a notice to strike last week after the two sides have been bargaining separate contracts for the carrier’s urban and rural employees for 10 months, mainly over wages and working conditions.
According to The Canadian Press, Canada Post says its proposals include improvements to pay, benefits and job security, but CUPW says the contracts offer limited job security, particularly for rural and suburban carriers. The union also says Canada Post rejected demands that those same carriers get paid an hourly rate – and for all hours worked – and that the corporation guarantee minimum hours.
This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates.
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