Gordon MacDonald, president of Breton Local 117 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said Thursday’s action affected about 21 postal outlets in Cape Breton, including outlets in New Waterford, Glace Bay, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Sydney and all rural route areas from Dingwall to Gabarus, East Bay, Eskasoni, Florence, Bras d’Or, Port Morien and surrounding areas.
“Prior to the union’s decision to target Toronto again, the number of trailers full of parcels and packets waiting to be unloaded and processed at Canada Post facilities sat at over 150,” Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said in a statement late Tuesday.
MacDonald said all corporate offices in these communities were closed Thursday but rural offices remained open because another bargaining unit works those offices.
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“With the way mail has changed over the last number of years — with the huge amount of volume — people are working anywhere from 10 hours a day and then being forced out by the corporation to do more work. Their quality of life is deteriorating.”
OTTAWA — The Canada Post rotating strikes have hit the country’s largest processing centre in Toronto for a second time in three weeks as workers in 11 other southern Ontario communities walked off the job just after midnight.
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Job security is also a concern for their new hires and is also a huge issue with their rural and suburban people as well, he added.
“After … the intervention of two mediators and two weeks of rotating strikes, Canada Post’s true colours are emerging,” Mike Palecek, CUPW national president, said in a statement Wednesday.
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“We want our RSMCs (rural and suburban mail carriers) to get an hourly rate of pay and get paid for the hours they work. Those workers work beyond the hours that’s scheduled for them and they don’t get paid for it.”
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MacDonald said their arbitrator has already said pay equity is a fundamental right in the federal sector.
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“They can talk all they want about that they care about their employees. (But) until they provide it on these issues, we don’t believe that they are serious.”
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MacDonald said the labour minister has just extended the mediator’s mandate for another four days which means they’ll be back at the table, which is a good thing.
“We are determined to get a negotiated settlement and we want a negotiated settlement and we want to get back to work and do our jobs.”
On the picket line in Lindsay, local vice president Cheryl MacMillan said they were advising customers that they would be closed for the day. Canada Post shares the Cambridge Street building with other tenants, so they were careful not to interfere in their businesses. However, drivers entering the rear lot on Canada Post business were being told they could be blocked on entry and exit for as long as 20 minutes.
Postal workers picketing the Canada Post building on Charlotte Street in Sydney said they were there because there’s no contract.
“Prior to the union’s decision to target Toronto again, the number of trailers full of parcels and packets waiting to be unloaded and processed at a Canada Post facilities sat at over 150,” Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton said in a statement late Tuesday.
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“It’s a way to show people (that) without your mail service things will change, things can be different,” said Mae James, a part-time PO4 clerk in Sydney for almost 16 years.
The union wants Canada Post to provide greater job security through the creation of more full-time positions, arguing that temporary workers are consistently paid less, are not covered by health, dental and sick or disability insurance plans and have no guaranteed hours.
James said they are hoping to bring attention to what the letter carriers are going through as far as the weight that they have to carry as well as other issues they have with the corporation.
The Toronto Star reported Wednesday that the rotating strikes have hit the country’s largest processing centre in Toronto for a second time in three weeks, as workers in 11 other southern Ontario communities walked off the job just after midnight Tuesday.
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“Maybe they can come together. It’s not that there’s hate, we’re just trying to come to a common ground.”
In an email response from Canada Post, the corporation says since Oct. 22 CUPW’s rotating strikes have now shut down operations in more than 150 communities across the country.
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Canada Post says they’ve been working hard to minimize the service impact to Canadians, but the union’s escalating strikes continue to cause backlogs in their nationally integrated delivery network.
The corporation says it remains committed to the bargaining process and has made significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits and has not asked for any concessions in return.
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The federal labour minister has extended the mediator’s mandate for four more days to assist the parties in reaching a resolution.
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Canada Post also stated they value the relationship with the union and is committed to working together to address employees’ workload concerns caused by parcel growth, additional financial services and going beyond pay equity for rural and suburban employees by extending job security and moving to one uniform for all delivery employees.
MacDonald said this week marks the third week for rotating, Canada-wide strikes, which covered most of Nova Scotia on Thursday.
Postal workers voted overwhelmingly in late summer to support a potential walkout to back their contract demands.
A mediator who was appointed by the federal labour minister had been working to reach an agreement with both sides, but his mandate ended on Friday.
“Negotiations have been disappointing and kind of insulting, considering all the money they’re making,” MacDonald said.
“We want to deal with health and safety, job security and the issues we have among our groups with pay equity.”
CUPW’s membership of 50,000 postal workers includes the urban postal operations made up of 42,000 letter carriers, mail service couriers, postal clerks and mail handlers who have been without a contract since January 2018. The rural and suburban mail carriers comprise 8,000 employees nationwide who have been without a contract since September 2017.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving indications that his patience is running out for Canada Post to reach a contract settlement with its unionized employees as rotating strikes continue.
Trudeau says his government might soon act to end the dispute if the Crown corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers cant bridge their differences.
Trudeau commented on the dispute today as CUPW members expanded their rotating walkouts to dozens of locations across the country, including in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
About 300 local Canadian Union of Postal Workers members walked off the job at 11:30 p.m. Nov. 4, as part of a rotating series of strikes targeting Canada Post. They were still on strike as of Tuesday afternoon, and wont find out whether theyll return to work until tonight.
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The job actions have temporarily shut down Canada Posts operations in more than 150 communities since being launched last month.
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The Liberals have until now said they preferred to see contracts reached through collective bargaining.
To help in that process, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed a special mediator in the Canada Post dispute a little over two weeks ago.
Morton Mitchnicks mandate has been extended until Sunday but Trudeau said he wants to see progress in the talks, hinting at legislative action if there is none.
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“Christmas season is approaching and we know thats when Canadians use Canada Post more than at any other time,” the prime minister said Thursday as he entered the House of Commons for question period.
“But if we dont see significant resolution shortly, all options will be on the table for resolving this.”
Canada Post said earlier Thursday it was dealing with a large backlog of undelivered packages as a result of the rotating strikes, which it said had grown after its largest processing centre in Toronto was shut down Wednesday for a second time in three weeks.
The agencys Toronto sorting facilities are hubs for mail and parcel deliveries across the country and were shut by the union for two consecutive days in October.
CUPW has said its key demands include job security, an end to forced overtime and overburdening, better health and safety measures, service expansion and equality for rural and suburban mail carriers with their urban counterparts.
Along with the rotating strikes, the union has called on its members to refuse overtime, including working during the upcoming Remembrance Day long weekend.
Canada Post has maintained it made “significant offers” to its workers that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits, with no concession demands.