According to the union, the strike will last for 24 hours with each location listed striking daily. All times listed are in local time. A strike may still be avoided if last-minute deals are reached Sunday evening, CUPW said in a statement.
Rotating Postal Strikes Set to Begin Monday
Canada Post had the opportunity this weekend to stop any postal disruption on Monday, but instead, as they have for almost a year, they refused to talk about the issues that matter to our members, says Mike Palecek, CUPW national president, in a statement released to media.
The Union chose rotating strikes to minimize the impact of a postal disruption on customers. Mail will still be delivered, but it may be delayed.
CUPW gave Canada Post until the end of the weekend (Oct. 20 and 21) to reach an agreement and avoid the unions strike action.
CUPW will begin rotating strikes in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, and Halifax. They will last for 24 hours with locations striking daily.
CUPW strike action looms ahead of deadline
Our goal has always been a negotiated settlement, but we will not agree to anything that doesnt address health and safety, gender equality and good, full-time middle-class jobs,” Palecek continued.
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Global News reached out to Canada Post for comment, who confirmed that Canada post remains operations across the country, and will be accepting and delivering packages in all locations not listed on the strike notice. In Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and Halifax, mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up.
“Canada Post remains committed to the bargaining process and has a significant offer on the table that includes increased wages, job security, improved benefits and contains no concessions. We have also addressed many of the concerns raised by the union and offered to work together constructively to find solutions,” Canada Post’s statement read.
There are a number of tensions lingering between Canada Post and the union at the moment, primarily letter carrier health and safety and precarious employment, Global News previously reported. The statement adds that additional issues include ending “forced overtime,” and “overburdening,” service expansion and equality for RSMCs.
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The union’s release also states that it’s been negotiating agreements with Canada Post for almost a year for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining units.
Canada Post warns that customers may experience minor delays as a result of the strike, though negotiations remain ongoing.
CUPW President Mike Palecek says Canada Post has refused to talk about issues that matter to the union, which include job security, an end to forced overtime, better health and safety measures and gender equality.
The Canada Post logo is seen on the outside the companys Pacific Processing Centre, in Richmond, B.C., on June 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
OTTAWA — The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees has begun a series of rotating strikes.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the 24-hour strikes began Monday at 12:01 a.m. local time in Windsor, Ont., and at 1:01 a.m. in Halifax. Strikes in Victoria and Edmonton were also set to begin at one minute past midnight local time.
Canada Post union workers to begin rotating nationwide strikes
Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said on Sunday that in the event of rotating strikes normal mail delivery would be maintained in all other locations across the country.
The job action began after negotiators failed to reach a new contract agreement before the unions Monday strike deadline.
Hamilton said Canada Post was committed to reaching a deal, and had an offer on the table that included wage hikes, job security, improved benefits and no concessions.
But CUPW President Mike Palecek said the key issues of job security, an end to forced overtime, better health and safety measures and gender equality remained unresolved.