Canada Post workers to begin rotating strikes Monday

Canada Post workers to begin rotating strikes Monday
Canada Post hit by rotating strikes in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and Halifax
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) announced Sunday that it will begin rotating strikes on Monday morning at 12:01 a.m. in Victoria, Edmonton and Windsor, and at 1:01 a.m. in Halifax.

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.

CUPW National President, Mike Palecek says Canada Post had the opportunity over the weekend to stop any postal disruption, but instead, as they have for almost a year, refused to talk about the issues that matter to their members.

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.

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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.

“The dispute is mainly about equality in the workplace.” Horncastle explains, “What happens with the rural routers is they have a delay in their pay, and they also arent paid the same wage that we are.”

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

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says strikes will begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and at 1:01 a.m. in Halifax and will last for 24 hours.

OTTAWA — The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees has begun a series of rotating strikes.

The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees says it will begin rotating strikes if a deal isn't reached by the deadline early Monday morning.

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.

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.

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.

OTTAWA — The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees says it will begin rotating strikes if a deal isn’t reached by the deadline early Monday morning.

The job action began after negotiators failed to reach a new contract agreement before the unions Monday strike deadline.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says strikes will begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor and at 1:10 a.m. in Halifax and will last for 24 hours.

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.