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Rotating postal strikes hit the Grey Bruce region

Rotating postal strikes hit the Grey Bruce region



Members of Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) from the Amherstburg, Delhi, Owen Sound, Sarnia, and St. Thomas locals in Ontario, walked off the job at 12:01 am (ET) this morning, November 6, as part of CUPWs third week of rotating strikes.

Since October 22, CUPW’s rotating strikes have now shut down Canada Post’s operations in more than 100 communities across the country.

While post offices across Grey Bruce were open for business, there was no mail delivery due to today's action. Mail delivery in this region is expected to resume tomorrow, November 7 and continue at least, until the next rotating strike disrupts service in the area.

“After more than ten months of negotiations, the intervention of two mediators and two weeks of rotating strikes, Canada Post’s true coulours are emerging,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “The lofty rhetoric of wanting to work with us to reach fair agreements for our workers is turning out to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors. It needs to be said: Canada Post talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk.”

CUPW has called on a national overtime ban for both of its major bargaining units at Canada Post. Postal workers, no matter what their job at Canada Post, will not work more than an eight-hour day and not more than a 40-hour week. ‘’Overburdening, overtime and overwork are all major issues in this round of bargaining. Until Canada Post negotiators’ address it, we can solve it for ourselves in the meantime,” says Palecek.

According to Canada Post, they have been working hard to minimize the service impact to Canadians, but the union’s escalating strikes continue to cause backlogs in their national, integrated delivery network. As a result, customers could see mail delays of several days. 

Mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up in impacted areas while the union continues their strike activity.

Canada Post has released the following statement:

Canada Post remains committed to the bargaining process. The Corporation has made significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits, and it has not asked for any concessions in return.

We value the relationship with the union and have been able to find common ground on some issues. We have also committed to work 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.

We thank our customers for their continued patience and apologize for the inconvenience this is causing.

Workers in Newfoundland and Brantford, Fort Erie, Guelph, Simcoe, St. Catharine’s and Welland in Ontario, returned to work early this morning after striking for 24 hours.

CUPW members are still without agreements for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining units after almost a year of negotiations.

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