Rotating Canada Post strike hitting Windsor first

Irving Hamilton
October 21, 2018

If no deal is reached, Fischer said postal workers would begin a rotating strike on Monday morning that would slow down mail delivery.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) filed a strike notice earlier this week after 10 months of negotiations to renew collective agreements.

There are a number of sticking points that still need to be worked out between the two sides.

"I am not very confident, the way it's going", Gordon Fischer, the national director for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) prairie region, said in an interview Saturday morning on Global News. Negotiations have been going on with Canada Post for nearly a year for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining units.

"Canada Post had the opportunity this weekend to stop any postal disruption on Monday, but instead, as they have for nearly a year, they refused to talk about the issues that matter to our members", said CUPW national president Mike Palecek in the news release. The union's senior leadership will announce which locations will be affected by the strikes by 3 p.m. Sunday.

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In an email to The Canadian Press on Sunday, Canada Post said it has responded to "many of the issues raised by the union" and has "tabled a significant offer that includes wage increases, job security and improved benefits, and that does not require any concessions".

Hamilton said that they value the relationship with the union and want to address their concern by committing to an annual volume review of each route so they can make adjustments.

In the event of a strike, the postal service will remain open but customers should expect delays.

The CUPW has about 50,000 members in Canada, including 42,000 in urban areas and 8,000 in rural or suburban areas.

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