OTTAWA–While negotiations continue, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began strike action in Barrie, Simcoe, St. Catharines, Welland, Guelph, Fort Erie and Brantford, Ont. Since October 22, CUPW’s rotating strikes have now shut down Canada Post’s operations in more than 70 communities across the country.
CUPW is also conducting strikes in London, Scarborough and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in Carbonear, Exploits Valley, Gander-Lewisporte, Deer Lake, St. Anthony and Stephenville, N.L., and in Bois-Francs region, Que. Meanwhile, strikes have ended in Moncton, N.B.
Members of Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) from the London and Barrie locals in Ontario walked off the job last night – at 10 pm (ET) in London and 11:30 pm in Barrie – as part of CUPWs third week of rotating strikes.
“We are entering our third week of rotating strikes because management still refuses to address the urgent health and safety issues that have left postal workers the most injured group of workers in the federal sector,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “We have a health and safety crisis at Canada Post. We’ve seen injury rates skyrocket. This has got to be fixed.”
CUPW has also 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.” said CUPW National President Mike Palecek.
The 1,400 London and Barrie workers joined 1,800 of their fellow workers from Scarborough, ON (except Pickering facility) who went on strike earlier today.
CUPW members are still without agreements for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining unit after almost a year of negotiations.
Service impacts as strikes have trailers backlogged
Canada Post has been working hard to minimize the service impact to Canadians, but the union’s escalating strikes continue to cause backlogs in our national, integrated delivery network.
As a result, customers could see delays of several days.
Mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up in impacted areas while the union continues their strike activity. We thank our customers for their continued patience and apologize for the inconvenience this is causing.
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.
The following CUPW locals are on strike:
All depots of Scarborough except Pickering (ON) as of 6pm ET, Nov 4
Barrie (ON) as of 11:30pm ET, Nov 4
Brantford (ON) as of 12:01am ET, Nov 5
Carbonear (NL) as of 12:01am NT, Nov 5
Corner Brook (NL)
Deer Lake (NL) as of 12:01am NT, Nov 5
Exploits Valley (NL) as of 12:01am NT, Nov 5
Fort Erie (ON) as of 12:01am ET, Nov 5
Gander-Lewisporte (NL) as of 12:01am NT, Nov 5
Guelph (ON) as of 12:01am ET, Nov 5
London (ON) as of 10pm ET, Nov 4
Sault Ste Marie (ON)
Simcoe (ON) as of 12:01am ET, Nov 5
St. Anthony (NL) as of 12:01am NT, Nov 5
St. Catharines (ON) as of 12:01am ET, Nov 5
Stephenville (NL) as of 12:01am NT, Nov 5
Welland (ON) as of 12:01am ET, Nov 5
York Distribution Center of Scarborough (ON) as of 3pm ET, Nov 4