CUPW to continue their strike action in Saint John and Sudbury

While negotiations continue, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) continued their rotating strike action in Saint John, NB and Sudbury, ON. The rotating strike action began at 12:01 am, Friday, October 26 in Saint John and Sudbury (local times). Stoppages were also happening in Vancouver on Friday.

Service Impacts

Mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up in the impacted area while the union continues their strike activity. Canada Post is attempting to minimize the impact on customers. As employees return to work in areas impacted by the strike, we are working to restore service and eliminate any mail and parcel backlogs.

Canada Post continues to operate across the rest of Canada and is accepting and delivering mail and parcels in all other locations. We thank our customers for their continued patience.

Negotiations

Canada Post welcomes the appointment of a special mediator by the Federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu to assist the parties in reaching a negotiated settlement. We remain committed to the bargaining process.

The corporation has made significant offers to CUPW which include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits and has not asked for any concessions in return.

CPC spokesperson pointed out they value the relationship with the union and have been able to find common ground on some issues and have also committed to work together constructively on several important files. Those include working 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.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) calls for a quick resolution to the strike to avoid causing major disruptions to small businesses heading into the holiday season. Small businesses are once again left in the cold by the latest Canada Post strike, which is on a rotating basis.

“While a rotating strike may be less harmful than a general strike, it creates additional uncertainty for businesses at a critical time for many small firms,” said CFIB president Dan Kelly. “The bad news for Canada Post workers is that every time they even threaten a strike, more small business customers move to use alternatives, many never returning to Canada Post.”

“While many Canadians have become less reliant on the mail, it is still an important service for smaller businesses, who use Canada Post for shipping goods, sending invoices and receiving payments, especially from other businesses,” Kelly added. In fact, over half of small firms pay each other by paper cheque and nearly two thirds send more than 20 pieces of mail per month.

In response to a work stoppage, CFIB recommends small businesses consider the following:

–Use Interac e-transfers to send and receive payments (Interac has added new features for small business)
–Sign up for CRA’s My Business Account, which allows you to pay taxes online
–Consider alternative shipping services, such as CFIB’s discounted shipping partner ShipTime

Major cost increases at issue
After huge price increases in 2014, Canada Post is still facing an estimated $8-billion pension solvency deficit, but the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is asking for more funding. In addition, the recent decision on pay equity for rural and urban mail-carriers could cost another quarter of a billion dollars.

“It’s time for Canada Post to bring its spending under control instead of handing growing costs on to consumers and businesses who are already facing postal rate hikes in January,” concluded Kelly. “We’re looking to both sides to be reasonable and come to a quick compromise.”

 

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