OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Union postal workers across Canada are now into their third week of rotating strikes.
Walkouts are taking place in various cities across Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick.
Since Oct. 22, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ rotating strikes have shut down operations in more than 70 communities, Canada Post says.
While the crown corporation has been trying to minimize service impacts caused by rotating strikes, continuing action may continue to cause backlogs across all of Canada Post’s delivery systems.
“As a result, customers could see delays of several days,” Canada Post says in a release.
Walkouts mean mail and parcels will not be picked up or delivered in the areas that strike action is taking place.
Negotiations are continuing while rotating strikes take place. Canada Post says it has made “significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits,” and claims it has not asked for any concessions in return.
The union and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for two bargaining units after 10 months of negotiations.
Last week, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chairman of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their differences.