March 29 update: a strike has been averted, as a tentative deal has been reached between Purolator and Teamsters Canada. The agreement needs to be ratified by Teamsters Canada, but Purolator is accepting packages again and operating normally.
In a precautionary move, Purolator has stopped accepting shipments for deliveries due to a possible strike by their largest union, Teamsters Canada.
The union, which includes 8,162 Purolator employees, rejected Purolator’s most recent offer during labour negotiations and issued a 72-hour notice of strike action on Sunday, March 26. If a deal is not reached between the two parties, a strike would begin on Wednesday, March 29 at 4:30 PM EST.
Purolator has stated that they will make efforts to ensure shipments currently in their network are delivered, but there may be delays and no new packages will be accepted until the labour dispute is resolved. As a result, take note of any stores that ship orders using Purolator when shopping online, as there is a chance that your order may be delayed. If possible, choose an alternate courier to deliver your orders.
There is a possibility that the labour dispute will be resolved before a strike, as a mediator has brought both sides back to the bargaining table on Tuesday, March 28 in an effort to avert a strike. To keep track of the negotiations and find updates about the possible strike, visit the Purolator website or follow Teamsters Canada on Twitter.