The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), representing 50,000 Canada Post employees has begun rotating strikes around the country.
The strike began Monday after negotiations failed to produce new contract agreements before the strike deadline.
Tony Rogers, president of CUPW's Nova Local, says that the union has been in negotiations with Canada Post for over 10 months. He also notes that Canada Post has rural and urban units, each with differing issues. He cites wage freezes and wage increases below the rate of inflation as problems for the urban unit. For the rural unit, Rogers says that they won a pay-equity settlement recently, but accuses Canada Post of negotiating as though the settlement did not happen.
Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton stated on Sunday that "Canada Post was committed to reaching a deal, and had an offer on the table that included wage hikes, job security, improved benefits and no concessions."
Strikes are expected to rotate on a 24-hour basis through different cities in Canada. Take a look below to see which cities are currently affected by rotating strikes:
Monday, October 22
- Edmonton, AB (from 12:01 AM local time)
- Victoria, BC (from 12:01 AM local time)
- Windsor, ON (from 12:01 AM local time)
- Halifax, NS (from 1:10 AM local time)
Tuesday, October 23
- Greater Toronto Area, excluding Scarborough (from 12:01 AM local time)
- Most of the 905 area (from 12:01 AM local time)
Wednesday, October 24
- Greater Toronto Area, excluding Scarborough
- Most of the 905 area
- Kelowna, BC and area (from 6:00 AM local time)
- Calgary, AB (from 6:00 PM local time)
Note that the Toronto area is an important processing hub for mail throughout the entire country, so delays could be seen in mail and parcel deliveries across Canada.
Thursday, October 25
- Kelowna, BC and area (until 6 AM local time)
- Calgary, AB
- Sherbrooke, QC (from 4:00 AM local time)
- Red Deer, AB (from 6:00 AM local time)
Friday, October 26
- Saint John area, NB (from 12:01 AM local time)
- Sudbury, ON (from 12:01 AM local time)
- Vancouver, BC (from 09:01 AM local time)
- Niagara Falls, ON (from 10:01 AM local time)
According to Canada Post, mail will not be picked up or delivered in the affected locations.
In all other cities, Canada Post will continue to accept and deliver mail.