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Canada Post Workers Now On Rotating Strike

Canada Post Workers Now On Rotating Strike

By Ambia Staley

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.

You can continue to follow updates on the strike online from Canada Post, or CUPW.

39 Comments

    • They are whining constantly about their work conditions, whereas we that are not on the government's dime often do not get anything remotely as cushy. My sympathy is zero. All they deserve is a special bill to force them back to work. It's an essential service, and they are holding us as hostages. I pay every year for all this with my taxes and I want them to give me my money's worth. I fully support the government in making sure as little more of my money goes to them, seeing how their productivity is already abismally low.

      I wouldn't be surprised if they purposefully slowed sorting and delivery of Aliexpress parcels as much as possible just out of spite for us.
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    • What are they whining about now? If it weren’t for e commerce they wouldn’t even have jobs anymore.

      There are many other shipping options. This strike won’t affect me one bit, other than I won’t receive a bunch of junk mail that goes straight in the recycle bin
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    • Red_Army wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:06 pm
      What are they whining about now? If it weren’t for e commerce they wouldn’t even have jobs anymore.

      There are many other shipping options. This strike won’t affect me one bit, other than I won’t receive a bunch of junk mail that goes straight in the recycle bin
      Yea, for residential there it's less of an impact, but for businesses its a big problem. A lot of things are still done by mail (bills, cheques, documents) and there isn't an alternative to Canada Post for regular mail.
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    • I knew this thread would be full of whining about Canada Post, I was correct.
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    • Poutinesauce wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 8:39 pm
      They are whining constantly about their work conditions, whereas we that are not on the government's dime often do not get anything remotely as cushy. My sympathy is zero. All they deserve is a special bill to force them back to work. It's an essential service, and they are holding us as hostages. I pay every year for all this with my taxes and I want them to give me my money's worth.
      Canada Post earned a profit of $74 million in 2017. It's a Crown Corporation that provides an essential service -- they ship to many addresses that the big American couriers don't because they're unprofitable, and they'll send a document across the country for as little as $1.

      At the end of the day, the question is simple: Would you rather send billions of dollars a year to the USA so that companies like FedEx and UPS can provide extremely expensive parcel service while paying dismal wages to Canadian workers, or would you like to see more affordable delivery and 64,000 Canadians with jobs that pay living wages?
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    • Terrible service. I have no sympathy for them they can stay out forever as far as I'm concerned
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    • Red_Army wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:32 pm
      ^^

      Most people don’t realize this
      Your tax dollars have nothing to do with them
      Except for the $6 billion pension hole backed by Canadian tax payers.
      Canada Post has also analyzed the composition of its labour costs and compared them to its competitors, and its subsidiary, Purolator. The analysis shows that Canada Post has the highest level of total wages and benefits, as well as the highest productive hourly rate (i.e., labour cost per hour worked), for both its “inside” sorting workforce and its “outside” delivery workforce. Following are some details:

      Sorting/inside workers
      Salary and benefits: Approximately 44 per cent higher than competitors
      Labour rate per productive hour: Approximately 68% higher than competitors
      Delivery/outside workers
      Salary and benefits: Approximately 11 per cent higher than competitors
      Labour rate per productive hour: Approximately 26% higher than competitors
      Benefit costs at Canada Post are 60% higher than competitors. Benefits provided by Canada Post to its employees represent 40% of salary compared to 25% for competitors. Cost of the pension plan is responsible for the majority of this variance but other benefits, such as post-retirement benefits, also explain the difference.
      https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/examendep ... ng.html#a6

      They don't have it too bad at the moment.
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    • peli33 wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:53 pm
      Except for the $6 billion pension hole backed by Canadian tax payers.



      https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/examendep ... ng.html#a6

      They don't have it too bad at the moment.
      This. I pay one way or another. Not only that, but I'm among all the suckers who will be liable to pay for their ponzi retirement scheme when they run out of options.

      At the end of the day, it's a company that is dependent on the taxpayers, and that is also ACCOUNTABLE to taxpayers.

      retrothing wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:45 pm
      Canada Post earned a profit of $74 million in 2017. It's a Crown Corporation that provides an essential service -- they ship to many addresses that the big American couriers don't because they're unprofitable, and they'll send a document across the country for as little as $1.

      At the end of the day, the question is simple: Would you rather send billions of dollars a year to the USA so that companies like FedEx and UPS can provide extremely expensive parcel service while paying dismal wages to Canadian workers, or would you like to see more affordable delivery and 64,000 Canadians with jobs that pay living wages?
      I would rather have them being paid what that type of work is actually worth on the market, not something that is artificially subsidized by people who have no say in the matter and who can only dream of such advantages. I would actually have them be paid wages in line with the average Joe's capacity to pay.

      Ever thought that what UPS and FedEx pay might actually be more realistic, as to what blue collar work that requires no education or special skills is worth?

      someone16 wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:15 pm
      Yea, for residential there it's less of an impact, but for businesses its a big problem. A lot of things are still done by mail (bills, cheques, documents) and there isn't an alternative to Canada Post for regular mail.
      Imagine someone who is urgently waiting for a big check in the mail, or a provincial health card, and just after it is sent they start striking and the card is in limbo for weeks or more.

      If they strike, many people will be in REAL trouble.

      That's why taking a strike is simply holding ordinary people hostage. It will affect people who are among the most vulnerable and the least resourceful.
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    • jacnel wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:39 pm
      I knew this thread would be full of whining about Canada Post, I was correct.
      Crab mentality.
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    • Red_Army wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:06 pm
      What are they whining about now? If it weren’t for e commerce they wouldn’t even have jobs anymore.
      This time it's wage parity. The rural and urban carriers are getting quite different remuneration for doing what an arbitrator has already determined is the same work. Canada Post wants to keep it this way. CUPW wants the both the urban and rural carriers to be paid the same.

      Oh, BTW. The rural carriers are mostly women. Urban carriers mostly men. You guess who's being paid less. I don't give blanket support to CUPW (or to any union for that matter) but CUPW has my full support this time.
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    • Kiraly wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 10:45 pm
      This time it's wage parity. The rural and urban carriers are getting quite different remuneration for doing what an arbitrator has already determined is the same work. Canada Post wants to keep it this way. CUPW wants the both the urban and rural carriers to be paid the same.

      Oh, BTW. The rural carriers are mostly women. Urban carriers mostly men. You guess who's being paid less. I don't give blanket support to CUPW (or to any union for that matter) but CUPW has my full support this time.
      Guess what, that's how society works. It's virtually everyone who doesn't work for the government and lives outside of big urban centers that earn smaller wages, simply because they generate less value in places with significantly lower human density. This is also countered by lowest cost of living.

      Gee, why do you think wages are lower on Prince Edward Island than in Alberta, and so are housing prices? Unless what you want is a communist society?

      Who do you think makes more profit for their employer? The guy who delivers parcels in downtown Montreal, or the one who works in Labrador?

      Unions want to deny reality, live in their ivory towers, and have average Joes who make far less than them pay for it.

      It's totally deceitful and a false dichotomy to portray this as a wage gap issue. It's not. It's simply reality!
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    • Why is this in SHOPPING category?? And terrible title if allowed. Stop with the politics.
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    • blexann wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:52 pm
      Terrible service. I have no sympathy for them they can stay out forever as far as I'm concerned
      Name a delivery company that provides better service
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    • witenite wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 12:53 am
      Name a delivery company that provides better service
      for small businesses, Chit Chats
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    • blexann wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 1:08 am
      for small businesses, Chit Chats
      For the record...

      Chit Chats utilizes Canada Post - USPS - Fed Ex - and UPS

      For Canadian to Canadian addresses, their cheapest shipping time & cost is pretty much the same as Canada Post.

      DUH... and that would be because THEY USE CANADA POST
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    • Kiraly wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 10:45 pm
      This time it's wage parity. The rural and urban carriers are getting quite different remuneration for doing what an arbitrator has already determined is the same work. Canada Post wants to keep it this way. CUPW wants the both the urban and rural carriers to be paid the same.

      Oh, BTW. The rural carriers are mostly women. Urban carriers mostly men. You guess who's being paid less. I don't give blanket support to CUPW (or to any union for that matter) but CUPW has my full support this time.
      The wage parity is a farce...it's 2 totally different contracts. Rural is kind of like an owner operator.
      Did you ever think that the females don't want to walk 20km a day?
      BTW...fedex, Purolator, UPS Drivers all make almost 5$ more an hour
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    • I used to work for CP. 10+ years ago. The pay was decent. $23/hour. My friend who worked there for more than 20 years Full time and only gets $27/hour.
      Supervisor gets +$1 or $2 extra per hour.
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    • Red_Army wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:06 pm
      What are they whining about now? If it weren’t for e commerce they wouldn’t even have jobs anymore.

      There are many other shipping options. This strike won’t affect me one bit, other than I won’t receive a bunch of junk mail that goes straight in the recycle bin
      I really don't think that Strike would help them but they can struggle hard to to maintain the business as problem for business people seems more.
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    • Thatdealguy wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 3:28 am
      I used to work for CP. 10+ years ago. The pay was decent. $23/hour. My friend who worked there for more than 20 years Full time and only gets $27/hour.
      Supervisor gets +$1 or $2 extra per hour.
      Only? Lol. That’s pretty good for a job that requires no education and very little skill

      Not to mention the full benefits, pension package, and damn near iron clad job security
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    • trellaine201 wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 12:00 am
      Why is this in SHOPPING category?? And terrible title if allowed. Stop with the politics.
      Some items are shipped in letters on which Canada Post holds monopoly.
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    • airmail wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 2:20 am
      The wage parity is a farce...it's 2 totally different contracts. Rural is kind of like an owner operator.
      Did you ever think that the females don't want to walk 20km a day?
      My thoughts as well.
      I have two properties, one in the city and one in the country.
      Rural mail delivery is by car, much less stressful than delivering mail by foot in the city.
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    • Red_Army wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 6:41 am
      Only? Lol. That’s pretty good for a job that requires no education and very little skill

      Not to mention the full benefits, pension package, and damn near iron clad job security
      You'd prefer they make minimum wage and live in poverty?
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    • retrothing wrote:
      Sep 11th, 2018 9:45 pm


      At the end of the day, the question is simple: Would you rather send billions of dollars a year to the USA so that companies like FedEx and UPS can provide extremely expensive parcel service while paying dismal wages to Canadian workers, or would you like to see more affordable delivery and 64,000 Canadians with jobs that pay living wages?
      Reliable and consistent services. FTFY. Also, the only time I ever have issues with receiving orders it is 100% of the time with Canada Post. Fedex, ups, dhl= no issues (so far)
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    • Dpack22 wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 1:26 pm
      You'd prefer they make minimum wage and live in poverty?
      No, I never said that. I’m saying they are compensated well for a job that requires no skill or education
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    • kr0zet wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 1:41 pm
      Be Gone With You FACTS!!! Where's my pitchfork!
      Every time I see you post I imagine Bender narrating it 😂
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    • I dunno much about the current situation but I remember a long time ago it only costs about 17 cents to mail across Canada, now it's ~$1??? Doesn't matter the time period is decades but still, what other industry has inflation like that?
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    • Dpack22 wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 3:39 pm
      Every time I see you post I imagine Bender narrating it 😂
      Kill All Humans!

      Except for Dpack22
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    • tranquility922 wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 3:48 pm
      I dunno much about the current situation but I remember a long time ago it only costs about 17 cents to mail across Canada, now it's ~$1??? Doesn't matter the time period is decades but still, what other industry has inflation like that?
      Tried buying a house lately? lol
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    • tranquility922 wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 3:48 pm
      I dunno much about the current situation but I remember a long time ago it only costs about 17 cents to mail across Canada, now it's ~$1??? Doesn't matter the time period is decades but still, what other industry has inflation like that?
      That was around the time gas was 20 cents a litre, hamburgers were 29 cents and you could get candy at the corner store for a penny a piece.
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    • Dpack22 wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 4:06 pm
      Tried buying a house lately? lol
      I know it's a crazy observation, but I always remember them having strikes like it's going to be outta fashion soon. Enough already.
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    • Ottomaddox wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 4:24 pm
      That was around the time gas was 20 cents a litre, hamburgers were 29 cents and you could get candy at the corner store for a penny a piece.
      "Back in my day my car gots forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it. I remember the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. "Gimme five bees for a quarter," you'd say. Now where were we... oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have any white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones..."
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    • C'mon, it is well worth a buck to have a physical piece of paper with maybe a picture, a poem and a rose petal delivered to a special one.
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    • tranquility922 wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 3:48 pm
      I dunno much about the current situation but I remember a long time ago it only costs about 17 cents to mail across Canada, now it's ~$1??? Doesn't matter the time period is decades but still, what other industry has inflation like that?
      you old fart.😉

      Is it in Constitution that they have to go on strike every 2-3 years?
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    • callernamet wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 6:07 pm
      you old fart.😉

      Is it in Constitution that they have to go on strike every 2-3 years?
      It does seem like it lol. It's like their fetish....MUST....STRIKE.....NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    • callernamet wrote:
      Sep 12th, 2018 6:07 pm
      you old fart.😉

      Is it in Constitution that they have to go on strike every 2-3 years?
      Don't worry, dougie can notwithstanding them back to work in Ontario. Other provinces can follow suit but dougie, he'll get the ball rolling!
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    • Postal workers get around $30.00/hour, unionized, one of only 20% of Canadians with a "real" government pension !
      Post offices closes at 4:00pm, don't work or deliver on Saturdays like most other countries ...and they want a raise ??? ...LoL
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