The Canadian Union of Postal Workers gave notice Sunday that it will start 24-hour rotating strikes in Edmonton, Halifax, Victoria and Windsor starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday — as soon as its strike deadline is reached — while its contract negotiations with Canada Post continue.
The union says it has opted for rotating strikes to minimize the impact of a postal disruption on customers, and says that in those four cities, mail will still be delivered, although it could be delayed. Management, however, says that in the affected cities, mail and parcels will not be delivered or picked up.
However, Canada Post will continue to accept and deliver mails and parcels in all other locations nationwide.
During this negotiation period, postal workers say their key demands have been job security, an end to forced overtime and overburdening, better health and safety measures, service expansion and equality for rural and suburban mail carriers. Mike Palecek, CUPW national president, says the goal has always been to settle an agreement without “postal disruption.”
“Our members gave us a clear mandate to take job action if Canada Post refused to address our major issues — health and safety, gender equality and preserving full-time, middle class jobs,” says Palecek.