Barrie postal workers hit the picket lines

Marco Green
November 6, 2018

According to a release issued by the CUPW, as of Sunday night, 1,400 more employees from the London and Barrie locals joined 1,800 employees across the country participating in the strike action.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said the workers in Amherstburg, Delhi, Owen Sound, Sarnia and St. Thomas began striking just after midnight Tuesday. Negotiations have centered around health and safety concerns, wages, workloads and staffing.

Walkouts mean mail and parcels will not be picked up or delivered in the areas that strike action is taking place.

The strikes began either Sunday night or first thing Monday morning. He said it's unclear if this will last for more than one day.

Cuda said there are increased volumes of parcels due to online shopping and delivery of cannabis since the federal government legalized it on October 17.

The postal service and the union have been unable to reach new collective agreements for two bargaining units after 10 months of negotiations. Customers could see delays of several days.

"For the rural mail carriers, it's time paid for time worked", says Slingsby.

In its statement, Canada Post said it has been "working hard to minimize the service impact to Canadians, but the union's escalating strikes continue to cause backlogs in our national, integrated delivery network". "The overburdening, the overtime, constantly not being paid properly, it's definitely worth us being out here doing what we're doing", says one picketing postal worker. "Until Canada Post negotiators address it, we can solve it for ourselves in the meantime", said Palecek.

Canada Post says the rotating strikes have shut down operations in more than 70 communities across the country, including the three largest processing facilities in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal for at least 48 hours.

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