Postal Workers Begin Rotating Strikes In Four Canadian Cities

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has begun a series of rotating strikes in four cities after negotiators failed to reach a last-minute deal Sunday evening.

The rotating strikes started Monday at 12:01 a.m. in Victoria, Edmonton and Windsor, and at 1:01 a.m. in Halifax (all local time) and lasted for 24 hours. On Tuesday, the strike moved to the Greater Toronto Area at 12:01 a.m. local time.

CUPW, which represents 50,000 postal employees, says it needs Canada Post to address issues that have stemmed from the explosive growth of parcel deliveries, including health and safety concerns and forced overtime.

This means Canadians who rely on Canada Post could find themselves either forced to turn to other options, like Purolator or waiting for days for their package or letter to arrive.

Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said the Crown corporation is committed to reaching a deal with the union and had an offer on the table that included wage hikes, job security, improved benefits and no concessions.

CUPW said job action will continue until Canada Post “gets serious about bargaining.”