Postal strike could start Sunday at midnight

Postal union official ‘not very confident’ strike with Canada Post will be avoided

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers gave strike notice to Canada Post on Wednesday, saying workers will start rotating strikes on Monday if agreements aren't reached with various bargaining units. The latter has been due to the growing popularity of online shopping.

There are a number of sticking points that still need to be worked out between the two sides.

"Canada Post had the opportunity this weekend to stop any postal disruption on Monday, but instead, as they have for nearly a year, they refused to talk about the issues that matter to our members", said CUPW national president Mike Palecek in the news release.

In a statement, Canada Post indicated that it "has made significant offers to CUPW which include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits and has not asked for any concessions in return".

If a strike does take place, Canada Post has said it will notify customers of any disruptions to service.

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"It's unrealistic to expect a carrier to deliver at least 150 packages a day, plus mail, plus flyers and try and do it in an eight-hour day - it's completely impossible", Whitfield said. However, on Saturday, the corporation refused a proposal to evaluate postal routes by the volume of mail, Gélineau said.

A countdown clock of the potential strike has been put on the union's website.

Canada Post said that if there were to be a strike, its activities would continue with possible "minor delays". The union says they're committed to continuing delivery of pension and social assistance checks, as it has done in the past.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which in Quebec is affiliated with the FTQ, has some 50,000 members in Canada, including 42,000 in urban areas, and 8,000 in remote sectors.

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