The Canada Post strike has been happening on a rotating-city basis since October 22nd. It surely has affected many of you with the delivery of mail to your home, be it letters or parcels so we thought this week, we’d share some insight on what’s happening and why with the Canada Post Strike.
Into its fifth week, talks between Canada Post and its unionized workers have not made any progress on the issues that are on the table that relate to workplace injuries which have allegedly increased by 43 percent over the last couple of years. Pay equity is another topic at hand, where the predominantly-female representation of rural workers makes less than the predominantly-male representation of urban postal workers. In addition to these two items, Canada Post employees are asking for a national overtime ban which would effectively limit their work week to forty hours and 8-hour work shifts at a time.
Though there is no definite end in sight due to the fact that both sides have not made any headway in their negotiations, the Federal government is legally permitted to intervene and force Canada Posts unionized workers to resume work simply because postal service is deemed to be an essential service. At this stage of the game, the Federal government has commented on doing exactly this in the next several days if both sides cannot come to a new mutual agreement.
The strikes are rolling through individual cities and last only 24 hours at a time, however all mail service has been impacted because distribution hubs are severely backlogged. According to a report from CBC, distribution centres are collectively housing 600 unloaded tractor-trailers with about 2,500 parcels in each trailer. Delivery guarantees from Canada Post are no longer valid as of November 13thand will remain so until further notice. Black Friday looms this week and we are going into the holiday season with so much mail to be distributed ahead of us, but if you do not want to pay extra with a private courier such as FedEx or UPS, there is nothing one can do but sit and wait for the strike to dissolve and all the backlogged mail to be caught up.
If you are expecting Federal cheques such as the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) or the Working Income Tax Benefit, then items such as these will still be delivered, however all other mail is on hold. Other than that, all we can do is be patient and hope both sides come to a collective agreement soon!