Canada Post Strikes

red alert_2Status: Service Interruptions

Published: October 16, 2018 / Updated: November 15, 2018

[Updated 11/14/18]

Published by Canada Post

Dear Customer,

This afternoon, Canada Post tabled a significant, time-limited offer to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in an effort to resolve negotiations and return our operations to normal so we can deliver the holidays to Canadians, retailers, charities and other customers.

About the improved offer

The offer improves pay increases to 2 per cent per year for all employees, and the extraordinary measure of a signing bonus of up to $1,000 to ensure we can reach a deal and deliver the holidays. This would be on top of the approximately 25 per cent pay increase from the recently announced pay equity ruling. The offer also addresses many of CUPW’s concerns around health and safety and workloads.

The urgency to resolve negotiations

The urgency created by the backlogs and rapidly oncoming holiday volumes are why this offer is time-limited. It will be open for acceptance until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

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[Updated 11/13/18]

Published by Canada Post

Mail Delays

Unfortunately, the growing impact of the union’s rotating strikes on postal operations across the country means Canada Post must suspend its service delivery guarantees until further notice.

We will continue to make best efforts to deliver, but the union’s strike efforts have caused significant backlogs and delays throughout our network. As of today, our major processing centre in Vancouver was shut down from Friday evening to Tuesday morning and Toronto is now shut down, significantly impacting our ability to process mail and parcels. In Toronto alone, more than 180 trailers full of parcels, packets and mail sit idle as the union shuts down the facility for a third time in less than a month. Striking to shut down a processing facility not only impacts our operations at that location, it chokes the flow of mail and parcels to our delivery facilities.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are advising customers to expect delays. We remain committed to serving Canadians and will continue to do everything possible to minimize the impacts of the union’s strike activities.

Update on Negotiations

Despite lengthy discussions and continued proposals by Canada Post to respond to the union’s demands through three rounds of mediation, we are still no closer to a deal.

The Corporation has made significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security and improved benefits, and it has not asked for any concessions in return. We value the relationship with the union and have responded to their major demands with meaningful improvements and a commitment to continue to work together to find solutions that address the changing nature of the work and the health and safety of employees.

It’s important that we move forward together to resolve negotiations in a manner that treats employees fairly and ensures the postal service remains strong without putting an unreasonable financial burden on our customers.

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[Updated 11/8/18]

Canada Post remains committed to the bargaining process. The Corporation has made significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits, and it has not asked for any concessions in return.

The Minister of Labour has extended the mandate of Morton Mitchnick as mediator for a period of 4 days (November 7 – 10) to assist the parties in reaching a resolution.

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[Updated 11/6/18]

While negotiations continue, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) have hit Canada’s largest processing center in Toronto for the second time in three weeks.

Toronto is a key processing hub for mail and parcels in Canada. It was shut down by the union for two consecutive days in October and is now idle again due to the union’s strikes with no indication of when it will end.  This will worsen the backlogs at facilities and customers should expect delays of several days for mail or parcel deliveries. Prior to the union’s decision to target Toronto again, the number of trailers full of parcels and packets waiting to be unloaded and processed at a Canada Post facilities sat at over 150.The escalating strikes have now shut down our three largest processing facilities in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal up to 48 hours. Combined, those three plants can process a million parcels and packets a day for communities across the country.Canada Post will continue to make every effort to minimize the impact, but customers across the country can expect delays of several days for parcel and mail delivery.

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[Updated 11/5/18]

Delays

Canada Post is informing customers that they can expect to see delivery delays as escalating strike activity by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) continues to impact operations. Since October 22, CUPW’s rotating strikes have shut down Canada Post’s operations in over 50 cities and towns across the country. The union has ramped up their strike activity quickly, adding more communities each day and shutting down major processing centers for 48 hours.

Canada Post is working hard to minimize the service impact to Canadians, but the escalating strikes have shut down our three largest processing facilities in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal for up to 48 hours. Combined, those three plants can process a million parcels and packets a day for communities across the country. At this point, there is a backlog of over 150 trailers in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal of items waiting to be unloaded and processed, with more arriving every day. While the rotating strikes continue, Canada Post is making every effort to work through the backlog as quickly as possible, but delays will continue.

Negotiations Update

A special mediator appointed by the federal government joined the parties at an offsite location on Wednesday, October 24, and is working to help reach a negotiated settlement. Canada Post remains committed to the bargaining process. The Corporation has made significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits, and it has not asked for any concessions in return. Canada Post values the relationship with the union and has been able to find common ground on some issues. They remain committed to working together to address employees’ workload concerns caused by parcel growth, additional financial services and going beyond pay equity for Rural and Suburban employees by extending job security and moving to one uniform for all delivery employees.

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[Published 10/16/18]

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) issued a strike notice on October 16, 2018, putting them in a legal position to strike as early as Monday, October 22, 2018.

Rotating legal strikes may be isolated to one or two specific locations at a time, affecting those areas for a period of 24 hours. In that situation, Canada Post would continue to accept, process and deliver mail and parcels in all other areas. Once the temporary disruption ends, we would return to normal operations in the affected locations.

Negotiations Background

Negotiations between Canada Post and Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began in November 2017, with mediated talks beginning in January. The collective agreement for the rural and suburban letter carriers, with about 8,000 members, expired December 31, 2017; the collective agreement for the urban postal operations unit, which has 42,000 members, expired January 31, 2018.
Strike votes were held across the country between August 7 and September 9, with 93.8 percent of urban postal operations workers and 95.9 percent of rural and suburban mail carriers voting to walk out if an agreement can’t be reached with Canada Post.
Jim Gallant, CUPW’s regional grievance officer for Atlantic Canada, said contract talks, wages, and working conditions are the major reasons for the hold up in negotiation.

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Current and Resolved Alerts

Note: Please refer to Canada Post for official strike dates and locations.

Post Office Strike Report On Returned To Work On
Edmonton 10/22 10/23
Halifax 10/22 10/23
Victoria 10/22 10/23
Windsor 10/22 10/23
 Greater Toronto Area, (excluding Scarborough) and most of the 905-region 10/23 10/25
Kelowna, BC and surrounding areas 10/24 10/25
Calgary, Alb. 10/25 10/26
CRed Deer, Alb. 10/25 10/26
Sherbrooke, Que. 10/25 10/26
Saint John, N.B. 10/26 10/27
Sudbury, Ont 10/26 10/28
Vancouver, B.C 10/26 10/28
Niagara Falls, Ont. 10/26 10/29
Îles-de-la-Madeleine 10/27 10/30
Winnipeg, Man. 10/28 10/30
Brandon, Man. 10/29 10/30
Lloydminster, Sask. 10/29 10/30
Oshawa, Ont. 10/29 10/30
Pickering, Ont 10/29 10/30
Several locations of the Lower Mainland in B.C. (Maple Ridge, Surrey, Chilliwack, Squamish, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, New Westminster, Mission and Hope and Aldergrove) 10/29 10/30
Thunder Bay, Ont. 10/29 10/30
Peterborough, Ont 10/29  10/31
Greater Montreal 10/29  10/30
Prince George, B.C. 10/29  10/31
Cobourg 10/30  10/31
Columbia River 10/30  11/1
Dawson Creek 10/30  11/1
Fort Frances 10/30  10/31
Fort Nelson 10/30  11/1
Fort St. John, B.C. 10/30  11/1
Kapuskasing 10/30  10/31
Kenora 10/30  10/31
Moose Jaw, Sask. 10/30  10/31
Nelson 10/30  11/1
Petawawa/Deep River 10/30  10/31
Saskatoon, Sask. 10/30  10/31
Smiths Falls (Tri-Town), Ont 10/30  10/31
Weyburn, Sask 10/30  11/1
Charlottetown, P.E.I. 10/31  11/1
Summerside, P.E.I. 10/31  11/1
Sorel 10/31  11/1 -
St-Jean 10/31  11/1 -
Valleyfield 10/31  11/1
Vaudreuil-Dorion 10/31  11/1 -
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield 10/31 11/1 -
Ottawa 10/31  11/2
Arnprior-Renfrew 10/31  11/1
Prince Edward Island 10/31  11/1
St-Jérôme 10/31  11/1
Joliette 10/31  11/1
Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Que 10/31  11/1
Nanaimo, B.C.  10/31  11/1
Port Alberni  10/31  11/1
Ste-Thérèse de Blainville, Que.  10/31  11/1
Campbell River, B.C.  10/31  11/1
Courtenay, B.C.  10/31  11/1
Nanaimo, B.C.  10/31  11/1
Port Alberni, B.C.  10/31  11/1
Hamilton, Ont.  11/1  11/2
North Bay, Ont.  11/1  11/2
Outaouais and Mauricie regions of Quebec  11/1  11/2
Regina, Sask.  11/1  11/2
Moncton,New Brunswick  11/1  11/2
St John’s N.L  11/2  11/2
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.  11/2  11/2
Grande Prairie, Alta.  11/2  11/2
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.  11/2  11/5
Timmins, Ont.  11/2  11/2
Bois-Francs region of Quebec  11/2  11/2
Barrie, Ont.  11/5   11/7
Simcoe, Ont.  11/5   11/6
St. Catharines, Ont.  11/5   11/6
Welland, Ont.  11/5   11/6
Guelph, Ont.  11/5   11/6
Fort Erie, Ont.  11/5   11/6
Brantford, Ont.  11/5   11/6
London, Ont.  11/5   11/7
Scarborough, Ont.  11/5   11/7
Carbonear, N.L.  11/5  11/5
Exploits Valley, N.L.  11/5   11/5
Gander-Lewisporte, N.L.  11/5   11/5
Deer Lake, N.L.  11/5   11/5
St. Anthony, N.L.  11/5   11/5
Stephenville, N.L  11/5   11/5
 Calgary, Alberta  11/5   11/6
 Edmonton, Alberta  11/5   11/6
 Medicine Hat, Alberta  11/5   11/6
 Lethbridge, Alberta  11/5   11/6
Corner Brook, N.L.  11/5   11/5
Channel-Port-aux-Basques, L.L  11/5   11/5
Pickering, Ont  11/5  11/7
Saguenay Lac St-Jean  11/5  11/7
Mont-Joli  11/5  11/7
 Newmarket  11/6  
 Sarnia, Ont  11/6  11/7
 Amherstburg, Ont  11/6  11/7
 Delhi, Ont  11/6  11/7
 St. Thomas, Ont  11/6  11/7
 Owen Sound, Ont  11/6  11/7
  Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec  11/6  11/7
 Val d’Or, Quebec  11/6  11/7
 La Sarre, Quebec  11/6  11/7
 Hautes-Laurentides, Quebec  11/6  11/7
 Toronto  11/6  11/8
 Quebec City, Que.  11/7  11/8
Dolbeau-Mistassini  11/7  11/8
 La Tuque, Que.  11/7  11/8
 Fredericton, N.B.  11/7  11/8
 St. Stephen, N.B.  11/7  11/8
Woodstock, N.B.  11/7  11/8
 Miramichi, N.B.  11/7  11/8
 Acadie Bathurst, N.B.  11/7  11/8
 Campbellton, N.B.  11/7  11/8
 Edmunston, N.B.  11/7  11/8
Chatham, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Clinton, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Georgetown, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Milton, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Orangeville, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Port Hope, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Stratford, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Strathroy, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Tillsonburg, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Wingham, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Woodstock, Ont.  11/7  11/8
Abitibi  11/5 11/7
Belleville, Ont.  11/7  11/9
Brockville, Ont. 11/7  11/9
Cornwall, Ont. 11/7  11/9
Kingston, Ont. 11/7  11/9
Lindsay, Ont. 11/7  11/9
Thetford Mines, Que. 11/7  11/9
Chibougamau, Que. 11/7  11/9
Baie-Comeau, Que. 11/7  11/9
Rivière-du-Loup, Que. 11/7  11/9
Truro, New Glasgow, Pictou, Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury, Breton, Sydney, Annapolis Valley, Bridgewater, Liverpool, Cumberland and Yarmouth, in Nova Scotia 11/7  11/8
 Drummondville, Quebec 11/8  11/10
 Rimouski, Quebec 11/8  11/10
 Goose Bay, NL 11/8  11/10
 Labrador City NL 11/8  11/10
 Wabush NL 11/8  11/10
  St-Hyacinthe 11/8  11/9
 Farnham 11/8  11/9
 Rivière-du-Loup 11/8  11/9
 Matane, Que. 11/7  11/9
 Chibougamau 11/8  11/9
 Côte-Nord 11/8  11/9
 Baie-Comeau 11/8  11/9
 Cranbrook, B.C. 11/8  11/9
 Kamloops, B.C. 11/8  11/10
 Penticton, B.C. 11/8  11/9
 Quesnel, B.C. 11/8  11/9
 Vernon, B.C. 11/8  11/9
 Williams Lake, B.C. 11/8  11/9
 Brantford, Ont. 11/8  11/9
 Oshawa, Ont. 11/8  11/9
 Guelph, Ont. 11/8  11/9
 Midland, Ont. 11/8  11/9
 Orillia , Ont. 11/8  11/9
 Parry Sound, Ont. 11/8  11/9
 Gaspé and in Granby area (including Acton Vale, Eastman, Sutton and Cowansville), Que. 11/8  11/9
 Whitehorse, Y.T., 11/9  11/10
 Creston, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Elk Valley, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Golden, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Grand Forks, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Kimberley, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Kitimat, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Powell River, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Prince Rupert, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Salmon Arm, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Revelstoke, B.C 11/9  11/10
Smithers, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Sunshine Coast, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Terrace, B.C 11/9  11/10
 Kirkland Lake, Ont.  11/9  11/10
 Alexandria 11/9  11/10
 Napanee 11/9  11/10
  Collingwood 11/9  11/10
 Muskoka 11/9  11/10
 Pembroke 11/9  11/10
 Hearst 11/9  11/10
Englehart 11/9  11/10
New Liskeard, Ont. 11/9  11/10
Vancouver 11/9  11/13
Yukon 11/9  11/10
Halifax, Nova Scotia 11/12  11/14
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 11/12  11/14
Lakeside, Nova Scotia 11/12  11/14
Tantallon, Nova Scotia 11/12  11/14
Toronto 11/13  11/14
York Distribution Centre in Scarborough, Ont 11/13  11/14
Mississauga, including the Gateway postal facility 11/13  11/15
Toronto, including the South Central Letter Processing Plant 11/13  11/14
Etobicoke 11/13  11/15
Brampton 11/13  11/15
Concord 11/13  11/15
Niagara Falls, Ontario 11/14  11/15
Stratford, Ontario 11/14  11/15
Owen Sound, Ontario 11/14  11/15
Windsor, Ontario 11/14  11/15
 New Brunswick 11/14  -
 Winnipeg Mail Processing Plant 11/15  -
St. John’s 11/13  -
Newfoundland 11/13  -
Labrador 11/13
Montreal, Quebec 11/14  -
Saint John 11/14  -
 Amherstburg, Ontario 11/15 -
 Strathroy, Ontario 11/15  -
 Sarnia , Ontario 11/15  -
 Milton, Ontario 11/15  -