Winnipeg's Canada Post employees back on the picket line

Lloyd Doyle
November 18, 2018

eBay wants Ottawa to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute before the holiday shopping season kicks into high-gear.

Canada Post has tabled what it calls a "significant offer" with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers after more than three weeks of rotating strikes, including a one-day work stoppage in Brandon.

Hamilton said Canada Post delivers two-thirds of the country's online shopping, 25 per cent of which comes in November and December from thousands of small businesses and medium-to-large retailers.

Victoria was among the first cities to see strike action October 22.

"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are critical sales opportunities for Canadian small and micro retailers, particularly those that sell into the USA - the largest consumer market in the world", she wrote. "Should the Canada Post service disruptions continue through this key retail moment, these SMBs will be seriously disadvantaged in competing for US demand".

The annual shopping days, known for their significant discounts, are set for November 23 and November 26.

A letter signed by the union's chief negotiators, Nancy Beauchamp and Sylvain Lapointe, and posted to the CUPW website said the negotiating committee is analyzing Canada Post's proposal and would be putting out a more detailed bulletin.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says that "some movements" have been made towards addressing its key priorities, but there's "a long way to go".

Canada Post said Wednesday it was facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments and warned the situation could escalate quickly.

The delivery service says major shutdowns at processing plants in Toronto and Vancouver has caused a backlog of almost 500 tractor-trailer loads of parcels that need to be sorted.

"At Gateway parcel processing plant in Toronto, we have now surpassed 260 trailers of parcels and packets waiting to be unloaded", Hamilton said in an email.

Picket lines were up in Kamloops for two days last week. "We already have joint health and safety committees and management hasn't addressed these issues there, so why would this be any different?" said Palecek.

Canada Post, in its latest offers to both urban and rural and suburban employees, has proposed a $10-million fund to pay for "jointly identified initiatives" to speed up improvements to the Crown agency's safety record and to reduce workplace injuries.

The two sides have been negotiating for nearly a full year, with little success despite the assistance of government-appointed mediators.

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