Canada Post union workers on strike in Toronto

Oct 23 2018, 12:58 pm

On October 22, the union representing Canada Post employees (CUPW) began a series of rotating strikes across the country.

The 24-hour strikes began yesterday at 12:01 am in Victoria, BC, Edmonton, AB, Windsor, ON and 1:01 am in Halifax, NS.

And today, it’s Toronto’s turn to feel the lack of information burn.

According to a release, “Job action will take place in the Greater Toronto Area, (excluding Scarborough) and most of the 905-region.”

The CUPW has been negotiating with Canada Post for nearly a year over the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining units.

Key demands for postal workers during bargaining include:

  • Job security
  • End to forced overtime and overburdening
  • Better health and safety measures
  • Service expansion
  • Equality for RSMCs

“For us to reach any agreements, Canada Post has to talk about the changing nature of postal work and the issues that stem from the growth of parcels,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “We need to address health and safety concerns and precarious work, as well as gender equality. We will stay at the bargaining table and on the picket line for as long as it takes to get a fair deal for our members.”

Expect no packages or letters to be delivered by Canada Post in Toronto until October 24.

With files from Ainsley Smith.

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