Online shopping is a quick and easy way to buy products and get them delivered to your door but going online to buy something this week may be a waste of time if a strike commences.
Mail delivery by Canada Post could come to standstill if a lockout or strike happens as no deal has been reached with the union.
Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are working on reaching a deal after the collective agreement between CUPW-Urban expired January 31st. A lockout could happen as early as Saturday.
“What we see is their pushing either to lock us out or push us into a strike and let’s face it, in the middle of the summer right now mail volumes are at their lowest, and I think they’re trying to force the issue right now,” explains Larry Dionne, Local President of CUPW.
Dionne says the crown-corporation is calling for cuts and the union does not want to budge.
“They want a bunch of rollbacks and Canada Post has been profitable, I think they’ve made around $2-billion in profits in the last 20-years, dividends paid back to the Canadian Taxpayer,” explains Dionne.
Dionne says the union is holding a rally Thursday at around 2pm at the main plant ahead of the deadline.
“We’re going to be having a lockout support picket at the main plant on 149 Street and 121 A Avenue,” explains Dionne. “It is to inform the public that we do not want to go on strike and we want a negotiated settlement.”
Dionne says Canada Post seems to be trying to force a resolution quickly.
“Before we’d even given them all our demands or heard all theirs, or they responded, they applied for conciliation, which means they can start the process to lock us out,” explains Dionne.
Canada Post says the last day to send out expedited local mail and any priority mail is Wednesday before a possible lockout Saturday.
Dionne says in Canada Post became one in the 1980s but both had separate contracts. He says this is the first time the two have expired at the same time and they are pushing to bring the two operations under one contract now as they are currently two separate bargaining units.
Canada Post is now under the Public Services ministry and Minister Judy Foote has said they will not intervene with any labour disruptions.
Dionne says the last lockout they were ordered back to work and the courts ruled that was unconstitutional.
Dionne says he’s hopeful the Liberal government will work with CUPW and Canada post to update the organization. He says there has been talk of postal banking to help costs and greening the Canada Post fleet of vehicle, making them more environmentally friendly. (twd)