Canada Post vehicles sit idle outside a sorting depot in the borough of Ville St. Laurent in Montreal, Monday. — Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press
With rotating Canada Post strikes now hitting the Atlantic region, people in Newfoundland and Labrador are wondering when it will be their turn to see picket signs.
That’s the question on everyone’s minds, but nobody with the executive board of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) seems to know where the strike will hit next.
“I wish I could tell you, because I just walked through the floor and 100 people just asked me the same thing,” said Craig Dyer, chief shop steward with CUPW Local 126 in St. John’s.
Urban Canada Post workers went on strike Monday night in Moncton, N.B., and Victoria, B.C.
The strikes have been slowly rotating through several Canadian cities since last week, though talks between the union and Canada Post are ongoing.
CUPW told its members Monday evening that Canada Post had made some positive moves, but also took several steps backwards.
The Crown corporation rejected the latest proposal from negotiators for 50,000 urban workers and backed away from a thorny proposal to create more part-time positions to deal with a decline in mail.
The union said pensions and disability coverage remain sticking points.
Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton says the union’s strike activity in Victoria and Moncton “is completely unnecessary” and that Canada Post continues to negotiate.
The company claims most of the postal network continues to operate despite the strikes.
But businesses have warned that the system will soon get “gummed up” once the walkout expands to larger centres.