Union disputes Canada Post’s mail volume claim

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Postal workers are sticking to their strategy of limited rotating strikes for another day, targeting Calgary today. The strikers also walked off the job in Edmonton and are debating escalating to a wider pressure tactics. — Photo by Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

A postal union spokeswoman is disputing Canada Post’s claim that mail volumes have dropped by as much a 50 per cent since rotating strikes began almost a week ago.

Bev Ray, president of the local Edmonton postal union, says there’s still quite a bit of mail that’s in the system and being moved.

Calgary and Edmonton were the latest cities hit today by rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Ray says there are fewer parcels being shipped but they’re being diverted to courier service Purolator, in which Canada Post owns a major stake.

Ray also says there hasn’t been much movement towards a settlement.

Rotating strikes began last Friday in Winnipeg and have since hit Montreal, Moncton, N.B. and Victoria.

Organizations: Canada Post, Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Ray

Geographic location: Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg Montreal Moncton Victoria

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  • Kessler
    June 09, 2011 - 07:31

    The "valuable" mail volume has probably dropped by 50%, but that 50% is swallowed up by flyers like: "free market evaluation", "there's never been a better time to switch to....",etc Also, if you haven't switched to e-bills by now, nows the time! I've switched and as a result I'm down to checking the mail to once a week.

  • speedy
    June 08, 2011 - 15:22

    With the high tech of today and tomorrow, I guess there is not too mush use for Canada Post thus the 50% drop in mail volume.

  • Email
    June 08, 2011 - 15:06

    You guys are overpaid, underworked. The old mail system needs an upgrade. Less employees and lower wages would be a good start. You are not needed as much as you think, Christmas maybe!

    • Donny
      June 08, 2011 - 15:59

      May I sugggest the same poilicy to your employer?

  • Joseph McGrath
    June 08, 2011 - 14:54

    With today's technologies and other private courier services the Canada Postal system is obsolete. A strike will just confirm what the majority of Canadians know. The strike will force the people and businesses that use the Postal System to change to the technologies and/or private couriers. Poor move going on rotating strikes, you are now on the publics radar and nobody really cares.

  • fred
    June 08, 2011 - 14:26

    What is with rotating strikes? Just go out on strike and make your point already.