John Nolan (holding flag), a postal clerk; letter carrier Susan Stratton (left); and letter carrier Maxine Keeping man a makeshift picket line this morning in St. John's after being locked out by Canada Post. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/ The Telegram
MONTREAL — Households in Canada’s cities will not be getting mail today as Canada Post begins cutting back its scheduled delivery in urban centres to three days a week, as it contends with rotating strikes by unionized workers.
The strikes have so far taken place in smaller cities but move to two of the country’s biggest cities today — Toronto and Montreal, through which flows 60 per cent of the country’s mail.
Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton says mail delivery has been scaled back as the rotating strikes cause volumes to decline.
Urban letter carriers will be delivering mail Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and when service resumes on Wednesday, Canadians could receive less mail.
But Hamilton says rural areas, where carriers operate under a separate contract, aren’t touched by the rotating strikes and will continue to get delivery five days a week.
He says both sides are still at the table and Canada Post still wants a negotiated settlement.