Union members approve possible strike action against Canada Post, publishers warned of disruptions
An agreement will need to be reached by July 2 in order to avoid a work stoppage, with both publishers and printers needing to make preparations for any delivery disruptions
The membership of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) voted to authorize a strike against Canada Post should negotiations continue to fail to achieve an agreement. The overwhelming vote means that should an agreement not be reached by July 2, publishers could find deliveries effected.
“We understand the impact a work disruption would have on customers and are therefore doing everything possible to reach a negotiated settlement quickly. While a labour disruption remains a possibility, we are asking customers to take precautions,” Canada Post said in a statement.
“In the event of a labour disruption, Canada Post will not operate. Mail and parcels will not be delivered, and no new items will be accepted. Any mail and parcels within the postal system during a work disruption will be secured and delivered as quickly as possible once operations resume.”
The union had asked for authorization to strike, should negotiations that have been ongoing since late last year, fail to succeed in generating a new agreement. The Urban Operations unit vote 94.19 percent for a strike, while the Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers unit voted 91.26 percent to authorize the work action, if necessary.
Canadian publishers are now making plans for any distribution disruption, with several major publishers saying they are looking complete projects before any labor deadline.
“If the strike continues for any length of time we will have to adjust our labour to accommodate any decrease in work but currently we are somewhat unaffected as we are diverse enough in our services to cover a decline in Canadian mail,” Susan Robinson of Torpedo Marketing told a Canadian news outlet.