Toronto bracing for Canada Post strike
In just over a week, employees of Canada Post will legally be able to go on strike, meaning Canadian businesses and households better set up those online bill payments fast.
sure hope my cheques show up before the canada post strike— drew brown (@drewfoundland) September 13, 2018
Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action on Sunday after months of negotiations with the Crown corporation.
Whether by strike or by lock out, the national delivery service could effectively be at a nationwide standstill as early as Sept. 26.
That will certainly disrupt access to medical cannabis. Will there be exceptions made for patients who rely on Canada Post for there prescribed medication?— Jen Ann Colford (@AnnColford) September 10, 2018
While this may be pretty insignificant news for those who don't get anything but junk flyers in the mail, those who rely on snail mail to receive important parcels like medication (particularly cannabis) will have to find an alternative.
I REALLY hope that Canada post doesn’t go on strike because I order way too much on amazon to live without it for more than a few days.— Morgan8 🥑 ™ (@Morgan_m8) September 10, 2018
And online shoppers better pay extra for that express service if they want to get their eBay and Amazon goods before that day. Same goes for online businesses who deliver their products to customers via mail.
The CUPW cites issues like the increasing number of parcels being delivered, as well as pay equity for Canada Post employees working in rural and suburban areas (RSMCs), for the strike action.
With a potential Canada Post strike looming, I am trying to reach someone at Bell Canada to make pre-authorized payments. (Yes, I still get paper bills. Sue me.) The damndest thing: I can't get anyone at Bell to answer a call.— Michael Farber (@MichaelFarber3) September 12, 2018
"Over the last decade, the working conditions of all our members has deteriorated, leaving many overburdened, with little time for their home life," said the National President of CUPW, Mike Palacek, in a statement.
"Ths ends now," he said. "Our members have spoken."
The vote on Sunday saw around 94 cent of urban mail carriers and 96 per cent of rural carriers vote in favour of the strike.
Damn could you imagine if Canada Post went on strike again? Could you imagine all the junk mail I wouldn't receive.— Bustin Jabcock (@JBABS1992) September 13, 2018
Right now, rural workers—who are being paid based on the length of their route and are predominantly women—are being paid less than their urban counterparts, who have hourly wages and are mostly male.
All they do is deliver junk mail these days. And that only because most people went to e-billing after the last bout of strikes.— Chris (@ChristophLoewen) September 10, 2018
Sad epitaph on a once dependable crown corporation.
Until either sides of the disagreement find a resolution, it looks like Canadians will have to pick up their own parcels, if they're close enough.
As for payments and documents, it's the 21st century: maybe the Internet can help.
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