Rotating postal strike possible by midnight Monday, October 22

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has decided to give Canada Post Corporation strike notices – in other words, they could commence strike action as early as midnight on Monday, October 22, 2018. Canada Post said that it has made significant offers to CUPW that included increased wages, job security and improved benefits, and has not asked for any concessions in return. In a news release, the corporation added: “We value the relationship with the union and have been able to find common ground on some issues, and have also committed to work together constructively on several important files. Those include working together to address employees workload concerns caused by parcel growth, additional financial services, and going beyond pay equity for Rural and Suburban employees by extending job security and moving to one uniform. Canada Post will remain open for business, continuing to operate if the union decides to conduct rotating strikes across the country next week. We will notify customers of any disruptions planned by the union as soon as we are aware. However, customers may experience some minor delays. We know Canadians are depending on us to deliver more than ever, and understand their concerns. We are working hard to get a quick resolution.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.