Canada Post strikes con­tinue in five south­ern On­tario com­mu­ni­ties: CUPW

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - OPINION -

OT­TAWA — The union rep­re­sent­ing Canada Post em­ploy­ees says work­ers in five On­tario south­ern com­mu­ni­ties have walked off the job as ro­tat­ing strikes across the coun­try en­ter the third week. The Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers says the work­ers in Amher­st­burg, Delhi, Owen Sound, Sar­nia and St. Thomas be­gan strik­ing just af­ter mid­night to­day. CUPW says em­ploy­ees in New­found­land and the On­tario com­mu­ni­ties of Brant­ford, Fort Erie, Guelph, Sim­coe, St. Catharines and Wel­land re­turned to work early this morn­ing af­ter strik­ing for 24 hours.

The union says it has called on a na­tional over­time ban for both of its ma­jor bar­gain­ing units at Canada Post, mean­ing postal work­ers will not work more than an eight-hour day and no more than a 40-hour week.

The union and the postal ser­vice have been un­able to reach new col­lec­tive agree­ments for two bar­gain­ing units af­ter 10 months of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Canada Post has said that the ro­tat­ing strikes have af­fected op­er­a­tions in more than 70 com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try, caus­ing back­logs that could de­lay mail de­liv­ery to its cus­tomers for sev­eral days.

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