Edmonton Canada Post workers on picket line
Canada Post workers in Calgary and Edmonton are once again off the job. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) announced early Monday morning that its workers in Calgary — around 2,100 — would return to the picket lines as of 8 a.m. Calgary time as negotiations between the union and Canada Post continue. Workers in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, Alta., also went on strike, as did workers in Saguenay Lac St-Jean, Que.
The union’s members have been engaging in a series of rotating strikes across the country that began on Oct. 22 in Edmonton, Victoria, Windsor, Ont., and Halifax. Most are intended to last 24 hours, but Toronto-area Canada Post workers went on strike for
roughly two days. It’s unclear how long Monday’s strikes will last. After two weeks of these strikes, Canada Post said it’s struggling to keep up.
The union’s concerns include pay and work discrepancies between urban mail carriers and their rural counterparts, forced overtime, and inadequate health and safety measures. How residents and small businesses could be affected at thestar.com/calgary
Workers picket in front of a distribution centre on Oct. 25 in Calgary.