Ed­mon­ton Canada Post work­ers on picket line

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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.

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