Rotating Canada Post strikes arrive in Medicine Hat

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says that by Monday morning 1,800 members will be on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says that by Monday morning 1,800 members will be on strike

The walkout by Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) at the York Distribution Centre will affect parcel delivery from downtown Toronto north up to Newmarket and east to Port Hope.

The Edmonton postal workers joined the picket line at 8 a.m. Mail will not be delivered within the city until postal workers return to the job Tuesday morning.

"Overburdening, overtime and overwork are all major issues in this round of bargaining". Some routes have also gotten longer to make up for the decrease in letters and flyers.

With longer hours and an increase in parcels, the health and safety of employees is at risk, Cheeke said.

On its website, Canada Post said it's been working hard to minimize the service impact on Canadians, but the strikes are causing backlogs in the integrated delivery network. Postal workers suffer from disability injuries five times more than the average federal sector worker, he said.

Postal workers in more than 20 communities across the country, including Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat were also on strike as negotiations between Canada Post and its workers remain stalled.

Since they began October 22, the job actions have affected operations in more than 70 communities across the country, causing backlogs likely to result in customers experiencing delays of several days for their mail to arrive, Canada Post said in a statement Sunday night. "As a result, customers could see delays of several days".

Last month, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chairman of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their differences.

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