Canada Post Back to Work

Canada Post box

CBJ — After five weeks of rotating strikes across the country, the federal government legislated Canada Post mail carriers back to the job as of noon, Tuesday. Royal assent was granted Monday after senators approved Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25, with four abstentions.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said in a written statement that it was pleased Ottawa listened to business owners, who described the postal strike as “an emergency for many small firms and for Canadian consumers.”

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers also issued a statement declaring it’s “exploring all options to fight the back-to-work legislation.” The main sticking point for the union was health and safety and the disparity in pay between rural and urban carriers.

The walkouts led to backlogs of mail and parcel deliveries at the Crown corporation’s main sorting plants in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.