Canada Post Workers Vote to Strike if Deal Can’t Be Reached

CBJ — Canadian postal workers have voted to go on strike if a negotiated deal with Canada Post cannot be reached by September 26.

Strike votes were held at locals across the country between Aug. 7 and Sept. 9, with 94% of urban postal operations workers and 96% per cent of rural and suburban mail carriers voting to walk out if an agreement can’t be reached.

“Over the last decade, the working conditions of all our members has deteriorated, leaving many overburdened, with little time for their home life,” said Mike Palacek, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, in a statement to the media that released the vote results.

The union said an “explosion of parcel volumes” has been a huge burden, and mail carriers need guaranteed minimum hours and job security.

The union says about 8,000 rural and suburban letter carriers, who are mostly female, earn at least 25% less than their urban colleagues, who are largely male.

Canada Post has not yet provided a formal response to CUPW’s announcement.