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October 29, 2018

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CUPW begins to strike in Montréal, continues strikes in Prince George and Lower Mainland of B.C., Peterborough, Lloydminster, Pickering, Oshawa, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg and Brandon

October 29, 2018

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While negotiations continue with the help of a special mediator, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began strike action in Montréal at 10:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Rotating strikes began at 12:00 p.m. local time in Prince George, B.C.; and in several locations of the Lower Mainland in B.C. at 8 a.m. (Maple Ridge, Surrey, Chilliwack, Squamish, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, New Westminster, Mission and Hope and Aldergrove). Strikes also began in Peterborough, Ont., at 8 a.m.; Lloydminster, Sask., at 6 a.m.; Pickering, Ont., at 4 a.m.; Oshawa, Ont., at 6 a.m.; Thunder Bay, Ont., at 1 a.m.; and in Brandon, Man., at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 and in Winnipeg, at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 (local times).

A strike also continued in ÎIes-de-la-Madeleine, Que. Meanwhile, employees in Vancouver, Sudbury and Niagara Falls, Ont., returned to work following CUPW’s strike activity in those locations.

Service Impacts

Montréal is an important processing hub, so the union’s rotating strike there will have a significant impact on our operations. Canada Post will make every effort to minimize the impact, but customers well beyond Montréal may see delays for parcel and mail delivery. As employees return to work in areas impacted by strikes, it will continue to work to restore service and address any mail and parcel backlogs.


A special mediator appointed by the federal government joined the parties at an offsite location on Wednesday, October 24, and is working to help them reach a negotiated settlement. Canada Post remains committed to the bargaining process.

The Corporation has made significant offers to CUPW that include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits, and it has not asked for any concessions in return.

We value the relationship with the union and have been able to find common ground on some issues. We have also committed to work together to address employees’ workload concerns caused by parcel growth, additional financial services and going beyond pay equity for Rural and Suburban employees by extending job security and moving to one uniform for all delivery employees.

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