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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Canada Post strike hurting retailers ebay warns Reply with quote

( ebay is warning that if the strike is not resolved soon retails will lose out on a significant amount of pre holiday sales and this will significantly hurt small businesses in Canada

my feeling is they need to end this strike , its ridiculous , the postal industry is dying , no one is mailing letters or buying magazines anymore , all they have is online shopping and this strike rate before the holidays risks ruining that industry too as so many retails need a strong holiday season to survive the year , if they don't get the holiday sales many could be forced to close in the new year due to lack of funds )

Canada Post strike hurting retailers, eBay tells PM

By Canadian Press. Published on Nov 14, 2018 12:31pm

Striking Canada Post workers keep their hands warm as they picket recently at the South Central sorting facility in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

OTTAWA — EBay is calling for legislation to end the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

The manager of the online sales giant’s Canadian and Latin American divisions says continued rotating strikes at Canada Post will result in significant losses for small and medium-sized businesses across the country.

While those businesses have adapted as best they can to the strikes that began Oct. 22, Andrea Stairs says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the adjustments retailers have made so far to avoid delivery disruptions are unsustainable.

Meanwhile, Canada Post says it is now facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments, largely as a result of strikes at its major sorting plants in Vancouver and particularly Toronto.

A spokesman for the Crown corporation says that, as of this morning, there were more than 260 trailers filled with parcels waiting to be unloaded at its Gateway processing plant in Toronto — and that number is expected to rise quickly.

The prime minister warned last week that his government would look at all options to end the labour dispute if there is no significant progress in Canada Post’s contract talks with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canada Post issues new offer to employees

By Canadian Press. Published on Nov 14, 2018 4:28pm


OTTAWA — Canada Post has issued what it calls a “time-limited” offer to employees in hopes of ending rotating strikes that have created a historic backlog of undelivered parcels.

The Crown corporation’s four-year offer, provided to The Canadian Press, includes annual two-per-cent wage hikes, plus signing bonuses of up to $1,000 per employee.

The $650-million proposal also includes new job-security provisions, including for rural and suburban carriers who have complained about precarious employment, and a $10-million health-and-safety fund.

But Canada Post says it’s only affordable if it can be agreed to before the holiday shopping rush, so it has imposed a deadline of Saturday, Nov. 17 for Canadian Union of Postal Workers members to accept the deal.

The prime minister warned last week that his government would look at “all options” to bring the labour dispute to an end if there was no significant progress in Canada Post’s contract talks with the union.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

" the postal industry is dying , no one is mailing letters or buying magazines anymore , all they have is online shopping"
Speaking for yourself, of course. :-)
I get my journals and magazines in the mail. I write letters. A hand written letter to my MP carries more weight than an email. I don't shop online because I want to see and feel the product before I buy and I never enter my credit card into a computer. I like to support local business.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the government is now finally considering back to work legislation , something that should of been done long ago , why Canada post was allowed to strike rate before the peak holiday season makes no sense at all . small businesses have been suffering for weeks as orders were stuck in the mail and customers stopped placing new ones )

Feds to legislate end to Canada Post strike if no resolution in coming days

CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:51PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:46PM EST

Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says the government will table legislation to end the Canada Post strike unless a resolution is reached soon.

“We strongly encourage both sides to reach a deal and are prepared to table legislation if we do not see a resolution over the next few days, a step we do not take lightly,” she said in a statement.

The news comes as Canada Post enter the fifth week of rotating strikes by its unionized workers, with neither side making headway in the ongoing contract negotiations.

Hajdu says that despite the government’s belief in the collective bargaining process, supplying conciliation officers and appointed mediators, the two have made “limited promise,” and the government has “exhausted” their options.

The nearly year-long negotiations process seemingly hasn’t seen the two sides come any closer together, with Canada Post’s responses to major issues like gender inequality, overburdening, and precarious work resulting in an “injury crisis” unsatisfactory, according to the union.

On Monday the Canadian Union of Postal Workers rejected an offer for a “cooling-off” period of the strikes for the holiday season, as well as a one-time $1,000 bonus for its 50,000 members for accepting the offer.

The strikes have created a severe backlog of undelivered mail, with hundreds of transport trailers sitting at Canada Post's main Toronto sorting facility, according to the Crown Corporation.

Distribution centres in Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal are also experiencing significant backlogs, and packages are bottlenecking at border points.

Even with a potential end of the strikes in sight, the walkouts have left Canada Post warning customers it is unable to predict just how long packages may be delayed.

"This is likely to be the situation for the foreseeable future, meaning the next several weeks, including the peak holiday season and through January 2019," the company said.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the strike is now over as back to work legislation has finally passed , although its unclear when the backlog will clear up and if online retailers can recover enough of the lost sales to make whats left of the holiday shopping season a success

Canada post never should of been allowed to go on strike weeks before the holidays to begin with , these issues should of been dealt with earlier or resolved after the busy holiday season had passed )

Senate passes legislation to end Canada Post strike

Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, November 26, 2018 4:28AM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 26, 2018 9:47PM EST

OTTAWA -- Mail service will resume all across the country at noon Tuesday after the Senate passed legislation ordering an end to five weeks of rotating strikes by postal workers.

Royal assent was granted late Monday shortly after senators approved Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25. Four senators abstained.

The government had deemed passage of the bill to be urgent due to the economic impact of continued mail disruptions during the busy holiday season. It rushed the bill through the House of Commons last week.

But senators, after holding a special sitting Saturday to debate the bill, insisted on taking a little more time to reflect on the constitutionality of stripping postal workers of their right to strike.

They held another special sitting Monday and only put the bill to a vote after more than five hours of additional debate.

"I thought the extra time we took was valuable and was a demonstration of how the Senate should be reviewing government bills," said Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, leader of the independent senators' group.

Sen. Peter Harder, the government's representative in the Senate, urged senators earlier Monday not to delay any further.

"I'm gratified that after two days of intense debate the Senate did what, in my view, is the right thing and passed this legislation," he said after the vote.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers issue a statement declaring that it is "exploring all options to fight the back-to-work legislation."

"Postal workers are rightly dismayed and outraged," said CUPW national president Mike Palecek. "This law violates our right to free collective bargaining under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

Some senators -- independents, Liberal independents and even some Conservatives -- agreed with that assessment and voted against the bill.

But the majority either disagreed or concluded that it's up to the courts, not senators, to rule on constitutionality.

An amendment by independent Sen. Murray Sinclair, who proposed delaying implementation of the back-to-work order for at least seven days after royal assent, was rejected.

Earlier Monday, Labour Minister Patti Hajdu said that the special mediator had concluded his work and the two sides were no longer negotiating.

Negotiations have been underway for nearly a year, but the dispute escalated more recently when CUPW members launched rotating strikes Oct. 22.

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

Picket lines were up Monday in parts of British Columbia, including Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey, and in parts of Ontario, including Hamilton, Ajax, North York, Pickering and London. Workers also walked off the job in Halifax and Dartmouth, N.S.

During debate, Harder told senators that failure to speedily pass Bill C-89 would have severe consequences for those who rely on stable mail delivery service, including the elderly, residents in rural and remote areas and, most especially, retailers who use Canada Post to deliver online purchases.

"It is the government's strong view that if it does not act now to protect the public interest, it will have acted too late," he told the Senate, arguing that postal disruptions are "not merely inconvenient."

"The strikes come at a critical period for retailers," Harder said.

"Unlike other kinds of e-commerce transactions ... lost holiday sales are unlikely to be deferred to a later date. They represent real and actual lost business for these companies."

Canada Post said Monday that the backlog of mail and parcels is "severe" and expected to "worsen significantly" once online orders from Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are processed.

In a statement, the post office said it is experiencing delivery delays across the country and that's expected to continue throughout the holiday season and into January.

The union wants better pay and job security, guaranteed hours for its 8,000 rural and suburban carriers, and equality for those workers with the corporation's 42,000 urban employees.

CUPW also wants Canada Post to adopt rules that it says would cut down on workplace injuries -- an issue the union has said is now at a "crisis" level.

Under the new legislation, the union said postal workers will be forced to go back to work under the old collective agreement, which it asserted would result in at least 315 disabling injuries and thousands of hours of forced, unpaid overtime.

The previous Conservative government forced an end to a lockout of postal workers during a 2011 dispute by enacting back-to-work legislation, which was later declared by a court to be unconstitutional.

But the Liberal government argues Bill C-89 is different, in that it does not impose immediate outcomes affecting postal contracts.

Whereas the 2011 bill imposed a settlement that favoured Canada Post, the current legislation would give a mediator-arbitrator appointed by the government 90 days to try and reach contract settlements. Failing that, a settlement could be imposed either through a decision from the arbitrator or by choosing from one of the final proposals put forward by Canada Post or CUPW.

In drafting the bill, Harder said the government has taken into account court rulings and is confident that its limitations on the right to strike would be upheld as a reasonably justifiable infringement of charter rights in a free and democratic society.

Independent Sen. Marc Gold, a former constitutional law professor, said he's inclined to agree with the government.

But another independent, Sen. Andre Pratte, said the bill makes "a fair, negotiated agreement impossible by depriving workers of the lone source of their bargaining power, their right to strike."

"Because the right to strike is a fundamental right ... I am convinced that more time should be allowed for negotiations to come to a fruitful conclusions," he said.

While not all Conservative senators supported the bill, several of their colleagues slammed the Liberal government for failing to put an end to the strikes sooner.

"This government was so concerned with appearances, not wanting to look like previous governments, wanting instead "to wag their finger and lift their chin in righteous indignation, that they sat on their hands until it was almost too late. And it still might be too late," Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos told the upper house.

Fellow Conservative Sen. Don Plett said "the government sat on its hands until the 11th hour and then in a panicked rush suddenly decided something needed to be done."

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