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The Canada Post Strike In Toronto Is Going To Have A Major Impact On The Entire Country Today

Since Toronto is a key processing hub, mail around the country is going to be delayed.

Another day, another Canada Post strike. On Monday, October 22nd, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) launched the first round of 24-hour walkouts in the cities of Edmonton, Windsor, Halifax, and Victoria. Today, they’re doing the same in Toronto and most of the GTA, excluding Scarborough.

READ MORE: Canadian Locals Affected By The Canada Post Strike Couldn’t Care Less

According to the CUPW, 9,000 Toronto-branch members walked off the job around midnight last night and began picketing. While yesterday’s walkouts spanned across four different provinces, it’s the strike happening today that will ultimately impact Canada the most.

UPDATE: latest News CANADA POST STRIKE

UPDATE: CUPW “LOCALS” AFFECTED – LIST

 

Canada Post tabled significant, time-limited offer in effort to resolve negotiations

On November 14, Canada Post tabled a significant, time-limited offer to CUPW in an effort to resolve negotiations and return our operations to normal. The offer improves pay increases for all employees, and includes the extraordinary measure of a signing bonus of up to $1,000. It also addresses many of CUPW’s concerns around health and safety and workloads. Given the urgency created by the backlogs and rapidly oncoming holiday volumes, the offer will be open for acceptance until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

 

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UPDATE: CUPW “LOCALS” AFFECTED – LIST

Here We Go AGAIN… June 2016

Hello Henry,

I apologize for the delay, please see the link below to the Negotiations Updates:

https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/comm/list.page?ecid=murl|ddn|lr|5

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2011 CANADA POST STRIKE

https://www.thestar.com/business/2015/10/08/canadian-postal-workers-challenge-2011-back-to-work-order.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/postal-strike-to-disrupt-national-mail-delivery-1.1050780

http://news.nationalpost.com/tag/canada-post-strike

http://www.macleans.ca/general/canada-postal-strike-begins/

http://www.ctvnews.ca/postal-workers-to-strike-in-toronto-montreal-1.656505

http://www.thepost.on.ca/2011/05/30/canada-post-strike-looms-5

http://www.citynews.ca/2011/06/03/canada-post-workers-to-strike-in-hamilton-friday/

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/notices/canada-post-strike.asp

“Comments from One Canadian to Another…”

http://randsco.com/index.php/2011/06/20/canada_post_strike

My seven (and a half) year-old daughter recently participated in day-long “Hands-Across the Border” event, where girl scouts (Brownies) from Canada and the United States traded goodies and celebrated at the near-by Peace Arch border crossing. Alex had obtained some nice “City of Nanaimo” and “Canada Flag” trader-pins from our MLA, Leonard Krog, when Rachel visited his office a couple of weeks ago.

“What’s this got to do with the Canada Postal Union strike?” you might ask.

Well, Alex wrote a very nice, colorful, personal letter of “thanks” to MLA Leonard Krog and we took it down to the post box this morning to mail it. We couldn’t put it into the outgoing mail slot, as it had been covered over with the Canada Post “closed” sign shown above.

“Oh, right,” I told Alex, “Canada Post is on strike, so there’s no mail delivery.”

Sadly, MLA Leonard Krog will have an easier time finding his mail here, than he will finding it in his mailbox (an e-mail from his website will let him know that he can read his “Canada Post mail” here!)

This incident made me curious about the Canada Post strike. I know the Postal Union members have been on strike for a while and that mail delivery stopped over a week ago. But … why are they on strike? If the strike doesn’t affect me much, how many others don’t care? How relevant is Canada Post in today’s world of electronic mail, Skype, cell phone text-messaging, FaceBook, Twitter and private parcel services (e.g., UPS, Fed-Ex & DHL)?

Canada Post Strike 2011 – What it’s About

The hypocrite in me thought that the postal strike was about the Union wanting more money. The hypocrite in me was – in general – correct. In a Globe and Mail article the author says the Canadian Union of Postal Workers wants a wage hike and management (the Crown corporation, which means “government-run”) says it must slash labour costs, citing stats that letter mail has fallen 17% since 2006.

Despite the need to cut costs, Canada Post management has – as a concession – offered a two-tier system, according to a MarketWatch article by Bill Mann. Current employees would get top wage rates of $26/hour, job security, no reduction in their defined-benefit pension plan, medical benefits & a generous vacation leave – up to 7 weeks per year. New hires would start at a lower rate – $19/hour (way above minimum wage), rising to the same maximum, up to 6 weeks vacation & a defined benefit pension by age 60.

“Not good enough,” says the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers – Nailing Their Own Coffin

The Union is out of touch with reality and – ultimately – their members may end up paying dearly for it.

Firstly, there’s the economy as a whole. The Canadian (and other) governments are facing an era of austerity. In the face of all of this belt-tightening, the CUPW demands don’t make a whole lot of sense, especially considering the decline in postal services & letter-mail volume.

Secondly, while postal strikes have been successful in the past (yes, Canada has had many over the years: 1968, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981 and 1997 was the last) times have changed. And not just a little – they’ve changed A LOT!

Since 1997, the world has gotten online. Broadband Internet has penetrated the majority of Canadian households (over 80%, according to Statistics Canada – 2009 data). Internet means electronic mail replacing snail mail, electronic billing replacing mailed bills, cash transfers instead of written cheques and the proliferation of private parcel delivery services to meet the demand of online shopping.

The 1997 postal strike was bound to be far more crippling than the one this year. Heck, I get mail so infrequently that I probably open our community mailbox less than once a month.

From a personal point of view, I find Canada Post an irrelevant, antediluvian and bureaucratic service. No mail delivery on Saturdays. Mail delivered to a community box and not a personal mailbox. Frequent break-ins and theft of mail from our community boxes. High cost to mail letters to the United States. Cheaper postal rates for packages headed to Florida than to the Maritime Provinces. Oversize packages not dropped off on our stoop, in favor of a postal outlet 8 kilometers away. Requirement to show ID to pick up packages at that postal outlet. Mail returned for minor addressing “infractions”. The list goes on.

“And the Postal Union wants WHAT?” I ask.

This in the face of cut-backs, declining services, declining mail numbers and a huge ($3 Billion) pension obligation? The Postal Union’s strike is unpopular and out of touch with reality. They may just be pounding nails into an already closing coffin. The strike will simply motivate more people to sign up for electronic payments, e-statements, online billing options, email and use more private parcel services.

The Postal Union is simply driving away the very customers they’re going to need, moving forward. Short-term gains for Union members? Perhaps. Losing sight of the big picture? Definitely.

Bottom line – If Canada Post Union members are paid more than – and have better benefits (i.e., bankable sick time, generous pensions, more vacation time & extended health) than – employees working at competing, private companies … how can Canada Post compete?

OTHER SOURCES FOR LATEST UPDATES AND STORIES

https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/comm/list.page?ecid=murl|ddn|lr|5

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/postal-workers-could-strike-this-week-1.1012076

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/canada-postal-strike/

http://news.nationalpost.com/tag/canada-post-strike

http://globalnews.ca/tag/canada-post-strike/

My Personal Story & Experience: Union Insecurity and government oversight politics

In 1997 upon starting a family I opted for a more predicable business and lifestyle  and became independent contractor for Canada Post Admail Associate program.  In less then 2 years I became the Robert Hall – Top Gun until the program wcanada post workers on strike III - Union Insecurity and government oversight politicsas discontinued in 2002;  Due to crown corporate politics, government oversight not to mention “union” insecurity…..

The facts remains; starting from the early 1990’s Canada Post continues to lose revenue from decline in letter mail due to commercial use of email.

They wanted to find new sources of revenue and the one market they identified with continuous growth; you guessed it – small business!

Even today as massive lay-offs continue in the midst of the worst financial credit meltdown in history this sector remains steadfast and enduring and in fact creating new jobs.

In short, and just under 4 years we signed up over 5,000 small businesses for Canada Post; generating almost $50,000,000 in NEW advertising revenue.

… Most small & medium companies would jump up & down with the growth and NEW revenue our program was able to generate in such a short period but since government is not profit driven, our program was discontinued in 2002 by some key “corporate manager(s)” in order to protect their department and self interests convinced related stake holders of Canada Post to simply roll over our “independent contractors program” customers to their in-house call centre thus generating savings in commissions they paid us.

Big mistake and a lesson here learned; government call centres do not know how to sell as these accounts were founded on personal face-to-face relations.

The good news is my business continues to grow and I enjoy more freedom due to the restrictions they placed on us and the territories we had to operate within.

Canada Post at the time had over 5,000 surplus employees and union canada post workers on strike - Union Insecurity and government oversight politicsconcerns that some how in their minds as “independent contractors” – were threatened that we were taking “their” jobs although based on 100% commission!!

Different reasons for shutting our program down ranged from citing conflicts with NAFTA Free trade agreement;  …”non-compliance of national standards,  since our program was only in Ontario and not national”.

If we were able to generate 5,000 new customers in Ontario and $50,000,000 in revenue; surely if the program was expanded across Canada would at bare minimum double and as if that was a bad thing ???

Find me  1  (just ONE)  from  the 5,000 + surplus employees   and or   ONE  government bureaucrat,  step-up  and  give up their “job”  w/ union security,  even though they have the “potential” to increase their income as a 100% – commissioned  SALES Representative  and all they have to do,   as we did  each day,  go out and  “beat the street” and call on small ma & pa business operations to advertise with Canada Post as we were RESTRICTED from calling on large corporate & major accounts as defined for which they so graciously paid generous salaries to BOTH Commercial Sales and separately Major Account Reps already !!!

Background info:  The revenue generated from my territory flowed up to “Commercial sales” ;  as such the salaried rep got full credit for my hard work not to mention cash bonuses, trips, etc.

…In the 4-years the “official” Commercial Sales Rep that benefited from my efforts bought me 1-cup of coffee and never provided any support let alone any leads, if anything I passed on the rep several qualified leads and my understanding it was never taken seriously….canada post workers on strike II - Union Insecurity and government oversight politics

Every account for which we “built-up” over time, and after passing a “corporate” set revenue thresh-hold would then be taken away from us for the commercial rep  to “maintain” ; and just as fast the advertising sales revenue would slowly dissipate from this account customer as these salaried reps do not provide personalized service that we provided  – all they were interested in was the revenue generated from the account….

I  am proud to say—out of 36 independent contractors I  am the last man standing offering on a private commercial basis the same value added services in addition, I offer trade industry printing, graphic design, and online marketing strategies.

Henry Tse

Unaddressed Admail Agent Specialists

Bench Strength Mail Associates

tele: (905)886-4674   fax:  (905)886-4672

email:  htse@bsma.ca    web: www.bsma.ca

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