Canada Post issues lockout notice

Union states the company trying to 'starve us into submission'

Regular mail and parcel delivery could be knocked out as early as Friday after Canada Post issued 72-hour lockout notice to its unionized workforce on July 5.

Canada Post stated it plans to suspend the collective agreement, citing declining volumes as major customers anticipate a mail service disruption.

The company added the move will give managers the flexibility to adjust staffing to match the reduced amount of work needed due to the “changing business reality” and doesn’t necessarily mean a lockout will be triggered.

Mike Palecek, Canadian Union of Postal Workers president, denounced the move as one aimed at forcing 50,000 postal workers to accept steep concessions.

“We knew this was their game all along,” Palecek said.

“They are sabotaging the public review of the post office. They refused to negotiate fairly with us and now they’re locking the doors and will try to starve us into submission.”

Canada Post has rejected CUPW’s demands as unaffordable, saying they would add more than $1 billion over the life of a new contract.

Despite any labour disruption, federal government cheques for benefits like Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, and the Canada Child Benefit will continue to be delivered as they have been deemed essential.

Just Posted

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of two men in Anahim Lake

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

VIDEO: Researchers rely on drones to survey aftermath of B.C. wildfires

UBC researchers are using aerial drones to study the historic 2017 wildfires in the province

Ageing safely with medications

Local pharmacist presents information at seniors centre

Natural gas project nears completion

Enbridge’s new compressor unit upgrades equipment along Highway 24

Morning Dec. 14: Foggy weather, low chance of precipitation

The morning weather and roads for the South Cariboo

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are ‘golden nuggets:’ researcher

Calves discovered near Prince George in late May. Mother had been killed by a car

Missing Alberta man could be headed to Victoria

Police in Alberta say Vernon “Allan” Pickard has not been heard from since late November

Most Read