The 21-day “cooling off” period between the nation’s postal service and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) comes to an end on July 1. As of press time, this meant that Canada Post workers would be in a legal strike position on Saturday. The Signpost publisher, Fred Huxley, has made arrangements for subscribers if necessary.
“I’m hoping the strike is averted for everybody’s sake, however, precautions have to be taken.”
Huxley explains that since managers aren’t involved in the negotiations, people who pick up their mail at post office boxes in the post office could still get their mail in the event of a labour disruption.
Subscribers in Dorchester that have their newspaper delivered to their door by a carrier would receive them as usual. Anybody else who lives in Dorchester, Harrietsville, Mossley and Crampton could pick their paper up at The Signpost office, 15 Bridge Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday if there is a strike. The pickup location for subscribers in IngersolI, Springfield and Putnam would be the Putnam Mini-mart. In Belmont, the pickup location would be at Belmont Foodland. Thorndale residents would go to Sassy’s and in Thamesford, Brunny’s Sports Bar and Grill. If there is a labour disruption, mail and parcels won’t be delivered and no new items will be accepted. Some mail could be trapped in the system and Canada Post said they hope to limit this as much as possible and attempt to deliver all mail items before a work disruption. Items that can’t be delivered will be, as quickly as possible, when employees go back to work.
CUPW represents 50,000 Canada Post employees across the country that gather, process and deliver mail, according to Canada Post spokesperson, Jon Hamilton. He said they’re at the table with the union at the final stretch and still hope to reach an agreement before the strike deadline. Wage increases, a defined benefit pension plan, vacation and job security are being negotiated. Talks have been ongoing since late last year. There was a labour disruption in 2011 that lasted for three weeks. Canada Post workers represented by CUPW went on rotating strikes for 10 days followed by a walkout. Employees were legislated back to work by the government.