14 Jun 2011

Toronto postal workers go on strike

On June 13, 15,000 employees for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers declared they were going on strike, affecting thousands of residents and businesses in the GTA.

As a result of the strike, homeowners and businesses will receive their mail on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Reports indicate the issue that's led to the strike has to do with several things, such as the number of hours postal employees are working, the number of sick days they get and a two-tiered wage system that Canada Post has recently implemented, which the CUPW is opposed to.

Megan Whitfield, shop steward of the CUPW, told the Toronto Sun they would stop the strike if the Canada Post would re-instate the collective bargaining agreement that was in place, but Whitfield said Canada Post refused.

"This provocation has motivated us to go out on the picket lines again," said Jacques Valiquette, national director of the Montreal bureau of CUPW, which is also striking.

With more mail coming over a shorter span of time, important documents may get misplaced. Portable storage containers may help solve this problem.

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