Attention! Canada Post Strike Begins on June 2…
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Canadian postal workers went on strike in Winnipeg, Manitoba after talks with the government- owned postal agency failed to yield an agreement.
Workers at a mail-sorting facility walked out at midnight New York time, union spokeswoman Aalya Ahmad said by e-mail, as the Canadian Union of Postal Workers began what they said will be rolling strikes in cities across Canada. About 1,500 Winnipeg employees will be off work for 24 hours, local president Bob Tyre said, halting letter and parcel delivery in the city.
The strike will rotate to other cities, which were not specified, the union said in a statement posted on its website yesterday. The union and Canada Post are negotiating a contract for about 48,000 letter carriers and other staff in urban areas. It is the first time Canadian postal workers have gone on strike in more than 13 years.
The government-owned postal agency altered its position on two key issues hours before the deadline in an effort to reach a deal. The company agreed to put on hold a plan to eliminate the ability of employees to accumulate sick days and raised its offer on starting wages for new hires to C$19 per hour ($19.45) from C$18.
"We really have done everything we can to reach an agreement, because we know a disruption, in this day and age, would be devastating to Canadians,” said Anick Losier, a spokeswoman for Canada Post, by e-mail.
The union, which represents about 48,000 employees, gave notice May 30 under Canada’s labor laws that it would be in a legal position to strike by 11:59 New York time June 2.