Postal workers in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, & Fort Nelson return to work

Taylor MacIntyre
10/31/2018

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Postal workers in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson have returned to their offices this morning , following a 24-hour Canada Post strike rotation. 
At 6:00 a.m on Tuesday, October 30, 100 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers walked off the job.
Due to Tuesday's local strike, mail from the processing depot has been delayed, but everything should return to normal by Thursday, November 1.

But, could we see another strike in the near future? President of CUPW Local 724, Joeleen Pfeifer, says they've been told to just be prepared for any future strike action.

"There is no indication yet other than just to be prepared," Pfeifer said. "We really thank the community for all their support. That was one of the most wonderful things - lots of people honking and waving, lots of people bringing us coffee and donuts. We want to work, so that's what our ultimate goal is because we do care about the customer."

Pfeifer adds that her team returned to the picket line at 4:30 a.m. this morning and continued their strike until 7:00 a.m. She believes that workers will continue to strike across the country until a deal is reached. According to Pfeifer, negotiations are on-going and the deal on the table remains the same. 

Meanwhile, Canada Post says that since the strike began, it has taken a big toll on  their ability to serve customers.

"They've taken out over 50 communities, and they've also taken out our major processing centres in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto for up to 48 hours," said Jon Hamilton, spokesperson for Canada Post. "That's had a massive impact on our ability to serve Canadians. Those three facilities alone process about 1 million parcels and packets a day, so we've got backlogs at our facilities, about 150 trailers full of parcels, packets and letters to be processed so they can go out for delivery."

For more information on the strike locations, visit cupw.ca.

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