Postal workers on strike in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, & Fort Nelson

Taylor MacIntyre
10/30/2018

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Postal workers in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson are participating in the rotating Canada Post strike.
According to CUPW, 100 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) walked off the job this morning (Tuesday, October 30) at 6:00 a.m..
This means that there will be no pick-up or mail delivery today.
"We're at the table with the Union, trying to get a deal," says Jon Hamilton, Spokesperson for Canada Post. "We've got a good offer on the table with wage increases, benefit improvements, job security, and no concessions or rollbacks; we're not asking employees to give anything up. So our focus is on trying to get a deal. The Union has decided to conduct rotating strikes and they've been on-going since last Monday. That's having a huge impact on service across the country. We're going to try to minimize that as much as possible, but the longer this goes on, the more difficult that's getting."
On the other hand, President of CUPW Local 724, Joeleen Pfeifer, says they're looking for a fair deal after almost a year of negotiations.
"Canada Post won't talk about the issues that matter, like health and safety." Pfeifer adds, "The over-burdening with the parcel-volumes that have gone up has actually increased letter carrier injuries significantly in the last two years. So, that's a real concern for us. With the rate of inflation, Canada Post does not match that at all, so we're hoping that they'll come to some kind of agreement for that."
The Union has been conducting 24-hour strikes since the rotation began last Monday, unless the city is a major processing centre, which is two days - but there's no indication how long each strike will last. 
Customers waiting for a package should follow the tracking number for the most up-to-date location of their mail. 
According to Hamilton, Canada Post will do their best to pick-up their services when their workers return from the picket lines. 
The Union is deciding which locations and times workers are striking. 
More on this story tonight at 6:00 p.m. on CJDC-TV.
For more information on strike locations, visit cupw.ca.

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