Rotating postal strike reaches Oshawa

A file photo of a Canada Post truck.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is now on a rotating strike that reached Oshawa this morning.

The strike began at 6 a.m. when 270 postal workers walked off the job.

As of this morning, no mail will be delivered or collected, including mail orders from the Ontario Cannabis Store.

Rotating strikes typically last one or two days, so mail should resume later this week but will still face delays, says Oshawa CUPW president Stephen Williams.

Williams says people should expect delays with Canada Post mail. He says they will work hard to deliver the mail in a timely manner, but is urging the workers not to get “overburdened”, which he says is a common problem with postal workers.

CUPW began its rotating strikes Oct. 22 in Victoria, Edmonton and Windsor and they moved into the Greater Toronto Area last Tuesday.

According to CUPW, the goal of these 24-hour strikes is to not disrupt the postal service as much as a general strike would.

Williams would not comment on the possibility of a full strike, but says he believes there will not be a general strike for a while.

He says an arbitrator has been brought in to help negotiations between CUPW and Canada Post.

One major issue CUPW in the dispute is safe work environments, Williams says.

“Oshawa and Bowmanville are the stations that have an inordinate number of injuries on duty,” says Williams, “so that particular issue hits close to home for us.”

Postal workers can be found picketing at the Oshawa postal service building at 301 Ritson Road, as well as shops in Whitby, Bowmanville and Port Perry.