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eBay, Etsy Vow to Protect Sellers over Mail Disruption

Writing about the Canadian mail labor dispute feels a bit like “the boy who cried wolf” as the threat of a mail strike or lockout has loomed since July. But now it’s a reality, though the disruption that is set to begin on Monday will not be a complete shutdown of mail service.

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) remain far apart in negotiating a new contract, and the CUPW has told its members not to work overtime hours, with a schedule that will rotate through each province or territory.

Job action in the form of a refusal of overtime will start in the province of Alberta and in the Northwest Territories on Monday morning if no settlement is reached, according to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. However, the Union said it wants people to know they’ll still be getting their mail.

“Our action will cause little to no disruption for the public. We’ll still be delivering mail every day,” according to Mike Palecek, national president of the CUPW. The Union says Canada Post should be creating more jobs instead of relying on so much overtime.

The overtime ban will rotate from province to province, one day at a time.

Both eBay and Etsy have said they will protect sellers in the event of a mail disruption in Canada. You can find information on their respective websites.

Announcement from eBay Canada (August 26, 2016)

Announcement from Etsy (August 27, 2016)

The disruption to mail could impact parcels going to, from and within Canada.

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