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Sat July 2 2016 23:18:29

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

By: Ina Steiner

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Online sellers had been warned of a possible disruption of mail in and out of Canada as early as July 2nd due to a labor dispute between Canada Post and union workers. However, CTV News reported that neither party had filed the required 72-hour notice of a labor stoppage by noon on Friday.

It's not clear to us how much breathing room there is. The union said on Friday that it would not take action prior to July 6th. The Canadian Union of Postal workers said in its announcement, "Today we presented CPC with our Global Offers for both the urban and RSMC collective agreements. As a result, we will not be servicing our 72-hour notice. Therefore, there will be no industrial action prior to July 6th."

However, mail could also be disrupted if Canada Post locks out workers. 

On Saturday, Canada Post advised customers that there could be no legal work disruption before the expiry of a 72-hour notice, and it said one had yet to be filed. It also issued a statement about the negotiations that was not encouraging.

Some eBay and Amazon sellers had reported over 2 weeks ago that they were suspending selling activities over fears they would not be able to meet the marketplaces' strict delivery performance standards in the event of a strike or lockout. 

The fact such an event was averted on Saturday may do little to allay fears of a mail stoppage - the delay seems only to benefit shippers who have mail in the system that has yet to be delivered. The latest spin wars are not likely to give online merchants an incentive to place any more packages in the mail in Canada, since they could end up being stuck in the event of a strike or lockout.

You can read more about the issues in the June 22nd issue of Newsflash and how ecommerce is playing a role in the labor dispute. We'll continue to follow developments.




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Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

by: yesmikan This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 2 23:40:52 2016

Thanks for the update, Ina. Please keep us updated, as this is not something I'm going to see covered in my local news.

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Tue Jul 5 09:52:23 2016

OFF TOPIC- YES

It looks like This site NOT allow comments on the Etsy situation

This new way of giving Etsy a PASS on their corruption is going to cost a lot of viewers. It appears it is only OK to Bash EBAY on this site and Etsy will be given a pass to do as they do.

the last two Etsy articles have NO comments allowed. This Etsy failure to pay their sellers is very big news.

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Tue Jul 5 09:55:03 2016

almost every Etsy seller that made a sale over the weekend is and was a victim of this... that is a lot of sellers and a lot of buyers.

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Tue Jul 5 10:08:53 2016

If you are wondering what i am talking about? 2700 posts as of this morning!

https://www.etsy.com/teams/7720/bugs/discuss/17862239/


I
assume 50,000 sellers and buyers were cheated this weekend out of sales deliveries on time and monday deposits so the sellers can pay their bills and ship out on time.

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Tue Jul 5 10:20:02 2016

ON TOPIC_ YES :-)


Dear Canada Post customer,

Canada Post has issued a 72-hour notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-Urban and CUPW-RSMC), which represent our delivery agents and plant employees.

The issuing of the notice does not necessarily mean that Canada Post will not be operating on Friday. It allows the Corporation to take measures that are necessary to respond to the changing business reality. It is doing so by changing the terms and conditions of employment for all employees represented by the union starting Friday, July 8, 2016.

There can be no legal work disruption before 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016.

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interesting notice sent out!

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

by: VintageLady This user has validated their user name.

Tue Jul 5 12:28:02 2016

UPDATE: Canada Post says, the 72 hours lockout notice has been issued early this morning. Which means (but not necessarily)that if an agreement is not reached they will be on strike by Friday.
Government plays the ''politically correct'' card of non-interferance. This will be very hard on everyone (think elderly waiting for pension checks in the mail)

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

by: Michael in BC This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 6 01:05:06 2016

This will absolutely affect my eBay sales.  I won't be listing anything that has to be shipped until the dispute is resolved.  Buyers have been advised that items will be held pending resolution, and the few affected are happy to wait to receive their items.  Gives me more time to make housecalls to buy more old stuff, and to box up stale stock to place in local auction.

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Thu Jul 7 09:52:06 2016

re posted from elsewhere :-)

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Canada Post prepared to submit to binding arbitration to resolve impasse at negotiations

Dear Canada Post customer,

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, asked both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-Urban and CUPW-RSMC) to submit to binding arbitration to resolve the current impasse at negotiations. Canada Post agreed to voluntarily submit to binding arbitration as an opportunity for both parties to reach an acceptable resolution.

While negotiated settlements are always the preferred option, it has become clear that after seven months of negotiations, the parties remain far apart on key issues at the bargaining table. The uncertainty caused by the prolonged negotiations is having a severe impact on the business, our employees and our customers.

It is our hope that CUPW will consider submitting to binding arbitration to end the uncertainty. Canada Post is extending the current 72-hour notice period to Monday at 12:01 am to provide time for the union to consider this option. A quick resolution is in the best interest of our employees, our customers and the long-term future of the postal system.

We will continue to advise you of our progress. Thank you again for your business and your patience.  

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Thu Jul 7 17:58:22 2016

I was told that the Union refused to go to Arbitration today - so that does not bode well . Strike possibility is high imo. early next week?

Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility   Mail Disruption in Canada Remains a Possibility

This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Fri Jul 8 10:24:56 2016

This is the latest (cut and paste from a Canadian Press release):

Canada Post's union is calling for a 30-day truce to allow the two sides to negotiate a new contract without a strike or lockout.

The postal service has given notice that it will lock out the unionized employees starting Monday if there's no deal.

But the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says a cooling off period would keep the mail moving under the old contract while "intensive negotiations" continue.

As recently as Thursday, the two sides appeared to be far apart on several major issues after seven months of negotiations.

The union said in its Friday release it was willing to drop an unfair labour practices complaint it has filed if Canada Post agrees to the 30-day extension.

Canada Post had initially said it would lock out the 50,000 unionized employees today but later extended the deadline to Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET.

CUPW said it filed a formal complaint Wednesday alleging that Canada Post has refused to negotiate fairly but says it would withdraw that if the company agrees to the 30-day extension.



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