Canada Post Possible Mail Disruption – Updated July 7, 2016

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Update: July 7, 2016

As of July 7th, Canada Post has extended the lockout deadline to Monday July 11th and is prepared to submit to binding arbitration at the request of the federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.  According to the CUWP website, this offer to submit to arbitration was declined by the union. A legal work disruption can occur starting Monday.

CBC Report Updated 8:43 am ET:

Update: July 5, 2016

As of July 5th, Canada Post has given a formal 72 hour lockout notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.   A legal work disruption can occur as early as Friday July 8, 2016.  In a letter to its customers, Canada Post has indicated that the issuing of the notice is not a guarantee that a lockout will occur on Friday.

We will continue to monitor this situation and would encourage you to speak with your account manager for any mailings that are scheduled to drop this week or the week of July 11, so that we can work with you to determine the best course of action should a lockout occur.

CBC Report Updated 9:42 EST:

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Update: July 4, 2016
No strike or lockout has occurred yet, but a strike could potentially start as early as Wednesday this week as reported today by the CBC.

Both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers continue to negotiate, and there has been no notice given by Canada Post to indicate a lockout or job action by the union.


Update: June 30, 2016

Negotiations between Canada Post Corporation and the union (CUPW) continue, however hope that a work stoppage can be avoided is fading. The timelines have not changed; legal work disruption is possible as early as July 2nd. Canada post has tabled offers to the union and they are continuing to do everything they can to reach a negotiated settlement, however, the CBC reported yesterday, “ninety percent of union members voted in favour of a strike, and Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra officially rejected a letter requesting a two-week extension for the July 2nd lockout.”

There are a lot of rumours going around supporting the idea that the union and its workers are preparing for labour disruption. At this stage we do not know if that will take the form of a strike or a lock out but a lock out seems likely. If that were to happen we are hopeful that it would be resolved quickly with minimal disruption to service but we really don’t know.

We will continue to monitor the labour negotiations and will provide updates as things develop.

In the event of a labour disruption you can choose to continue the production of your mail and we will store it for you so that when the mail service resumes, we can induct with Canada Post. If you would like to discuss your specific needs, and haven’t done so already, please give us a call any time.


Your Bassett Team


Below are some FAQ’s provided by Canada Post:

Q: In the event of a labour disruption, will Canada Post stockpile customer shipments?

A: Canada Post will not be accepting new shipments during a labour disruption.

Q: Can I get mail back from Canada Post, if deposited before the work disruption?

A: No, recovery of mail will not be possible during a work disruption because Canada Post facilities will not be accessible.

Q: Will Canada Post bill my account for mailings that are deposited and accepted on the day of the work disruption?

A: In the event of a full labour disruption, invoicing for Canada Post services will be suspended and return to normal on the regular schedule following a return to work.

Q: Can I still submit mail items for Machineable Mail testing purposes?

A: Yes, mail testing will still be available during a work disruption but items will need to be sent to Ottawa using an alternative delivery company.

Q: Can I still get my mail item assessed through Customer Service? Will I still be able to receive a pre-approval letter?

A: Yes, the Customer Service contact center will remain open for customer support

For a full list please click here: Mail Disruption FAQs



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