Orangeville postal workers picketing outside the Canada Post office on Broadway want safer working conditions.
Sixty-three local workers joined the rotating strike on Wednesday (Nov. 7) with colleagues in 10 other southern Ontario communities.
Trish Rosborough, president of the Canadian Union of the Postal Workers (CUPW) Local 577 says they want to work, but they want the crown corporation to adjust delivery routes to the current level of parcel volume.
CUPW and Canada Post haven’t been able to reach new collective agreements with urban and rural employees after more than 10 months of negotiations.
The union has also shut down the largest postal processing facility in Toronto.
According to Canada Post, that will worsen the backlogs at its facilities and customers should expect delays of several days for mail or parcel deliveries. Prior to the unions decision to target Toronto again, the number of trailers full of parcels and packets waiting to be unloaded and processed at a Canada Post facilities sat at over 150.