As of today, a rotating postal worker strike will begin to effect most of the Greater Toronto Area.
At 12:01 am this morning, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) said that almost 9,000 of its workers in Toronto walked off the job. Today’s job action excludes Scarborough, but the CUPW has launched rotating walkouts in Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, and Halifax as well.
Rotating postal strike arrives in the GTA. Workers from @cupw hit the picket lines at both the Gateway sorting station in Mississauga and the Eastern Ave sorting station. @CanadaPost says to expect delays pic.twitter.com/GxyPzuAJPV
— Tony Smyth (@LateNightCam) October 23, 2018
According to a statement by Canada Post, customers across Canada may experience delays for parcel and delivery mail because Toronto is a key hub for processing deliveries.
The union has stated that both sides are still at the bargaining table, but the job action is expected to be short, and mail delivery will start the day after the rotating strike ends in a city.
The key demands from CUPW for postal workers include job security, an end to forced overtime, better health and safety, service expansion, and equality for Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers.
As for those who have ordered cannabis online, Ontario claims it has a backup plan for deliveries amid the strike, but hasn’t outlined what that will be.