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What could a Canada Post strike mean to you?
By Bigoa Machar
After the inital fallout of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and the value of the British Pound dropping harder than the bass of a Skrillex song, I, like many people, were eager to do some shopping from British outlets to get some sweet deals. With places like Amazon UK adjusting their prices to make up for the weaker Pound, it seemed like the perfect time to do some shopping. Or so I thought.
Canada Post, the company best known for mailmen in small navy shorts showing off their killer quad and calf muscles, recently had their agreement with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) expire, which means the 40,000 employees and 80,000 killer calf muscles could be forced out of work as of July 2. Part of the new contract includes having more delivery people working to ensure the company can deliver to anyone and everyone.
“We need a model that allows us to deliver on evenings and weekends and peak times without having to pay double time, which is pricing us out of the market,” says Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton in an interview with CTV News.
On the other side of the ball, Jennifer Savage of CUPW says the workers are already anticipating the work stoppage.
“The union is currently conducting strike votes across the country, and we are getting prepared in the event that the employer does decide to lock us out,” said Savage.
It is estimated that Canada Post is responsible for delivering two thirds of this country’s packages, as well as deliveries to rural areas, elderly people and medical marijuana patients, not to mention everyone that pays their bills through the mail. Hopefully the two sides can come to an agreement some time soon.