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Canada Post adjusts mail delivery due to rotating strikes

By Contributor
June 9th, 2011

Due to a significant drop in mail volume Canada Post will be making adjustments to delivery schedules.

With rotating strikes continuing across the country, Canada Post is reducing its labour costs by aligning staff throughout the postal network to reduced mail volumes and workloads.

In the coming days, Canada Post will implement the following measures:

  • Staffing levels at mail processing plants across the country will be reduced to adjust to the reduction in mail volumes at each facility.
  • Letters and Admail will be delivered three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) in mostly urban areas where delivery is performed by letter carriers.
  • Most small packages and documents will also be delivered three days a week. Every effort will be made to continue to deliver priority items five days a week.

These changes, while significant, do not include all products and services at Canada Post. Many product and service offerings will not be affected by these changes, including:

  • Delivery of mail to rural mailboxes and community mailboxes will continue five days a week where service is provided by Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) who operate under a separate collective agreement than urban employees.
  • Post Office operating hours and access to post office boxes will remain unchanged.
  • Pick-ups from qualified customers and mail collection at street letter boxes on major streets will continue as usual.
  • Delivery of all parcels will continue as usual.

Daily mail volumes at Canada Post have fallen up to 50 per cent since the union started rotating strikes on June 3.

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