Canada Post reacts to strike by implementing 3 day delivery in urban areas, cutting staff at plants

Due to a significant drop in mail volume Canada Post is forced to immediately reduce costs by making adjustments to staffing and delivery schedules.

With rotating strikes continuing, Canada Post must act now to avoid significant losses that will harm the company’s financial self-sustainability.

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 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.

Canada Post regrets any inconvenience these changes cause to customers.

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

The company is taking steps during this round of labour negotiations to ensure that it can continue to provide Canadians with the postal service they expect.

via Customer Information Hub: Canada Post/ CUPW Negotiations » Canada Post To Introduce Cost Reduction Measures.