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Rotating strike disrupts local mail service in New Tecumseth

Posted November 6, 2018

Canada Post service in New Tecumseth remained on lockdown for as Barrie CUPW Local 503 engaged in a second day of rotating postal strikes.

Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham are part of the Barrie local which joined the labour action yesterday.

Tony Lanzillotto, President of Barrie Local 503 told Free Press Online via email, "as of right now we don’t know how much longer" local job action would continue. "(A)ll we know is that we’re out until 11:30 tonight and we won’t know until late tonight."

Emilie Tobin, communications officer with CUPW's national office in Ottawa told Free Press Online "Some locals stay out for 24 hours, some less, some more as is the case with the Barrie local. Mail will be delivered in your area once the local is back at work."

The union and the postal service have have been unable to reach agreement for two bargaining units after more than 10 months of bargaining.

CUPW represents approximately 50,000 postal employees. Bargaining issues include the growth of parcel deliveries, health and safety concerns and precarious work, and the "overuse" of temporary workers. The union is seeking greater job security through full-time employment. Temporary works are not covered by benefits, and no guaranteed hours.

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by Tony Veltri