The last time the federal government used back-to-work legislation with Canada Post was in 2011 under former prime minister Stephen Harper. As lettermail declines, Canada Post has made significant gains in its parcel delivery service. While significant and uneven backlogs continue to pose a challenge, we are processing and delivering mail and parcels across the country and have taken every extra effort to get caught up as quickly as possible. Negotiators have had to address new issues arising from the changing nature of postal work, including the continued explosion of parcel volumes, which has placed huge burdens on members. Rural and suburban carriers saw their agreement lapse in December 2017.
Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu that the Liberal government has given the House of Commons an official notice of pending back-to-work legislation. During debate, Harder told senators that failure to speedily pass Bill C-89 would have severe consequences for those who rely on stable mail delivery service, including the elderly, residents in rural and remote areas and, most especially, retailers who use Canada Post to deliver online purchases. Canadians could see disruptions to mail service before the end of the month, as Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers appear far apart on a new contract. Earlier: What you need to know about a possible Canada Post strike. When will Canada Post deliver my mail? Last year, total volume came in at 8. Leo Housakos told the upper house. Their union has warned of a legal battle if the federal government passes the back-to-work legislation, calling such a move unconstitutional.
Leo Housakos told the upper house. At the stroke of midnight Wednesday, provincial pot retailers opened for business online. Update: On November 22, the Trudeau government introduced legislation to force an end to rotating strikes by Canada Post employees. The government had deemed passage of the bill to be urgent due to the economic impact of continued mail disruptions during the busy holiday season. Melanie Vandorp is a Canadian residing in the United States who says she was unaware of the strike. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says the 24-hour strikes began Monday at 12:01 a.
When did Canada Post workers start their labour action? An amendment by independent Sen. It rushed the bill through the House of Commons last week. Picket lines were up Monday in parts of British Columbia, including Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey, and in parts of Ontario, including Hamilton, Ajax, North York, Pickering and London. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers— which represents about 50,000 Canada Post employees — announced Tuesday it could begin rotating job action starting this coming Monday. With files from the Canadian Press Almost Done! What does this mean for my packages? In a statement, the post office said it is experiencing delivery delays across the country and that's expected to continue throughout the holiday season and into January. Vastly, by far their most profitable product was lettermail.
Urban carriers are paid by the hour, and rural carriers are paid based on the size of their route which, in practice, means urban carriers are paid more. Whereas the 2011 bill imposed a settlement that favoured Canada Post, the current legislation would give a mediator-arbitrator appointed by the government 90 days to try and reach contract settlements. Our government has faith in the collective bargaining process. Peter Harder, the government's representative in the Senate, urged senators earlier Monday not to delay any further. We urge both sides in this labour dispute to resolve their differences quickly and reach a deal. But senators, after holding a special sitting Saturday to debate the bill, insisted on taking a little more time to reflect on the constitutionality of stripping postal workers of their right to strike. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his call for both sides in the dispute to resolve their differences soon.
But that does not negate that he used it regularly when in office. On Thursday morning, the Trudeau government introduced legislation to force an end to the rotating strikes by Canada Post employees. While not all Conservative senators supported the bill, several of their colleagues slammed the Liberal government for failing to put an end to the strikes sooner. Negotiations continued through the summer with a conciliator but without success. Please confirm the information below before signing up.
Royal assent was granted late Monday shortly after senators approved Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25. Canada Post says there will be no more international parcels for the time being. They work hard to plan for municipal elections and anticipate solutions when needed. Please confirm the information below before signing up. Do I have any other options to make sure my purchases get delivered by the holidays? What does this mean for my packages? When it ends on Sept. Parcel volume has climbed from about 143 million packages in 2011 to 242 million last year for an almost 70 per cent increase, as the service has also looked to increase convenience of the service with delivery lockers, self-service drop-offs, and same day delivery in Toronto and Montreal.
Although neither a strike or a lockout will be legally possible until Sept. Earlier Monday, Labour Minister Patti Hajdu said that the special mediator had concluded his work and the two sides were no longer negotiating. The strike, however, threatens its core business further, since companies have been using it to encourage more people to switch to digital, said Bird. Yuen Pau Woo, leader of the independent senators' group. They held another special sitting Monday and only put the bill to a vote after more than five hours of additional debate. But the Liberal government argues Bill C-89 is different, in that it does not impose immediate outcomes affecting postal contracts. Other benefit cheques may be delayed.
Since the strikes are rotating, mail service will continue even in cities in which strikes are occurring, but the union has advised that service will be slow, reports in said. In a 2016 annual report, Canada Post said it delivered nearly two thirds of online orders by Canadians. Despite all of this, limited progress was made and we have exhausted our options. He said health and safety concerns also haven't been addressed. Postal workers will be in a legal strike position as of September 26 if the parties cannot reach an agreement. Other benefit cheques may be delayed.