Despite the mail strike by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

Despite the mail strike by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

Business as usual at local post office, unless lockout

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) went on strike last night (Thursday) at around 9 p.m. but mail in Grand Forks may not be affected.

On Friday morning, Gregg Anderson, vice-president for CUPW local 746, said that it will be business as usual at the local post office today (Friday, June 3).

There could still be a work stoppage in Grand Forks however.

“This could honestly change at a moment’s notice – Canada Post could lock us out and it is a very likely scenario,” Anderson said.

He said that as he understood it, Canada Post could begin locking out workers any time after 8:59 p.m. PST on June 2.

There will be rotating strikes hitting the big mail plants and CUPW’s website says that Winnipeg was the first plant to strike, one that is in effect until 11:59 p.m. EST tonight.

The union says the strike will then continue to Hamilton, Ont. with workers walking off at midnight tonight and picketing occurring for 48 hours.

Other sites will be announced later.

In the event of a disruption to the mail service, subscribers to the Grand Forks Gazette can pick up their papers at select locations throughout the Boundary. The Grand Forks Gazette office will extend its hours to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays for paper pickup. For pickup locations or if you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 250-442-2191 or email publisher@grandforksgazette.ca.