UPDATE August 26, 2016:
As expected, the postal union issued 72-hour strike notice yesterday that puts postal workers in a strike position by Monday August 28. However, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, announced she will appoint a special mediator to assist in negotiations. The Labour Minister “hopes to have a significant resolution in place by Sunday”.
We are confident that any potential job actions that may occur next week will not result in a full-blown strike and shut down of the Canada Post network.
UPDATE July 17, 2016:
For Neighbourhood Mail: EST and Precision Targeter users – Fee to be reinstated on Monday July 18 for the Specified Delivery Start Date option.
UPDATE July 10, 2016:
Canada Post has withdrawn its 72-hour notice, which was to take effect Monday, July 11. As a result, there will be no lockout. Assuming that the postal workers’ union remains committed to negotiation without striking, the postal system will remain open for business. Very good news for now—however, whether any real progress is being made at the bargaining table, that remains to be seen.
“We therefore expect mail service to continue without interruption, and we feel you can ship with us with confidence. In the event of a strike or lockout, either party has to issue a 72-hour notice.” – Canada Post
UPDATE July 7, 2016:
Postal workers’ union has “politely declined” the proposal from the federal labour minister to undergo binding arbitration. Barring any negotiated settlement, work stoppage will now most likely take place on Monday.
UPDATE July 6, 2016:
The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, asked both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-Urban and CUPW-RSMC) to submit to binding arbitration to resolve the current impasse at negotiations. Canada Post agreed to voluntarily submit to binding arbitration as an opportunity for both parties to reach an acceptable resolution.
“Canada Post is extending the current 72-hour notice period to Monday at 12:01 am to provide time for the union to consider this option.” – Canada Post
UPDATE July 5, 2016:
Canada Post has issued a 72-hour notice to the two unions that represent their delivery agents and plant employees.
“The issuing of the notice does not necessarily mean that Canada Post will not be operating on Friday. It allows the Corporation to take measures that are necessary to respond to the changing business reality. It is doing so by changing the terms and conditions of employment for all employees represented by the union starting Friday, July 8, 2016.” – Canada Post
There can be no legal work disruption before 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016.
UPDATE July 4, 2016:
Canada Post says talks with the union representing postal workers continue and it still hopes to negotiate a deal. The company has not given the required 72 hours notice of a lockout, nor has the union given notice of any job action, despite having a strike mandate from members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. That means as of today, the earliest there would be a disruption to service would be Thursday July 7.
Last Wednesday June 29, Canada Post announced they they would be temporarily suspending the fee for the Specified Delivery Start Date option for Neighbourhood Mail, stating “The mailing will be delivered on a best effort basis, until the situation returns to normal.”
UPDATE June 13, 2016:
“A formal conciliation period ended on June 10, 2016, however labour negotiations between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) continue. The parties are now in a 21-day “cooling-off” period. Based on that timeline, there can be no legal work disruption until at the earliest July 2, 2016.” – Canada Post
You may have heard that Canada Post is currently in contract negotiations with their letter carriers and inside workers – both urban and rural.
A few people will scoff at this news and say they will hardly even notice the absence of any snail mail delivery as they receive nearly all of their correspondence electronically now. But did you know that for many small businesses and charities in your community, this is a powerful method of communicating the unique benefits and value of the products and services they offer to you and your neighbours? In addition, fundraisers and charities depend on Canada Post to keep donations coming in to support their appeals.
What is Kirk Marketing recommending?
In the event of a disruption of service, Canada Post has indicated that June 17 is the latest you can drop mail to ensure delivery by June 30. We believe they are being overly cautious with their timelines, and suggest a slightly narrower window before the last day of induction. Our estimation is as follows:
- Personalized Mail (non-machineable) by June 23
- Personalized Mail (machineable) by June 27
- Neighbourhood mail (local) by June 27
- Lettermail by June 27
Introducing Kirk’s Every House Delivery™ Service
As an alternative to Neighborhood Mail, Kirk Marketing has arranged for an alternative to Canada Post’s Neighbourhood (unaddressed) Mail distribution. Here is a brief summary of the service we can provide for your business in the event of a disruption of service by Canada Post:
- 5,000 piece delivery minimum
- Full coverage Lower Mainland and Upper Fraser Valley
- Coverage in many other areas in Western Canada based on volume.
- Rates start around 16 cents per piece
- Houses only (no apartment buildings)
While no one can predict exactly what will happen, if a work disruption does take place, we believe it will not go beyond one to two weeks. Our recommendation to our clients is to continue with production as normal, allow Kirk to manage your mail induction dates and have us hold your finished mail as needed until normal operations resume.
What should you do?
We continue to monitor the potential labour situation via our Canada Post Expert Partner representative, and will provide updates here as they are made available. Please contact your account representative if you wish to discuss your specific project.
Kirk Marketing has been helping clients with their direct marketing projects for over 60 years, so needless to say we’ve had a lot of experience dealing with postal disruptions in the past! Trust us to provide you with the proper advice, planning, and strategy so that your direct mail campaign will be a success regardless of the outcome of the current labour negotiations!