Canadian Magazine Industry News
14 June 2011,     OTTAWA
Toronto, Montreal today's postal strike targets
Strike action planned for today in Toronto, Scarborough and Montreal by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is largely moot, as Canada Post has already triggered a three-day delivery plan in urban areas that skips Tuesdays and Thursdays.

CUPW says Canada Post is trying to provoke a national walkout in order to pressure the government for back-to-work legislation. But the union says it still wants a negotiated settlement.

A story in today's Globe and Mail says Canada Post fears volume declines caused by the strike may never come back in the long term. Canada Post says it has lost $65 million in revenue so far.

Canada Post says it must attack its cost structure to sustain a shrinking business in the future, and has proposed lower starting wages for new employees and less-generous sick-leave and pension plans.

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