Strike by Canada Post Workers Could Affect US Businesses
July 5, 2016 — If you mail or ship from the U.S. to Canada, you could be affected by a possible strike by Canadian postal workers. Regular mailing service between Canada and the U.S. could be disrupted by Friday, July 8, as ninety per cent of Canadian Postal Union members voted in favor of a strike; due to a contract dispute with the Canadian Post. In response, Canada Post issued a 72-hour lockout notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), increasing the possibility of a work stoppage on Friday.
The work stoppage would result in the suspension of the delivery and collection of U.S shipments of First-Class Mail International®, First-Class Package International Service®, International Priority Airmail, International Surface Air Lift™, Priority Mail International®service, and Priority Mail Express International® service.
If the strike materializes, the United States Postal Service (USPS®) will continue to offer customers the option of using Global Express Guaranteed (GXG®) service for the delivery of mail and packages in Canada, with transportation provided by FedEx®.
GXG Service is available on the USPS’s website and at thousands of participating retail locations throughout the U.S. GXG provides fast international shipping and date-certain delivery with a money-back guarantee. Delivery from the U.S. to most Canadian destinations would take about one business day.
In a statement on its website, the Canadian Post noted, “We understand the impact a work disruption would have on customers and are therefore doing everything possible to reach a negotiated settlement quickly. While a labour [sic] disruption remains a possibility, we are asking customers to take precautions.” The Canadian Postal strike can be monitored on the USPS’s International Service Alerts page.