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Rotating Strikes Causing Canada Post Delays

Rotating Strikes Causing Canada Post Delays

Rotating strikes causing Canada Post delays may continue into 2019. Canada Post has advised customers to expect delivery delays for the foreseeable future. Because of the ongoing rotating strikes delivery standards will suffer. There are already massive backlogs of mail and parcels, and much more is expected with millions more parcels from Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Canada Post expects the worst delays will be in southern & southwestern Ontario. Likewise delays are expected to continue for the next several weeks, including the holiday season and possibly into next year.

Rotating Strikes continue for 5th Week

The rotating strikes have been going for more than a month and have impacted nearly every Canadian address. The CUPW (Canada Union of Postal Workers) and Canada Post have been at odds over pay and working conditions for a very long time. The CUPW rejected an offer of a $1,000.00 bonus per employee to stop the rotating strikes until February. The union rejected mediation and has encouraged employees not to work overtime. The Retail Council of Canada has requested the Canadian government to end the rotating strikes. The busiest time of year for the postal service is just days away, and the two sides seem no closer to an agreement than they were in October.

The CUPW Wants Wage & Benefit Improvements

The CUPW is requesting a 2.9% annual wage increase, improvements to short-term disability and injury pay, wage advancements for temporary /  seasonal employees, and double-time pay for working a sixth or seventh day in a row. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a last-minute plea to the CUPW and Canada Post to reach an agreement, just hours before Canada Post’s latest offer expired.

Atlas International Mail is Following Updates Closely

If you are sending mail to Canada, we strongly recommenced you do it sooner than later. The rotating strikes have created backlogs, and delays may get worse. If you have questions or concerns, contact us at 800-852-0889 or info@atlas-mail.com
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Rotating Strikes Causing Canada Post Delays

Rotating Strikes Causing Canada Post Delays

Rotating strikes causing Canada Post delays may continue into 2019. Canada Post has advised customers to expect delivery delays for the foreseeable future. Because of the ongoing rotating strikes delivery standards will suffer. There are already massive backlogs of mail and parcels, and much more is expected with millions more parcels from Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Canada Post expects the worst delays will be in southern & southwestern Ontario. Likewise delays are expected to continue for the next several weeks, including the holiday season and possibly into next year.

Rotating Strikes continue for 5th Week

The rotating strikes have been going for more than a month and have impacted nearly every Canadian address. The CUPW (Canada Union of Postal Workers) and Canada Post have been at odds over pay and working conditions for a very long time. The CUPW rejected an offer of a $1,000.00 bonus per employee to stop the rotating strikes until February. The union rejected mediation and has encouraged employees not to work overtime. The Retail Council of Canada has requested the Canadian government to end the rotating strikes. The busiest time of year for the postal service is just days away, and the two sides seem no closer to an agreement than they were in October.

The CUPW Wants Wage & Benefit Improvements

The CUPW is requesting a 2.9% annual wage increase, improvements to short-term disability and injury pay, wage advancements for temporary /  seasonal employees, and double-time pay for working a sixth or seventh day in a row. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a last-minute plea to the CUPW and Canada Post to reach an agreement, just hours before Canada Post’s latest offer expired.

Atlas International Mail is Following Updates Closely

If you are sending mail to Canada, we strongly recommenced you do it sooner than later. The rotating strikes have created backlogs, and delays may get worse. If you have questions or concerns, contact us at 800-852-0889 or info@atlas-mail.com
Royal Mail Strike & Canada Post Changes

Royal Mail Strike

Royal Mail workers voted in favor of a national strike October 3rd. It is the first proposed industrial action since its privatization in 2013. The proposed strike could affect the fast approaching holiday delivery season.  Legal action halted the first planned 48-hour strike from the Royal Mail. Since then, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Royal Mail have agreed on the appointment of a mediator to hopefully settle the dispute

Workers are distressed by a decision to change the current pension plan and adjust long established work practices. The Royal Mail plans to shut down the salary pension plan that services 90,000 of their 160,000 employees. The contested pension program has not been offered to new employees since 2008.

Mail to England Mailing Improvements Needed

The company claims it’s unaffordable although the pension fund is currently in surplus. The Royal Mail wants to change to a defined contribution plan. The proposed pension fund, which would be contributed to by both The Royal Mail and the union members, cannot guarantee future income levels. The proposal lead to 89% of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) voting in favor of striking, claiming that it’s members could lose up to a third of their future pensions. The Royal Mail claims that it has offered to continue working towards a new pay deal, including a raise of as much as 5% over the next two years.

Royal Mail won an injunction that impeded the union’s plan to call for a 48-hour strike. The imposed mediation will run for at least seven weeks. Regardless of the outcome, the CWU would still have to give a minimum of two weeks’ notice before striking. This would likely prevent the proposed strike from disrupting service during the company’s busiest season.

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Canada Post Price and Service Changes

Canada Post will introduce service changes and price adjustments to their Direct Marketing and Transaction Mail services. The changes take affect January 15, 2018. This comes after some very popular changes made in August that introduced some creative new features to some of their most popular services. Postal Code Targeting, Personalized Mail, Publications Mail and Incentive Lettermail now offer service for square cards, feature decorative and creative fonts, and allow colored backgrounds in the postage zone.

Canada Post 2018

The 2018 changes continue to improve excellent mail services to Canada. Most notably, price increases are minimal with average increases of just a penny and many services not increasing in price. All services will benefit from a reduction in minimum service requirements. Neighbourhood Mail™ and Personalized Mail™  improve making them a desirable service for US mailers. The maximum items per bundle requirement for Neighbourhood Mail™ are removed, and the maximum allowances for dimensions, weight, and thickness are increasing. In addition to the improved dimension allowances, the service is also introducing delivery cycle changes. The changes reduce delivery time by as many as two days for most standard and oversized Neighbourhood Mail™ pieces. Canada Post is also making improvements to their electronic shipping tools for more accurate invoicing and a smoother customer experience.

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Royal Mail Strike & Canada Post Changes

Royal Mail Strike

Royal Mail workers voted in favor of a national strike October 3rd. It is the first proposed industrial action since its privatization in 2013. The proposed strike could affect the fast approaching holiday delivery season.  Legal action halted the first planned 48-hour strike from the Royal Mail. Since then, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the Royal Mail have agreed on the appointment of a mediator to hopefully settle the dispute

Workers are distressed by a decision to change the current pension plan and adjust long established work practices. The Royal Mail plans to shut down the salary pension plan that services 90,000 of their 160,000 employees. The contested pension program has not been offered to new employees since 2008.

Mail to England Mailing Improvements Needed

The company claims it’s unaffordable although the pension fund is currently in surplus. The Royal Mail wants to change to a defined contribution plan. The proposed pension fund, which would be contributed to by both The Royal Mail and the union members, cannot guarantee future income levels. The proposal lead to 89% of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) voting in favor of striking, claiming that it’s members could lose up to a third of their future pensions. The Royal Mail claims that it has offered to continue working towards a new pay deal, including a raise of as much as 5% over the next two years.

Royal Mail won an injunction that impeded the union’s plan to call for a 48-hour strike. The imposed mediation will run for at least seven weeks. Regardless of the outcome, the CWU would still have to give a minimum of two weeks’ notice before striking. This would likely prevent the proposed strike from disrupting service during the company’s busiest season.

Mail Services to the UK and beyond

Canada Post Price and Service Changes

Canada Post will introduce service changes and price adjustments to their Direct Marketing and Transaction Mail services. The changes take affect January 15, 2018. This comes after some very popular changes made in August that introduced some creative new features to some of their most popular services. Postal Code Targeting, Personalized Mail, Publications Mail and Incentive Lettermail now offer service for square cards, feature decorative and creative fonts, and allow colored backgrounds in the postage zone.

Canada Post 2018

The 2018 changes continue to improve excellent mail services to Canada. Most notably, price increases are minimal with average increases of just a penny and many services not increasing in price. All services will benefit from a reduction in minimum service requirements. Neighbourhood Mail™ and Personalized Mail™  improve making them a desirable service for US mailers. The maximum items per bundle requirement for Neighbourhood Mail™ are removed, and the maximum allowances for dimensions, weight, and thickness are increasing. In addition to the improved dimension allowances, the service is also introducing delivery cycle changes. The changes reduce delivery time by as many as two days for most standard and oversized Neighbourhood Mail™ pieces. Canada Post is also making improvements to their electronic shipping tools for more accurate invoicing and a smoother customer experience.

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International Mail Distribution Alerts

International Mail Distribution September

Alerts for international mail distribution increased dramatically in September. International delivery interruptions affected mail services around the world.  Most noteworthy, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean suspending mail service completely in some regions.  Also, the earthquake that struck Mexico on Sept. 19th  suspended  inbound and outbound postal operations at Mexico City International Airport. Furthermore, recent volcanic eruptions have caused thousands to evacuate and will likely have a large impact on the mail service.  Finally, postal strikes are impacting mail service in Brazil and South Africa, and another potential postal strike at The Royal Mail may disrupt service in Great Britain.  Atlas will continue to follow the updates throughout our worldwide mailing network.

Brazil Postal Strike – International Mail Distribution

The Brazilian Post Office,  Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos,  informed  the Universal Postal Union that, in some regions of the country, a strike has been affecting delivery operations since Wednesday, 20 September 2017. A business continuity plan is in place to ensure normality of mail services and minimize possible impacts. However, the partial work stoppage may affect international delivery.

South Africa Postal Strike

The Communications Workers Union served the South African Post Office with a 48-hour notice to strike last week.  The South African Post Office advised they have plans in place to minimize the effects of the strike. Some union employees will be demonstrating, but the South African Post Office doesn’t expect any service disruptions.

Potential Royal Mail Postal Strike October 3rd

Postal workers in Great Britain are considering a strike.  Royal Mail union members are voting October 3rd on whether to strike over disagreements that include pay increases, benefits, and pensions. The grievances began four years ago when the royal Mail was privatized.  A similar call to action threatened service last December and could potentially interrupt services during the busy holiday season. All votes will be submitted October 3rd, and results are released the same day.

Mexico – Earthquake

Postal operations have resumed for inbound and outbound mail at Mexico City International Airport.

Hurricane Maria’s Impacts International Mail Distribution

Dominica – International Delivery

Postal services are suspended in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico & The U.S. Virgin Islands

The Postal Service has begun providing access to PO Box mail and package pickup services at some of its offices in Puerto Rico. Also, the USPS is providing limited mail handout service in St. John and St. Thomas. In addition, limited handout mail service could begin in St. Croix tomorrow.

Dominican Republic Mail Service

Hurricane Maria damaged much of the country’s infrastructure. As a result, all postal service have been suspended in the aftermath.

Saint Barthélemy

As a result of the hurricane, all addresses with postcode 97133: no postal services available until further notice.

Saint Martin

The hurricane has resulted in many flight cancellations, delays and road closures. As a result, there are problems with mail transportation,international delivery, and inbound and outbound processing operations at Princess Juliana International Airport. Due to the hurricane, all addresses with postcode 97150: no postal services available until further notice.

Guadeloupe

All other postcodes starting with 971: operations heavily impacted. Expect delays in international delivery services in most areas.

Martinique

There has been an impact to Flights reaching Martinique, but postal services are available. Expect delays and disruptions to all postcodes starting with 972.

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International Mail Distribution Alerts

International Mail Distribution September

Alerts for international mail distribution increased dramatically in September. International delivery interruptions affected mail services around the world.  Most noteworthy, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean suspending mail service completely in some regions.  Also, the earthquake that struck Mexico on Sept. 19th  suspended  inbound and outbound postal operations at Mexico City International Airport. Furthermore, recent volcanic eruptions have caused thousands to evacuate and will likely have a large impact on the mail service.  Finally, postal strikes are impacting mail service in Brazil and South Africa, and another potential postal strike at The Royal Mail may disrupt service in Great Britain.  Atlas will continue to follow the updates throughout our worldwide mailing network.

Brazil Postal Strike – International Mail Distribution

The Brazilian Post Office,  Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos,  informed  the Universal Postal Union that, in some regions of the country, a strike has been affecting delivery operations since Wednesday, 20 September 2017. A business continuity plan is in place to ensure normality of mail services and minimize possible impacts. However, the partial work stoppage may affect international delivery.

South Africa Postal Strike

The Communications Workers Union served the South African Post Office with a 48-hour notice to strike last week.  The South African Post Office advised they have plans in place to minimize the effects of the strike. Some union employees will be demonstrating, but the South African Post Office doesn’t expect any service disruptions.

Potential Royal Mail Postal Strike October 3rd

Postal workers in Great Britain are considering a strike.  Royal Mail union members are voting October 3rd on whether to strike over disagreements that include pay increases, benefits, and pensions. The grievances began four years ago when the royal Mail was privatized.  A similar call to action threatened service last December and could potentially interrupt services during the busy holiday season. All votes will be submitted October 3rd, and results are released the same day.

Mexico – Earthquake

Postal operations have resumed for inbound and outbound mail at Mexico City International Airport.

Hurricane Maria’s Impacts International Mail Distribution

Dominica – International Delivery

Postal services are suspended in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico & The U.S. Virgin Islands

The Postal Service has begun providing access to PO Box mail and package pickup services at some of its offices in Puerto Rico. Also, the USPS is providing limited mail handout service in St. John and St. Thomas. In addition, limited handout mail service could begin in St. Croix tomorrow.

Dominican Republic Mail Service

Hurricane Maria damaged much of the country’s infrastructure. As a result, all postal service have been suspended in the aftermath.

Saint Barthélemy

As a result of the hurricane, all addresses with postcode 97133: no postal services available until further notice.

Saint Martin

The hurricane has resulted in many flight cancellations, delays and road closures. As a result, there are problems with mail transportation,international delivery, and inbound and outbound processing operations at Princess Juliana International Airport. Due to the hurricane, all addresses with postcode 97150: no postal services available until further notice.

Guadeloupe

All other postcodes starting with 971: operations heavily impacted. Expect delays in international delivery services in most areas.

Martinique

There has been an impact to Flights reaching Martinique, but postal services are available. Expect delays and disruptions to all postcodes starting with 972.

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