Jun 27, 2011 — Mail service is expected to resume across Canada Tuesday, after back-to-work legislation affecting approximately 48,000 Canada Post employees was passed over the weekend.
Unionized workers began one-day revolving work stoppages in different Canadian cities on June 3. Management responded by locking workers out on June 14.
The ruling Conservatives said intervention was necessary to restore service and protect the Canadian economy. With a solid majority in the House and Senate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had more than enough votes to pass back-to-work legislation. But Parliamentary debate included an unsuccessful filibuster from the New Democratic Party, and signaled further disagreement ahead.
Jun 15, 2011 — A dozen post offices in the North Country may close by the end of the year. These closings are part of the post office's response to record losses and declining mail volume as more people communicate electronically. The post office says they plan to close 2000 locations by next year.
That plan aims to adjust and streamline postal service after losses of 8.5 billion dollars in fiscal 2010. But some say those losses could be negated with a change to the post office pension funds. Steve Knight has more. Go to full article