Canadian Postal Strike Called Off

July 1, 2016
Author: Renee Bingling

Businesses that mail or ship from the U.S. to Canada can now breathe a sigh of relief, as an imminent strike by Canadian Postal Service workers has been called off.  Regular mailing service between Canada and the U.S. was threatened, following a contract dispute which ended in gridlock between the Canadian Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in early July. 

However, both parties have agreed to resume serious negotiations for 30 days, ensuring that there are no interruptions in the postal system. They have also agreed that the extended negotiations will end in binding arbitration.

The work stoppage would have resulted 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. However, the United States Postal Service (USPS®) had offered 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 their commitment to negotiating agreements that are fair to our employees while providing affordable pricing and service to Canadians.  The Canadian Postal strike can be monitored on the USPS’s International Service Alerts page.