At least 150 members of the Canadian Postal Workers Union took to the picket line on Wednesday in Fredericton because unions continued to fight for new contracts with Canada Post.
George Nickerson, president of the local Fredericton-Oromocto CUPW, said it was Fredericton's turn to take part in the spinning strike in Moncton and Saint John.
Canada Post employees in seven New Brunswick communities were not working on Wednesday morning. This is part of a revolving strike strategy by CUPW, which has been without a contract for almost a year.
Canada Post announces overnight strikes and affected communities and regions including:
- Acadie Bathurst
- St. Stephen
This means there will be no shipping, mailing or pickup package services in these areas.
Nickerson said he believed the strikes in these areas would only last a day but could be up to three days as in Moncton.
Moncton and Saint John, only two locations not on the picket line today, broke down over the weekend, Nickerson said. He said Saint John sent several people to Fredericton to show support.
This is the second time in almost two weeks after Canada Post employees went on strike in New Brunswick. At the end of October, employees at Saint John were also part of a rotating strike in Canada.
The strike has closed Canada Post operations in more than 100 communities across the country since October 22.
The union, which has more than 50,000 members throughout the country, is pushing for increased job security, ending overtime work and better health and safety measures.
Nickerson said safety for postal workers was the most important thing for him when it came to issues at the negotiating table.
"We are injured," he said.
"This is a dangerous job we've been doing here lately."
The Canada Post said in a statement that it remained committed to the negotiation process.
"Corporations have made significant offers for CUPW which include increased wages, job security, and increased benefits, and that does not require concessions in return," the Crown company said in a statement.
CUPW began a strike in Toronto and continued in parts of Ontario and Quebec. Canada Post continues to make every effort to minimize its impact, but customers can expect a delay of several days for package and mail delivery: https://t.co/bxq6HNAfDJ
"We value relations with trade unions and have been able to find common ground in several problems."
Negotiations between trade unions and the government began in November 2017, while mediated talks began in January.