Canadian Post Office Shut by Strikes

After nearly two weeks of rotating strikes, Canada’s government-owned postal service locked out its entire workforce late last night, halting all regular mail delivery in the country.

The U.S. Postal Service has announced that if the situation is not resolved by Friday, June 17, it will stop accepting all Canada-bound mail except for its Global Express Guaranteed service.

Canada Post reportedly took the action after growing losses from the rotating strikes. More broadly, the issue is how Canada Post cuts costs in the face of declining mail volumes and a C$3.2 billion pension deficit. Updates on the Canada Post situation are available here.

Fedex and UPS both announced that their Canadian services will be unaffected, although UPS notes that in a small number of remote areas its deliveries are made by Canada Post. UPS also announced limits on the volume increase it can accept from customers.