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UPDATE: Canada Post rotating strike hits Kamloops

Employees walked off the job at 7 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 8)
Canada Post employees on the picket line outside their Kamloops office on Seymour Street. (via Tereza Verenca)

Canada Post employees in Kamloops walked off the job Thursday morning (Nov. 8) as part of the rotating strikes going on across the country. 

Members of the postal service are at multiple locations across the River City and the region.

Patricia Nauss, first vice-president of Kamloops Local 758 explains other communities in the local include Merritt, Cache Creek and Clearwater.

"There are about 200 people; the Kamloops local is all the surrounding areas," she says. "There are nine to 11 sites with picket lines today. Three in Kamloops."

Other cities that were hit with 24-hour rotating strikes on Thursday include Cranbrook, Penticton, Vernon, Quesnel and Williams Lake.

Nauss says the local union leadership got a call early this morning to notify them the Kamloops region would be part of today's rotating strike. She adds that, while it was short notice, all locals have been prepared to hit the picket lines at a moment's notice and have expected the call to come at some point.

Today's strike action may continue into tomorrow, Nauss says, as some locals have done two days in a row. However, they won't be told until later.

"We don't know until a few hours before," she says.

CUPW and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for the two bargaining units in 10 months of negotiations.

"We outlined our major issues to Canada Post at the very beginning of the negotiation process ... and clearly stated that we would not sign any agreements that don't address overwork and overburdening, equality and full-time jobs," CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement late last month. 

"Our position hasn't changed. We aren't just bargaining for today, we are bargaining for the future — for our members and everyone who relies on the postal service."

Nauss adds that she knows the two sides have returned to the table, but she's not sure what's going to happen next week.

— with files from The Canadian Press

Editor's note: This story was updated with quotes from Patricia Nauss.