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« on: June 02, 2011 08:43:48 AM »

With the possibility of a Canadian postal strike looming over our swapping heads, I'm curious how other impacted swappers and organizers are handling this.

I'm advising Canadian swappers to hold off on sending until the final word comes down about the strike.

If the strike does happen, I suppose we'll just have to wait it out?? I wouldn't want to dock swappers for sending late due to a situation that's out of their hands. I also wouldn't want to make them send via FedEx or other international services since they are sooo pricey.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011 12:12:19 PM »

My thought is that we might have to change the send-by date of our swap, since there are several Canadian swappers.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011 04:29:34 PM »

I have been very curious about this as well (thankfully I am the only Canadian in the swap I am currently in and I am the organizer so I call the shots Wink ).

From what I have heard (one of my co-workers is a mail lady on the side) it doesn't seem like there will be a postal strike *fingers crossed*. She truly believes that they will reach an agreement tonight. But if there is a strike I figure I will just mail my package in the States (but I totally understand that not everyone has that option).

And I did look into mailing my package via UPS Canada- it would be $54, whereas if I were to use USPS or UPS it would be $12 max Shocked, kind of a hefty difference.

EDIT: Well, called that one wrong.

This article explains some different aspects of the strike:  http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/cab/abn/y11/m06/i03/s02

Like this point for instance:
"The U.S. Postal Service issued a statement saying that it would continue to "accept, process and deliver mail to Canada until further notice," pointing out that Winnipeg represents just 2 percent of the country's population.

"In the unlikely event of a nationwide Canadian postal strike, the U.S. Postal Service will still be able to provide customers letter and package service via Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) service," USPS said."
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011 09:24:50 AM »

It is a rotating postal strike, so it could be that certain regions may lose service for periods of time.  It is suppose to move out to the Hamilton region in Ontario tonight.  Maybe the Canada Post site will have some more information.  So it may be that Canadian Swappers (myself being in the MAF swap and angeling for two people in the US) may have to be a bit later sending.  I am in a big urban centre, so I may have options, or service for a bit longer.  But those in rural regions may suffer the most, having less access to services in general.

This sucks - but it is the first strike in 15 years :/

Here is their customer info site so people can keep track - sounds like it is a soft strike, and not a total shut down of services so far.  From the news though, sounds like postal workers are very frustrated.

http://clients.infopost.ca/en/
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2011 08:49:46 AM »

i figure since my bills keep coming in (the three that aren't already e-post) i can keep sending packages out. 

and if the postal workers are frustrated imagine how the the population who uses the system feels...  i read this morning layoffs have started in some areas. that isnt gonna help matters.

but the mail is still moving. it just may be slower than normal.  but with canada post... who will be able to tell?  (says the girl who had had three packages take longer than 10 weeks to get to destinations)
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2011 06:39:38 AM »

So there's officially a lock out, any thoughts on this?

I know my Mom sent me a package through CamPar (within Canada) and it worked great.
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2011 07:26:42 AM »

So there's officially a lock out, any thoughts on this?

I know my Mom sent me a package through CamPar (within Canada) and it worked great.

Oh really? I hadn't heard that. So no mail is moving now?
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011 08:17:47 AM »

So there's officially a lock out, any thoughts on this?


Oh really? I hadn't heard that. So no mail is moving now?

As of this morning no mail is moving in Canada, and yet a airline worker strike is seen as more important for the government to deal with (apparently none of them participate in craft swaps).
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011 06:52:45 PM »

This sucks - i was hoping it would continue to be the rotating strikes and slowed service for a bit longer.  I have two angel packages I was hoping to ship out next week :/
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2011 06:27:11 AM »

I just shipped a package to Ontario a couple of days ago. I hope delivery doesn't get delayed.
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