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Looming Postal Strike in Canada Could Hit Online Sellers Auction Bytes By Kenneth Corbin

Looming Postal Strike in Canada Could Hit Online Sellers  Auction Bytes By Kenneth Corbin

May 19, 2011

If the two sides embroiled in a heated labor dispute can't reach an agreement in the next week, online sellers doing business in Canada are going to have to reassess their shipping options.

At the moment, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is threatening a strike beginning midnight on May 24 amid a stalemate in its talks with Canada Post over a new collective bargaining agreement.

Should a strike or lockout occur, online sellers looking to reach customers in Canada will have to rely on alternative shipping services, such as UPS or FedEx.

That prospect has caused a stir among online sellers on forums such as Etsy and Artfire.

"If Canada Post goes on strike, then I would definitely put something in your shop announcement, your profile and in your "message from seller" to alert your buyers," the seller Crochetgal wrote on the Etsy forum.


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Comment by Luv2LuvAntiques on May 21, 2011 at 3:29am
Wow! Many of us ship to Canada, so UPS and FedEx may get more business! What a hassle!  :O(

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