Purolator stops accepting packages, prepares for strike

John G Smith

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Purolator has stopped accepting shipments as it prepares for a potential strike by Teamsters Canada.

The union issued a 72-hour strike notice on March 26, after failing to secure gains relating to the contracting of non-unionized carriers outside a 50-kilometer radius of depots, the shift to a defined contribution pension plan from defined benefits, and a planned end to retirement bonuses.

“Purolator will make our best effort to deliver shipments currently in our network, however extended ground shipments may experience a delay,” the courier says in a notice issued through its website. “We remain optimistic regarding the ongoing contract negotiations between Purolator and the Teamsters, and as such Purolator management is actively working through plans to resume full service as quickly as possible, once an agreement has been reached.”

Canada Post holds a majority interest in the courier company that has 176 trucks, 455 tractors, and 1,288 trailers.

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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