Potential Postal Strike

Hey everyone! Just a quick post to let you know of the potential postal strike here in Canada. I was at the post office yesterday, chatting with my usual guy and he told me that as early as Friday, Canada Post may be on strike.

This is alarming news for me, as I ship out my patterns through the postal system!

I wanted to bring it to your attention for two reasons:

One, if you were on the fence about buying patterns, now’s the time! From what I’ve read, Canada Post needs to give 72 hours notice before going on strike. So we’ll have a little bit of warning, enough to ship out any orders in the system.

And secondly, in case there is a postal strike, it will have an impact on shipping and delivery of orders. I’ll be looking for alternate ways to send out patterns, but there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to find a fast and cost-effective method of shipping. Which means I may not be able to ship any orders if a strike does take place! Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Just wanted you to be aware! I’ll be watching for updates and will keep you all posted. Keep your fingers crossed for no strike action!



11 Responses to Potential Postal Strike

  1. sofia May 25, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Booo Canada Post. How frustrating for small business owners such as yourself who rely on their services to send product out. Hang in there, and hopefully they come to an agreement and there is no strike!

  2. Alice May 25, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I fully support CUPW – although I certainly see how their job action puts a major monkeywrench into your business and all of our everyday lives. Since we’re close to the border here, would it be possible to just drive over and mail out using USPS? I’ve never mailed out high volumes from the states, but I don’t see that it would be an issue at the border – particularly for those recipients in America.

  3. Lindsay T May 25, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Ick! My son is going to camp this summer in Ontario and I just mailed all his camp forms off today to meet the June 1 deadline. Paid extra too, which now I see I probably didn’t need to.

  4. sa May 25, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    these postal strikes have been going on since 1972 when my parents used to live in canada.What is wrong there?

  5. Lisette May 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Oh noes! I’ve been saving up for a Pendrell pattern :(

  6. Caroline C. May 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Darn it, waiting for a package….hopes it doesn’t get lost. Also….well I support CUPW but I wonder how long this strike would last if it does happen? The garbage men/women strike a few summers ago went on for so long that I don’t think anybody could have guessed that we’d go 2 or 3 months without garbage disposal services.

  7. CGCouture May 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    I’m about as centrally located as you can get in North America, if you have any that need to come over the border here and have a UPS type option to send it to here, I’d be happy to drop them off at the post office for you. :-)

  8. Holly May 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    I sell on Etsy and live in Vancouver as well. I’ve been debating whether I should consider driving down to Point Roberts occasionally during the strike to do my mailing. It might be an option.

  9. Tasia May 27, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Thanks everyone – so far, they are still in negotiations, no strike scheduled as of yet!

    @Alice: I’ve mailed out postcards (thousands!) for my previous job across the border, and didn’t have a problem. I can’t imagine there would be, especially since I spend thousands of dollars at the US post office, it’s good for them too! If there does end up being a strike, I’ll look into it and find out if there will be a problem first.
    It would definitely be faster for the US orders, that’s for sure!

    @CGCouture: That is so kind of you! Let’s see how this plays out, it may be a false alarm but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Thanks so much for the offer!

    @Holly: I forget about Point Roberts – I used to live in White Rock, about 5 minutes from the border so that was my usual border crossing. If I do end up going that route, I’ll let you know how it goes!

  10. Mary May 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    You can mail them from Blaine, and say hi. : ) Love your Blog.

  11. Corinne May 29, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    I sure hope this doesn’t happen. But I am also sure you will find a good work-around.You have a strong sense of purpose and I doubt if a little postal strike will bother you too much.