No COVID-19 outbreak at Edmonton Canada Post processing plant a 'small miracle', says local union president

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Schmidt guessed the volume of parcels had gone up roughly 50 per cent from last year, with trucks lined up outside of the plant for hours. He said packages from Winnipeg are being diverted to Edmonton to alleviate some of the operational burdens there, although he wasn’t sure if that would cause any more delays to local packages.

Schmidt said so far, workers are keeping pace with the demand.

“Edmonton has one of the biggest processing hubs in western Canada,” he said. “A lot of product is diverted (here). It’s Vancouver, Edmonton and then you have the gigantic mega-hub out of the Toronto area. We just continue to ask for people’s patience and understanding. Our workers are doing their best in a very stressful circumstance.”

Canada Post in a news release on Monday said the company added more than 4,000 seasonal employees, increased their fleet by more than 1,000 vehicles and is working with commercial customers to manage the flow of parcels. Canadians are encouraged to ship their packages as early as possible.

Lecompte said in her email that while parcel processing and delivery is expected to continue at a high pace throughout December, customers may experience some delays.

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December 17, 2020 |

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