Canada Post employee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate disrupts small town parcel service

The only Canada Post location in Lamont, Alberta. was “temporarily closed” on Monday, the same day a national COVID-19 vaccination mandate went into effect for Canada Post workers.

As of Nov. 26, employees were to be at least partially immunized or were placed on unpaid leave, the company said.

The local president of the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CAPMA), which represents more than 500 rural Canada Post employees in Alberta, told Global News at least six other Canada Post locations cannot open Monday due to a lack of staff.

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It was not immediately clear whether the vaccination mandate was the reason for the closure in Lamont, but residents drew their own conclusions.

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“(I am) very upset,” said resident Dianne Prusak. “I have packages arriving. How can I get them? “

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In a statement to Global News, Canada Post said the vast majority of its employees comply with the “Mandatory Vaccine Practice.”

“We don’t anticipate any major service disruptions. There may be a few isolated instances where a post office may have its hours reduced or shut down temporarily due to staffing issues, ”the statement said.

A note to customers from the Lamont location did not provide an estimated time for a reopening and asked people to travel to Chipman, eight miles from the highway instead.

A notice posted on the window of the post office in Lamont, Alberta. saying they will be closed until they can rectify a personnel issue.

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City mayor Kirk Perrin said he was disappointed with the disruption of parcel service due to its importance to residents and businesses.

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“I have baby supplies at the post office that arrived last night and I can’t get them for I don’t know how long now,” Perrin said.

Canada Post would not comment on the number or communities affected by its employees’ vaccine mandate.

The President of the CPAA, Xan Moffatt-Toews told Global News that temporary workers have been hired to work at some sites.

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