Striking members of the Union of Postal Communications Employees are escalating picket action by targeting several Canada Post outlets in Metro Vancouver, today.

The union, a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, has been on strike for the last three weeks, fighting sick leave and other benefit changes.

Members plan to picket postal station D (at Broadway and Pine) in Vancouver, as well as the Richmond, delivery centre (on River Road) and the Port Coquitlam postal depot.

The union says pickets will offer handouts to fellow Canada Post employees, affecting the mail as it arrives at the plants -- meaning slower deliveries to letter carriers and the public.