I can understand that businesses that were not able to adapt to this loss of service are hurting. Even a 2-3wk thing for small-med businesses (which to my understanding make up something like 90% of the businesses in Canada) is jeopardizing for the entire year.
On a personal level...dunno, if I wasn't expecting a pair of suspenders in the mail I wouldn't have even noticed that there was a strike. I cringe at the thought of how much junk mail is going to pour into my mailbox come later this week. I might just put a recycle bin under the box to catch the overflow and save me some time.
Back to businesses...the only thing I wonder is how many SMB's will prepare a contigency for such a loss of critical service again down the road? The precedent is set...unless the union goes away, it'll happen again.