2,800 Postal Workers Join Picket Lines This Morning

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Thursday November 1 2018

For Immediate Release

Ottawa – Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) working in three more locals across the country walked off the job on Thursday morning. Workers from the Regina (SK), North Bay (ON) and Outaouais (QC) locals joined their 1,850 fellow workers from Hamilton (ON) and La Mauricie (QC) who went on strike earlier today.

“We have a health and safety crisis at Canada Post. We've seen injury rates skyrocket. This has got to be fixed,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “Management refuses to address the urgent health and safety issues that have left postal workers the most injured group of workers in the federal sector. And the wage increases Canada Post so proudly talks about are well-below the expected inflation rate. These offers are far from significant to us. We will stay on the picket line as well as the bargaining table until we reach fair agreements for all our workers.”

Workers in the following locals returned to work last night and earlier today:

  • Arnprior-Renfrew, Ontario
  • Charlottetown, PEI
  • Summerside, PEI
  • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • Valleyfield, Quebec
  • Sorel, Quebec
  • Joliette, Quebec
  • Ste-Thérèse, Quebec
  • St-Jérôme, Quebec

CUPW members are still without agreements for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining unit after almost a year of negotiations.

 

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For more information, please contact: 

EN – Farouk Karim or Kevin Matthews, CUPW Communications, at 613-882-2742 or at media@cupw-sttp.org

FR – Lise-Lyne Gélineau, President, CUPW Montreal local, at 514-914-0350 or at lise-lyne.gelineau@sttpmtl.com