Delivering Community Power is CUPW’s vision for the future of the postal service. We urge the government to act directly, with crown corporations including Canada Post, to confront climate change, while addressing other social issues that are dear to us as workers and as citizens.
The postal service should be sustainable, in all ways. We can reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, keep the service financially self-sufficient, support communities’ changing needs, and protect decent jobs – as long as we have a federal government that supports our priorities. In 2015, we were defending the service from cuts. Now we’re working to make Canada Post a leader in building a sustainable society. Our job security is on the line.
Whether you’re breathing smoke and feeling intense heat while delivering a route, or dealing with flooding and other unpredictable weather issues at home, you’ve seen the impact of climate change on our workplaces and our families. Canada Post, and every employer, has a part to play in mitigating its effects and doing what we can to reduce its severity in the future.
The government renewed Canada Post’s mandate in 2018 after a federal public review of the service. Some elements of CUPW’s vision are supported by the renewed mandate; it’s something we can build on. If we keep pushing, and elect MPs who embrace the vision, we’ll eventually see new services, postal banking, better services for First Nations and the North, and more.
We’ve lived the difference: under Conservative governments, Canada Post behaves differently. It was under the Harper government that Canada Post:
Under the Liberals, Canada Post has not contested the Arbitrator’s decision on pay equity, and they are implementing the decision. But it isn’t fully implemented, and Canada Post could take a different approach under a new Conservative government.
We’ve lived the difference at the bargaining table: Under Conservative governments, we always have to fight off rollbacks at the bargaining table. When they are confident the government will back them up, Canada Post loves to put us on the defensive, fighting just to maintain what we’ve already gained. In the current round, we quickly moved past that and by the time we got to strike position there were no rollbacks on the table. Instead, we are bargaining for improvements and solutions to our biggest problems.
The government we elect this year will be hovering behind Canada Post for our next round of negotiations.
It was under Conservative Prime Minister Harper in 2013 that Canada Post announced cuts to door-to-door delivery. They put 6000-8000 jobs on the chopping block. It was by changing the government that we ended the community mailbox conversions. Meanwhile, the NDP, the Green Party, and the Bloc Québécois have supported us on many issues, including standing up against back-to-work legislation in the House of Commons.
Listen carefully to your candidates - another Conservative government could try to reverse the hard-won progress that we’ve made in protecting our jobs and the future of the postal service.
The postal service and other crown corporations need to be part of the federal climate plan. Look carefully at which party platforms include elements of Delivering Community Power, and which candidates are familiar with the vision and positive about moving forward in that direction.
CUPW’s election coordinators are working with local members to advance our issues, engage candidates, and make a difference this year for our jobs and our working conditions. Ask your local how to get involved, and get to know which candidate in your riding is on board with the Delivering Community Power vision and workers’ issues in general.