The first day of our Save Canada Post from Coast to Coast tour was a good day. We started off with a workfloor visit to St John’s Mail Processing Plant in the morning, where around sixty CUPW members took a moment out of their busy workday to meet with us and find out about the Caravan and our federal election campaign.
Two local NDP MPs were there. Ryan Cleary, speaking later at our rally, remarked on the number of surveillance cameras and the level of mistrust from management in the plant! We walked around and answered questions.
Then it was out to the Harbourside Park in St John’s to meet briefly with the Federation of Labour presidents, who were all in town, including CLC president Hassan Yussuf.
The winding road up to Cape Spear in foggy, rainy weather was a little nerve-wracking but the Save Canada Post RV made it! We did some media interviews with CBC and NTV at the top, marking the official launch of the tour on the Atlantic coastline.
We paid a visit to the CUPW’s Family Resource Centre in St. John’s, where a wonderful group of Sisters treated us to lunch. Our union should always take pride in its pioneering status in child care advocacy.
At the end of the day, we stopped at SJMPP again to speak to a group of about 20 workers on the workfloor before holding a rally outside. 50 posties, their families and supporters welcomed our speakers, including two local MPs and CPAA Regional Vice President Louise Aide. Our rally finished with some rousing street theatre featuring Cimby the not-so-community mailbox and a rendition of my own song “Farewell Stephen Harper”.
St. John’s is full of Save Canada Post lawn signs. Throughout the day, public support was incredible. Passing motorists blared their horns as we rallied at the SJMPP. This tour is going to be very visible and attract lots of attention as we drive through the country! When we get off the ferry, our next stop will be Halifax and Dartmouth. Stay tuned!