OTTAWA - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is concerned that a new distribution deal may be rewarding Amazon Canada for creating stressful, precarious jobs; ignoring workers’ demands for health and safety; and interfering with their right to unionize.
Minister Morneau, I am writing on behalf of over 50,000 postal workers, including Foodora couriers, whom we’ve filed an application to represent, and in support of the thousands of gig-economy delivery workers who have been deemed essential during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We call on the Federal Government to extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act (CERB) to all workers who have seen a reduction or elimination or work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the first COVID-19 case was identified in Canada on January 27, 2020, postal workers, along with your local, regional, and national union representatives, have been demanding health and safety measures be properly implemented.
All the while that we have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis, we were preparing for the possibility of postal workers being infected. Indeed, last week in St. John’s, NL, we had confirmed cases of COVID-19.
While the local and regional representatives were responding, the national office kept close watch on Canada Post Corporation management to ensure that our members were properly protected.
As you know, these are unique circumstances! We hear a lot about the amazing work being done by CUPW members to ensure that the postal service continues. However, this unprecedented crisis is affecting our social life, as well as our physical, psychological and even economic well-being. CUPW members are frontline workers, and as such, we have a responsibility to take care of each other at work and at home.
Dear Sisters, Brothers and Comrades: The current situation is unprecedented and requires us to take exceptional measures to ensure postal workers can safely provide services to all Canadians. For this reason, CUPW, in collaboration with CPC, have developed a tool for Local Joint Health and Safety Committees (LJHSCs), as well as Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) in facilities with 19 or fewer employees.
There are currently two members of the St. John’s Local who have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 and three presumptive cases. Other members have been tested and are currently in self-quarantine as a precaution. Our thoughts are with them and we send our best wishes to them and their loved ones at this time. We wish everyone who is affected a quick and full recovery.
Looking for something to do with the kiddos? We have just the thing! Download, print and have them colour this poster. Tape it to your window or mailbox! Please take pictures, share them to your social media feeds and tag @cupw on Twitter and CUPW-STTP on Facebook.
Canada Post issued updated instructions to supervisors on Sunday March 22 regarding PDF icon Special Leave for childcare and elder care, updated process for quarantine, and cancelling vacation. You can seek more information from your supervisor, and here is the employee letter that was to be distributed to you on March 22.
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