Historically when CUPW has been on strike, we have entered into picket protocols to allow members of UPCE/PSAC, other unions in postal facilities, and workers such as cleaners and cafeteria staff to go to work. However, these protocols do not cover supervisors, management and other senior-level Canada Post staff. This time around, the signed protocol does not cover members in the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA) bargaining unit. They have refused to sign a protocol with CUPW.
Today, CUPW and Canada Post negotiators met in the presence of the mediators. There was a very frank discussion of the differences between the parties. CPC provided CUPW with a letter outlining their response to the CUPW global offer which we presented on July 1, 2016. The Corporation did not reply in any great deal except to say that it was “disappointed” with the Union’s offer. Instead, the letter of the Corporation states that it will withdraw its June 25th global offer “in its entirety” at the expiry of any 72-hour notice provided by either party. This means that with the exception of the agreement on GPS and the use of Maximo, all agreements and initialled clauses will be null and void. This includes the agreement on householders and any progress made on parcel delivery and any other issue. Other than this threat, CPC had nothing to offer.
Our public post office distributes government cheques that are a fundamental part of the social safety net. We do not want pensioners and low-income people to suffer if the union is locked out or forced to strike. After all, our dispute over contract issues should be directed at Canada Post, not the most vulnerable members of society. In addition, your union wants to make sure that live animals are not trapped in the mail system during a work disruption, as they were in 2011.
Huge turnouts at strike votes: we’re ready to take on the boss! I’m in Vancouver doing workfloor meetings and strike vote meetings, having just returned from a week in Calgary, where great numbers of postal workers turned out to vote against management’s rollbacks. I’m hearing similar reports of massive participation in our strike votes from across the country. Go CUPW go!
When back-to-work legislation cut off our collective bargaining in 2011, after the NDP filibuster in the House of Commons, after a frustrating roun
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