Almost 9,000 postal workers will walk off the job at midnight on Tuesday – For Immediate Release – Ottawa – Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in the Toronto local will head to the picket lines at 12:01 am EDT on Tuesday, October 23, to begin the second day of postal disruptions across the country. Job action will take place in the Greater Toronto Area, (excluding Scarborough) and most of the 905-region.
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.
Ottawa – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) today gave notices to Canada Post that job action will begin next week if agreements cannot be reached for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining units. If job action is necessary, rotating strikes will begin at 12:01 am, Monday, October 22. Locations have yet to be determined.
Today, your National Executive Board issued what is known as a “72-hour strike notice” to Canada Post for both the RSMC and Urban units. The National Executive Board has decided that the strike will begin on Monday morning, October 22, 2018, at 00:01 should we not have reached negotiated settlements.
Here are the results of the strike votes conducted for employees in the Urban and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers bargaining units. Members were asked if they agreed to authorize the CUPW National Executive Board to call strike activities if necessary to achieve our demands, stop the employer’s rollbacks and improve service to the public.
While we have reached tentative agreements for both the urban and RSMC bargaining units, these are short-term collective agreements and we will be back at the bargaining table next year. Many of our issues remain unresolved. One year from now, we will be heading back to the bargaining table to finish the job. There is much work to be done.
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.
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!
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