Ottawa – This morning, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) condemned the Trudeau government’s back-to-work legislation. Once again, CUPW and the CLC are calling for free and fair negotiations between CUPW and Canada Post for its two biggest bargaining units.
Trudeau’s move puts his government at odds with the labour movement as a whole and runs counter to their narrative of support for unions. This is the first time this government has introduced back-to-work legislation, and the message it sends to employers is troubling.
Welcomes mediator back, but feeling undermined by government tactics - For immediate release - Ottawa – Today, Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) members going to work are finding that the mail backlog has been highly exaggerated. The CUPW Toronto local reports that rather than the “hundreds of trailers” that Canada Post reported, they have about seventy – a backlog that can probably be cleared in a few days. Postal workers have seen one truck in London, six trailers in Hamilton, two in Halifax, 15 in Moncton, zero in Saint John and St. John’s. “So where did all that mail go overnight?” asks Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “We’re convinced that Canada Post manufactured a crisis just to get the government to intervene. If so, that’s a huge concern, and it will further poison our work environment and labour relations for years and years to come.”
Union Rejects Binding Arbitration - For Immediate Release - Ottawa – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is calling on Canada Post to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a settlement now. “We will not accept binding arbitration to resolve our issues with Canada Post. We have the right to collective bargaining and to settle this through negotiations,” says Mike Palecek, CUPW National President. “We are confident that an agreement can be reached, if only Canada Post would address the issues and stop looking for ways not to negotiate.”
Both sides remain at the bargaining table - For Immediate Release - Ottawa – Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) working in the Edmonton (AB), Orangeville (ON), Port Hope (ON) and Kelowna (BC) locals and, those working out of the 14th Avenue facility in Scarborough, walked off the job this morning, nearing the end of the fourth week of rotating strikes.
Some Movement, but Major Issues Remain Unaddressed - For Immediate Release - Ottawa – Yesterday evening, Canada Post presented the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) with what it calls “time-limited” offers for both the Urban Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carrier (RSMC) units to put an end to strike activities and bring resolution to negotiations.
2,600 New Workers on the Picket Lines Today - For Immediate Release - Ottawa – Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) from the Niagara Falls, Stratford, Owen Sound and Windsor locals in Ontario are the latest group to walk off the job as the fourth week of postal strikes continues. They joined members of the St. John’s local in Newfoundland and Labardor, who began striking at 7 pm (NST) yesterday evening.
Parties Continue to Work with Mediator - For Immediate Release - Ottawa – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) rotating strike made its way north today, as members from the Whitehorse local in the Yukon and the Labrador City and Goose Bay locals in Labrador, enjoyed their first taste of strike action. They were joined by postal workers from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, who also walked off the job yesterday evening and this morning.
Ottawa – More members of Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), just over 2,300 in total, in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, walked off the job this morning as part of the third week of rotating strikes.
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