Postal workers plead for longer cooling-off period

Postal workers plead for longer cooling-off period

Postal workers plead for longer cooling-off period Postal workers are pleading with Canada Post to extend the cooling-off period by two weeks amid fears the company will terminate its collective agreement this weekend.

Legally, work cannot be disrupted until Saturday July 2, but the Canadian Union of Postal Workers claims the company could easily lock workers out or attempt to force a walkout after that date.

“We are asking management to give us a chance, to give the public review a chance, to keep sitting down with us at the bargaining table, and give the workers a chance to get a fair deal,” said Mike Palecek, national president of the CUPW.

Eight-thousand rural postal workers have been without a contract since the end of December 2015 while 42,000 urban workers have been without a contract since the end of January 2016.

Over 90 per cent of union members voted to support strike action “if necessary to achieve our demands, stop the employer’s rollbacks and improve service to the public” which means the nation-wise service could soon grind to a halt.

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14 Comments
  • Vasilis 2016-06-28 6:32:01 PM
    I have found that almost all the carriers we have had over the years are wonderful and hard workers. The problem I have is that they are compensated and have working conditions that are considerably above the average Canadian. In addition, they are in an industry where their employer cannot compete unless it gets such terms as it is seeking. Finally, I continue to blame the fat cats (union agents) who push for a strike and yet they continue to get paid. Let's get the next move over with.
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  • Katherine 2016-06-28 7:05:59 PM
    I have heard, understand and respect many of the counter-points being made by those opposed to the changes being undergone at Canada Post. However, while I can't say agree with all of the changes, in many cases it's because I don't think they have gone far enough. There will be further acceptance of the new ways of communicating as time moves forward and the shift in the working population base continues it's inexorable progression. The fact is, the functional postal system has a volume based cost efficiency and there will be a continued decline in volume. The continued rise in prices will compound this as business push forward on electronic billing and payment options as cost/benefit analyses support the investment. The postal workers have a right to fear for their jobs, the need is decreasing. But, the Canadian tax payer should not be held hostage to status quo.
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  • Jesster 2016-06-28 8:05:29 PM
    With regards to the comment about "union fat cats," union representatives at the Canadian Union of Postal Workers make either the same or at the regional or national level, only marginally more. In the event of a lock out all members of CUPW, whether they are national union reps or carriers, receive $200 a week strike pay. The union reps lose their incomes just like the rest of us. Fact
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