Forty-five thousand members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers will be on strike against Canada Post Thursday at midnight.
In this round of negotiations Canada Post has tabled contract language that will:
- Introduce a two-tiered wage system that pays new employees 30% less and gives them reduced benefits, an inferior pension, and weaker job security.
- Increase the amount of temporary employees and reduce the number of full-time employees.
- Increase the amount that retirees have to pay for their extended health care plan.
- Replace the current sick leave plan with a complicated and inferior short-term disability plan.
- Force letter carriers to adopt a new delivery procedure that compromises their health and safety.
CUPW members are standing up to an employer determined to roll back negotiated gains, pursue an agenda of privatization, and weaken public services.
PSAC and CUPW share Canada Post as an employer and our unions have faced the same issues and fought the same struggles. We must stand with CUPW and help them achieve an agreement that is both fair for workers and protects Canada Post as a quality public service.
What you can do:
- Visit a CUPW picket line or attend a rally. For picket line locations or more information about rallies and other events, contact your PSAC Regional Office.
- Join the “Support Postal Workers” Facebook event and invite your friends, family, and co-workers.
- Talk to your friends, family and neighbours about the importance of keeping Canada Post an accessible, quality public service. Fact sheets are available at the CUPW website.
- Encourage your Local to pass solidarity resolutions, and send messages of support or strike support funds to CUPW.
- Show your support by placing posters in your window or at your worksite – download the images at the Support Postal Workers website.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, or call your local radio station, to explain why you support postal workers.
- Stay up to date on CUPW’s struggle against Canada Post by visiting CUPW’s website
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