The union representing the majority of postal workers across the country has notched up another win in its battle against the Harper government’s back-to-work legislation of last summer.
Aalya Ahmad and Geoff Bickerton
The Harper government has thrown down the gauntlet to the labour movement, which must decide how to build an effective opposition. Ours is a cautionary tale.
On Thursday, June 16, postal workers took action in Ottawa at the Canada Post headquarters in response to a lockout by the company coupled with demands for concessions, and back-to-work legislation.
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Thousands of unionists rallied outside Canada Post's offices in Winnipeg and Ottawa on Thursday in support of locked-out postal workers, while a solidarity rally is being planned today in Vancouver.
Students for posties
We join our voices with CUPW in demanding a fair wage, safe working conditions, stable employment and decent benefits for all Canadian postal workers.
There’s nothing like a postal dispute to bring out the harbingers of “the death of the letter” and even the post office. Much gets said during a postal strike and quite a bit of it is bunk.
The union has maintained its position that all postal workers should have the same pension plan and enjoy the same benefits and that all postal workers must reach the same maximum hourly wages.
It has been a long time since there has been a national strike and the postal workers action could turn out to be one of the most important for organized labour in Canada for decades.
After more than seven months of difficult and frustrating negotiations, CUPW has initiated strike activity. Members of the Winnipeg local are the first postal workers to legally strike in 13 years.