In a shameful move, this week the Trudeau government legislated striking postal workers back to work. This is a flagrant denial of workers’ rights, including the right to free and fair collective bargaining, the right to freedom of expression, and the right to strike.
This also has serious implications for all federal unionized workers and for all workers from coast to coast to coast. It’s worth noting that former Prime Minister Harper legislated postal workers back to work in 2011, which was challenged in court and ruled unconstitutional.
While the back to work legislation has now passed, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is calling on allies to support a campaign of mobilizations, demonstrations and non-violent civil disobedience.
The Council of Canadians is in full solidarity with postal workers.
There is an important pan-Canadian Day of Action, this Saturday, December 1st, in support of postal workers and the right to strike. We encourage Council members, supporters, and chapters to join and help organize local actions. You can sign up to help here.
As CUPW National President Mike Palecek highlights, “Overburdening, overtime and overwork are all major issues in this round of bargaining.”
Pay equity remains a major sticking point. CUPW notes that “Earlier this year an arbitrator ruled that the work of Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) is of equal value to their urban counterparts”. However, key issues remain unaddressed. According to CUPW, management has said no to the union’s proposals for addressing overburdening, ending precarious work, and paying RSMCs for each and every hour they work.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Help promote or organize a local action on December 1.
2. Contact your Member of Parliament to let them know you support postal workers and their demands for better working conditions and more postal services, like Postal Banking.
3. Put up a window sign and share materials with friends, family, coworkers, and others in your community.
4. Get involved locally. See what your local Council chapter may be doing. Stay tuned to the CUPW website for further updates.