OTTAWA, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Postal workers across the country could be
forced back to work under a bill that their union is calling
unnecessary, unjust, and counterproductive. Minister of Labour Lisa
Raitt today served notice of the government's intent to introduce
Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President, said "We never got a chance in
this round of bargaining. Canada Post spent months just saying "no" and
misleading the public about our proposals. Now, as we call for a
meeting with Canada Post's President, the Harper government is going to
rescue him from any responsibility to negotiate realistically with the
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has been trying to bring proposals
to the bargaining table that address health and safety issues around
Canada Post's new sorting machines and delivery methods. It has also
offered proposals for innovation and expansion of the public postal
According to the union, Canada Post's focus on concessions has made it
impossible to negotiate. CUPW members are fighting to keep their
collective agreement from being eroded and are also resisting wage
rollbacks for new hires.
"If this bill passed, we would have the very outcome that nobody wants,"
continued Lemelin. "An imposed settlement brings down terms that
neither party has agreed to."
"We believe in free speech, free association, and free collective
bargaining. This legislation hurts the values that our country stands
for and is an attack on workers' rights and standard of living."
"We will nevertheless continue to struggle for the rights of our
members, the rights of all workers, and a just society built on decent
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
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