Edmonton and Calgary on the Picket Lines Next

OTTAWA, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Four thousand postal workers in Edmonton and Calgary will hit the picket lines starting tonight.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is continuing its rotating strike, starting at 11:00 PM EDT in Calgary and midnight EDT in Edmonton. The strike will continue in these locations for 24 hours.

Gord Fischer, National Director of the Prairie region for CUPW, explained the reason behind the union's choice for its Edmonton and Calgary locals to go out next:

"Canada Post is refusing to put proper staffing in place, leading to overwork and forced overtime," Fischer said. "Routes don't get covered and mail ends up sitting in the depots, leading to complaints about service."

"The union has clear demands about improving our service and making sure adequate staffing is in place. Canada Post wants us to do more with less, regardless of what that does to the public's postal service."

Canada Post continues to dismiss the union's demands that health and safety issues be addressed. It also will not acknowledge the postal workers' proposals for innovation and service expansion to keep the corporation profitable.

SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS

For further information:

Aalya Ahmad, 613-327-1177 or Gord Fischer at 204-791-6464, Email: aahmad@cupw-sttp.org , CUPW website: www.cupw.ca

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