Postal Workers in Three Small Communities Take Their Turn on the Lines

OTTAWA, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Posties from three smaller communities - Carbonear in Newfoundland, Sioux Lookout in Ontario, and Salmon Arm in BC - will hit the bricks tonight at 11 EDT, following their fellow postal workers in Montreal and Toronto.

Although their numbers come nowhere near to matching the thousands on the picket lines today in Montreal and Toronto, the roughly 23 postal workers in these three small rural towns play just as significant a role in their communities, says the union representing them.

"These are communities that know the value of good public postal service," said Jeff Callaghan, National Director of the Atlantic region for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

"We process and deliver mail to everybody, no matter where they live," said Mark Evard, CUPW National Director of the Central region.  "Fed-Ex and UPS can't match that. These communities will feel the impact of Canada Post's lockout as much as the big urban centres."

Canada Post has locked out postal workers across the country for two days a week, in addition to laying off numerous temporary and casual workers. Although the union has offered to suspend its rotating strikes on condition that its workers are temporarily protected by the old collective agreement, Canada Post has refused, cutting their hours instead.

"We appreciate the support of people in small communities when we're on the picket lines," said John Bail, National Director of the Pacific region. "They know Canada Post's bully tactics aren't right."

SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS

For further information:

Aalya Ahmad, Communications Specialist, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Cell: 613-327-1177, Email: aahmad@cupw-sttp.org , CUPW website: www.cupw.ca

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