OTTAWA, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Union members and concerned citizens are
rallying behind postal workers today, taking a stand against the
Conservative government's regressive back-to-work legislation for CUPW
members on strike against Canada Post.
Earlier today, community members and locked out Canada Post workers
occupied Ottawa West-Nepean MP John Baird's office, demanding that the
government retract its back-to-work legislation, which would take $35
million from the pockets of postal workers and their families over the
next four years. The legislation will also impose lower starting wages
for young workers.
If the back-to-work legislation passes, the new CUPW collective
agreement would be decided by a government-appointed arbitrator. The
parties would each submit a draft collective agreement and the
arbitrator would be forced to choose one in its entirety. This process of final offer selection ensures that the process is
biased towards the employer.
"This legislation is an attack on collective bargaining rights and is a
threat to all workers - especially young workers," says Larry Rousseau,
PSAC's Regional Executive Vice-President for the National Capital
Region. "We stand in solidarity with CUPW members and will do
everything in our power to stop this bill from becoming law."
Further solidarity actions include:
A rally organized by the People for Postal Workers, tonight at 7:00 pm
at the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe). PSAC's Larry Rousseau will
A march to Parliament Hill at 8pm to support the NDP's attempts to delay
the legislation as long as possible.
PSAC members will be present in the House of Commons to support the NDP
during the debate on the back-to-work legislation.
A solidarity picnic on the picket line at Canada Post plant at (Alta
Vista and Industrial Road), 12:00 pm tomorrow (June 24).
For further information:
or to request interviews:
Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications