CUPW vows to fight for better service for Canadian communities
EDMONTON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Postal workers are drawing a line in the
sand and are prepared to file 72-hour strike notice tomorrow.
"After months of talks, it's time to draw our line in the sand," says
Bev Ray, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
Edmonton Local. "We have now reached the point where we may have to
give notice that in 72 hours, we will be forced to strike if Canada
Post does not drop its rollbacks and address some of our demands."
CUPW will hold a media conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow to update media on
the status of talks with Canada Post.
Ray says the proposed rollbacks from Canada Post are attacks on
working-class people being able to earn a "living wage" and on the
rights of Canadians to have a public postal service that reflects and
responds to the needs of their communities.
"Instead of focusing on service, Canada Post is driven solely by
profits," says Ray. She warns the attack on postal workers today could
be the beginning of a "Wisconsin-style" attack on the Canadian
trade-union movement. "Our members are poised and ready to defend to
rights of the working and middle classes," says Ray.
"Canada Post has made 16 straight years of profit and has contributed
$1.2 billion to the federal government in dividends and income taxes
over the last 15 years. Postal workers help to keep Canada Post
profitable - our hard work saves the public money," she says.
"We want to negotiate a collective agreement to protect and improve our
public postal service, and deliver more to the public. Our members want
to fix staffing problems, forced overtime problems, delivery method
problems, and health and safety issues," says Ray. "It appears Canada
Post has no interest in improving service - it is focused only on
cutting labour costs by attacking our wages and benefits and on cutting
11 a.m. Friday, May 27.
CUPE Office, 10425 Princess Elizabeth Avenue, (basement).
SOURCE Alberta Federation of Labour
For further information:
| Bev Ray, president, CUPW Edmonton Local, 780-423-9000 ext. 223. |