Media Advisory - Postal Workers set to file strike notice Friday

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 services."

TIME:    11 a.m. Friday, May 27.
LOCATION:   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.


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