OTTAWA, June 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Postal workers are delivering pension and
social assistance cheques today in spite of being locked-out by Canada
Post and legislated back-to-work by the government. Federal
back-to-work legislation is expected to be introduced today or
"Going back to work to deal with the cheques may be difficult under the
circumstances," said CUPW National President Denis Lemelin. "But our
members understand that our dispute is with Canada Post and the
government, not with pensioners and people on low incomes. Postal
workers will deliver."
Lemelin said the union has been processing and delivering pension and
social assistance cheques during postal disputes for at least three
The union has a signed agreement with Canada Post to handle the cheques
in the event of a strike or lock out. The agreement is a union
initiative. It means close to 9000 postal workers are processing and
delivering over 2 million cheques this month. CUPW members are not paid
for delivering the cheques, but receive an honorarium of $50.
"Quite a few of our members donate the $50 honorarium to charity. We
don't do this for the money. We do it because it's the right thing to
do," said Lemelin.
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
For further information:
Aalya Ahmad, Communications Specialist, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Cell: 613-327-1177, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, CUPW website: www.cupw.ca