OTTAWA, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Four thousand postal workers in Edmonton
and Calgary will hit the picket lines starting tonight.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is continuing its rotating strike,
starting at 11:00 PM EDT in Calgary and midnight EDT in Edmonton. The
strike will continue in these locations for 24 hours.
Gord Fischer, National Director of the Prairie region for CUPW,
explained the reason behind the union's choice for its Edmonton and
Calgary locals to go out next:
"Canada Post is refusing to put proper staffing in place, leading to
overwork and forced overtime," Fischer said. "Routes don't get covered
and mail ends up sitting in the depots, leading to complaints about
"The union has clear demands about improving our service and making sure
adequate staffing is in place. Canada Post wants us to do more with
less, regardless of what that does to the public's postal service."
Canada Post continues to dismiss the union's demands that health and
safety issues be addressed. It also will not acknowledge the postal
workers' proposals for innovation and service expansion to keep the
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
For further information:
Aalya Ahmad, 613-327-1177 or Gord Fischer at 204-791-6464, Email: email@example.com , CUPW website: www.cupw.ca