OTTAWA, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Posties from three smaller communities - Carbonear in Newfoundland,
Sioux Lookout in Ontario, and Salmon Arm in BC - will hit the bricks
tonight at 11 EDT, following their fellow postal workers in Montreal
Although their numbers come nowhere near to matching the thousands on
the picket lines today in Montreal and Toronto, the roughly 23 postal
workers in these three small rural towns play just as significant a
role in their communities, says the union representing them.
"These are communities that know the value of good public postal
service," said Jeff Callaghan, National Director of the Atlantic region
for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
"We process and deliver mail to everybody, no matter where they live,"
said Mark Evard, CUPW National Director of the Central region. "Fed-Ex
and UPS can't match that. These communities will feel the impact of
Canada Post's lockout as much as the big urban centres."
Canada Post has locked out postal workers across the country for two
days a week, in addition to laying off numerous temporary and casual
workers. Although the union has offered to suspend its rotating strikes
on condition that its workers are temporarily protected by the old
collective agreement, Canada Post has refused, cutting their hours
"We appreciate the support of people in small communities when we're on
the picket lines," said John Bail, National Director of the Pacific
region. "They know Canada Post's bully tactics aren't right."
SOURCE CANADIAN UNION OF POSTAL WORKERS
For further information:
Aalya Ahmad, Communications Specialist, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Cell: 613-327-1177, Email: email@example.com , CUPW website: www.cupw.ca