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Solidarity with CUPW: How PIPSC Members Can Support Our Postal Workers

Canada Post’s ongoing threat to lock-out members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is an opportunity for all union members to show their solidarity for Canada’s postal workers. CUPW believes the Corporation is threatening to lock-out its 50,000 workers “in an effort to impose steep concessions on them.” The Crown Corporation appears to be targeting its workers’ pension benefits by introducing a two-tier pension and benefit scheme that will deny new employees an equitable pension, reduce their job security, and erode both their leave provisions and post-retirement health benefits. Canada Post has further rejected the union’s push for pay equity for rural carriers, 70 percent of whom are women earning 28 percent less than their urban, mostly male counterparts.

Unlike the past round of negotiations, the federal government appears reluctant to mandate postal workers back-to-work through legislative force, should there be a work stoppage at Canada Post. This means CUPW could face a protracted labour dispute that will impact Canadians coast to coast, and leave their members without pay for an indefinite period of time.

I am asking our members to support CUPW members as they engage in community outreach initiatives across the country and build popular support where it matters most. Please reach out to local CUPW branches in your community and ask how you can help directly. List of CUPW locals.

I also encourage you to contact the mobilization team directly through bettertogether@pipsc.ca to discuss other forms of solidarity support, to see how you can best contribute to the cause.

I appreciate your time and attention to this important initiative and know if we work together we can achieve the results we all need.

Better Together!

Debi Daviau
President

 

Publish Date: 11-JUL-2016 12:46 PM