Workers’ concerns are everyone’s concerns
By Jeff Callaghan*
I think that the biggest issue for us as CUPW, when it comes to our employer, is making sure that the employer, and through extension the government, respects the work we do and does not just pay lip service to it. When we are in a pandemic they call us heroes, they call our work essential, and yet every time we go to exercise one of our fundamental rights in this country, that being the right to withhold our labour, the government steps in and has the employer’s back.
Gordie MacDonald, President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 117 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia reports that Canada Post is firing delivery drivers in the Local and replacing them with new hires. Thirteen drivers in and around Sydney, one in Antigonish and several more in St. Stephen, New Brunswick have been notified that their jobs have been eliminated. One driver has delivered parcels for Canada Post for thirty years.
By Louis Lang
On April 3, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that his government had signed an agreement with Amazon Canada to manage the distribution of medical equipment, such as masks, gloves and ventilators that are needed in all the provinces and territories.
Trudeau did not provide any details on the value of the contract but a government news release issued later the same day said that Amazon was providing the service to Canadians at cost, without profit. Continue reading
Postal workers’ needs to perform their work in a safe manner have been systematically ignored. Postal workers’ concerns are not only for their own safety but for that of the public as well | LOUIS LANG
As the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak requires large portions of the population to self-quarantine, the service provided by postal workers is more important than ever to keep lines of communication open at a time on-line shopping becomes a main means households are using to provision themselves. Enabling postal workers to carry out their tasks means that workers in sortation plants, retail offices and letter carrier and rural and suburban mail carrier depots must be provided with equipment and working conditions they require to ensure their safety on a daily basis. Continue reading
Postal workers and their allies are continuing their ongoing campaign demanding that Bill C-89, the legislation ordering postal workers back to work, be withdrawn and the contract with Canada Post be settled by negotiations and not government dictate. Continue reading
• Postal Workers treated like criminals by Trudeau government – Louis Lang
• Canada Post not the workers has been withholding social assistance
cheques – Canadian Union of Postal Workers
• Renewed attacks on postal workers: We take it personally! – Pierre Soublière
• Postal workers demand justice as Trudeau meets with Corporate Calgary
• Photo weview: Postal workers’ rotating strikes and occupations
– All articles from Workers’ Forum, November 29, 2018
Canada Post and Trudeau government provoke a crisis in relations of production | Workers’ Forum, November 22
The Trudeau government has issued a Notice Paper in Parliament to criminalize postal workers’ right to negotiate their terms of employment. The Notice of back-to-work legislation includes closure to force its passage within the afternoon when introduced. This back-to-work order placed on the agenda of the Parliament of Canada deprives postal workers of their right to negotiate a collective agreement regarding their terms of employment in a calm and fair atmosphere between the collective of postal employees and their employer, which includes the right of workers to engage in job actions to prod their employer to negotiate. Continue reading
Condemn the Trudeau Government’s Anti-Worker Law!
The Trudeau government has tabled a bill to force striking postal workers back to work. The bill also imposes mediation to rule on unresolved issues between the two parties and gives the mediator-arbitrator the power to impose binding arbitration on matters that are not resolved through mediation.
CPC(M-L) firmly condemns this bill which criminalizes postal workers’ struggle for their rights and contributes to the creation of a climate which permits corporations to impose their dictate by depriving the workers of their right to negotiate their conditions of work based on the issues they have identified and to take labour action to achieve this. According to news reports, this bill will be adopted this weekend by imposing closure on debate in both the House of Commons and the Senate. We call on all workers to firmly denounce this anti-worker legislation and express their support for the postal workers’ just struggle.
To read the bill, go to http://cpcml.ca/Articles/181122-BillC89.HTM.
Parliament Hill Rally to
Oppose Anti-Worker Law Against Postal Workers
Friday, November 23 — 7:00 pm
Organized by Canadian Union of Postal Workers Ottawa Local
Postal workers begin rotating strikes. Photos from across Canada
Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) picket in Nova Scotia, October 22
On Sunday, October 21, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers National Executive Board informed postal workers that last minute discussions with Canada Post failed to address the demands of the union. A bulletin to union members stated that Canada Post negotiators refused to address the workers’ demands and consequently the union would begin rotating strikes at 12:01 am on October 22, in Victoria, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Windsor, Ontario; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Continue reading
Prince George, BC, September 28, 2018
On Monday morning, October 22, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents 50,000 postal workers, began rotating strikes in four cities of Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, Ont., and in Halifax. Almost 9,000 workers in the Greater Toronto Area walked off the job Tuesday at 12:01 am ET. Continue reading
Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough announced on January 24 what she called “the government’s vision for renewal at Canada Post.” Minister Qualtrough declared on behalf of the government that its “new vision is that of a renewed Canada Post that will provide high quality service at a reasonable price to Canadians no matter where they live.” The Minister did not elaborate the meaning of this “new vision” and “renewed Canada Post.” Notable as well was her refusal to refer to any of the reports or thousands of views submitted by Canadians on what they would like to see with a renewed Canada Post. Continue reading
Workers fight to get Canada Post to recognize their rights | LOUIS LANG*
Negotiations are taking place between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The contract of the Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) expired on December 31, 2017, and the contract of the Urban Operations group expires on January 31. Continue reading
Montreal, June 20, 2011: “No to back-to-work legislation; support the postal workers.”
By LOUIS LANG*
On Thursday, August 25 the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) postponed a press conference and after an all-day meeting of its National Executive Board announced that it was issuing a 72-hour notice of strike action. In a bulletin to its members CUPW stated, “Based on Canada Post’s refusal to agree to the 24-hour extension of our strike mandate, we have issued our 72-hour notice of strike activity. We will be in a legal strike position as of 11:59 pm Sunday, August 28, 2016. The NEB will inform everyone if, when and what strike activities will occur. Please monitor all communication channels so that you are informed.” Continue reading
Hold Canada Post and the Trudeau government to account for any harm that comes to postal workers!
As the deadline for the lockout of postal workers by Canada Post approaches it is clear that the corporation has decided to proceed in a spirit of revenge against postal workers and their union. It is not only preparing to impose severe rollbacks but is seeking to overwhelm postal workers with irrational demands such as that management can set whatever working conditions it wants. This attempt to use their corporate power to deprive the postal workers of their right to working conditions commensurate with the work they perform is not only vindictive – it is irrational. The post office has a century of experience in the kind of working conditions required to run the postal service. There is a modern way of doing things which takes the needs of human beings into account. The corporation’s calculations that it can impose its agenda by smashing the workers’ resistance and their fight for the rights of all is self-serving and cannot be accepted. Continue reading
- Statement of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
- A Time to Think About Concrete Solutions to the Problems the Workers Face – Peggy Askin
- The Neo-liberal Ideological and Institutional Basis for the Negation of Workers’ Rights – Pierre Chénier
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends militant revolutionary greetings to all the working people across the country on the occasion of May Day 2016 as well as to the workers in all countries demonstrating on this day. May Day is always a time to think about the struggles the workers have waged in the past year and continue to wage in defence of their rights and the rights of all. It is a time to raise the demands of the workers’ movement and accept the challenges the workers face in the coming year. Continue reading
Defend the public post office. LOUIS LANG*
Cape Breton stop, July 17, 2015, on national tour by CUPW which continued through the federal election demanding that door-to-door mail delivery be maintained.
In a news release on Monday, October 26, 2015 Canada Post announced that the elimination of door-to-door delivery and conversion to community mailboxes was being suspended. The corporation stated that they wanted to work “collaboratively” with the government to face the challenges of the postal system. Continue reading
“No one at CSIS worries that much about SIRC,” writes Andrew Mitrovica in an April 3 article in iPolitics. “They treat it like a visit to the dentist: a necessary nuisance, rarely painful.”
SIRC is the body responsible for review of the activities of Canada’s intelligence agency, and has been promoted as an effective oversight mechanism by the Harper government in the context of the debate on Bill C-51. Mitrovica characterizes the idea that any meaningful oversight of CSIS currently exists as a myth. Continue reading
by TONI MACAFEE*
WITH the recent announcement by Canada Post of its five-year business plan, many people have been left wondering what is going on at the post office.
For years Canada Post has been successful, making profits in each of the last 17 out of 18 years; with the exception of 2011 – the year that Canada Post locked out its workers and then went to the Government to have them legislated back to work. It was also the year that Canada Post was forced to settle a $200 million, two decade-long, pay equity lawsuit with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). Continue reading
What the workers had to say
Workers’ Forum and Forum Ouvrier journalists spoke with participants throughout the postal workers’ demonstration in Ottawa on January 26. Here is what they had to say. Continue reading
2. Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Prince George – reports & photos
Postal workers and their allies took up the call to mark the opening of the federal Parliament with vigorous actions across the country.
Postal workers face the challenge of Harper government’s attacks
By LOUIS LANG*
TML Daily (Jan. 24) – POSTAL WORKERS are continuing their fight against the “Five Point Action Plan” announced by Canada Post in December 2013 one day after the adjournment of the House of Commons. The plan consists of the elimination of home delivery, a drastic increase in the cost of postal services, accelerated privatization of retail outlets and further attacks on the wages, working conditions and benefits of postal workers. Continue reading
Actions by postal workers to oppose the Harper dictatorship’s nation-wrecking
National Day of Action to Save Our Post Office and Stop Attacks on All Public Services
The Conservatives are planning to end home mail delivery and to destroy our public post office. Cuts to the public services we need and cuts to good jobs in our community? No way!
The Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council is working closely with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to help build a solidarity campaign in the city. Our goal is to stop the cuts to home mail delivery, to fire Canada Post’s management, and to modernize the post office through new services like postal banking. Continue reading
By WAYNE MUNDLE*
THE elimination of Canada Post’s door to door delivery and 8000 letter carrier positions sounds like a “fait accompli.” Most of the media latched onto this well orchestrated announcement like it is a done deal. Some investigative journalism might have exposed the outright deceptions in the announcement and the collusion between the Conference Board of Canada and the President of Canada Post who is a director on this board. Continue reading
Louis Lang* on the aims of a nation-wide media campaign
TML Daily – SENIOR executives from Canada Post have been holding closed door consultations with business groups in cities across the country. Meetings were held in Calgary on September 11 and in Ottawa on September 12. According to the corporation 50 such consultations are planned and each meeting is followed by a media blitz in each city. Instead of media relations representatives, senior vice-presidents of the corporation have been appearing on news programs and radio talk shows in one of the most aggressive campaigns undertaken by the corporation to promote the dismantling of the public Post Office and further attack the working conditions, wages and benefits (including pensions) of postal workers. Continue reading
Veteran postal worker LOUIS LANG, former president of the Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, exposes what is behind the demagoguery of Canada Post about “falling revenues”: privatization, cut-backs in services and attacking the wages, benefits and working conditions of postal workers
[TML Daily] – CANADA POST recently announced that it was facing a $327 million operating loss and is considering cut backs in service like reducing home delivery from five to four or even three days per week. The spokesperson stated that “all options are on the table” including closing some of the 6,500 retail outlets across the country as well as consolidating its 21 sorting centres to “just major cities.” Continue reading
Veteran postal worker LOUIS LANG, former president of the Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, exposes how Canada Post is continuing to squander postal assets.
Veteran postal worker LOUIS LANG, former president of the Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, in a sobering analysis of the tentative contract and the pressures exerted to force this collective to accept concessions and severe roll-backs by eliminating the active participation of the workers, raises the question:
Where do we go from here?
AFTER MORE THAN A MONTH of ratification meetings across the country, postal workers voted 57 per cent in favour of accepting the proposed tentative contract. The details of the vote are yet to be released but all indications are that the turnout was very low. In fact, one of the most important issues (other than the concessions and roll-backs) that needs to be discussed is the significance of the number of workers who didn’t participate in the ratification votes. Continue reading