Postal work­ers tak­ing work/life bal­ance into own hands

The McLeod River Post - - News -

Di­rect ac­tion to stop over­bur­den­ing be­gins at mid­night

- Ef­fec­tive No­vem­ber 1st at 12:01 am, the Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers is call­ing a na­tional over­time ban for both of its ma­jor bar­gain­ing units at Canada Post. Postal work­ers, no mat­ter what their job at Canada Post, will not work more than an eight-hour day and not more than a 40-hour week.

Postal work­ers will refuse over­time, in­clud­ing let­ter car­ri­ers – who have ex­pe­ri­enced so much forced over­time that some of them are not used to see­ing their fam­i­lies be­fore dark.

“We’ve had it. Over­bur­den­ing, over­time and over­work are all ma­jor is­sues in this round of bar­gain­ing. Un­til Canada Post ne­go­tia­tors’ ad­dress it, we can solve it for our­selves in the mean­time.” said CUPW Na­tional Pres­i­dent Mike Palecek. “This is a health and safety is­sue rooted in poor staffing. We refuse to be in­jured any longer by a man­age­ment team that cares more about the bot­tom line than sky­rock­et­ing in­jury rates.”

One of the ex­pired col­lec­tive agree­ments en­abled Canada Post to give manda­tory over­time to some postal work­ers, in­clud­ing let­ter car­ri­ers. Canada Post man­age­ment has been driv­ing up risks to work­ers’ phys­i­cal and men­tal health by abus­ing that op­tion. With the con­tract no longer in ef­fect, postal work­ers have the right to refuse the over­time while de­mand­ing proper staffing and over­time pro­ce­dures.

Rates of dis­abling in­juries have been climb­ing, and postal work­ers are now the most in­jured group of work­ers in the fed­eral sec­tor, five times the av­er­age rate of the rest of fed­eral sec­tor, and more than dou­ble that of long­shore work­ers, the next most fre­quently in­jured.

“As our routes get longer and longer, our bod­ies are break­ing down.” He con­tin­ued “This ends to­day.

Rates of dis­abling in­juries have been climb­ing, and postal work­ers are now the most in­jured group of work­ers in the fed­eral sec­tor, five times the av­er­age rate of the rest of fed­eral sec­tor, and more than dou­ble that of long­shore work­ers, the next most fre­quently in­jured.

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