Mailed it!

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

With Canada Post fil­ing a le­gal chal­lenge this week to the govern­ment’s back-to-work leg­is­la­tion, I want to thank Heather Grant for her story about the strike (“I am a small busi­ness owner and I sup­port the postal work­ers,” Voice of the City, De­cem­ber 6). Any­one I have spo­ken to in per­son while in uni­form has sup­ported the work­ers against the leg­is­la­tion. It is clear that the govern­ment is act­ing less in the in­ter­ests of “small busi­ness own­ers” and more in the in­ter­ests of gi­ants like EBay, who pub­licly pressured them into leg­is­lat­ing an “end” to the con­flict. If the state will not abide by its own labour laws, it is our job as ci­ti­zens and work­ers to chal­lenge it.

— posted at the­coast.ca by Scott Cameron Trudeau promised home de­liv­ery and we are still wait­ing three years later. He stopped the place­ment of com­mu­nity mail­boxes for some, so we pay for the ser­vice but don’t re­ceive it, while others do re­ceive it. Very un­fair. If peo­ple have to go out to the malls to get their gifts on time, driv­ing their SUVs and get­ting off their couches so that the postal work­ers can get a fair con­tract, so be it.

— Deb­bie Cormier via email I’m in­clined to agree and sup­port the work­ers, ex­cept the govern­ment gave them a deal that dealt with the pay in­equities—the pri­mary is­sue—and the union threw it away. They want more for work­place in­juries which as re­ported is just trips and bumps. Gen­eral clum­si­ness. I lost my re­spect and union sup­port for this stu­pid­ity. — posted by Jayson

Thank you Heather for speak­ing up. I am a re­cently re­tired postal worker and I know they aren’t ask­ing for the moon, just safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ments and fair pay. It con­fuses me as well that the pub­lic isn’t go­ing af­ter Canada Post to go to the ta­ble and bar­gain fairly with the union.

— posted by trav­el­ling crone As a for­mer CUPW ru­ral mail car­rier for Canada Post, and cur­rently a PSAC/UPCE mem­ber with Canada Post, I am dis­mayed and ut­terly dis­ap­pointed with the gov­ern- ment’s de­ci­sion to ta­ble back-to-work leg­is­la­tion for CUPW mem­bers. They should be telling Canada Post to sit down at the ta­ble and ne­go­ti­ate se­ri­ously, not wait for the govern­ment to force the CUPW work­ers back with­out any se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions on Canada Post’s part.

Why is Canada Post not tak­ing the health and safety of our postal work­ers se­ri­ously?! The ma­jor­ity of the work­ers just want to pro­vide ser­vice to our cus­tomers in a safe and timely man­ner. Forced over­time, over­bur­den­ing, pre­car­i­ous work, un­paid work for the ru­ral and sub­ur­ban mail car­ri­ers, in­equity be­tween let­ter car­ri­ers’ and mail car­ri­ers’ pay and work­ing con­di­tions must end. I hope the Lib­eral govern­ment takes the health, safety and well-be­ing of our val­ued postal work­ers as se­ri­ously as they do the in­con­ve­nience to busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly big busi­nesses such as EBay. The Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms al­lows for free and col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing. The govern­ment must not un­der­mine this right in the name of pleas­ing Canada Post man­age­ment and big busi­ness.— Jayne Sau­son, pres­i­dent, Union of Postal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Em­ploy­ees, Lo­cal

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