Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are expected to meet with a special mediator on Friday morning, after the union issued a 72-hour notice of job action.
Larry Dionne, the local president of CUP-W in Edmonton, says it all began with Canada Post looking for major rollbacks.
“Those rollbacks; they’ve lightened up on a couple, but they haven’t dealt with the big issues,” remarked Dionne. “The pay equity issues — them basically wanting to sell out future generations with much reduced benefits, the pension plan, holiday entitlement, and all that kind of stuff.”
Rather than a rotating strike or a work slowdown, Dionne says the union is looking at taking job action that causes management headaches, but still allows for the mail to go through.
Something, he says, like refusing to work overtime when it’s needed.
Dionne says the federal Liberals campaigned on not ordering mail carriers back to work, if things eventually get that bad, but Canada Post appears to have forgotten that.
“We want a negotiated settlement and it seems like the CEO that we have was appointed by the Conservatives. And I don’t know if he’s noticed, but the government has changed and the last lockout was ruled illegal; and he’s really operating like he’s still got the mandate from the Conservative Party and that he’s going to strong arm the workers of Canada Post.” (tl/td)