Letter to the Prime Minister re: Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

After almost a year of negotiations, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers started rotating strikes on Monday, October 22. Read the letter Jamey Mills, Regional Executive Vice President for BC, wrote to the Prime Minister calling on him to show respect for postal workers and to direct Canada Post to negotiate in good faith.

PSAC members can support CUPW in their fight for health and safety protections, gender equality, and good, full-time jobs by visiting the picket lines when possible (locations will be announced daily) and by sending and sharing messages at the CUPW Facebook page.

October 24, 2018 - via email

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Re: Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

I write today on behalf of the Public Service Alliance of Canada BC Region and our 18,000 members in British Columbia.

As you know, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been taking rotating strike action across the country since Monday, October 22. After almost a year of negotiations, Canada Post has refused to address major issues at the bargaining table – health and safety, gender equality and preserving full-time, middle class jobs – and instead has pushed CUPW into a strike.

I call upon you to use your authority as Prime Minister to direct Canada Post to negotiate in good faith with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and to deliver a negotiated settlement that addresses the union’s concerns around health and safety, precarious work, and gender equality.

In a 2015 open letter to Canada’s public servants, you wrote of respect for public service workers, of the value of a strong public service, and of the important role unions play in middle class prosperity.

Now is the time to show Canadians that you meant those things.

Sincerely,

Jamey Mills
Regional Executive Vice President
Public Service Alliance of Canada, BC Region
CC: Mike Palacek, National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers Tim Armstrong, National Director, CUPW Pacific Region

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