OTTAWA â€“ As Calgary and Edmonton go in, over 800 postal workers in various locations across the country will take their place on the picket lines at 11:30 pm EDT tonight.
The CUPW union locals going out on strike are:
Labrador City, Labrador
Acadie-Bathurst, New Brunswick
Ste Jerome, Quebec
Thunder Bay, Ontario
St. Thomas, Ontario
Flin Flon, Manitoba
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
All shifts within this 24-hour period will be struck.
â€œWe need to maintain and create good jobs, not cut back on jobs in our communities,â€ said Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President and chief negotiator. â€œSmaller communities also benefit from having access to increased services at their post offices. We are asking Canada Post to address these demands.â€
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers continues its rotating strikes to put pressure on Canada Postâ€™s negotiators to settle an acceptable collective agreement. The union has been negotiating for eight months but the profitable Crown Corporation continues to dismiss important health and safety issues. It also continues to reject the postal workersâ€™ proposals for innovation and service expansion.