With Canada Post management pushing for a lockout or strike once more, it is worth remembering the long history of postal worker struggles. It has always been a physically-demanding job but it has only been made more difficult by a decades-long culture of management bullying and abuse. In 1965, postal workers had enough and launched Continue readingWeekend Video: The 1965 postal workers strike
by Doug Nesbitt and Dan Darrah With another lockout or strike looming at Canada Post, management is once again relying on huge amounts of public misinformation to turn the people against the postal workers, and sap confidence in our public postal service. Here are seven big myths about Canada Post that you’ll find repeated in Continue readingSeven myths about Canada Post
By Dru Oja Jay With the launch of Delivering Community Power this February, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have created the possibility for an alliance between environmental groups and unions that goes beyond the usual rhetoric and could result in big wins and a new way of organizing. Postal workers are facing some big Continue readingIs this the summer of environmentalists on picket lines?
In October 1987, postal workers inside the sorting plants struck against Canada Post. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) strike also kicked off only a few short months after Canada Post letter carriers, then represented by the Letter Carriers Union (LCUC), were on strike against rollbacks and fought management-hired scabs. The LCUC would merge Continue readingWeekend Video: 1987 CUPW strike
This panel discussion is a chance to learn about the many shortcomings of the existing private banking system in Canada and of the potential of a public postal bank to address them! Predatory lenders are draining money out of low-income communities; could postal banking be a public alternative? By offering banking services through its existing Continue readingWeekend Video: Postal Banking
By Erika Shaker “Sadly our loving dog of 14 years has died. We received many kind notes from friends and acquaintances. Our letter carrier just noticed the dog’s rope was gone and knocked on the door to offer his condolences. What’s that worth?” — Message from recently bereaved friend There are a host of reasons (some of Continue readingPostal workers: People in your neighbourhood
by David Bush and Doug Nesbitt Canada Post management has just suspended its program of cutting home mail delivery in favour of “community mailboxes”. This is a huge victory and it’s worth celebrating. 22 months It all started nearly two years ago when Canada Post’s management surprised everyone with a plan to eliminate all home Continue readingCollective action delivers: Canada Post cuts halted
By Mike Palecek and Aalya Ahmad with contributions from CUPW members and retirees The “Save Canada Post” campaign was launched by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers shortly after Canada Post announced drastic postal cuts and rate hikes, including ending all home delivery, in December 2013. This announcement sparked massive and ongoing public protests. A Continue readingSaving Canada Post from Coast to Coast – Mobilizing Members As We Go
By Toni MacAfee I am a postal worker and proud of it! As postal workers, the dedication and commitment it takes to get on as a full-time employee is unappreciated and misunderstood. We don’t walk in one day, they say you are hired and you start working! Many of us spend years and years as Continue readingA message from a postie: Defend our public services, Stop Harper!
By David Heap and Wendy Goldsmith, members of Londoners 4 Door 2 Door Inspired by other community activists Ottawa and Hamilton, Londoners have been taking up the spade in response to Canada Post’s hurried approach to the conversion of door to door delivery to self serve mail boxes. After working on door-to-door canvassing since January, Continue readingLondoners stir up some dirt on Canada Post
By Angela Jones, a CUPW activist and Campaign Coordinator the Toronto Local On December 11, 2013 Canada Post, with Harper’s blessing, announced their 5 point plan which included the elimination of door to door, greater privatization of postal outlets, increase in postage, introduction of new work methods and reductions in employee compensation. The NDP and Green Continue readingSave door-to-door, Stop Harper!
Ottawa cleaners approve strike | Protests in London against Canada Post | B.C.’s Howe Sound mill to close paper operations | Report calls for disclosure of private hospital laundry contracts in Sask. | Nunavut power workers and government have war of words | Fight for $15 hits McDicks | EI system is failing Canadians | Continue readingR&F Labour News Update – July 27 2015