CUPE came out in strong support of postal workers who’ve been forced back to work, rallying in defence of their right to strike and for free collective bargaining at the Canada Post annual public meeting.
Members of CUPE’s National Executive Board joined postal workers and their allies outside the meeting at Canada Post headquarters in Ottawa. The Liberal government legislated members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) back to work late last month. They’d been on rotating strikes, pressing for progress on key issues including equal pay and safer workplaces.
Tuesday night, the white- and blue-collar workers in the municipality of Louiseville in Mauricie, Quebec voted unanimously in favour of the tentative agreement reached by their bargaining committee and the employer’s representatives. They had been without a contract since December 31, 2017.
Negotiations between both parties to renew the collective agreement were arduous. Last October, the 24 employees voted 100% in favour of pressure tactics up to and including an unlimited general strike. However, an agreement was reached last week in the presence of a conciliator.
Union shifts focus to legal fight with airline following company memo to employees
Due to recent actions by Flair Airlines that have raised concerns for the job security of CUPE 4060 members—actions the union will be challenging at the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB)—the Canadian Union of Public Employees has called off job action by Flair’s 139 flight attendants that was to begin at midnight on December 10.