Local Canadian Union of Postal Workers outline what they want

By Jessie Weisner
November 21, 2018 - 4:29pm Updated: November 21, 2018 - 7:11pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB -- The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has been on rotating strikes for five weeks now, and things are starting to get more uneasy.

Now that Black Friday, cyber Monday and Christmas are coming up, what will it take to end this strike? 

The union rejected a proposal of a ‘cooling off’ period followed by discussions that would have brought an end to all strike activity until January.

According to the Medicine Hat union, Canada Post has yet to address any of their concerns.

Specific requirements of a deal include, ending overburdening, no forced overtime, fair pay for rural and suburban mail carriers, and a switch to the one-bundle system.

They’d also like a 2.9% increase in pay, as opposed to the 2% that was offered.

Due to the lack of progress, the federal government says they’re prepared to legislate employees back to work, but the local union doesn’t think that’s fair.

“I think we should still be negotiating and Canada Post should be dealing with us fairly," says Doris Salmaso, president of the local union. "We go to the table thinking were dealing fairly, we’re upfront with what were dealing with.”

The government needs to provide 48 hour notice before introducing back-to-work legislation.

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