2011-06-01 - FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2011

June 1, 2011

FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2011

EVERY EMPLOYEE WHO IS SCHEDULED TO WORK ON FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2011 IS TO REPORT TO WORK FOR THEIR REGULAR START TIME TO PERFORM THEIR NORMAL DUTIES. EVERY EMPLOYEE SHOULD CONTINUE TO REPORT TO WORK NEXT WEEK UNLESS YOU ARE ON LEAVE.

If a strike is called, you will not know if it impacts you until you show up at your workplace at the start of your shift. A strike could be ROTATING: one day city “A” is on strike, the next day, city “B” is on strike and city “A” has gone back to work, or it is ALL OUT. In rotating strikes, eventually the employer locks out the employees for lack of mail.

There are many creative ways to exercise industrial action and the National Union may utilize any one of a number possibilities. Deliver 1st class mail and no flyers or vice a versa. The time of action could be midnight, could be 9AM, could be….. Maybe only part of a local, or only business or RPO’s….. Do not count on a predictable pattern. Strikes have been called and settled in less than a day, not even impacting some shifts.

Having been through a few strikes in the past, the Union has been extremely patient with the employer in this round of talks. CPC cut your benefits on May 30th the same day the 72 hour notice was given, even before they reviewed the offer from the Union. In a past rotating strike after a couple of weeks the employer terminated benefits which resulted in a FULL STRIKE. This time they cut it first chance they get. This cut in benefits is being challenged. This is your employer; this is a taste of what they want to do to you.

The CUPW National President Denis Lemelin met with the Labour Minister Lisa Raitt and CPC President Deepak Chopra, and Minister Raitt suggested talks resume and as of 5:00 PM they had not. CPC has not responded to the Union offer in anyway but to say NO!

In Solidarity

Mike Duquette
President
Scarborough Local