Canada Post halts work at urban centres, union calls move irresponsible

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From left, Elsa Burt, Jessie Thomas and Darlene Stafford chant in front of the Canada Post sorting station on Kenmount Road in St. John's today. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Canada Post’s union says the Crown corporation was irresponsible when it suspended urban mail operations across the country starting today.

The union says the decision by Canada Post’s management means a large amount of mail already in the system will sit undelivered.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers began one- and two-day rotating strikes in various communities on June 3.

Canada Post said late Tuesday that it would suspend all operations in urban centres across the country, saying the strikes have cost it about $100 million.

The union has accused Canada Post of seeking to cause major disruptions in order to pressure the government into ordering workers back to work.

Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has tabled her intent to order striking workers at Air Canada back on the job, but hasn’t done so with the postal workers.

Organizations: Canada Post, Canadian Union, Postal Workers Air Canada

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  • Duffy
    June 16, 2011 - 06:04

    Non-skilled employees wanting to get pay & benefits like a Doctor. Get real. Lug around a bag full of mail and pass it out for $25.00 an hour + benefits.

  • mary
    June 15, 2011 - 19:58

    I believe that Canada Post has made a bad move. Mail was being delivered and this move, along with reducing delivery days, has created more problems than any rotating strikes. I support the postal workers' right to strike and, from where I stand, they have good reasons to strike.

  • nasty nate
    June 15, 2011 - 17:42

    Fire them all. Enough of these criminal trying to run the show. They are workers just like me, and they took a job knowing full well the pro's and con's. Deal with it or move on.

  • Sam
    June 15, 2011 - 14:34

    I think alot of you sound jealous you dont have a Fed job. Mail delivery is yes a very important part od day to day life so or the people whi deliver it. Pretty sure if you had a job where they saud they were taking away your holidays and your benifits, all of you wouldent be here getting on the way you are. If you want your mail delivery to return got out there, drive past your local plant and blow the horn right off your vehicle. We should be supporting these people right now not jumping down their throats. Sometimes I winder why the people of NL hate to see someone get ahead. I guess your all against the drug testing to get on welfare to are you? Most of you are "adults" who should know by now how a union works and a strike. Support your fellow Newfoundlanders. Dont forget, these men and women deliver your tax return, birthday cards, christmas cards and gifts. So if you want them back to work do something about it!!!!

    • dave
      June 15, 2011 - 17:41

      There is alot of discontent among a portion of the general public.Postal workers are not overpaid,yes they are paid well but certainly not overpaid.They and those before them fought for the benefits that they now have.There is something not being discussed here,it is not all about the money.Canada post wants a two tier system for employees much like the almighty Danno did with public sector workers provincially last round of bargaining.It was a mistake then and it is a mistake now in the case of the feds.Everyone is entitled a job and anyone could apply to the post office,it could be you.So do a little thinking whiners,I work a decent paying job also but did not always,it is up to the individual to seek the position in life they want to achieve.Sam be strong if you are a postal worker,remember it is not for you that you are doing this it is for all.CUPW be strong.

    • David
      June 15, 2011 - 21:49

      No one else in Canada supports this union or this one except "Newfoundlanders" like you...because here, government money isn't real money...its free, it's there for the taking, it doesn't cost anyone anything. And that, my friends, is why we will never have anything but rising taxes and less and less to show for it....forever.

  • Mark
    June 15, 2011 - 11:18

    These postal workers are at a very precarious point. The threat of disruption to business has forced people to realize that the majority of mail now-a-days isn't entirely necessary. I suspect that volumes at this point won't ever return to pre-strike levels and the only thing that these strikes will accomplish will be the elimination of a number of Canada Post jobs. Some forethought would have gone a long way.

  • Edmund
    June 15, 2011 - 11:17

    Enough of these union employees hanging the general public out to ransom. Fire all of them and put the mail delivery out for general contract on tender like the newspaper delivery. We are paying these paper pushers $50,000.00 plus for basic in house sorting (most of which is automated) and home delivery service. On top of that they are getting plum pension and health care plans most of us can only dream about. Way too much to be investing in unskilled labour. Farm it out.

  • David
    June 15, 2011 - 11:06

    Irresponsible? How's the idea of getting paid full wages while screwing up the entire postal system "responsible"? Whhat a load of two-faced dung. I really hope you get what you deserve this's been too long coming.