Signs and flags greeted Canada Post customers at the post office in Carbonear Monday morning, Nov. 5, as local members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) took their turn on the picket line.
Daniel Penney is one of the union members at Carbonear who was involved in the rotating strike. Canada Post employees have been staging rotating strikes across the country since Oct. 22.
The union and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for two bargaining units after 10 months of negotiations.
Penney told The Compass this morning, “Our point is not to disrupt anybody. We’ve been in negotiations now for 10 months, and it’s only the last month or so that Canada Post has started to make some progress with the negotiations.”
Penney explained the main goal of the strikes is job security, and the over burdening of Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers, or RSMCs.
Locally, the union is seeking equity for its rural and suburban mail carriers to match their urban counterparts; proper staffing, work schedules and program of duties for Group 1 workers; and addressing the forced overtime, overburdened routes and working in the dark required of letter carriers.
Canada Post says it has provided “significant” offers to its employees, including wage hikes, but CUPW says it falls far below expected cost-of-living increases.
Canada Post stated in a press release early Monday morning that negotiations are still ongoing with the union.